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October 9, 2019

American Dance Institute

Is The New Shoreline

Home For Music TogetherTM 

Elizabeth Chayer, co-owner of Shoreline Music School and American Dance Institute, and Dakota Crist, Shoreline office manager, are now licensed to teach Music Together classes in Shoreline. Music Together is an early childhood enrichment music program, very popular in greater Shoreline. The program that Shoreline Music School will be offering is Music Together’s Mixed Ages 0-5 for parents and caregivers.  

Three 10 week classes will be offered and will run for 10 weeks from September 23 – December 13, 2019.

  • Fridays, 10:00-10:45 AM  (1st Class 9/27)

  • Sundays, 9:00-9:45 AM  (1st Class 9/29)

Elizabeth brings 40 years of experience teaching children and adults at American Dance Institute and Dakota has been teaching children and adults since 2009.

The classes are open to greater Shoreline families. There is plenty of free parking.

Learn more and register here:

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Shoreline Music School is located at 1240 NE175th Street, Shoreline WA 98155, in North City/Ridgecrest neighborhoods. Phone 206-402-6701 Email:[email protected]  

American Dance Institute Takes Music TogetherTM Co-Author Lili M. Levinowitz’s Last Seattle Workshop

From LtoR: Dakota Crist, Elizabeth Chayer and Lilly M. Levinowitz, Co-author of Music Together.

Music Together is an internationally acclaimed early childhood music program that’s very popular in greater Shoreline and Seattle. In 1987, Lili M. Levinowitz co-authored the Music Together curriculum with founder Kenneth K. Guilmartin and for the last 30 years, she has been traveling the country leading teacher training workshops. She announced to the many local workshop attendees last week that this was her last Seattle training session. “How fortunate we all were to meet and train with Lili, said Elizabeth Chayer, co-owner of Shoreline Music School and American Dance Institute. Lilly and her national training team have obviously done an excellent job and Lili is very inspirational.”

Elizabeth and Dakota Crist, American Dance Institute’s office manager, are now licensed to teach Music Together classes in Shoreline. 

August 28th, 2019

Shoreline Area Dance Students To Audition For Moscow Ballet’s Seattle Production Of The Great Russian Nutcracker

Principal dancers and area dance students perform on stage at Seattle’s Paramount Theater with the internationally acclaimed Moscow Ballet. That’s Sasha Obama in the red circle. Shasha was a DANCE WITH US ballet student in Bethesda at the Strathmore Music Center in 2012 & 2013.

All About The Great Russian Nutcracker Seattle Auditions

Audition Eligibility: Dancers must have at least one year of Ballet training and must be enrolled in Ballet classes for the Fall of 2019 at any local Seattle/Shoreline area dance school.  Dancers 6-18 are eligible. AUDITIONS ARE FREE OF CHARGE

Audition Date & Location: Tuesday, September 3, 2019. American Dance Institute's Shoreline studio, 1240 NE 175th Street, Shoreline WA 98155

Audition Check-In Time: Registration Check-in is 4:00 pm, Audition Starts at 4:30 pm

Audition Attire: Any solid colored-leotard and tights are acceptable and ballet slippers. Hair for girls should be pulled back into a secure ballet bun. 

If You Are Cast In The Performance

Cost: Cast dancers pay a $50 cast fee and $50 rehearsal fee.  Fees are due immediately upon casting so bring your checkbook. Only cash or checks are accepted. Make checks payable to the American Dance Institute. 

Rehearsal Location: American Dance Institute's Greenwood studio 2, 8001 Greenwood Ave North, Seattle WA 98103.

Rehearsal Schedule: If cast, dancers must be available for rehearsals in Greenwood on Wednesday and Thursday, September 4 & 5 and Saturdays and/or Sunday afternoons, starting September 14th.

Note: They will not need to be there the whole time but for an hour (plus or minus) within that time frame for their particular group to learn the choreography from Moscow Ballet’s rehearsal director. The actual time is TBD.

