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Alyssa has a BA in English from Hope College in Holland, Michigan where she minored Dance. While at Hope, she studied under instructors associated with the Ailey School, Alonzo King LINES training program, the Joffrey Ballet, Lehrer Dance, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Nikolais/Louis, and Pilobolus.
Instructor Alyssa Brillinger
Allyssa Brillinger teaches tap dance classes for American Dance Institute
6 Student reviews.
Classes Alyssa Teaches
- Children's Pre-Ballet
- Tap Dancing
- Parent Toddler
- Children's Creative
Alyssa Brillinger's Bio
Alyssa is from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and she began her dance training there at the Academy of Dance Arts. She hold a BA in English from Hope College in Holland, Michigan where she minored Dance.
While at Hope, she studied under instructors associated with the Ailey School, Alonzo King LINES training program, the Joffrey Ballet, Lehrer Dance, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Nikolais/Louis, and Pilobolus.
She danced in several faculty and student-choreographed performances, and she choreographed several pieces that were performed on campus and within the community.
Alyssa is trained in the Cecchetti Ballet technique as well as in tap, jazz, modern, and pointe. She teaches creative movement classes within various Seattle schools and day care centers.
Emily H. Seattle
We just finished our parent and toddler class with Miss Alyssa. As a former early educator with a little one who is on the tender/sensitive side, I believe we couldn't have had a better experience and teacher. It was a creative, casual environment where our daughter could watch the other children and adults until she was comfortable participating. Additionally, our daughter went from observing most of the time to doing all the movements and songs at home and participating in the entire class. As parents, it was truly rewarding watching our daughter gain confidence and enthusiasm in expressing herself through dance in front of others.
Miss Alyssa is warm, personable, and knows how to involve and engage the toddlers with their different personalities. She keeps things moving along, with enough predictability for the toddlers to anticipate the next part of the class. I had other friends do the parent and toddler class, and when they hear about our class experience, they say they wish they had Miss Alyssa too! I can't say enough positive things about her, especially if you have a slow-to-warm little one as we do.
This was a wonderful experience for our whole family. Our daughter gained so much confidence and excitement for creative movement through this experience. Thanks, ADI and Miss Alyssa! We hope to be back
"Very patient Instructor and teaches at a nice pace. ""Consistently Awesome 5 stars" Trisha Creaven
"Consistently Awesome 5 stars " Annalisa Steinnes
"Consistently Awesome 5 stars " Brenna Steinnes
"Consistently Awesome 5 stars " Erica Crane
'Consistently Awesome - 5 stars' Anonymousx
Originally from Fort Collins, CO, Margaret holds a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has been a member of Louder than Words Dance Theatre in Denver, CO and most recently with Keshet Dance Company in Albuquerque, NM.
Originally from Fort Collins, CO, Margaret holds a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has been a member of Louder than Words Dancetheatre in Denver, CO and most recently with Keshet Dance Company in Albuquerque, NM.
Margaret has directed the pre-professional programs at Mountain Dance in Fort Collins, where she also grew up dancing. At Keshet Dance Company, her teaching experience was diverse and included teaching Adaptive dance, working with dancers with disabilities.
Margaret is a dance and teaching artist with an affinity for improvisation, and a desire to explore the infinite ways her body moves. As a teacher, she takes pride in guiding others’ discoveries of their dancing bodies, and wants everyone to feel empowered to take up space in the world.
Margaret is new to Seattle and incredibly excited to get involved with the dance community and to be joining the staff at ADI.
ADI instructor Margaret Behm with students Sara, Jessica, Carly, Sophia and Ann at our first Junior/Teen Intermediate Jazz class at our new Magnolia studio. Great work tonight girls. So happy to have you in our ADI family.x
Dakota Crist teaches dance and serves as the Shoreline Office Manager for American Dance Institute.
Dakota had her early 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.
She holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts. Dakota is currently a company member of The Three Yells dance company and she has been teaching since 2009.
Dancing has been an integral part of Morgan Thompson's life since he was 8 years old. He's studied ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, and Hip-Hop.
