Ballet Classes


Ballet Classes Seattle & Shoreline: Our students are shown above executing a tendu a-la-seconde movement as they warm up for the evening's Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk performances. 

Wayne Rutledge Photograph

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About Our Ballet Class Schedules

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

    1. Live-Streamed Classes: Since classes are online, you have the convenience of plugging into any location's classes, no matter where you live! There is something for every age group every day of the week.

   2.  In-Studio Classes:  All In-Studio dance classes have been suspended and will be live streamed starting Tuesday November 17 in compliance with current Washington State COVID-19 guidance.

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

Course Level 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. 

NEW! Any Day Ballet-Learn Beginning Ballet From Home

Winter 2021 Schedules

Jan 4 - March 28, 2021

Live-Streamed Class Schedule

In-Studio Class Schedule

Winter/Spring 2021 Schedules

February 8 - June 17, 2021

Live-Streamed Winter/Spring Class Schedule

In-Studio Class Schedule

Still unsure? Come in and take a trial class for free. But hurry, these ballet classes fill quickly. In the above schedules choose your class and then click the free trial button below your column.

What do our Ballet Classes Include?

All of our Ballet classes include barre, center, stretching, adagio, and allegro work. We focus on clean execution and a physical and intellectual understanding of how and why each movement is executed. With our exclusive teaching 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.

One of our favorite quotes is from Megan Burbank of the Seattle Times who 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

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.

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 streaming quality.
  • Large TV screens allow teachers to clearly see their students.
  • Teachers give student corrections very effectively.
  • Excellent voice quality allows students to clearly hear teacher.
  • Excellent music transmission quality allows students to hear music in real time (without lags).
  • Students are able to see and chat with their classmates to maintain and grow friendships.

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

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Testimonials: Ballet Class At American Dance Institute

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.

What If I Don't Have A Ballet Body?

Ballet body types at American Dance Institute

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. Feel the welcoming vibe that radiates from our staff, teachers, and wonderful students.

"ballet classes for adults... 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. I started out a beginner and felt welcome from day one. I was out of shape, believe me, but still felt loved and accepted by all. I moved out of the neighborhood to a new job in a new town and I miss ADI. Come to San Francisco!"

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Students engaged in barre exercises during Adult Ballet dance Classes at American Dance Institute.

What does an excellent ballet school look like?

 What does an excellent ballet school look like?

Making corrections is what great dance teachers do in class. Here ADI Founder, Director Elizabeth Chayer corrects an adult beginning Ballet student in Ballet Studio #2.

Making corrections is what great dance teachers do in class. Here ADI Founder, Director Elizabeth Chayer corrects an adult beginning Ballet student in Ballet Studio #2.

  • It has non-competitive ballet classes where everyone competes with themselves and not fellow students. No competition makes for friendly teachers and classmates so you will always feel welcome and accepted.
  • A ballet class where the teacher understands that the pace of the class has to be good for you and knows how to balance that pace for everyone.
  • Ballet studios have 'sprung' floors that 'give' to protect knees, ankels, and feet. Sprung dance floors protect you from injuries.
  • 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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Ballet Dancers from the 2018 Annual Dance Recital. Performing is optional for every student.

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