Ballet Classes for Kids Near Me (you)

Ballet classes for kids near me (you): Children's ballet I & II in our 2018 dance recital. American Dance Institute is well known for excellence in dance instruction. Notice how confident they are in their choreography. Not one is looking to a teacher in the wings for instruction. This is the quality difference.                   

About our Ballet Classes for Kids

No Snootiness allowed  : )

Ballet Course Descriptions

  • Ballet I: Starts at the very beginning. It is designed for students who have never had ballet before or have studied ballet so long ago that they want a complete refresher course.
  • Ballet I.5: For students who have had 4-6 months of recent ballet training.
  • Ballet II: Have been studying ballet recently and or consistently for a year of more.
  • Intermediate: An intermediate is fairly accomplished dancer who is well versed in ballet movement vocabulary and has the ability to learn complicated ballet combinations readily. 
  • Pointe: Dancing on toe shoes is for the accomplished dancer only, and requires a minimum of two technique classes weekly in addition to the point classes. 

What Do Our Ballet Lessons for Kids Include?

All of our Ballet Lessons for Kids ages 8-10 include barre, center, stretching, adagio, and allegro work. We focus on the physical and intellectual understanding of how and why each movement is executed. With our structured teaching methods,  your child will progress further, quickly and safely. Whether you are experimenting to see where your child's interests lie are or have an aspiring dancer, our ballet classes will satisfy you.

Most of our Ballet classes for kids are offered twice a week. It truly expedites the muscle memory allowing dancers to progress much more quickly when they attend class multiple times per week. If you can only attend once a week, we would still love to have you. Just expect that there will be a difference in technical ability from some of the other students by the end of the session.

The Importance Of Teaching Via Ballet Syllabus

Ballet is a journey. As ballet students progress in their training,  their bodies grow stronger, muscle memory improves, and their confidence grows. This combination of benefits allows them to continuously build on the skills and choreography learned in earlier classes. It is critical that they not be taught new positions and steps before their bodies are ready for the challenges those steps demand. 

As your child progresses, they may be assigned a new teacher. You will want that teacher to continue with the same syllabus and not change with every new teacher. That results in inconsistent, haphazard student progression and it can be risky if they don't have the proper foundation to build on. 

This is why a carefully developed syllabus is so important. Your child's physical health, safety, and progress is consistent, safe and seamless over many years. Their confidence and self image grows as well and who doesn't want a confident child with a healthy self image? :)

Ballet Dance Classes for Kids Dress Code


Girls wear short sleeve cotton leotard (Bloch style #CL5402) in pastel blue, pink tights and pink Ballet slippers. No skirts/tutus please except for special skirt days. 

Boys wear dance belt, black tights, white t-shirt and black or white Ballet slippers.  All long hair should be secured in a bun. Shorter hair should be pulled back off the face and in a ponytail if it fits. 

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Why Our Classes Are Non-Competitive

"Young children have yet to develop a healthy perspective with which to frame ballet's competitiveness. Bad experiences can damage a child's self image and dampen their enthusiasm for ballet. To protect fragile self-images, we encourage young students to first discover their 'own best self', not to compare themselves to others who may have more or less natural ability." 


Elizabeth Chayer Founder, Director of The American Dance Institute

Class Schedules & Location

  • 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

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Recent School Awards

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The readers of Fresh Chalk voted American Dance Institute the Best Seattle Dance Classes.

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Rated Three Best Dance Schools in Seattle

The American Dance Institute, an independent school, was rated as one of the three best dance schools in Seattle.

Where Are The American Dance Institute Dance Studios Near Me?

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

Click on any red flag above to learn more about our studio locations.

Videos From Our 33rd Annual Spring Recital 2022

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These little ballerinas will touch your heart...

This video is a performance from the May 2018 Greenwood-Phinney ArtWalk event. These little ballerinas, ages 9-12, performed beautifully and touched every heart in the audience. 

Meet Your Ballet Teachers

"Just as in all the best schools, the quality of the dance teacher makes such a difference. That's why I only hire gifted instructors and mentor them to meet the highest dance teaching standards."

                                                 Elizabeth Chayer

Dakota Crist is an assistant Director at The American Dance Institute and teaches ballet and more.teaches
Dakota Crist
Assistant School Director
Teacher/ Office Manager
Shoreline/Wedgwood
Contact Phone: 206-402-6561-0755

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

Dakota Crist teaches dance and serves as the Shoreline Office Manager for American Dance Institute.

Dakota relocated to Seattle in 2013 and holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts. She received her early dance education at the Creative Dance Center in Helena, MT.

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As a young dancer, she attended Joffrey South, American Academy of Ballet, and Ballet West's summer intensives. Her love of dance drove her train pre-professionally with Ballet Montana and as a company trainee with Sacramento Ballet.  

