Tap Dancing Classes for Adults

In addition to the adult tap classes on this page, American Dance Institute also offers teen tap classes for ages 11-14, children's tap dance classes for ages 8-10, and kid's tap/ballet combo classes for ages 5-7.

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

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About Adult Tap Dancing Classes

Poetry in motion: Think Gregory Hines, Gene Kelly, Fred and Ginger.

We can get those two left feet moving like they were a right and a left. Our adult tap dancing class focus on developing all the elements of tap dance. This includes movement vocabulary, musicality (rhythm, timing and phrasing), and individual style.

As soon as the tap shoes go on, you'll begin exploring the sounds and rhythms of this wonderful dance style.

Our Schedule of Tap Dance Classes for Adults

  • We will offer live-streamed and in-studio classes through the session. All in-studio classes will adhere to Washington Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines. 
  • Masks are optional effective, 3/12/22. **Masks are required for individuals that have tested positive for Covid-19 or have been exposed to Covid-19 for a 10 day period following onset of symptoms, positive test results, or Covid-19 exposure.**

Fall 2022 Class Schedule

September 19, 2022 - February 12, 2023

Fall Class Schedule

Meet Your Tap Dance Teachers

Maia Nowack
Ballet, Mommy Daddy & Me, Pre-Ballet, Creative Dance, Jazz, Tap, Modern

Maia grew up in Seattle and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre with a minor in dance from Northwestern University and a Masters degree in Dance Pedagogy from the University of the Arts in Helsinki. 

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Maia Nowack

children's ballet, ballet ages 5-7, children's ballet ages 5-7

While at Northwest, Maia trained with and danced for various Chicago-based dance artists.

While in Finland, Maia taught courses at the University of the Arts and Espoo Dance Institute and completed a thesis based on leading a collaborative learning and performance creation process with students from a vocational program in contemporary dance, as well as performing with other artists there. 

In Seattle, Maia has also taught for Seattle Children's Theatre.

Maia says her goal as a teacher is to always be open to and work genuinely with each students' situation and experience while spreading the joy of exploring our movement possibilities. 

Maia taught here at the American Dance Institute from 2016-2018 before leaving to pursue her Master's degree. We are so happy to have her back in the fold.

Maia grew up dancing in Seattle, then went to Northwestern University in Evanston where she graduated suma cum laude with a Bachelors in Theatre and a minor in Dance. While there, she performed in works by Chicago based choreographers including Jeff Hancock, Joel Valentin Martinez, and Maray Gutierrez.

She has also participated in Strictly Seattle and Dance This! intensives in Seattle. She has taught both drama and dance to students in the Evanston School District, and interned at Seattle Children's Theatre, where she is now a teaching apprentice.

Maia Nowack and her cat, ballet dace classes.

Maia Nowack and her pesky friend.

Maia Nowack with first tap class in American Dance Institute's first Magnolia tap dancing class.

Adult tap students Christine and Cheryl with instructor Maia Nowack in our first tap class in Magnolia.

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rachel Winchester is a dance instructor for American Dance Institute
Rachel Winchester
Ballet, Mommy Daddy & Me, Pre-Ballet, Creative Dance, Jazz, Modern, Tap

Rachel Winchester is a choreographer and educator with a passion for teaching the art of dance.

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Currently, Rachel is a substitute teacher for Tacoma Public Schools, an adjudicator for International Baccalaureate’s Dance Programme, and an enthusiastic instructor at American Dance Institute!

She has had the privilege to teach hundreds of dancers of all ages, including students at the Festival Dance Academy, the University of Oregon, the University of Idaho, and Pacific Lutheran University.

Rachel's choreography has been recognized and presented through the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the San Diego & Tijuana Mexico International Fringe Festival, Movement Research and Williamsburg Arts Nexus in New York City, and Seattle’s 12 Min Max at Base Experimental Arts Space.

She has been a guest artist for the arts Bellingham Repertory Dance Company, Tacoma’s Barefoot Collective, and Act I Musical Theatre Company.

We have excellent tap dancing classes adults for beginners. We also have fun high energy tap classes for intermediate level tappers. Watch their faces - they are having fun! The video on the left is our intermediate level tap class taught by Alyssa Brillinger (this routine was taught by instructor Julia Hart). The video on the right was a performance during the May 2018 Phinneywood Art Walk, choreographed by Alyssa Brillinger.

These tap dancers are from our Adult Tap II class. They are performing in the May 2018 Phinneywood Art Walk. 

What students like you say about ADI?

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Testimonials

Adult ballet dance class students Ryan, Mat, and Jenay from the American Dance Institute share a few things they enjoy about their new dance classes, dance teachers, fellow students, and the school.

Why Do We Dance?

A Survey Of New Beginner & Returning Dancers

We surveyed 150 discerning Seattle & Shoreline area dancers why they take dance classes. Here are their most insightful responses and you can watch them in the video too.  

  • I dance to set my body free.
  • I dance to put my mind at ease.
  • I dance to express my deepest self.
  • I dance to keep my life in balance.
  • I dance to fill my world with joy. 
  • I dance to feed my soul.
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