Ballet Classes for Kids Near Me (you)
Ballet classes for kids near me (you): Children's ballet I & II. American Dance Institute is well known for excellence in dance instruction.
September 18, 2023 - February 11, 2024
No Children's Ballet Classes in Wedgwood. Please check our other locations.
Winter Session: Registration Opening Soon!
January 2, 2024- March 24, 2024
No Winter Children's Ballet in Magnolia.
Please check our other locations for class options
About Our Children's Ballet Dance Classes
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 be non intimidating for your child.
Ballet Class levels
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 student who have had 4 -6 months of recent lessons
Ballet II : For student who have had at least on year of recent lessons
Ballet III: For student who have had at least two years of recent lessons
Ballet Dance Attire
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.
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
Meet Your Children's Ballet Teachers
Assistant Director & office manager
BALLET, MOMMY & ME & CREATIVE DANCE
Dakota Crist had her earlier, training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Modern Dance at Diane’s Dance Works in Helena, Montana, then went on to study at Creative Arts Center in Helena, Ballet Montana Academy and Sacramento Ballet. Dakota relocated to Seattle in 2013 and holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts.
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.
Ballet, hip-hop, mommy & me & creative Dance
Ainsleigh Orwin began dancing at the age of 5 at Village Dance Arts in Claremont, CA where she was trained in RAD curriculum ballet, as well as modern, jazz, hip-hop, and tap. In 2017, Ainsleigh moved to Seattle to continue her education at the University of Washington. She currently holds a B.A. in Dance and B.S. in Biology (Physiology) from UW.
Ainsleigh has been teaching since she was 17, starting at her home studio and branching out to teach summer camps and outreach classes in elementary schools. Her passion for teaching and dance led her to American Dance Institute after graduating from UW in 2021.
ballet, tap & creative Dance
Since she started dancing at 2 years old, Elana has had many opportunities to follow her passion and grow as a dancer through her home studio and the Joffrey Ballet School.
She has attended many dance intensives, conventions, and competitions over the years to expand her dance training.
She loves sharing her education and passion for dance with young dancers. Elana is continuing her dance education as a dance major at the UW; taking classes and participating in many performance opportunities.
On top of dancing, Elana enjoys camping with friends, family, and her dog, spending time at the beach, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
What Are Children's Ballet Classes Like at
American Dance Institute?
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.
A performance from the American Dance Institute's 33 Annual Spring Recital 2022 Seattle's Magnolia Children's Ballet 1.5 & II perform Ballet Suite No. 3
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