Dance Class For Kids Today

Dance Class For Kids: Our Mission - Your Child's Opportunity

Kids dance classes are not all equal and placing your child in an excellent dance school is not easy. That is, if you care to enroll them in a dance school that offers wide ranging benefit. We know how busy you are and how tempting the lure is to look for 'kids dance classes near me', but you should resist. Do you assume that all dancing classes for kids are alike? They are not. The range in quality is staggering.

This page is a summary that will introduce you to American Dance Institute's Children's Program mission, approach, reasoning and your child's golden opportunity.

Elizabeth Chayer Founder, Director, American Dance Institute Seattle

"We teach to the whole child  incorporating intellect, creativity and discipline. These are the building blocks for a successful life filled with creative structure, confidence and acheivement."

Kids Dance Program That Expands Your Child's Awareness Of The World Around Them.

Kids love to move and when you play music, they 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

A Dance Class For Kids: Forming Relationships To The World Around Them.

As they become familiar with movement 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 our instructor’s guidance make it into a dozen different 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. 

Elizabeth Chayer Founder, Director, American Dance Institute Seattle

"Children have a limited early speaking vocabulary and a limited early movement vocabulary. We teach both using dance training as the vehicle."

Early Dance Education: An Essential Foundation For A Lifetime Of Achievement!

Our dancing class for kids program  leverages a child's love of movement with a movement vocabulary and we build on that vocabulary to help them define the physical and social world around them. Dance is more than physicality, it involves intellect, creativity, and discipline.  Kid's love our dance classes because they are fun. We make learning dance fun because it works. 

A Dance Class For Kids - Your Young Child Is Not Ready For Competition

Very young children should NOT compete against one another. In American Dance institute's kids dance classes, we emphasize non-competitive behavior. Competition has it's place in the world but young children are not ready for it.  They lack the proper framework to understand it's fierce nature. In our kids dancing classes, children are taught to compete with themselves, not with other students, and not with your child. Comparing themselves to other children who may have more or less natural ability is not an effective metric.

Dance, like all art forms, requires both technique and creativity. Our mission is to teach children proper dance technique (emphasis here) and to engage in and trust in their creative abilities.  We work hard to eliminate tension, selfishness and disrespect from our classroom so that personal creativity with confidence can blossom. 

Competitive behavior, when removed from the classroom, is replaced by supportive and encouraging behavior. And this, dear reader, is why your child always feels welcome and accepted in our dance classes, that they belong in the class, no matter their proficiency, gender or body type. It is a wonderful, healthy, accepting environment to experience and learn in. 

We offer A Safe Dancing Class For Kids

Our Seattle dance studios, located in Greenwood at 8001 Greenwood Ave North, and 3116 West Smtih Street in Magnolia, are ideally suited spaces for children to run, jump and land safely on 'sprung floors', protecting them from the injuries that occur on concrete, mat- covered or even common wood floors. Our dance floors are also steam cleaned daily and are free of chemical contaminants.

The American Dance Institute Difference

  • Teach to the 'whole child' to dance, think, create and to work well with others.
  • Teaching young children to  'compete with themselves' ultimately makes them ideal future competitors, happier, people, and good citizens.
  • Teach every child to first discover 'their personal best' as a benchmark and not to compare themselves to others who may have more or less natural ability.
  • Help children to trust their creative abilities.
  • Eliminate tension, selfishness and disrespect from the studio classroom so that personal creativity can blossom.
  • Teach every child to first discover 'their personal best' as a benchmark and not to compare themselves to others who may have more or less natural ability.

ADI's founder and current director, Elizabeth Chayer, continues to pioneer improved dance instruction practices and has been incorporating them into her school's curriculum for over twenty seven years.

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Children's Dance Classes 

Find additional information on each class, including class schedules, dress codes, and studio locations by clicking the link associated with the classes below.

Toddler Dance Classes 

Ages 2.5 to 3.5​

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Toddler Dance Classes

America Dance Institute offers FREE Mommy or Daddy & Me Parent-Toddler dance classes in our Greenwood studios.

Young Kids Classes Ages 3-7

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Pre-Ballet Dance Classes 

Hip Hop Dancing Class For Kids

ADI Instructor, Moira Bugler, leads a class of children in a Pre-Hip Hop dance class. Moira studied with Emmy award winning Choreographers Tabbitha & Napoleon and Luther Brown of the hit TV show: So You Think You Can Dance.

Phyllis Fletcher ADI Parent 

ADI is movement, physicality, and progress,  not tutus, costumes & makeup. 

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The wee feet of our Irish dancing students.

Children's Irish Dancing Classes

Pre-Ballet / Tap Combo Dance Classes

Dance Classes and Neural Connectivity

 Stanford Professor Richard Powers writes in his paper; Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter, "Dancing integrates several brain functions at once-kinesthetic, rational, musical, and emotional-further increasing one's neural connectivity." Read more.

Older Kids Classes Ages 8-12

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American Dance Institute's Children's Ballet Students

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Tap Dancing Classes

A Children's Tap Dancing Class performance at a Greenwood-Phinney ArtWalk performance. Community performances such as ArtWalk provide a great opportunity to showcase what they've learned. It also builds community.

All ADI dance classes introduce verbal and movement vocabularies, new conceptual frameworks, perspectives and problem-solving skills, and we are the A in S.T.E.A.M. concepts. Your child will better relate to the world around them and their peers and their ability to learn everything will increase as well.

Teen Dance Classes

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Teen Ballet 

Sophia, a longtime student, began studying at ADI at age ten. She's off to college now and a wonderful life.

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Read about Dr. Peter Lovatt and John J. Ratty's work on the relationship between learning and movement.

Stanford Professor Richard Powers: Dance, Brain Function and Neural Connectivity

Sir Ken Robinson's Famous TED Talk on how we are failing to appreciate the importance of a child's curiosity and creativity.

Ontario Arts Council Video: Why I Dance

Read about scientific evidence that suggests that big dance movements create new brain synapse connections.

Elizabeth wrote a quick read guide, explaining the must-ask questions to ask dance schools, before you give them your money. She wrote this guide after gleaning the repeat questions from over a thousand school interviews. Arm yourself with knowledge to make an informed choice. It is free and no email address is required.

"Enroll your children in ADI and relax."

My daughter studied at ADI for five years before we moved away. We loved and miss ADI.

Ebba Lucander 
Entrepreneur, Activist, ADI Parent, 5 years

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American Dance Institute
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5 based on 16 votes
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American Dance Institute
Provider Name
Anne DeVour,
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8001 Greenwood Ave North, Seattle Wa 98188
Description
My daughters have been taking classes (ballet, Irish step, hip hop, jazz & contemporary) at ADI for 11 years. We think it's been & continues to be a wonderful experience. It's also very close in proximity to us which is great too. The price of the classes are competitive and the instructors are professional and very experienced.