Mommy/Daddy & Me Dance Classes For Toddlers

Class Schedules & Studio Locations

Fall Session

Mommy & Me Session #1: September 18, 2023 - December 10, 2023 (12- week session)

Mommy/Daddy and Me classes for 2.5-4 year olds:

Parents join their children for fun with movement and music.

Of course grandparents, and nannies are always welcome and encouraged to take a class with their toddler too.

We've been conducting  toddler dance classes in greater Seattle for 34 years. Let us help your child foster connections, emotional security, social and physical growth.

Dancers should wear any clothing that they can easily move in.

Bare feet or socks with grip.

Mommy/Daddy and Me Dance Classes are aimed at developing social, emotional, intellectual and movement skills in children ages 2.5- 4 years old, these interactive dance sessions provide a safe, engaging, and enriching environment for children and their caregiver.   

Through carefully crafted dance exercises and playful activities, our classes provide the perfect platform for toddlers and preschoolers to interact with their peers, forge friendships, and develop critical social skills. Our classes are designed to help  young children learn valuable social and physical skills. 

Meet Your Toddler Dance Teachers

Dakota Crist is an assistant Director at The American Dance Institute and teaches ballet and more.teaches

Dakota Crist

Assistant Director & office manager


Dakota Crist had her earlier, training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Modern Dance at Diane’s Dance Works in Helena, Montana, then went on to study at Creative Arts Center in Helena, Ballet Montana Academy and Sacramento Ballet. Dakota relocated to Seattle in 2013 and holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts.

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As a young dancer, she attended Joffrey South, American Academy of Ballet, and Ballet West's summer intensives. Her love of dance drove her train pre-professionally with Ballet Montana and as a company trainee with Sacramento Ballet.  

After graduating from Cornish, Dakota shifted her focus to dance education. She has been teaching dance since 2009 and has taught for ADI since 2018. 

Ainsleigh Orwin Instructor The American Dance Institute

Ainsleigh Orwin

Office Manager,

Ballet, hip-hop, mommy & me & creative Dance

Ainsleigh Orwin began dancing at the age of 5 at Village Dance Arts in Claremont, CA where she was trained in RAD curriculum ballet, as well as modern, jazz, hip-hop, and tap. In 2017, Ainsleigh moved to Seattle to continue her education at the University of Washington. She currently holds a B.A. in Dance and B.S. in Biology (Physiology) from UW.

Ainsleigh has been teaching since she was 17, starting at her home studio and branching out to teach summer camps and outreach classes in elementary schools. Her passion for teaching and dance led her to American Dance Institute after graduating from UW in 2021.

Sharon Foweler 

Mommy & Me, Creative Dance, and Pre-Ballet

Sharon started dancing when she was five years old at a studio in her hometown of Omaha, NE, where she studied ballet, jazz, and tap. During college at the University of Kansas, she also began studying modern dance and performed with the University Dance Company and other local dance groups. 

She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in dance, and after graduation, she worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. She eventually attended law school and then moved in 1993 to Seattle, where she practiced law for more than 20 years. 

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Throughout her adult life, Sharon continued taking classes in modern, jazz, ballet, and - every now and then, just for fun - tap, Irish, African, shuffle, hip-hop, swing, salsa, or whatever other dance style might be available. 

Sharon recently retired from her law practice and decided to participate in the American Dance Institute’s dance teacher training program. Sharon has started teaching Mommy & Me, Creative Dance, and Pre-Ballet classes for us and is thrilled to share her love of dance and movement with young children. Sharon is married and has two adult children. She and her husband, Jim, love to travel, hike, and cross-country ski.


Ebba Lucander


"Enroll your children in the American Dance Institute and relax. "

"It was here, at the American Dance Institute, that we, as parents, realized that we could relax and enjoy watching the growth of my daughter's dance skills. She was never made to feel that she wasn't good enough. She was always excited to come, every time. I think it is partially due to the culture here which is welcoming, comfortable and has an inviting atmosphere for children of all ages, genders, for adults and parents, everybody. It is like a neighborhood community school."

Ebba Lucander-  Entrepreneur, Activist, ADI Parent for 5 years

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