Ballet Classes For Ages
8-13

No Snootiness allowed  : )

Ballet classes for kids: 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.                   

In addition to the Ballet classes for children ages 8-10 on this page, American Dance Institute offers a comprehensive selection of adult ballet classes, ballet classes for ages 5-7, ballet & tap dance combo classes for ages 5-7, ballet for ages 11-14, and ballet classes for teenagers.

About our Online Ballet Classes for Children

Below you will find FOUR different class options to choose from:

    1. In-Studio Classes are on Hold:  Studios located in Seattle's Wedgwood, Greenwood & Magnolia neighborhoods and in Shoreline's North City neighborhood will resume in-studio classes in the Fall providing we are in Phase 3 of Governor Inslee's re-opening plan.

    2. Summer Live-Streamed Classes: Our regular in studio classes currently taught online. Since classes are online, you have the conveninece of plugging into any location's classes, no matter where you live! There is something for every age group every day of the week. Also lots of Summer Ballet camps.

    3. 'Summer Live-Streamed Camps: Since camps are online, you have the convenienece of plugging into any location's camps, no matter where you live. There is something for every age group every week of the summer!

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. 

Class Schedules & Information

  • We willl continue live streaming many classes through the Fall session. Any in-studio classes will be limited to five students and will adhere to Washington Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines.

NEW: 30 Day Ballet-Learn From Home

Fall 2020 Live-Streamed Class Schedule

Fall 2020 In-Studio Class Schedule

Our State Of The Art Live Streaming Technology.

ADI's State of the art live streaming technology
Mihkai Wickline in an onine ballet class at home.

The Quality Online Class Room Experience - At Home.

  • All studio broadcasts are via hard wire ethernet connections to insure best broadcast quality.
  • Large TV screens that allow teachers to clearly see their students.
  • Teachers make student corrections very effectively.
  • Allows students to see and visit with each other mainting friendship bonds.
  • Excellent voice quality allows students to clearly hear teacher.
  • Excellent music transmission quality allows students to hear music in real time (without lags).

Dennis Landmesser

We asked Dennis Landmesser, how he liked his live streamed class today with instructor Dakota Crist.

The class today with Dakota was more than I could have hoped to expect.  I don't know what to rave about more, the quality of the production or the excellence to the class.  Dakota thought to ask at the start of class if there were any injuries which was especially  meaningful to me today because I have a sore knee.  Her instructions were clear and complete and made perfect sense.  The corrections were thoughtful and meaningful.  Dakota is golden and to be highly valued.

Since March, I've suffered through six months of ZOOM frustrations.  ADI has excelled in solving that misery.  I could have been watching a high definition BlueRay with Dolby sound.  

Thanks for asking,

Dennis Landmesser

What Do Our Ballet Classes Include?

All of our ballet classes for children 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 exclusive 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 Classes For Kids Class 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. 

Six Dance Studios In Four Convenient Locations

Our In-Studio Classes Are Temporaily Closed To Stop The Spread Of Coronavirus

Shoreline, WA

1240 NE 175th Street, Shoreline, WA 98155

Greenwood

8001 Greenwood Ave North, Seattle, WA 98103

Magnolia

2410 32nd Ave West, Seattle WA 98199

Wedgwood

NE 7500 25th NE, Suite 1, Seattle, WA 98115

Our Shoreline dance school dance studios 1 and 2 are located very close to the corner of NE 175th Street and 15th Ave Northwest, in the North City neighborhood. Enter the 2nd floor dance studio by the door nestled in the middle of this L shaped building. Open for live stream and in studio classes.

Our Greenwood dance school dance studios 1 and 2 are located at the corner of 80th and Greenwood Ave North, cater corner to Diva Espresso. Our office is in the back of the building as are the studio entrances. If you are new, check in at the office and say hello! Open for live stream and in studio classes.

Our Magnolia dance school neighbors are Ace Hardware & Magnolia Garden Center. There's plenty of street parking and in the back alley. Enter the dance studio lobby by the back (alley) door. Open for live stream and in studio classes.

Our Wedgwood dance school dance studio is located at the corner of NE 75th and 25th NE  across the street from Shell station, and just 1/2 block from Dahl Playfield.  There is some parking in the lot and plenty of street parking. Open for live stream and in studio classes.

American dance institute Shoreline

Shoreline from NE 175th Street

american dance institute studio front, 8001 greenwood ave north, seattle, wa 98103

Greenwood 

Magnolia

Wedgwood

moscow Ballet Summer Intensives Flyer

CANCELED UNTILL 2021

Coming To Seattle

A tremendous week-long youth Intensive!

Hosted By American Dance Institute

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 Teacher

"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

Fresh Chalk readers have declared American Dance Institute the Best Seattle Dance Classes.

Fresh Chalk Logo

Check out Fresh Chalk, Seattle's exciting new start up that's better than Google Reviews!

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

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)

Moscow Ballet, American Dance Institute

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.

nutcracker, seattle nutcracker, Moscow Ballet

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

Elizabeth Chayer ADI Founder/Director
"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." 

Join our mailing list and get new class announcements here.

Insert Content Template or Symbol
MENU