You will be assigned a 1-hour rehearsal time, approximately, on Saturday and/or Sunday, sometime between the hours of 3:00-9:00 pm. This will be your assigned rehearsal time each week from September 14th – November 3rd.

Schedule subject to change pending additional rehearsal requirements.

Nutcracker Performance Dates:

Thursday and Friday, November 7 and 8, Paramount Theater in downtown Seattle.  The Performance starts at 7 pm. Pending the number of auditioning dancers, some dancers may perform in one or both shows.

Questions? Please email us at [email protected] or call us at 206-783-0755.  Find more information about the Moscow Ballet, auditions and the performance here.

August 28th, 2019

American Dance Institute’s Fall Dance Class Enrollment Is Now Open

American Dance Institute is enrolling students into their Fall Session which meets weekly September 16, 2019 - February 9, 2020.

American Dance Institute of Greenwood, Magnolia, and Shoreline teaches adults, teens, kids, and toddlers and offers many dance styles including ballet, hip hop, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Flamenco, and Irish.

The classes are open to everyone in greater Shoreline including surrounding areas Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, North Seattle, Edmonds, Bothell and more.

Learn more here:  

1240 NE175th Street, Shoreline WA 98155, in North City/Ridgecrest neighborhoods. Phone 206-402-6561, email:[email protected]

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February 4, 2019

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Updated August 25, 2018

IN GREENWOOD: Wednesday, August 29, 12:00-1: 00 pm

IN SHORELINE: Saturday, September 8, 12:00-1:00 pm

Updated August 25, 2018

Announcing Moscow Ballet Youth Auditions 

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Internationally acclaimed Moscow Ballet returns to Seattle this November and is inviting greater Seattle student dancers to audition for a role in their Great Russian Nutcracker.  

If cast, students will dance on stage with the Moscow Ballet at  Seattle's Paramount Theater, Thursday, November 8th, and Friday, November 9th at 7 pm.

Students will audition for The Great Russian Nutcracker's ancillary roles, including little snowflakes, mice, party children, snow sprites, snow maidens, Spanish, Russian, French, Arabian, and Chinese dancers.   

Student dancers must be between 6 and 18 years of age, currently enrolled in any dance school, and have had a minimum of one year of ballet training. 

Auditions are free of charge. 

American Dance Institute of Seattle & Shoreline WA. serves as host for the Moscow Ballet's auditions and rehearses the dancers for the Seattle performances. Auditions will be held at American Dance Institute's Shoreline studio on Monday, September 10, 2018.

The Moscow Ballet hopes to cast between 65-100 local dancers for the 2018 production. Last year, dance students from Eli McCracken, of Federal Way to Mario Manansala, of Everett were cast, along with 63 Seattle area dancers. This year Moscow Ballet hopes to cast between 65 and 100.

For over 25 years The Moscow Ballet has performed their brilliant The Great Russian Nutcracker. This year they will give 140 performances in November and December all across the US and Canada.  They will give two Seattle performances in 2018. 

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Young student dancers on stage with the Moscow Ballet

Young student dancers on stage as performers with the Moscow Ballet

Fall Class Registration Is Open


Dance Class Summer Schedules Are Posted & Registration Is Open

Summer Class Schedules Will Post & Registration Will Open This Week.

Shoreline Dance Camps Registration is open.

American Dance Institute Shoreline finishes week 2 with happy students, parents and community!

American Dance Institute Shoreline Opened March 12, 2018!

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First students-our inaugural Shoreline ballet class for kids ages 8-10.

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Shoreline parents relaxing and enjoy watching their child's first dance class for kids ages 5-7.

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All the area cool moms watching their kids in dance class. We offer spacious, comfortable observation rooms.

Summer Class Schedules Will Post & Registration Will Open This Week.

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Largest Studio North Of University of Washington

...and no snootiness allowed.

American Dance Institute has signed a lease on a beautiful 5,100 square foot dance and music facility. We are located in the Molnar Building, 1240 NE 175th St. Shoreline, Washington, 98155.  We offer lots of free parking, a parent's observation room, and the largest ballet studio north of the University of Washington.

