Ballet Classes for Kids

Ages 8-11

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.                   

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

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In addition to the Kids Ballet classes for children ages 8-11 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 12-14, and ballet classes for teenagers.

About our Ballet Classes for Kids

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 & 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 required for everyone.

Summer 2022 Class Schedule

June 27, 2022 - September 1, 2022

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Winter/Spring 2022 Class Schedule

February 7 - June 16, 2022

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Spring 2022 Class Schedule

March 28, 2022 - June 16, 2022

In addition to our Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer Sessions, we will be offering a special Spring Session for new beginning students of all ages. Our Spring Session runs from  March 28, 2022 through June 16, 2022.

Spring Class Schedule

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

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

Margaret Behm, Modern dance instructor American Dance Institute
Mommy, Daddy & Me, Creative, Jazz, Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Modern

Originally from Fort Collins, CO, Margaret holds a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has been a member of Louder than Words Dance Theatre in Denver, CO and most recently with Keshet Dance Company in Albuquerque, NM.

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Margaret's Bio

Originally from Fort Collins, CO, Margaret holds a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has been a member of Louder than Words Dancetheatre in Denver, CO and most recently with Keshet Dance Company in Albuquerque, NM.

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Margaret has directed the pre-professional programs at Mountain Dance in Fort Collins, where she also grew up dancing. At Keshet Dance Company, her teaching experience was diverse and included teaching Adaptive dance, working with dancers with disabilities.

Margaret is a dance and teaching artist with an affinity for improvisation, and a desire to explore the infinite ways her body moves. As a teacher, she takes pride in guiding others’ discoveries of their dancing bodies, and wants everyone to feel empowered to take up space in the world.

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Margaret is new to Seattle and incredibly excited to get involved with the dance community and to be joining the staff at ADI.

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ADI instructor Margaret Behm with students Sara, Jessica, Carly, Sophia and Ann at our first Junior/Teen Intermediate Jazz class at our new Magnolia studio. Great work tonight girls. So happy to have you in our ADI family.

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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.

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

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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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Emily Helman The American Dance Institute

Emily Helman

Ballet, Pre-Ballet

Emily grew up in Southern California and started dancing at age 3. As a young dancer, she trained at a pre-professional ballet school, the Maple Conservatory of Dance, and received the majority of her training studying in the ABT curriculum.

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At the age of 13, Emily attended the School of American Ballet summer course in New York City and later was invited to join the school's formal training program.

After New York, Emily moved to Boston, MA for two years as a trainee with the Boston Ballet, where she danced with Boston's Corps de Ballet.

On days off Emily enjoys hanging out with friends and family, going on adventures, hiking, photography, and exploring Seattle with her sister, who also lives in Seattle.

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!

Lauren Cook Instructor, The American Dance Institute

Lauren Cook

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

Lauren started dancing at age 3. She has studied many styles of dance including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, and lyrical.

She has been teaching since 

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she was 16 and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Dance.

Lauren also practices meditation and yoga, and enjoys hiking and cuddling with her cat, Cleo, and dog, Cali.

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)

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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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