Ballet School ⋆American Dance Institute⋆ Greenwood, Magnolia, Shoreline

  "Children learn how to strive for excellence when placed in a dance studio with like-minded students."      E. Chayer

In addition to the class offerings on this page, American Dance Institute's ballet  schools offer a comprehensive selection of adult ballet classes, children's ballet classes for ages 5-7, ballet and tap dance classes for ages 5-7 kid's ballet classes for ages 8-10, and teenage ballet classes.

Junior Ballet Class  Schedule

Winter/Spring 2018 

(Ages 11-14)
Please note age cutoff date is August 31

Most of our Ballet classes are offered as a twice a week class as it is strongly recommended as a minimum for the study of Ballet. It truly expedites the muscle memory allowing dancers to progress much more quickly. If you can only attend once a week, it is recommended you take one of the single weekend classes. However, if one weekday class is all that works for you, we would still love to have you. Just expect that there will be a difference in technical ability from some of the other students at the end of the session.

Greenwood and Magnolia Winter/Spring Sessions run February 4 - June 17, 2018.
Shoreline session runs late early February (once we open) to June 17, 2018.

3 Convenient Ballet School Locations

Juniors are between ages of 11 and 13.

Greenwood Ballet School

Junior/Teen Beginning Ballet Ib 

Returning Beginners
Two classes per week required.

Tuesdays, 4:30-5:45 PM, with Ballet school instructor, Jenn Taranto, in Studio #2

Junior/Teen Beginning Ballet  II

Tuesdays, 5:15-6:30 PM, with Ballet instructor, Kara Burrows in Studio #1

Saturdays, 1:30-2:45 PM, with Ballet instructor, Maia Nowack in Studio #2

Magnolia Ballet School

Junior/Teen Beginning Ballet I

Wednesdays, 4:45-6:00 PM with Ballet instructor Alyssa Brillinger

Junior/Teen Ballet III

Mondays, 5:15-6:45 pm with Margaret Behm

New Shoreline Ballet School

We are not currently offering any Junior/Teen ballet classes in Shoreline. We would love to have any interested teens in our Adult/Teen classes.

Junior Ballet Classes: All About Ours

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.

Ballet Class Attire

Attire: available at Center Stage Capezio 5261 University Way NE, Seattle WA 98115 (527-4697) or check our swap box.

Children’s Beginning Ballet School Year Attire:

Girls wear short sleeve cotton leotard (Bloch style CL 5402) in Pastel Blue, pink tights, and pink Ballet slippers. Hair must be pulled back in a bun if it will fit. If short, it should be pulled back off the face.
Boys wear black tights, white T-Shirt and black or white Ballet slippers.

Junior Ballet Attire:

Girls wear cotton tank leotard (Bloch style # 5405) in black, pink tights and pink Ballet slippers. Hair must be pulled back in a bun if it will fit. If short, it should be pulled back off the face.Boys wear black tights, white T-Shirt and black or white Ballet slippers.

Area Children Danced The Nutcracker With The Esteemed Moscow Ballet At Seattle's Paramount Theater in 2017!


Ballet Schools: You're looking for ballet school for kids ages 11-14. How do you find a great ballet school? What questions should you ask? Here is some advice. 

  • Seek out non-competitive kid's ballet dance classes where everyone is friendly and your child will always feel welcome.
  • Look for a ballet school where the teacher understands that the pace of the class has to be good for your child.
  • Insist on a ballet school whose studio floors are 'sprung' wood floors that 'give' to protect their feet and ankles. Avoid studios with regular wood floors and heaven to bid, run away from dance studios with concrete floors.
  • And find ballet schools with accommodating school policies like a 100% money back guarantee if you don't like your class for any reason.
  • With chemical free, clean, bright studios, sunlit, if possible.
  • Most importantly look for a ballet school that has expert ballet dance teachers who know how to give your child personalized attention so they will progress faster.

We wrote a quick read guide: 10 Top Questions to Ask A Dance School-Before You Give Them Your Money. It's FREE here.

Meet Your Ballet Teachers

"Just as in any great school, the quality of the teacher makes all the difference." 

                                                  Elizabeth Chayer

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 Elizabeth Chayer 

 Founder/Director American Dance institute 

"Young children do not understand competition. We encourage students to first discover their 'own best self', not to compare themselves to others who may have more or less natural ability. " 

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Ariel, a long-time American Dance Institute student, chats up the Junior Ballet students back stage before a Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk performance.

American Dance Institute Jr. Ballet Class Seattle

The teaching is upbeat, fun and encouraging! 

My 9 year old daughter took dance classes at American Dance Institute. She loved her class and teacher, Miss Tara. They learned technique, musicality, rhythm, as well as teamwork. I find the atmosphere supportive and non-competitive. The philosophy is to nurture a love of dance and movement. The teaching is upbeat, fun, and encouraging. I highly recommend ADI!

Susan F. 
Former ADI Parent
Parent/Student Class Ratings
  • Fun & Invogorating
  • Great Teachers
  • Non-Competitiveness
  • Personalized attention
  • Friendly & Non-Intimidating
  • Consistently Excellent Instruction
  • Family Freindly
  • Value