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Preschool Activities: Creative Dance Classes

Wayne Rutledge

Preschool activities that are healthy, fun & educational! These adorable creative dance students are taking their bows, having just performed for their families in our in-house, no-cost, no-hassle dance recital.

Announcing A FREE 4 Week Mini Session October 22-Nov 18th!

Offer Good For New Students Only

Ages 3.5-5

Offer valid in only in following classes:


Creative Dance

Ages 3 ½ -5 

Monday 10:45-11:30AM with Dakota Crist, 

Saturday 9:45-10:30AM with Dakota Crist

Preschool Activities: Why Creative Dance is the Best

Creative Dance: Does your child love to move when you play music? Play music and they will dance around the room. Observe them closely and you will notice that they repeat the same movements over and over. They not only have a limited early speaking vocabulary, they have a limited early movement vocabulary. The best Creative Dance activities makes use of your child's imagination. Expanding their movement vocabulary in our creative dance classes is so beneficial. We make learning fun and that is why this is perhaps the perfect preschool activity for your child.

Our creative dance classes work on the obvious things like developing body awareness, loco-motor-skills, strength, and flexibility. However, children are capable of much more learning, and we take full advantage of this opportunity. Your child will learn more in our classes as a result.

We introduce your child to concepts such as levels in space, directions in space, pathways, qualities of movement, etc. Your child will see, feel and experience whether something is fast, slow, sharp, smooth, strong, light etc. As they become familiar with these concepts they can understand points of reference and perspective. For example, they will take one movement that feels very familiar in their body and with the instructors guidance, make it adozen different creative dance movement variations. They’ll try it high, try it low, try it backwards, upside down, with a partner etc. It’s all wrapped in fun creative themes and it opens up unlimited possibilities to move, express and relate to the world around them.

Connie Bergstein Dow, MFA, is a huge advocate for preschooler's creative dance. Connie has performed and taught dance in the United States and Latin America for 38 years. She is the author of Dance, Turn, Hop, Learn! Enriching Movement Activities for Preschoolers. Connie's article for the National Association for the Education of Young Children is a wonderful read.

Fall 2018 Class Schedule

The Greenwood and Magnolia Fall sessions run September 17, 2018 - February 10, 2019.

The Shoreline session runs September 11, 2018 - February 3, 2019.

Preschool Activities Greenwood

Creative Dance I Classes in Greenwood Level
Ages 3-4

Tuesdays, 4:00-4:45PM with creative dance instructor, Jenn Taranto in Studio #2

Fridays, 10:45-11:25AM with creative dance instructor, Alyssa Brillinger in Studio #2 Class Full *Wait list Available*

Saturdays, 12:50-1:30PM with creative dance instructor, Alyssa Brillinger in Studio #2

Sundays, 10:35-11:15AM with creative dance instructor, Margaret Behm in Studio #2 Class Full *Wait list Available*

Creative Dance II Classes in Greenwood Level
Ages 4-5

Tuesdays, 10:45-11:30AM with creative dance instructor, Alyssa Brillinger in Studio #1

Thursdays, 3:30-4:15PM with creative dance instructor, Alyssa Brillinger in Studio #1

Saturdays, 12:00-12:45PM with creative dance instructor, Alyssa Brillinger in Studio #2 Class Full *Wait list Available*

Sundays, 9:45-10:30AM with creative dance instructor, Margaret Behm in Studio #2

Preschool Activities Magnolia

Creative Dance Classes in Magnolia
Ages 3.5-5

Mondays, 4:30-5:15PM with creative dance instructor, Margaret Behm

Tuesdays, 9:45-10:30AM with creative dance instructor, Margaret Behm

Fridays, 4:55-5:40PM with creative dance instructor, Emily Curtiss

Saturdays, 9:45-10:30 AM with Sophia Arnall Class Full *Wait list Available*

Preschool Activities Shoreline

Creative Dance Classes in Shoreline
Ages 3.5-5

Tuesdays, 6:00-6:45PM with creative dance instructor, Emily Curtiss in Studio #1

Fridays, 4:00-4:45PM with creative dance instructor, Dakota Crist in Studio #2

Sundays, 9:45-10:30AM with creative dance instructor, Dakota Crist in Studio #2

1240 NE 175th St. Shoreline, Washington, 98155


Girls wear black cotton tank leotard  with pink footless tights. No skirts/tutus please except for special skirt days. Boys wear black shorts or sweats, white t-shirt and bare feet.

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Meet Your Child's Creative Dance Teachers

"Just as is true in the best preschool activities, the quality of the creative dance teacher makes all the difference."                                 Elizabeth Chayer, Founder, Director

Alyssa Brillinger, American Dance Institute

Alyssa has a BA in English from Hope College in Holland, Michigan where she minored Dance. While at Hope, she studied under instructors associated with the Ailey School, Alonzo King LINES training program, the Joffrey Ballet, Lehrer Dance, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Nikolais/Louis, and Pilobolus.

American Dance Institute dance Teacher Jenn Tarranto Childrens ballet dance classes

While in high school, Jenn studied at the Joffrey Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre and the New York Ballet Institute where she received her most intensive training.

Originally from Fort Collins, CO, Margaret holds a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has been a member of Louder than Words Dance Theatre in Denver, CO and most recently with Keshet Dance Company in Albuquerque, NM.

Sophie Stanley, American Dance Institute,

Sophie Stanley, Dance Teacher & Office Manage​, Shoreline WA

Sophia Stanley teaches dance at our Shoreline studio and serves as the office manager for American Dance Institute Shoreline and the Shoreline Music School.

Sophia was graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a bachelors in News and Information.

She grew up studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was part of her high school dance team for two years.

During her sophomore year of college, she founded the OBU Pom Squad and acted as coach and captain until graduating. 

Dakota Crist

Dakota Crist holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts. Dakota found her love for dance instruction in 2009. She is currently pursuing professional development in dance education.

Emily Curtis

Emily Curtiss holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Montana. She had her early training at Studio One and Allegro Dance Studio, both in Sandpoint, Idaho. She studied Ballet, Jazz and Modern and danced for 4 years on the Sandpoint High School Dance Team.   She Emily has extensive choreographic and performance experience and has been teaching since 2012.

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