Ballet For Kids Ages 5-7

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

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About Our Ballet For Kids Program

  • Ballet for kids ages 5-7, or Pre-Ballet, continues 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.

The Importance Of Teaching via Ballet Syllabus

Ballet is a journey, as ballet students progress in their training,  their bodies grow stronger, muscle memory improves, and their confidence grows.

This combination of benefits allows them to continuously build on the skills and choreography learned in earlier classes. It is critical that they not be taught new positions and steps before their bodies are ready for the challenges those steps demand. 

As your child progresses, they may be assigned a new teacher. You will want that teacher to continue with the same syllabus and not change with every new teacher. That results in inconsistent, haphazard student progression and it can be risky if they don't have the proper foundation to build on. 

This is why a carefully developed syllabus is so important. Your child's physical health, safety, and progress is consistent, safe and seamless over many years. Their confidence and self image grows as well and who doesn't want a confident child with a healthy self image? :)

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Pre-Ballet Class Schedule

  • We will offer live-streamed and in-studio classes through the session. All in-studio classes will adhere to Washington Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines. Masks are required for everyone.

Summer 2022 Class Schedule

June 27, 2022 - September 1, 2022

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Winter/Spring 2022 Class Schedule

February 7, 2022 - June 16, 2022

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Spring 2022 Class Schedule

March 28, 2022 - June 16, 2022

In addition to our Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer Sessions, we will be offering a special Spring Session for new beginning students of all ages. Our Spring Session runs from  March 28, 2022 through June 16, 2022.

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Dress Code: Pre-Ballet Class Attire

  • 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.

Testimonial

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"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

Kid's Ballet: Meet Your 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
Margaret Behm, Modern dance instructor American Dance Institute

Margaret Behm

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How to Recognize An Excellent Kid's Ballet Class

  • Children 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. At our non-competitive school students, staff, and parents are friendly, 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 'sprung' floors that give to protect little feet and ankles
  • Seek out ballet dance schools with accommodating customer policies like a guaranteed credit if you don't like your class for any reason. 
  • And look for a school that has expert ballet teachers who will give your child personalized attention so they will progress quickly and safely.

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