Kid's Ballet classes in action at American Dance Institute. Wayne Rutledge Photography
In addition to the class offerings on this page, American Dance Institute offers a comprehensive selection of adult ballet classes, children's ballet lessons for ages 5-7, ballet & tap dance lessons for ages 5-7, kids ballet for ages 11-14, and ballet classes for teenagers.
Kid's Ballet Classes: About Ours
Learn everything you need to know about this class to make an informed choice.
All of our kid's 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. With our exclusive teaching methods, your child will progress further, faster and safer in half the time required by other schools. Whether you are experimenting to see where your child's interests lie are or have an aspiring dancer in the works, our ballet classes will satisfy you.
Kid's Ballet Class
Fall Class Schedule
Children’s Ballet I
Sunday, 9:55-10:55AM, Abby Zimmerman, Studio #1
Children’s Ballet II & III
2 classes per week recommended
Monday, 4:45-6:00PM, Maia Nowack, Studio #2
Saturday, 12:15-1:30PM, Alyssa Brillinger, Studio #2
Children’s Ballet I
Tuesday, 4:00-5:00PM, Margaret Behm
Friday, 5:00-6:00PM, Abby Zimmerman
Kid's Ballet For Ages 11-14
Junior/Teen Ballet I
Tuesday, 4:30-5:45PM, Jenn Taranto, Studio #2
Saturday 2:45-4:00PM, Studio #2
Sunday 2:15-3:30PM, Jenn Taranto, Studio #1
Junior/Teen Ballet II
Tuesday 5:15-6:30PM, Kara Burrows, Studio #2
Thursday 5:15-6:30PM, Kara Burrows, Studio #2
Saturday 1:30-2:45PM, Studio #2
Junior/Teen Ballet I
Saturday, 1:30-2:45PM, Dakota Crist
Junior/Teen Ballet III
Monday, 5:15-6:30PM, Margaret Behm
Wednesday, 4:00-5:15PM, Alyssa Brillinger
The Fall Session Starts September 18.
Kid's Ballet Class Attire
Ballet for Kids: Beginning Student's School Year Attire:
Girls Ballet: 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 Ballet: 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.
SUMMER SESSION DRESS CODE: Children can wear any leotard they already own and purchase the appropriate when they register for classes in the fall. If it is hot, children can wear just their leotard, or wear their leotard with bike-shorts.Attire: available at Center Stage Capezio 5261 University Way NE, Seattle WA 98115 (527-4697) or check our swap box.
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.
Ballet Classes for Kids: Finding Excellent Classes
You're looking for kid's ballet classes For ages 8-10 but how do you find excellent classes? What questions do you ask? Here is some advice.
- Look for non-competitive kids ballet dance classes where everyone is friendly and your child will always feel welcome.
- Find a kid's ballet class where the teacher understands that the pace of the class has to be good for your child.
- Insist on dance studios with specially designed 'sprung' wood floors that 'give' to protect their feet and ankles. Avoid studios with regular wood floors and heaven forbid, run away from dance studios with concrete floors.
- Seek out children's ballet dance schools with customer accommodating policies like a 100% money back guarantee if you don't like your class for any reason.
- Try to find dance studios that are clean, bright and sunlit.
- Most importantly look for a dance school that has highly trained, expert dance teachers who know how to give your child personalized attention so they will progress faster.
Children & Competition
"Young children have yet to develop a healthy perspective with wich to frame ballet's competitiveness. Bad expereinces can damage a child's self image and dampen their enthusiasim for ballet. To protect fragile self-images, we encourage young 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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Meet Your Teachers
"Just as in all the best schools, the quality of the dance teacher makes such a difference. That's why I only hire gifted instructors and mentor them to meet the highest dance teaching standards."
"...class is always challenging, but she is very patient."
"Rebecca is a creative, engaged, inspiring instructor."
"She has a quiet teaching style that is fun & enjoyable."
"Jenn Taranto is the BEST ballet teacher I've ever had in my life. " Muratani
" I believe we couldn't have had a better experience and teacher." Emily H. Seattle (Yelp)
The teaching is upbeat, fun and encouraging!
Former ADI Parent
Backstage, under the careful supervision of Instructor, Rebecca Greenfield, Office Manager, Mary Castaniada, and Instructor, Kara Burrows, the Ballet I students await their cue to enter stage right for their first in-studio Art Walk performance. They'll be dancing with the adult Ballet student performers.
They've done well. Taking their final bow, the audience obviously appreciates their talent and how well they are progressing.
Here's what parents and children say about Seattle's American Dance Institute.