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Ballet For Kids – Ages 5-7

Ballet For Kids: In addition to the ballet for kids class offerings on this page, American Dance Institute offers a comprehensive selection of adult ballet classes, ballet & tap dance classes for ages 5-7,  kid's ballet classes for ages 8-10, Jr. ballet classes for for ages 11-14,  and for Teenage ballet classes.

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We surveyed 300 discerning Seattle area parents asking why they insist on dance classes for their children. Here are the most often cited responses.   (53 seconds)

Ballet For Kids Ages 5-7

* Ballet for kids ages 5-7, or Pre-Ballet: These classes continue working on all the elements of our Creative Dance class series, but also introduces the basic ballet positions and preparatory steps.

* Kids ballet classes focus more attention on ballet etiquette, terminology, musicality, and phrasing.

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

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

Ballet For Kids Dance Class Schedules

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Fall-Current

Dress Code
Kids Ballet Class Attire

* Ballet Girls wear short sleeve cotton leotard (Bloch Style #CL5402) in light pink, pink tights and pink Ballet slippers.

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

* Ballet Boys wear black dance pants or sweats, white T-shirt, white or black ballet slippers black tap shoes.

* Attire is available at Centerstage Capezio 5261 University NE (527-4697). Or check our swap box.

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American Dance Institute's founder/Director, Elizabeth Chayer is featured on King 5's New Day Television program promoting the school's partnership with the world acclaimed Moscow Ballet and their 2018 production of the Great Russian Nutcracker at Seattle's  Paramount Theater.

Kid's Ballet: Meet Your Teachers

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Seattle area dance students selected to perform with the famous Moscow Ballet.

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Komo Television's Seattle Refined videotaped portions of Seattle's Moscow Ballet Nutcracker auditions and they interviewed participants at American Dance Institute's Greenwood Studios. Their show aired Tuesday, September 19th at 3 pm on Channel 4.   You can watch the show now Behind The Scenes Of The Cutest Nutcracker Auditions.

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Ballet dance students perform on stage with the Moscow Ballet.


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Dance teacher, Ines Andrade, with her childrens pre-ballet students 'back stage' awaiting their art-walk performance.

Kid's Ballet Ages 5-7

How to Recognize An Excellent School

You're looking for Kid's Ballet classes, but how do you find an excellent Ballet dance school? What questions do you ask?  Here is some seasoned advice.

  • Children, ages 5-7, should not start formal ballet training until they are nearing eight years of age. Little 5-7 year old bodies are not ready for the strenuous demands of formal ballet training. Your child can start building a ballet foundation in our pre-ballet classes.
  • Look for a non-competitive ballet school. Competitive ballet schools have their place but not with very young children. Little kids are not ready for competition. And in our non-competitive school, students, staff and parents are all friendlier, less stressed, and more relaxed.
  • Find a class where the teacher understands that the pace of the class has to be good for your child. Look for a dance studio with specially designed 'sprung' floors that 'give' to protect little feet and ankles. Avoid dance studios with regular wood floors and heaven forbid mat- or linoleum-covered concrete floors.
  • Seek out ballet dance schools with accommodating customer policies like a guaranteed credit if you don't like your class for any reason. Look for clean, bright sunlit dance studios.
  • And look for a school that has expert ballet teachers who will give your child personalized attention and they will progress quickly and safely.

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