Elizabeth Chayer

School Founder, Director​

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Chayer opened American Dance Institute in Seattle in 1989 and has served as Artistic Director for 26 years. She received her teaching certificate from the School of the Hartford Ballet in Connecticut. Elizabeth has taught for the University of Alaska, Alaska Pacific University and Anchorage Community College. She also taught and served as assistant director to Alice Sullivan at Alaska Dance Theatre, in Anchorage Alaska for five years.

Elizabeth founded American Dance Institute in Anchorage, Alaska in 1984 and served as its director for five years before relocating to Seattle and opening the Seattle branch. She performed with Alaska Dance Theatre and with several local choreographers in Hartford, Anchorage and Seattle.

Elizabeth is the school’s artistic director and still loves to teach.

Elizabeth on opening day, standing in front of entry to Studio #1 in 1989.

Elizabeth, leading a beginning ballet class, one of the thousands she has taught in a dance instruction career spanning 30 years.

Elizabeth, introducing the next act to the audience of our Phinney Ridge Art Walk performances.

"Dance and music fill my soul." Art Walk performances 2016.

. The Chayer Family: Steve, Elizabeth, Dennis, Andy. Visiting Mount Denali National Park in Alaska in 2015