Ballet Classes ⋆ American Dance Institute ⋆ Seattle & Shoreline

Adult Ballet Classes

Seattle & Shoreline

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Ballet Classes: Our students are shown above executing a soutenu a-la-seconde movement as they warm up for the evening's Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk performances. Are there ballet classes near me, is not the only question to ask yourself when considering dance schools.  Also ask, who has the best ballet classes for adults and kids in Shoreline and Seattle?

About Our Ballet Classes

All of our Ballet classes include barre, center, stretching, adagio and allegro work. We focus on clean execution and both a physical and intellectual understanding of how and why each movement is executed. With our exclusive teaching methods, you will progress further, faster and safer in half the time required by other less caring dance schools. Whether you are experimenting to see where your interests lie or might be an aspiring dancer, you will love adult ballet classes in Seattle at American Dance Institute.

Still unsure? Come in and take a free trial class. We're so confident that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied we will refund your money. But hurry, these dance classes fill quickly.

New Beginner & Returning Dancers

Why I dance...

We surveyed 150 discerning Seattle & Shoreline area dancers why they take dance classes. Here are their most insightful responses and you can watch them in the video too. .55 Sec  

  • I dance to set my body free.
  • I dance to put my mind at ease.
  • I dance to express my deepest self.
  • I dance to keep my life in balance.
  • I dance to fill my world with joy. 
  • I dance to feed my soul.
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By Megan Burbank,  

Seattle Times travel and outdoors editor

Ballet Classes For All Ages

In addition to the adult ballet class offerings on this page, American Dance Institute of Seattle & Shoreline offers a comprehensive selection of children's ballet for ages 5-7, for ages 8-10, kid's ballet for ages 11-14, and ballet lessons for teenagers.

Ballet Class Schedules

Winter-Spring 2019

Summer 2019

Ballet Class Notes

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 in Shoreline & Seattle

Attire: Any comfortable dance attire is acceptable.

Attire Available at Center Stage Capezio 


Class Meeting Frequency

Adult Ballet Shoreline & Seattle: While we recommend taking classes twice or more a week to facilitate progress, we can accommodate you in just one class if that is what works best for you.  Mixing dance styles will also give you excellent cross-training (i.e. Two Ballet classes and a Contemporary class) and you'll see results much faster. However, if time or budget restraints mean taking only one class per week, then we will help you make the most of your class.  

Pointe Class Note: Students must take at least two ballet technique classes per week in addition to the pointe class to be eligible for pointe.

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.

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​"When you overcome procrastination because of your shyness, self consciousness, preconceived notions, or fear, you are ready to experience new sources of strength, inspiration, and joy. New & returning dancers, who walk into American Dance Institute’s studios, experience this every day. Join them."

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What If I Don't Have A Ballet Body?

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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.

This questions speaks to the culture in dance schools. Some schools say everyone is welcome including beginner students and all body types but they may make you feel otherwise once you've enrolled. It depends on the school.

At best you'll be ignored by teachers and fellow students, at worst you'll be ridiculed. 

American Dance Institute is truly accepting of all body types. We are a serious school, dedicated to excellence that doesn't take itself too seriously. 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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"Great ballet training without judgment or pretentiousness."

"When I moved to Seattle, ADI was immediately inviting, open, and welcoming in every way. The studios, directorship, and staff offer a home for great training without judgment or pretentiousness." 

Joshua Crouch Professional Dancer/Teacher

Beginning Ballet Classes For Adults

ADI has friendly, accommodating and non-competitive ballet classes.

What does non-competitive ballet classes mean in this context? It means that everyone competes with themselves, not with other students and not with you

Ballet Studios: Some competitive ballet studios are filled with tension.  Remove competitive behavior and a supportive and encouraging environment will flourish.

That is why you will always feel welcome in our ballet classes, and feel you belong in the class no matter your proficiency, body type or age. It is a fun and wonderful  environment to learn in.

We understand that many people experience some apprehension when committing to a new dance class, especially ballet.

Our fabulous Ballet instructors break everything down so that you learn it quickly. 

This ballet school is just what you need. Please try our Seattle & Shoreline Ballet classes and experience the joyful ADI difference.

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

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ADI's  Seattle and Shoreline ballet classes for adults cater to new-beginning, intermediate and advanced ballet students.  Come learn, dance and experience the joy that only dancers know.

  • 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.
  • It's 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' wood floors that 'give' to protect knees, feet, and ankles. Run away from studios with padding & hardwood over concrete. The standard padding inserted between concrete and hardwood does not 'give' enough to protect dancer's feet.  And heaven forbid, run, run away from dance studios with just concrete or linoleum on floors.  Ignoring this advice can result in serious early injury  to knees, ankles, and feet.
  • A school 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 so you can learn faster and  progress further.

What do adult Ballet students say about these Ballet classes?

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