After graduating from Cornish, Dakota shifted her focus to dance education. She has been teaching dance since 2009 and has taught for ADI since 2018. 

 
American Dance Institute dance teacher Amy Bartram teaches Childrens ballet dance classes
Ballet, Pre-Ballet, Creative, Irish

In 1991, at the age of 4 began dancing with American Dance Institute. She participated in and taught dance classes while she attended the University of Portland. She is now pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching.

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9 student reviews.

Classes Amy Teaches

Ballet

Parent Toddler 

Pre-Ballet

Children's Ballet

Testimonials /Comments

I like how she works with the girls, firm but not mean. She has a fun way of showing of correcting them by using examples of the difference.

Heather B.
ADI Parent

Amy is consistently awesome and she has boosted my daughters confidence and love for ballet!! She has a would quiet teaching style that is fun and enjoyable!!!

Xanasha R.
ADI Parent

Consistently awesome!

Johnna E.
ADI Parent

6 additional students rated Amy 'Consistently Awesome -5 stars'.

Amy's Bio

In 1991, 4 year old Amy boldly announced to her mother that she was ready to be a dancer. Her mother obliged and Amy has been dancing with American Dance Institute ever since progressing through our Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet, Children’s Ballet, Junior Ballet and Teen/Adult Ballet programs.

She participated in and taught dance classes while she attended the University of Portland, but she pursued her passion for language, majoring in English and German. She is now pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching.

She has always loved the welcoming atmosphere at ADI, and was thrilled to join the teaching staff at ADI in 2011. Amy teaches Parent/Toddler, Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet and Children’s Ballet.

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Amy Beck executing an attitude derriere, modern dance classes

Amy executing an attitude derriere position with the Pacific ocean as her backdrop.

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Amy playing at the beach and showing off her attitude devant ballet position.

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Amy executing a grand plie in the first position.

Victoria Gutierrez teaches for American Dance Institute
Victoria Gutierrez
Ballet, 
Pre-Ballet, Creative Dance, Modern,
Victoria received her professional training at Academia de la Danza Mexicana INBA, where she graduated with a BFA in Classical and Contemporary Dance.

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In 2007 she moved to Seattle where she continued her training with the International Ballet Academy.

Victoria has performed for various dance companies such as International Ballet Theater, Evergreen City Ballet, ARC Dance, City Opera Ballet, Olympic Ballet Theater and Katy Hagelin Dance Project.As a choreographer she has collaborated with the Seattle International Dance Festival, Katy Hagelin Dance Project, Bohemia, Drybones Artist Collective and Le Faux.

Victoria truly enjoys teaching and has been doing it since 2009 for numerous schools in Seattle.

Ainsleigh Orwin Instructor The American Dance Institute

Ainsleigh Orwin

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

Ainsleigh Orwin has been dancing since she was 5 years old, beginning her training at Village Dance Arts in Claremont, CA studying modern, jazz, hip hop, and ballet.


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Currently finishing up her last year at UW, she has expanded her love for dance by exploring improvisation and choreography.

Ainsleigh has performed in 3 UW Dance Concerts and recently choreographed, filmed, and edited a dance film for the 2021 Dance Majors Concert.

She has taught summer classes and camps in her hometown and with Metropolis Dance in the Seattle area. Ainsleigh graduates this June from the University of Washington with two degrees - one in Dance and one in Biology. 

Aside from dancing and teaching, Ainsleigh loves to go on hikes and nature walks, travel (pre- COVID), sing, and play with her roommate’s puppy!

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Children's Ballet I class dance performance at our 29th annual dance recital in June 2018. 

Testimonial

The teaching is upbeat, fun and encouraging!

My 9 year old daughter took dance classes at American Dance Institute. She loved her class and teacher, Miss Kara. They learned technique, musicality, rhythm, as well as teamwork. I find the atmosphere supportive and non-competitive. The philosophy is to nurture a love of dance and movement. The teaching is upbeat, fun, and encouraging. I highly recommend ADI!     -Susan F. (Former ADI Parent)

In The Media

Seattle's Moscow Ballet auditions 2017, American Dance Institute

Seattle Refined, Komom TV, Seattle Moscow Ballet Auditions, American Dance Institute

KOMO Television's Seattle Refined videotaped portions of Seattle's Moscow Ballet Nutcracker auditions and they interviewed participants at American Dance Institute's Greenwood Studios. Their show aired Tuesday, September 19th at 3 pm on Channel 4.   You can watch the show now Behind The Scenes Of The Cutest Nutcracker Auditions.

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American Dance Institute and other greater Seattle dance students performed with the famous Moscow Ballet at the Paramount Theater in November 2017.

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