Ballet Classes Near Me (You)

Ballet for the rest of us...

Adult Ballet Classes Near Me (you) Seattle & Shoreline: Our students are shown above executing a Retire position

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There are six dance ballet studios owned and operated by the American Dance Institute, four of which are located in Seattle and two are located in Shoreline, WA. You won't have to travel far to find a top-notch dance instructor at any of our educational facilities.

We're in the heart of several safe Seattle neighborhoods... 

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We all want to do everything we can to keep the environment as clean as possible. Attending a local school in your neighborhood will reduce your environmental the distance you travel to class, reducing your carbon footprint. Surely this is something to look forward to and get excited about! Its one of many reasons that drives us to succeed building out our local neighborhood system. More dance classes to choose from that are closer to home.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you are wanting to attend our Greenwood or Magnolia locations call 206-783-0755 or email us at

If you want to attend Wedgwood or Shoreline's dance studios, you can call 206-402-6561 or email us at

About Our Ballet Classes for Adults

All of our Ballet classes for adults include barre, center, stretching, adagio, and allegro work. Still, We focus on clean execution and a physical and intellectual understanding of how and why each movement is executed. With our gentle and effective teaching and communication methods, you will progress further more, quickly, and safely. Whether you are experimenting to see where your interests lie or you're an aspiring dancer, you will love adult ballet classes in Seattle, and Shoreline at American Dance Institute.

And you'll get exercise, a good physical workout in every class. As your your physical fitness improves, your ballet technique and skills will advance.  

Class Levels Explained

  • 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 & Studio Locations

Fall 2022 Schedule

Classes run September 19, 2022 - February 12, 2023.

In-Studio Class Schedule   Click Here

Winter 2023 Schedule

Classes run January 2, 2023 - March 26, 2023

In-Studio Class Schedule   Click Here

Winter/Spring 2023 Schedule

Classes run February 13, 2023 - June 22, 2023

In-Studio Class Schedule   Click Here

Any Day Ballet- Learn beginning ballet from home  HERE

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Megan Burbank's Quote

One of our favorite quotes is from Megan Burbank in the Seattle Times. She wrote about her experience as a beginning ballet student at American Dance Institute:

"Learning ballet as an adult is a chance to return to our bodies, to be true beginners again. It's an escape from work stress, a departure from over-scheduled lives and a way to build confidence that you, too, can learn a new skill."                 Megan Burbank, Seattle Times                                            Read more

Adult Ballet Class Attire

Adult Beginning Ballet Classes
Ladies Attire: Black leotard (any style) and pink tights recommended. Alternately, students may wear black leggings with form fitting top. Pink ballet slippers. Hair pulled back in a bun or ponytail.
Gents: Black tights or dance pants, white T-shirt, black or white ballet slippers.

Adult Intermediate Ballet Classes
Any comfortable dance attire is acceptable.

Class attire available at Centerstage Dance Shop or online at Discount Dance Supply

A Note On Class Meeting Frequency

Adult Ballet in Shoreline & Seattle: We recommend taking class twice or more per week to facilitate progress.  Mixing dance styles will also give you excellent cross-training, and you'll see results much faster. However, if time or budget restraints mean you can only commit to one class per week, we are happy to accommodate you.  

Pointe Classes: Students must take at least two ballet technique classes per week in addition to a pointe class to be eligible for pointe. If you are interested in learning more about pointe classes please let us know.

Commonly Asked Questions About Our Ballet Classes

What Kind Of Adult Ballet Lessons Are Offered?

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

    1Hybrid Classes: You have the option of taking the class in person or online!

   2.  In-Studio Classes:  Take class in the studio with peers, and the instructor.

   3.  Any Day Ballet: A fun, engaging beginning ballet course that you can learn from home   On Demand

What Are The Different 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 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. 
How difficult are ballet lessons?

In terms of the level of devotion and discipline that is required, ballet is among the more difficult forms of dance to learn and perform. Ballet students at the American Dance Institute receive an excellent education and training and we teach a number of methods with the primary emphasis being Vaganova. However, our teaching style is more relaxed. Our classes are geared for adults who enjoy ballet as a recreational pastime vs a career. Most of our students want serious instruction but not overly strict, serious teachers and that is what we offer them.

The more formal higher educational schools have examination procedures within each of the various traditions for the progressive education of dancers. These include the Cecchetti Method of classical ballet training, the Royal Academy of Dancing, the August Bournonville School, the Vaganova Ballet Academy, and the School of American Ballet. Other traditions include the Vaganova Ballet Academy and the School of American Ballet. In addition to this, its instructional methods follow a sequential and standardized curriculum.

Even contemporary dance has its own teaching methodology (for example, the technique taught at the Martha Graham Conservatory of Contemporary Dance or at the studios of Erik Hawkins, Merce Cunningham, and Alvin Ailey).

People are able to participate in "dance courses" with a teacher without having to leave the convenience of their own homes thanks to recordings. Any Day Ballet provides a high-quality and highly regarded starting ballet class for students over the age of 13 that may be completed at home through the use of an on-demand video streaming service.

