Kid Hip Hop Dance Classes 

 Ages 8-10

About Our Kid's Hip Hop Dance Classes 

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Hip-hop dance class for children ages 8–11 begins after a thorough warm-up, students work on strengthening their core muscles, which are essential for body control and the development of sound dancing techniques and a strong sense of rhythm.
Later, the class focuses on funk and hip-hop techniques and a lot of choreography to help the students enhance their expressive ability. And of course, we play only clean music selections that are always family friendly.

Hip-Hop Class Levels

Hip-Hop I: Starts at the very beginning. It is designed for students who have never had ballet before or have studied ballet so long ago that they want a complete refresher course.

Hip-Hop I.5 : For student who have had 4 -6 months of recent lessons

Hip-Hop : For student who have had at least on year of recent lessons

Some semesters have us combining levels to insure enough students for a high fun/energy level. These levels are paced to insure that level I students feel comfortable in class and Level II students feel challenged.

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Hip Hop Dance Attire

Any comfortable dance clothing, no street shoes worn outside allowed on studio floors. Hair must be pulled back and secured with a hair band if it will fit.

Class Schedules

Summer Session Classes

Session Dates: July 1, 2024- August 29, 2024

  • Greenwood

  • Shoreline

  • Wedgwood

  • Magnolia

Spring Session

Session Dates: March 25, 2024- June 20, 2024

Winter/Spring Session Classes

Session Dates: February 12, 2024 - June 20, 2024

  • Greenwood

  • Shoreline

  • Wedgwood

  • Magnolia

No Children's Hip Hop Classes in Greenwood

Please check our other locations for class options

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

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Meet Your Children's Hip-Hop Dance Teachers

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.

Jay Tan, dance teacher, American Dance Institute

Jay Tan’s


Jay Tan’s love for dance and movement began at 15 years old, in Singapore, when he participated in a cultural festival that incorporated various art forms to promote peace. From there, he dabbled in both modern contemporary and hip hop for two years, before fully immersing himself in hip hop and its culture.

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Jay found his first dance family with Singapore’s Soka Youth Dance Crew and has competed and performed internationally.

He became Artistic Director of NTU MJ Hip Hop and eventually produced and directed a 2-hour dance musical production involving 120 dancers in the company.

Jay’s other accomplishments include providing artistic direction for the opening ceremony of the first inaugural Youth Olympic Games, Artistic Director of Hip Hop Connxion Indiana, and founder/director of the ‘Jaywalkerz’ an Indiana based kids hip hop dance company.

He also had the opportunity under Boogiezone, to learn and perform alongside Napoleon and Tabitha (Nappytabs), Emmy Award-winning choreographers who are best known for their choreography on the television show So You Think You Can Dance.

Jay has mentored close to 150 dancers, using movement to instill positive values and life lessons. His classes focus on foundational techniques as well as choreography that fuses elements from different dance forms.

Jay believes that dance is more than just movement. It is an expression of the soul that needs to be seen and heard and a powerful tool that can instill positive change in our society.

When Jay is not dancing, he is either reading to expand his perspectives or exploring the beautiful outdoors in Washington and getting inspiration from his surroundings for his next creative endeavors."

Jazrelle Kellough


We are excited to announce Jazrelle Kellough, who took some time off to focus on school, is returning to teach at the American Dance Institute. Jazrelle will be teaching Hip-Hop on Mondays at our Shoreline studio starting October 30th. Welcome back Jaz! So good to have you back.

Sydney Skinner

Ballet, Hip-HoP & modern

Sydney Skinner is so excited to come on staff at The American Dance Institute, and we are delighted to have her! Sydney joins our team teaching Hip-Hop and subbing for other various styles.

Sydney grew up on the east side of the state where she trained and studied in multiple styles of dance ranging from ballet to hip hop, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and many more!  

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Sydney is a recent graduate from Gonzaga University, where she majored in Dance (with a Pedagogy concentration), as well as Public Relations. During her time at the University, she was a member of the Bomb Squad (the hip hop dance team) as well as the Repertory Dance Company!  

Welcome aboard Sydney!


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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any award-winning kid hip hop dance classes or instructors associated with the American Dance Institute in Seattle?

While specific awards like Emmy Awards are generally given for television production, if the American Dance Institute and its instructors recently won the 2024 Three Best Rated, a nationally recognized award,. ADI won for Seattle.

Can children of all ages join the hip hop dance classes at American Dance Institute?

Dace classes are based on age groups to ensure that the content and teaching methods are age-appropriate. We group kids by ages 2.5-4, 5-7, 8-10 and 11-14, then teens and adults.

What are the benefits of enrolling my child in a hip hop dance class at American Dance Institute?

