Adult Ballet Classes Near (You)

Ballet for the rest of us: Students practice their ballet positions in our non-competitive intermediate level ballet class. Our ballet studios are big and spacious.
An early class in a beginning ballet session.
An intermediate class ballet performance.

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An intermediate class ballet performance.

About Our Ballet Classes for Adults

Fun, Friendly, and Not Competitive

We offer beginning, intermediate, advanced, and pointe. With ballet studios in Greenwood, Wedgwood, Magnolia, and Shoreline, there is likely to be a studio very close to you.

Our adult ballet classes in Seattle and Shoreline include barre, center, stretching, adagio, and allegro work.

However, we emphasize 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. Adult ballet classes at the American Dance Institute are great for anyone looking to explore new interests or for aspiring dancers. 

You will get exercise—a good physical workout—in every class, and as your physical fitness increases, so will your ballet technique and 

skills.

Ballet Class Schedules

Summer Session Ballet Classes

Session Dates: July 1, 2024- August 29, 2024

  • Greenwood

  • Shoreline

  • Wedgwood

  • Magnolia

Winter/Spring Session Classes

Run Feb 12 - June 20, 2024

Spring Session Classes

Run March 25 - June 20, 2024

Spring Session Ballet Classes

Session Dates: March 25th - June 20th

  • Greenwood

  • Shoreline

  • Wedgwood

  • Magnolia

Winter/Spring Session Classes

Session Dates: February 12, 2024 - June 20, 2024

  • Greenwood

  • Shoreline

  • Wedgwood

  • Magnolia

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

Ballet body types, these are all perfectly acceptable.Your body is perfect!

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! Every body is a Ballet body.

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.  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. Try our Beginner Ballet Classes for Adults in our studios located at Shoreline and Seattle.

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.

FrequentlyAsked Questions About Our Ballet Classes

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 are required, ballet is among the more difficult forms of dance to learn and perform. However, properly trained instructors will break things down for beginner's and build a solid foundation from the ground up. Ballet students at the American Dance Institute receive excellent education and training, and we teach an eclectic blend of different 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 rather than 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. The American Dance Institute's teachers follow a standard curriculum as well; however, we do not require testing before advancement.

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 online "dance courses" with a teacher without having to leave the convenience of their own homes, though the complaint often heard is that they move too fast and teach intermediate ballet despite the beginner's ability.

Thanks to our home course, taught by school founder Elizabeth Chayer,  Any Day Ballet videos provide a high-quality and highly regarded beginning ballet class for students aged 13–99 that may be completed at home through the use of an on-demand video streaming service.

 

Do you offer 'open or drop-in' classes?

Yes for adult intermediate level classes only. Class cards and drop ins are not available for beginning level classes or children's classes.

 
What do I wear to ballet class?

Ladies : Traditional Ballet attire for ladies is black leotard, pink tights and pink Ballet slippers. But if the thought of pink tights scares you away, alternately, students may wear black leggings with a form fitting top. 

Hair pulled back in a bun or ponytail.

Ballet slippers or socks.

Gents: Black tights or dance pants or dance shorts, white T-shirt, black or white ballet slippers or socks.

Can I join a class that has already started?

Yes! You can join any level appropriate class at any time; we prorate the fee at $25 per class. Recital classes close mid way through the session and teacher approval is required. 

 

 
What if I miss a class?

No worries! We offer makeup class options at any location in any same level class before the end of the session season.


Meet Your Adult Ballet Teachers

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

Dakota Crist

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.

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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. 

Victoria Gutierrez teaches for American Dance Institute

Victoria Gutierrez

ballet & creative Dance

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.

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Margaret Kenrick

Ballet

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.

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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.

Elana Skeers, Dance Teacher, The American Dance Institute

Elana Skeers

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.

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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.

Nalisha Rangel

 Ballet & Contemporary

Nalisha Rangel is completing our Teacher Training Certificate program and joins the American Dance Institute staff to teach ballet and contemporary dance.


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Nalisha Rangel started dancing when she was six years old, studying ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and modern dance at Arizona's Tucson School of Ballet, under Linda and Leslie Walker. After graduating high school, Nalisha moved to Flagstaff, where she continued her training at Coconino Community College. After moving to Seattle, she trained under Marlo Martin. 

Nalisha is also a self-taught, meditative ink illustrator and muralist, founder and Creative Director of Nalisha Estrellas. Check out her dance-related artwork(and more) at https://www.artbynalisha.com/. It is very lovely!




What does an excellent ballet school look like?

Why is our ballet school one of the best in greater Seattle?

