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!
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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Winter Session 2023 Class Schedule
January 2, 2023 - March 26, 2023
Meet Your Toddler Dance Teachers
Dakota Crist, Assistant School Director, Teacher/ Office Manager
Dakota Crist teaches dance and serves as the Shoreline Office Manager for American Dance Institute.
Dakota relocated to Seattle in 2013 and holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts. She received her early dance education at the Creative Dance Center in Helena, MT.
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, Teacher/ Office Manager
Mommy Daddy & Me, Pre-Ballet, Creative Dance, Jazz, Ballet, Jazz, Modern
Currently finishing up her last year at UW, she has expanded her love for dance by exploring improvisation and choreography.
Ainsleigh has performed in 3 UW Dance Concerts and recently choreographed, filmed, and edited a dance film for the 2021 Dance Majors Concert.
She has taught summer classes and camps in her hometown and with Metropolis Dance in the Seattle area. Ainsleigh graduates this June from the University of Washington with two degrees - one in Dance and one in Biology.
Aside from dancing and teaching, Ainsleigh loves to go on hikes and nature walks, travel (pre- COVID), sing, and play with her roommate’s puppy!
Alyssa Bruce Teacher, Wedgwood
Alyssa Bruce has been dancing for 14 years and teaching for 4+ years. Alyssa will teach Mommy/Daddy & Me, Creative Dance, and Pre-Ballet at our Magnolia location.
Olivia Fink, Teacher,
Olivia Fink has 15 years of dance experience in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. She will teach Ballet and Tap at our Magnolia locations.
"Hi all! My name is Olivia, and I am so excited to be joining the American Dance Institute in the Fall.
I am originally from Denver, Colorado and moved to Seattle to pursue my undergraduate degree. I graduated this last Spring, and now I'm looking forward to this new adventure of teaching. I have 15 years of dance experience within the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. My two favorite styles of dance are jazz and tap. Other than dancing, I enjoy rock climbing, reading, and hanging out with friends and family."
Ivy Anderson, Teacher,
Ivy Anderson has been dancing for 17 years, many of those years also serving as a teaching assistant and Instructor. Ivy will teach Mommy/Daddy and Me, Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet, and Hip-Hop at our Magnolia location.
Mariia Coombes, Teacher,
Mariia Coombes is a professional ballroom dancer from Russia.
She was a finalist of 25+ Russian DanceSport competitions, such as Grand Prix Dynamo WDSF 2015 in Moscow, Saint Petersburg Championship 2015 and Saint Petersburg Ball WDSF 2015. Mariia took part in International Competitions as well - in 2014 she flew to Helsinki to participate in the Finland Open, then, in 2015, to Stuttgart to perform at the German Open Championship.
From age 5 to 10 she also studied ballet along with team dance classes.
Professional dancer Maria Coombes teaches ballroom dance classes at the American Dance Institute Wedgwood, starting in January 2023.
Mariia has taken part in famous DanceSport camps and worked with dozens of ballroom legends such as 5-time U.S. Nation Champion Karina Smirnoff from Dancing with the Stars, 5-time U.S. Nation Champion Slavik Kryklyvyy from Shall We Dance, 16-time Professional World Latin Dance Champion Gaynor Fairweather, and many others.
Mariia moved to the U.S. in August of 2022. She has taught ballroom dance to beginners, kids, solo, Pro-Am and Professional dancers in her home country and is very excited to now share her experience and passion for ballroom dancing with ADI students.
She teaches Latin-American program (Samba, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive) as well as Standard (Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese waltz, Tango).
Mariia enjoys many other forms of art such as drawing, crafts, and singing.
She is also a huge dog lover.
"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."
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