It became clear that hip hop was his strength and he audition for and performed with Breaking Point Dance Company (BPDC) for five years. He's since been a part of many performing companies in Washington: DC9, Next Edition, Bad Kids, and Kontagious. The latter most company I started teaching for at the age of 16.
He then attended and was graduated from Eckerd College with a degree in Arts for Theater. While there, he maintained his teaching focus at FYI dance studio. He also taught at a school for underprivileged children and provided after school classes. Upon graduating Morgan made his way back home to the great Pacific Northwest and is spreading the love of dance once more.
"I loved learning the basic fundamentals of hip hop, says Morgan, and I pass that on to my students. In my class we’ll not only learn hip hop, but we’ll learn about the different styles of hip hop: Popping, Locking, Krumping, Breaking, Modern Studio and more. I love bringing positivity and energy to my classes so prepare to wake up and get moving when you’re with me!"
Morgan's been teaching Hip Hop for American Dance Institute since 2018.
Michaelene De La Serna
Michaelene De La Serna studied flamenco dance intensively for many years with Flamenco Chicago Artistic Director Ms. Rosetta Magdalen. She has also studied with flamenco greats Carmela Greco and Marija Temo. In addition to teaching adults, Michaelene was the Director of the Flamenco Kids Program at Flamenco Chicago.
Michaelene Vrlec De La Serna
Beginning & Intermediate Flamenco
Michaelene De La Serna studied flamenco dance intensively for many years with Flamenco Chicago Artistic Director Ms. Rosetta Magdalen. She has also studied with flamenco greats Carmela Greco and Marija Temo. In addition to teaching adults, Michaelene was the Director of the Flamenco Kids Program at Flamenco Chicago and worked as an Artist-in Residence/Flamenco Teacher for Ensemble Español Center for Spanish Dance and Music’s “Bailamos” Arts Education Residency Programs.
Ms. De La Serna is also extensively trained in Ballet, graduating from Boitsov Classical Ballet School in Chicago as both a professional dancer and teacher of the Vaganova Ballet syllabus. She has danced solo roles in Le Spectre de La Rose, Fountain of Bakhchiserai, Les Sylphides, as well as many variations from Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Raymonda and Sleeping Beauty.
Michaelene served as Associate Artistic Director of Boitsov Classical Ballet School & Company in Chicago for three years before relocating to Seattle. She joined American Dance Institute’s staff in 2017.
In 2007 she moved to Seattle where she continued her training with the International Ballet Academy.
Victoria has performed for various dance companies such as International Ballet Theater, Evergreen City Ballet, ARC Dance, City Opera Ballet, Olympic Ballet Theater and Katy Hagelin Dance Project.As a choreographer she has collaborated with the Seattle International Dance Festival, Katy Hagelin Dance Project, Bohemia, Drybones Artist Collective and Le Faux.
Victoria truly enjoys teaching and has been doing it since 2009 for numerous schools in Seattle.
Lydia has danced professionally with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, and the Alabama Ballet. She performed as a soloist with Ballet San Antonio, American Contemporary Ballet and Ballet Arizona.
Now retired from performing, Lydia enjoys passing on her knowledge of ballet to the next generation of beginner and advanced students.
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American Dance Institute teachers have large screen monitors to observe their Livestream online students, make suggestions, and corrections just as though they were in studio.
The Quality Online Class Room Experience - At Home
We asked Dennis Landmesser, how he liked his live streamed class today with instructor Dakota Crist.
The class today with Dakota was more than I could have hoped to expect. I don't know what to rave about more, the quality of the production or the excellence to the class.
Dakota thought to ask at the start of class if there were any injuries which was especially meaningful to me today because I have a sore knee.
Her instructions were clear and complete and made perfect sense. The corrections were thoughtful and meaningful. Dakota is golden and to be highly valued.
Since March, I've suffered through six months of ZOOM frustrations. ADI has excelled in solving that misery. I could have been watching a high definition BlueRay with Dolby sound.
Thanks for asking,