There are a lot of books that explain how to behave appropriately on a dance floor and write down the rules for different types of dancing. Over the course of time, an expanded quantity of information has been included in publications regarding how to perform specific dance steps, their combinations within dance phrases, and full dance phrases.

Do you offer 'open or drop in' classes?

Yes, In Shoreline & Seattle, we do. These are for adult intermediate and advanced level classes only. Class cards cannot be used in beginning level classes or children's classes.

Is it easy to make friends with other students?

Yes, and many students do. In fact, the class gives everyone common cause, a shared experience that fosters the bonds of friendship. With a modicum of initiative you'll make new friends.

What modes of transportation can I use to get to and from class?

Because our studios are located in busy Seattle neighbourhoods where people live many options exist for traveling to class such as walking, bicycling, bus transportation, and car pooling. And nowadays you could scooter and skateboard if you have them.

Here is a google map. Click the arrow button in the search box and select the mode of transportation you seek. This will give you a better answer to your question. 


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.

Meet Our Ballet Teachers

Rebecca Greenfield teaches at the American Dance Institute
Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Stretch & Strength

Rebecca graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She began her formal Ballet training at Southwest Washington Dance Center. She has completed summer intensives with Summer Dance Lab, Northwest Dance Intensive, Spectrum Dance Theater, and Strictly Seattle.


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21 customer reviews.

Rebecca teaches:



Adult Ballet

Teen Ballet


For kids and adults alike, Rebecca is a creative, engaged, inspiring instructor. She clearly has high expectations for her students and it's exciting and rewarding to work hard in her classes. She's a lot of fun and does a terrific job.

Lisa Stiffler 
ADI Parent & Student

She is great at knowing when to make corrections without being overwhelming. She's a great dancer to watch and is always able to demonstrate proper form.

A. T.
ADI Student

I always took home something new from her class regarding muscle groups used for various positions, very detailed in explaining movement and I like how she is keen on teaching you the right way if she sees you not getting it. She will focus on you but also involve the rest of the class. I think her choreography at the end of the year is very good.

Miranda F. 
ADI Student

Rebecca is really great about breaking down the steps and technique for beginners!

Bobbi T. 
ADI Student

She's knowledgeable and supportive!

Irene H. 
ADI Student

She has high expectations of the dancers and teaches technique well.

Stella B. 
ADI Student

Becca is wonderful.

Melissa K. 
ADI Parent

“Great with the kids, knowledgeable.”

Mark W. 
ADI Parent

13 additional students rated Rebecca 'Consistently Awesome-5 stars'.

Rebecca's Bio

Rebecca has been teaching dance at American Dance Institute since 2010.

She was graduated Cornish College of the Arts with a Bachelor Fine Arts degree.

Rebecca Greenfield began her formal Ballet training at Southwest Washington Dance Center with Hugh Bigney and continued her education with Dean Speer, Jehrin Alexandria, and Stephanie Saland.

She has completed summer intensives with Summer Dance Lab, Northwest Dance Intensive, Spectrum Dance Theater, and Strictly Seattle. 

Rebecca worked closely under the mentorship of Danielle Brosco and danced with Brosco’s company Blacken Tan Dance for over ten years including performances at the “Seattle Fringe Festival” and “12 Minutes Max” for On the Boards.

She performed a work by Donald Byrd in Seattle’s “Dance This! 2010” and recently completed a season with 127th St Dance.

Over the last 10 years, Rebecca has taught ballet, pointe, partnering, hula and modern. She was a co-director of S.W.D.C’s production of “The Nutcracker” for 5 years. 

Interesting Facts

Rebecca was graduated Cornish College of the Arts with a Bachelor Fine Arts degree.

She was a Co-Director of South West Dance Company's production of 'The Nutcracker' for 5 years.

She recently completed a season with the 127th Street Dance company in Seattle.

Rebecca has performed in many  Seattle iconic performances.

Rebecca Barney dance instructor for american dance institute participating in a core building exercise.

Working out in a contemporary dance class.

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Rebecca's graduation photo from Cornish College of the Arts.

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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.

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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.

Dakota Crist is an assistant Director at The American Dance Institute and teaches ballet and more.teaches

Dakota Crist

In-studio & Livestream

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.

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She holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts. Dakota is currently a company member of The Three Yells dance company and she has been teaching since 2009.

She joined American Dance Institute in January of 2018.

Victoria Gutierrez teaches for American Dance Institute
Victoria Gutierrez


Victoria received her professional training at Academia de la Danza Mexicana INBA, where she graduated with a BFA in Classical and Contemporary Dance.

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


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!

Margaret Kenrick, Teacher

 Margaret Rose Kenrick has happily found a home in American Dance Institute to continue her love for dance.  

Margaret has trained in the Vaganova and Cecchetti Methodologies and completed her major exam in the Royal Academy of Dance.  

She has been a health and biology professor and bench scientist for many years in the Northern California bay area while supporting the development of performing arts communities for youth.


