Preschool Activities: Creative Dance Classes

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These adorable creative dance students are taking their bows, having just performed for their families in our in-house dance recital.

Preschool Activities: Why Creative Dance is the Best

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 engage 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 a perfect preschool activity for your child.

Our creative dance classes work on things like developing body awareness, loco-motor skills, strength, and flexibility. However, children are capable of learning much more, and we take full advantage of this opportunity. 

We introduce your child to movement concepts such as levels and directions in space, pathways, and qualities of movement. Your child will see, feel, and experience moving fast, slow, sharp, smooth, strong, light, etc. For example, they will take one movement that feels very familiar in their body, and with the instructors guidance, make it into a dozen different movement variations. They’ll try it high, low, 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.

Creative Dance Class Schedule

Ages 4-5

  • 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.

Fall 2021 In-Studio Class Schedule

DRESS CODE


Girls wear black cotton tank leotard, pink footless tights, and bare feet. No skirts/tutus please! Except for special skirt days. 

Boys wear black shorts or sweats, white t-shirt, and bare feet.

These items can be picked up at Centerstage Dance Shop, 5261 University Way NE or order online at Discount Dance Supply and use school code TP120018.

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Six Seattle Area Dance Studios In Four Convenient Locations

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Wedgwood: NE 7500 25th NE, Suite 1, Seattle, WA 98115

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Greenwood: 8001 Greenwood Ave North, Seattle, WA 98103

American Dance Institute Magnolia

Magnolia: 2410 32nd Ave West, Seattle WA 98199

American dance institute Shoreline

Shoreline: 1240 NE 175th Street, Shoreline, WA 98155

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.

Margaret Behm, Modern dance instructor American Dance Institute

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.

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