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.

Class Schedules

Summer Session 

Spring Session

Winter/Spring Session

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.

Adult Ballet Class Attire

Adult Beginning Ballet Classes

Traditional Ladies Attire is Black leotard (any style) and pink tights, pink ballet slippers. But if the thought of pink tights scares you away, alternately, students may wear black leggings with form fitting top. Hair pulled back in a bun or ponytail.
Gents: Black tights or dance pants or dance shorts, 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

Notes On Class Meeting Frequency

Classes meets once a week for 9-12 week sessions 

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.

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.  

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! 

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. 

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.

Can I join a class that has already started?

Yes! You can join our classes at anytime we prorate the fee at $25 per class. Recital classes close mid way through the session and teacher approval is required. 



Meet Our Ballet Teachers

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.

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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
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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!

Emma Rubbert, Teacher

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.


What does an excellent ballet school look like?

 What does an excellent ballet school look like?

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.

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.

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