Recently, she returned to Seattle, retired from her role as Artistic Director of Benicia Ballet Theatre, and Managing Partner/Director of Benicia Ballet School, LLC.  

While in California, she also co-founded the School of Valley Dance Theater in Livermore, CA, and initiated the dance program for the Community Youth Center in Concord, CA.  

Currently she is the Director of Commercial Education at NanoString Technologies in South Lake Union.  She fell in love with Seattle when she had the honor to train and perform with Pacific Northwest Ballet.  From Seattle, Margaret went on to perform with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, PA. 

She returned to school to complete her degrees in Biology at UCLA and UC Riverside, and Doctorate in Education, Organizational Leadership, from Chapman University, Brandman Division.  

She has two amazing young adult children and loves biking and hiking on her weekends.

Emma Rubbert, Teacher, Shoreline

Emma Rubbert, originally from Olympia, Washington, started training in ballet at Studio West Dance Academy. She has danced in many classical ballet productions, including the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella, and more. 


Emma spent her summers training at ballet summer intensives around the country, such as Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, and Ballet Austin.

In March 2020, Emma began training with former Pacific Northwest Ballet... 

principal dancers Lindsi Dec and Karel Cruz.

Emma has shifted her focus from pursuing professional ballet after being offered a ballet contract to teaching and attending school.

Emma attended the University of Washington, where she pursued a B.A. in political science and international security and a minor in international affairs in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Asia.

She is excited to teach for the American Dance Institute.

Emma enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends, attending football games, and chilling nights in front of a cozy fireplace.

Professional dancer Maria Coombes teaches ballroom dance classes at the American Dance Institute Wedgwood, starting in January 2023.
Mariia Coombes, Teacher, 

Mariia Coombes is a professional ballroom dancer from Russia.

She was a finalist of 25+ Russian DanceSport competitions, such as Grand Prix Dynamo WDSF 2015 in Moscow, Saint Petersburg Championship 2015 and Saint Petersburg Ball WDSF 2015. Mariia took part in International Competitions as well - in 2014 she flew to Helsinki to participate in the Finland Open, then, in 2015, to Stuttgart to perform at the German Open Championship. 

From age 5 to 10 she also studied ballet along with team dance classes.


Professional dancer Maria Coombes teaches ballroom dance classes at the American Dance Institute Wedgwood, starting in January 2023.

Mariia has taken part in famous DanceSport camps and worked with dozens of ballroom legends such as 5-time U.S. Nation Champion Karina Smirnoff from Dancing with the Stars, 5-time U.S. Nation Champion Slavik Kryklyvyy from Shall We Dance, 16-time Professional World Latin Dance Champion Gaynor Fairweather, and many others.

Mariia moved to the U.S. in August of 2022. She has taught ballroom dance to beginners, kids, solo, Pro-Am and Professional dancers in her home country and is very excited to now share her experience and passion for ballroom dancing with ADI students.

She teaches Latin-American program (Samba, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive) as well as Standard (Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese waltz, Tango).

Mariia enjoys many other forms of art such as drawing, crafts, and singing.

She is also a huge dog lover.


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.

A short video filmed from the viewing of our Shoreline studio of a new beginning ballet class in their 2nd week of classes. Looking good!

Intermediate ballet dancers, adults and juniors performing together for the Greenwood-Phinney ArtWalk audience in May 2018.

Ballet body types, these are all perfectly acceptable.

Ballet body types, these are all perfectly acceptable.

What If I Don't Have A Ballet Body?

This is a very common question, and the notion that every dancer should have or maintain a "ballet body" is wrong. Your body is perfect! 

We at American Dance Institute is truly accepting of all body types. We are a serious school, dedicated to excellence, and we want everyone to experience the great joy that comes from dance. Take a free trial class and see for yourself. Now, Feel the welcoming vibe that radiates from our staff, teachers, and wonderful students. If you face any problem or just a beginner, we are here to address the issue and give you the tremendous out via our Beginner Ballet Classes for Adults now in our studios in Shoreline and Seattle. 

"ballet classes for adult beginners... wonderful"

Denise S. Wrote in a Google Review: "American Dance Institute has wonderful ballet classes for adults. I danced here off and on for several years and every class I took was excellent. The staff is super friendly and professional but approachable. As a beginner, I felt welcomed from the start. I was out of shape, but felt still loved and accepted by all. After moving away for a job, I miss ADI very much.. Come to San Francisco!"

What does an excellent ballet school look like?

 What does an excellent ballet school look like?

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Students engaged in barre exercises during Adult Ballet dance Classes at american dance institute

  • Ballet studios have 'sprung' floors that 'give' to protect knees, ankels, and feet. Sprung dance floors protect you from injuries.
  • Simultaneously, the ballet school has accommodating school policies, like a 100% money back guarantee if you don't like your class for any reason, if your health, schedule, or life changes unexpectedly.
  • Expert dance teachers who know how to give you personalized attention and gentle corrections so you can learn faster and progress further.
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