Our studios have 'sprung' floors that 'give' to protect knees, ankles, and feet & prevent injury.

Free trials in all classes, refunds or class credit for dropping classes early.

Expert dance teachers who know how to give you personalized attention and gentle corrections to learn faster and progress further.


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Additional Information

In the vibrant neighborhoods of Greenwood, Wedgwood, and Magnolia in Seattle, as well as in North City, Shoreline, WA, the American Dance Institute (ADI) is renowned for offering a welcoming and enriching environment for adult ballet classes. The studio's classrooms are thoughtfully designed to foster an atmosphere of learning and creativity, where every rehearsal is an opportunity to refine skills and express oneself through the graceful art of ballet. Parents looking for a wholesome exercise option for themselves often find these classes to be a perfect fit, benefiting from the structured yet nurturing environment that ADI provides.

Communication with the institute is streamlined and personal, with students and parents able to inquire and manage their schedules through a simple email system. The barre in each classroom is not just a piece of equipment; it's the starting point of every dancer's journey towards mastering balance and technique. ADI also acknowledges the importance of proper attire, encouraging students to wear appropriate ballet shoes, which, alongside brands like Capezio, symbolize quality and dedication to the craft. While ballet is the core, the institute also embraces other dance forms like tap dance, highlighting the diversity in dance education they offer.

Understanding the nuances of ballet is crucial, and ADI ensures that students are well-versed in the glossary of ballet, enriching their knowledge and appreciation of the art form. Creativity is at the heart of contemporary ballet classes, where traditional boundaries are expanded, and students are encouraged to explore new forms of expression. This creative exploration extends to the choice of clothing and accessories, including the ballet skirt, which adds a visual element to the dancer's movements, enhancing the overall aesthetic of the performance.

The experience of attending ballet classes at ADI is more than just learning dance; it's about becoming part of a community that values etiquette, respect, and mutual understanding among students and instructors. This environment minimizes the risk of injury, as classes are designed to be safe and inclusive, catering to various skill levels. From the ballet shoe to the canvas used in pointe technique, every element of the class is carefully selected to enhance the learning experience.

Set against the backdrop of Washington state, with its rich cultural and artistic heritage, ADI's studios are a hub of musical and dance education. Tuition payments are an investment in a comprehensive educational experience, where the joy of dance is coupled with the discipline of technique. Each studio, whether in Greenwood, Wedgwood, Magnolia, or Shoreline, is a sanctuary where the timeless art of ballet is celebrated, and every student's journey into dance is supported with the utmost care and professionalism.

Nestled within the vibrant tapestry of Seattle's neighborhoods, the American Dance Institute (ADI) offers adult ballet classes that provide a serene escape from the bustling city life, reminiscent of the tranquil retreats found in the area's cherished parks like Woodland Park Zoo, Carkeek Park, and Ballard Commons Park. These classes in Greenwood, Wedgwood, Magnolia, and the North City neighborhood of Shoreline, WA, draw inspiration from the surrounding natural beauty and community hubs, integrating the peaceful essence of Seattle's green spaces into the heart of the dance experience.

Just as the Woodland Park Zoo and Carkeek Park serve as vital green lungs in the city, offering residents and visitors alike a chance to reconnect with nature and unwind, ADI's studios provide a sanctuary where adults can explore the art of ballet, embrace physical wellness, and foster a sense of community. The connection between the serene park environments, like the lush landscapes of Crown Hill Park and the iconic views from Loyal Heights, Seattle, mirrors the grace and poise that ballet instills in its practitioners.

The cultural vibrancy of Seattle, from the eclectic dining experiences at local favorites like Red Mill Burgers and Taco del Mar to the unique coffee culture epitomized by Starbucks, is reflected in the diverse community that ADI serves. The institute's commitment to accessibility and inclusivity invites a wide array of students from various backgrounds, much like the diverse neighborhoods of Seattle, including Tacoma, Bellevue, and Kirkland, each contributing their unique flavor to the rich cultural mosaic of the region.

The spirit of innovation and creativity that thrives in Seattle, home to iconic companies and artists, from the pioneering coffee giant Starbucks to the dynamic performances of Killer Mike, resonates within the walls of ADI's studios. Ballet classes here are not just about learning dance; they're about embracing creativity, exploring personal expression, and becoming part of a community that values the arts as a vital component of urban life.

As ADI continues to enrich the lives of adults through ballet in these Seattle neighborhoods, it stands as a testament to the city's enduring love for the arts, the importance of community spaces, and the collective pursuit of personal growth and wellness, much like the cherished parks and cultural landmarks that make Seattle a vibrant place to live and dance.