Adult Dance Classes Near Me

Offering non-competitive, energizing dance classes for adults for over 33 years..

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In Seattle's Greenwood, Wedgwood, Magnolia and Shoreline Neighborhoods
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Wait, What? Teachers and students who accept me in dance class as I am?

Casting Shade: Other dance schools say that everyone's welcome but have students who think that class time should focus on them. A non-competitive class culture is better. 

What does a non-competitive adult dance class culture mean here?

It means that everyone in dance class competes with themselves, not with other students, and not with you.

It also means that every student in class will enjoy some of the teacher's time for corrections and encouragement, not compete for it. 

And you're never made to feel judged or second class by the teacher and other students in the room.

The absence of competitive behavior allows for supportive and encouraging behavior from everyone in the studio.

This is why you will always feel welcome in our Seattle dance studios, in Greenwood, Wedgwood, Magnolia, and in Shoreline, WA and that you belong in the class no matter your proficiency, body type or age.

Dance classes Seattle, a wonderful, healthy - non-competitive - environment to learn and dance in.

It's how we dare to be different.

Dance is JOY, come and get some Yours.

Six spacious dance studios in four locations including Greenwood, Wedgwood, Magnolia, and Shoreline.

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Adult students interested in dance classes have the opportunity to attend one of Seattle's most friendly, welcoming schools thanks to the American Dance Institute, which boasts a total of six dance studios. 

Our motto is 'no snootiness allowed' and your fellow classmates are going to also be wonderful, non-judgmental, and happy to have you join them in class.

It makes for an excellent learning environment.

Three dance studio locations in Seattle, and one in Shoreline, WA so the great news is that in contrast to many other area dance schools, you won't have to travel very far to receive quality instruction or to find a wonderful dance instructor who captures your heart.

We offer a full schedule of beginning and intermediate dance classes for adults ages 15 to 99 and we are one of the few local schools to do this. We also teach juniors and teens ages 11 to 14, and children's dance classes that are appropriately grouped by age and include classes for kids ages 8 to 10, children ages 5-7, and toddler ages 2.5 to 4 years old.

We guarantee that you will have a wonderful and welcoming experience no matter the age of the student. For more than three decades, it has been an integral part of our identity on this emerald isle.

Students participate in a ballet class. (Angela Sterling, photographer)

Students participate in ballet class. (Angela Sterling, photographer)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What types of dance are typically offered in adult dance classes?

Adult dance classes often offer a variety of styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, salsa, ballroom and tap. Our school offers beginner dance classes for beginning dance students up to intermediate level. It is important to note that American Dance Institute does not mix beginning students in with intermediate students. 

What is the typical learning environment like in an adult dance class?

The learning environment in an adult dance class is usually structured yet fun. Classes will often start with a warm-up followed by technique training and then choreography. Theres typically a focus on both individual growth and group dynamics.

What level of experience is required for these classes?

Adult dance classes are available for all levels of experience - from absolute beginners to advanced dancers. Its important to choose the right level class so that you're challenged but not overwhelmed.

How can one improve their etiquette behavior in a dance class setting?

Good behavior in a dance class involves showing up on time, wearing appropriate attire, respecting the teacher and classmates, giving full effort during the session, being open to corrections and feedbacks and practicing regularly at home.

Can adults expect any physical benefits from attending dance classes?

Yes! Dancing isnt just fun - its also great exercise. Regular participation can help improve flexibility, strength, endurance and balance. Not to mention it promotes better posture and can be a great stress reliever too.

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Adult dance classes offer a vibrant and diverse experience, much like the colorful world of dance itself. In cities like New York City, Chicago, Jacksonville, and Atlanta, studios like Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey invite people of all sexual orientations and backgrounds to explore genres ranging from ballet, salsa, and hip hop dance to more specialized forms like belly dance, bachata, and afrobeats. These classes promote body positivity, helping individuals to manage stress through the rhythm of dance music and the physicality of movements like those in Zumba or Pilates.

The experience is enriched by elements of theatre, creativity, and choreography, where the influence of artists like Shakira, Beyoncé, Mark Morris, and Lizzo is often felt. Participants dress comfortably in leggings, sweatpants, or tights, and sometimes special footwear like ballet shoes, to move freely on the dance floor. Learning in this environment goes beyond just the steps; it's about the expression, the groove of the music, and the social interaction, often leading to a sense of community.

In today's digital age, technology plays a significant role. Studios use platforms like Mindbody Inc. and Instagram for marketing and communication, offering deals through services like Groupon. The Internet, including websites and email, becomes a crucial tool for information and registration, with entities like Google and Facebook serving as key channels.

The legal aspects, like copyright and consent, ensure respect and rights within the dance community. And interestingly, the influence of dance extends beyond the studio – it's a part of broader cultural phenomena, as seen in shows like "So You Think You Can Dance" and "World of Dance," and in the worlds of pop music and music videos.

In summary, adult dance classes are a microcosm of a larger cultural and artistic landscape, blending physical health, artistic expression, and digital connectivity in an environment that celebrates diversity and creativity.

Our local Connections

In Seattle, WA, the rhythm of hip hop dance classes resonates through the bustling neighborhoods from Loyal Heights to Ballard Commons Park. Dance enthusiasts often gather at venues near the Woodland Park Zoo, where the woodland garden inspires graceful movements. The expansive List of Parks in Seattle, including Carkeek Park and Crown Hill Park, often serves as impromptu stages for dancers, surrounded by nature's own carousel of beauty. After class, many head to local favorites like Red Mill Burgers or The Little Red Hen for a hearty meal, or grab a quick bite at Taco del Mar or IHOP, often discussing the latest performance near the Salmon Bay Bridge or planning a visit to the Warm Mineral Springs.

Coffee breaks at Starbucks offer a moment of rest, where conversations about dance blend with topics like the antics of The Angry Beavers or the culinary delights of seafood in the area. The dance community, often referred to affectionately as 'Kiwis' - a nickname for their vibrant energy - draws inspiration from diverse sources, including local actor Yuji Okumoto’s performances.

This cultural tapestry extends beyond Seattle, touching the lives of those in neighboring cities like Tacoma, Bellevue, Kent, Everett, Renton, Federal Way, Kirkland, Marysville, and Redmond. Each city, with its unique charm, contributes to the rich dance culture of the region, proving that whether under the dome of a studio or in the open air of a park, dance in Seattle is a vibrant, ever-evolving expression of its community's spirit.