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Ballet For Kids – Ages 5-7

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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, ballet classes for ages 8-10,  ballet classes for for ages 11-14,  and Teen ballet classes.

Ballet For Kids Ages 5-7

* 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.

Ballet For Kids Dance Class Schedules

Summer 2019

Fall 2019

Dress Code: Pre-Ballet Class Attire

*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.

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

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

Greenwood

8001 Greenwood Ave North, Seattle, WA 98103

Magnolia

3116 West Smith Street, Seattle WA 98199

Shoreline, WA

1240 NE 175th Street, Shoreline, WA 98155

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

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How to Recognize An Excellent Kid's Ballet Class

  • 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. 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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