Following an extensive warm-up, the hip-hop dance class for children ages 8–11 commences with an emphasis on core muscle strengthening. This is crucial for promoting body control, developing sound dancing techniques, and fostering a strong sense of rhythm. Subsequently, the class delves into funk and hip-hops techniques, incorporating a substantial amount of choreography to assist students in honing their expressive capabilities. Moreover, we ensure that the music selection is exclusively clean and family-friendly.

Additional Helpful Information

The American Dance Institute (ADI), acclaimed for its innovative dance studios in Seattle and Shoreline, Washington, stands as a beacon of creativity and health in the performing arts community. Offering a diverse range of classes, from the energetic beats of kid hip hop and the theatrical spectacle of circus arts to the graceful movements of classical ballet in pieces like "The Nutcracker" and "Swan Lake," ADI fosters a nurturing environment for students of all ages. The institute's curriculum extends beyond dance, embracing the visual arts and music, resonating with the cultural vibrancy of cities like New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

At the heart of ADI's ethos is a commitment to fostering confidence and self-esteem in its students, whether they are toddlers taking their first dance steps, adolescents refining their skills in jazz-funk, or adults exploring improvisational theatre. The studio's spaces, equipped with sprung floors for safety and comfort, are alive with the sound of music spanning genres from classical to Hindi cinema, jazz to hip hop.

In response to the pandemic, ADI has embraced technology, offering online classes and leveraging platforms like YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to engage with a global community. Their online presence includes informative blogs and FAQs, providing valuable resources for students and parents alike. This digital shift has enabled ADi to reach beyond its physical locations in Seattle and Shoreline, connecting with dance enthusiasts as far as Vancouver, Portland, and even internationally.

ADI's approach to dance education emphasizes not just physical fitness but also emotional well-being and creativity. Students learn more than just steps and routines; they are encouraged to express emotion, explore choreography, and develop their unique artistic voice. Whether it's a child in leggings and sneakers performing a hip hop routine, a teenager in a leotard perfecting pirouettes, or an adult in sweatpants discovering the joy of Zumba, ADI recognizes the importance of comfort and individuality in dancewear, respecting each student's personal style and journey.

Moreover, ADI extends its influence into the community through after-school activities and collaborations with local schools, from kindergarten to secondary education, integrating arts education into the broader curriculum. Their programs have a significant impact on the overall development of children and adolescents, helping to shape a well-rounded, culturally aware, and physically active next generation.

In essence, the American Dance Institute in Seattle and Shoreline is more than just a dance studio; it is a vibrant community hub where health, creativity, and the arts converge, nurturing the minds and bodies of its students through the transformative power of dance and movement.

Local Ties To the Community

For over 35 years, the American Dance Institute (ADI) has been an integral part of the Seattle community, weaving a tapestry of arts and culture that reflects the city's vibrant and diverse spirit. Nestled in the heart of neighborhoods like Loyal Heights and Greenwood, ADI has become a beloved local institution, much like the iconic Woodland Park Zoo and the tranquil Carkeek Park. Its connection with the community extends beyond its immediate surroundings to places like Ballard Commons Park and Crown Hill Park, symbolizing Seattle's rich tapestry of public spaces that foster community engagement and cultural exchange.

ADI's journey is interwoven with Seattle's evolution, mirroring the city's growth and dynamism. From the rustic charm of the Woodland Park carousel to the bustling energy of Taco del Mar and Red Mill Burgers, ADI has witnessed the transformation of Seattle's culinary and recreational landscapes. The institute has also seen Seattle's rise as a coffee capital, epitomized by the global reach of Starbucks, and has likely fueled many of its dancers and parents with this local brew.

The cultural impact of ADI reaches beyond dance, resonating with Seattle's artistic and entrepreneurial spirit, reflected in figures like Yuji Okumoto and Killer Mike, who embody the blend of creativity and determination that ADI instills in its students. This spirit of innovation and resilience is also mirrored in the city's history, from the technological dome of the Pacific Science Center to the historical significance of the Salmon Bay Bridge.

As Seattle has grown, expanding to neighboring cities like Tacoma, Bellevue, Kent, Everett, Renton, Federal Way, Kirkland, Marysville, and Redmond, ADI has also broadened its influence, touching lives across the Greater Seattle Area. It's a place where community members, young and old, come together, drawn by a shared love of dance and arts. From toddlers taking their first dance steps to adults rediscovering their passion for movement, ADI fosters an environment where everyone can find their rhythm and express themselves freely.

In essence, the American Dance Institute is not just a dance studio; it's a reflection of Seattle itself – eclectic, progressive, and deeply connected to its community. For over three decades, it has not just taught dance but has been a vital part of the cultural fabric of the city, contributing to the richness and diversity that makes Seattle unique.

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