Mommy/Daddy & Me Dance Classes For Toddlers

Mommy & Me and Daddy & Me too! For 30 years, American Dance Institute has provided quality children's development classes to Seattle's children. In this photo, parents and toddlers use a parachute to learn new movement concepts, spatial relationships, social skills, community, and more!


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Six spacious dance studios in four locations including Greenwood, Wedgwood, Magnolia, and Shoreline.

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About Our Mommy/Daddy & Me Dance Classes For Toddlers

Mommy/Daddy and Me Classes:
At this early age, your child begins to learn in a classroom setting and will experience tremendous advancement in movement skills and ability to follow directions.

Dance Classes For Toddlers:
Mommy/Daddy and Me classes are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to develop healthy muscles and enhance flexibility.

Mommy/Daddy and Me classes for 2.5-4 year olds:
This class does a wonderful job preparing children for preschool, the arts, science, math, music, sports, and more. Of course grandparents, and nannies are always welcome and encouraged to take a class with their toddler too.

Toddler Dance Classes:
Your child's cognitive development improves with dance movement unlike any other kind of activity.

Mommy/Daddy & Me Class Schedules


Teachers will be required to wear masks in our Mommy/Daddy & Me classes.

Masks are optional effective, 3/12/22. **Masks are required for individuals that have tested positive for Covid-19 or have been exposed to Covid-19 for a 10 day period following onset of symptoms, positive test results, or Covid-19 exposure.**

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"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

Meet Your Toddler Dance Teachers

The teacher is the determinant factor...

"Just as in the best public and private schools, the quality of the teacher in a class room and dance studio determines the quality of the student's class experience. American Dance Institute's teachers are the best. I know because I work very hard to find, mentor and retain them."  Elizabeth Chayer, Founder & Director

Maia Nowack

Maia grew up in Seattle and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre with a minor in dance from Northwestern University and a Masters degree in Dance Pedagogy from the University of the Arts in Helsinki. 

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Maia Nowack

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While at Northwest, Maia trained with and danced for various Chicago-based dance artists.

While in Finland, Maia taught courses at the University of the Arts and Espoo Dance Institute and completed a thesis based on leading a collaborative learning and performance creation process with students from a vocational program in contemporary dance, as well as performing with other artists there. 

In Seattle, Maia has also taught for Seattle Children's Theatre.

Maia says her goal as a teacher is to always be open to and work genuinely with each students' situation and experience while spreading the joy of exploring our movement possibilities. 

Maia taught here at the American Dance Institute from 2016-2018 before leaving to pursue her Master's degree. We are so happy to have her back in the fold.

Maia grew up dancing in Seattle, then went to Northwestern University in Evanston where she graduated suma cum laude with a Bachelors in Theatre and a minor in Dance. While there, she performed in works by Chicago based choreographers including Jeff Hancock, Joel Valentin Martinez, and Maray Gutierrez.

She has also participated in Strictly Seattle and Dance This! intensives in Seattle. She has taught both drama and dance to students in the Evanston School District, and interned at Seattle Children's Theatre, where she is now a teaching apprentice.

Maia Nowack and her cat, ballet dace classes.

Maia Nowack and her pesky friend.

Maia Nowack with first tap class in American Dance Institute's first Magnolia tap dancing class.

Adult tap students Christine and Cheryl with instructor Maia Nowack in our first tap class in Magnolia.

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rachel Winchester is a dance instructor for American Dance Institute
Rachel Winchester

Rachel Winchester is a choreographer and educator with a passion for teaching the art of dance.

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Currently, Rachel is a substitute teacher for Tacoma Public Schools, an adjudicator for International Baccalaureate’s Dance Programme, and an enthusiastic instructor at American Dance Institute!

She has had the privilege to teach hundreds of dancers of all ages, including students at the Festival Dance Academy, the University of Oregon, the University of Idaho, and Pacific Lutheran University.

Rachel's choreography has been recognized and presented through the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the San Diego & Tijuana Mexico International Fringe Festival, Movement Research and Williamsburg Arts Nexus in New York City, and Seattle’s 12 Min Max at Base Experimental Arts Space.

She has been a guest artist for the arts Bellingham Repertory Dance Company, Tacoma’s Barefoot Collective, and Act I Musical Theatre Company.

Lauren Cook Instructor, The American Dance Institute

Lauren Cook

Lauren started dancing at age 3. She has studied many styles of dance including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, and lyrical.

She has been teaching since 

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she was 16 and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Dance.

Lauren also practices meditation and yoga, and enjoys hiking and cuddling with her cat, Cleo, and dog, Cali.

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