Pre Ballet For Kids

 Ages 5-7

A Ballet for kids ages 5-7 class at American Dance Institute's Greenwood Studio

About Our Pre-Ballet Dance Classes

Continuous learning

Pre-Ballet, continues working on all the elements of our Creative Dance class series, but also introduces the basic ballet positions and preparatory steps. Children should not start formal ballet training until they are nearing eight years of age.

Beginning students start in Pre-Ballet I. Promotion to levels II and III is by instructor recommendation.

Progressing levels of our Pre-ballet classes gradually increase the emphasis on ballet technique, building the grace, poise, and strength required to execute the more demanding technical work in our ballet classes. 

Dress Code

Girls wear short sleeve cotton leotard (Bloch Style #CL5402) in light pink, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers. Boys wear black dance pants or sweats, white T-shirt, white or black ballet slippers. 

Hair should be pulled back in a bun if it will fit. If short, it should be pulled back off the face.

Attire is available at Centerstage Dance Shop, or check our swapbox

Class Schedules & Studio Locations

Winter/Spring Session Classes

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

  • Greenwood

  • Shoreline

  • Wedgwood

  • Magnolia

Winter Session Classes

Session Dates: January 2, 2024- March 24, 2024

  • Greenwood

  • Shoreline

  • Wedgwood

  • Magnolia

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a pre-ballet class, and at what age should my child start?

  • The American Dance Institute’s pre-ballet classes are an introductory dance class designed for young children to introduce them to the fundamentals of traditional ballet. Our children can start pre-ballet classes typically around the age of 5 to 7 years old. 

Do I need to buy special ballet shoes for my child's pre-ballet class?

  • Yes, we require white or black-colored ballet slippers for your child.

Are ballet tutus and leotards required for pre-ballet classes?

  • Girls wear short-sleeve cotton leotards (Bloch brand Style #CL5402) in light pink, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers. Boys wear black dance pants or sweats, a white T-shirt, and white or black ballet slippers.

How long is a typical pre-ballet class, and what can my child expect to learn?

  • Pre-ballet classes are 45 minutes long.  In these classes, children learn basic ballet movements, such as pliés, tendus, and arabesques. They also develop coordination, balance, and rhythm while having fun through creative exercises.

Are pre-ballet classes only for aspiring ballerinas?

  • No, pre-ballet classes are not exclusively for future professional dancers. They are designed to introduce children to the joy of dance, improve physical coordination, and develop discipline and focus. These skills can benefit children in various aspects of life, even if they do not pursue ballet as a long-term activity.

 Meet Your Ballet For Kids Teachers

"Just as in the best schools, the quality of the dance school teacher makes all the difference to your child's experience."  Elizabeth Chayer

Sharon Foweler 

Mommy & Me, Creative Dance, and Pre-Ballet

Sharon started dancing when she was five years old at a studio in her hometown of Omaha, NE, where she studied ballet, jazz, and tap. During college at the University of Kansas, she also began studying modern dance and performed with the University Dance Company and other local dance groups. 

She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in dance, and after graduation, she worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. She eventually attended law school and then moved in 1993 to Seattle, where she practiced law for more than 20 years. 

Angie Ababurko

Mommy & Me, Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet, and Adult Ballet.

Angie began her dance adventure in Port Angeles, WA studying Ballet, Gymnastics and Cheer at the age of 5 and through her youth. She continued to dance through high school being a part of the Rider Angels Dance Team which focused on Jazz and Modern dance styles. Moving to the Seattle area she furthered her dance studies and eventually became a part of a Contemporary Performing Company. 

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

Dakota Crist

Assistant Director & office manager


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.

Ainsleigh Orwin Instructor The American Dance Institute

Ainsleigh Orwin

Office Manager,

Ballet, hip-hop, mommy & me & creative Dance

Ainsleigh Orwin began dancing at the age of 5 at Village Dance Arts in Claremont, CA where she was trained in RAD curriculum ballet, as well as modern, jazz, hip-hop, and tap. In 2017, Ainsleigh moved to Seattle to continue her education at the University of Washington. She currently holds a B.A. in Dance and B.S. in Biology (Physiology) from UW.

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.

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.

What are Ballet Dance Classes like at American Dance Institute?


Ebba Lucander


"Enroll your children in the American Dance Institute and relax. "

"It was here, at the American Dance Institute, that we, as parents, realized that we could relax and enjoy watching the growth of my daughter's dance skills. She was never made to feel that she wasn't good enough. She was always excited to come, every time. I think it is partially due to the culture here which is welcoming, comfortable and has an inviting atmosphere for children of all ages, genders, for adults and parents, everybody. It is like a neighborhood community school."

Ebba Lucander-  Entrepreneur, Activist, ADI Parent for 5 years

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Miscellaneous Info

At the American Dance Institute Studios in Seattle and Shoreline, Washington, we offer ballet for kids that sparks the imagination of kids 3.5–5 years old. Our Greenwood studio neighbors include the Greenwood branch of the Seattle public library, the Greenwood Elementary School, enchanting Woodland Park Zoo, Red Mill Burgers, and Taco del Mar. In Wedgwood, our neighbors are Dahl Playfield, the infamous Wedgwood Rock, the Wedgwood Swim Club, and the Temple Beth Early Learning School. In Magnolia, we have next to our studios the Magnolia Ace Hardware Store, the Magnolia Garden Center, the Magnolia Playfield, and the Magnolia branch of the US Post Office. Our Shoreline studios are in North City, and our neighbors include the Safeway store at 17202 15th Ave. NE, Northcrest Park, Hamlin Park, and the venerable Frank Lumber The Door Store.

Our young dancers attending ballet for kids live in all of the neighborhoods around our schools. Shoreline kids come from North City, Lake Forest Park, Ridgecrest, Shorecrest, Sheridan Beach, Woodland, Lakeview Terrace, and Mountlake Terrace. Our Greenwood Studio sees kids who live in Loyal Heights, Ballard, Green Lake, Fremont, and Crown Hill. Our Wedgwood students live in Maple Leaf, Ravenna, Hawthorne Hills, and Mathews Beach. Our Magnolia studio sees kids travel from Queen Anne, Ballard, Lawton Park, and Interbay. They dance like joyful graceful kittens as the discover the the grace of ballet.