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Ballet Classes

Seattle & Shoreline

No Snootiness allowed  : )

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. 

About Our Ballet Classes

Ballet studios in Seattle's Greenwood & Magnolia and in Shoreline's North City

  • 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. 

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.

Still unsure? Come in and take a trial class for free. But hurry, these dance classes fill quickly.

Ballet Classes For Kids

In addition to the adult ballet class offerings on this page, American Dance Institute of Seattle & Shoreline offers a comprehensive selection of pre-ballet for ages 5-7, children's ballet or ages 8-10, and ballet lessons for ages 11 through teens. Click on the age you are wanting information on.

Adult Ballet Class Schedule

Fall 2019

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.

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?

adult ballet body shapes
adult ballet body shapes
adult ballet body shapes
adult ballet body shapes

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!"

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

"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."     M. Burbank

By Megan Burbank,  

Seattle Times travel and outdoors editor

ballet classes shoreline, lake forest park

Ballet Dancers from the 2019 Annual Dance Recital

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