 NE 175th & 15th Ave NE

Look for beginning and intermediate level dance classes for adults, teens and children.

Tel: 206-402-6561 

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Shoreline Music School is offering a 10-week group music class for preschoolers and elementary age students.

Ages: 3-5
Dates: January 18 -  March 22, 2019.
Meets on Fridays, 4:00-4: 45 pm.

Ages 5-7
Dates: January 18 -  March 22, 2019.
Class for will meet 4:50-5:40 pm.


Class Description

Songs with contrasting tones, moods, meters, and tonalities will be featured in every class. Be prepared to be interactive! Singing, dancing, jumping, and improvisation will be involved each week.

Lots of movement will be included to help the kids feel the beat and learn spatial awareness during their formative years.

Students will play simple instruments, learn song construction, and introduce ear training, all while including lots of laughter and experiencing the pure joy of music.

This ten-week program will wrap up March 22 with an informal parent presentation.



Cost for the 10-week session is $220.
Save $320 off the private lesson price.

Fall Group Music Classes

September 6th, 2018

Shoreline Music School will be offering group general music classes for kids ages 3 ½ - 7 starting the week of October 1st.

Classes will include rhythm work, singing, introduction to various instruments and more.

Group Class Days & Times

Ages 3 ½ -5: Thursdays, 10:00-10:45

                        Fridays, 4:00-4:45

Ages 5-7: Fridays, 4:50-5:40

                  Fridays: 5:45-6:30

Updated: August 25th

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The First Annual...

Calling All Musicians

If you sing, play any instrument, teach music, and or love to discover new bands and  listen too great music, come play your music on international Make Music Day as Shoreline celebrates Make Music Day with 800 cities around the world.

Shoreline Music School is taking the lead to organize the 1st annual Make Music Day Shoreline 2018. We invite you to come out and play your music on June 21st.  When you do you will be one with 10,000 musicians around the world making music on this day. 

Who: Make Music Day

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We Are Open

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We have opened a music school at the same Shoreline building as our dance studio and will offer beginning-advanced music lessons for adults, teens and kids.

Our music teachers are the finest in Shoreline, carefully screened for the rare combination of exceptional talent and teaching skills.

We Teach Guitar Lessons  ⋆ Piano Lessons ⋆ and Singing Lessons. We also teach Drums⋆ Violin ⋆ Cello ⋆ Viola ⋆ Ukulele ⋆ Flute ⋆ Clarinet ⋆ Oboe ⋆ English Horn ⋆ Saxophone ⋆ Trumpet ⋆ Trombone ⋆ Baritone * Tuba ⋆  Songwriting ⋆Sight Reading Music Theory

Group music lessons and Dance schedule to be announced shortly.

Call the office for answers to your questions or to schedule private music lessons and group music lessons.

Tel: 206-402-6701


Shoreline's Music Teachers

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Shoreline Music School is open and happily booking music lessons for Shoreline area kids and adults.

Here they introduce their line up of gifted music teachers from left to right: Elizabeth Chayer-School Founder, Ila Faubion-singing lessons, voice, Erin Howard-Office Manager & teacher for music theory, sax, clarinet, flute, french horn, trombone, trumpet, baritone, and tuba, Martin (Tino) Ott-Drum lessons, Sean Fairchild-Bass Guitar, Alexianne Maloy (Alex)-guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, Sophie Stanley-office admin, Steve Chayer-Founder, Jeong Chi-piano, cello, Maria Tavanti-Oboe lessons. Missing are David Levin-Drums, Raisa Asriyants-violin and Gabriel Brook-Lopez (Gabe)-guitar. You can read more off their backgrounds by visiting the Staff page on our website.

Summer Music Camp Schedule Now Live

Registration Now Open 

The Music Lessons We Teach

Guitar Lessons  ⋆ Piano Lessons ⋆ Singing Lessons,  Drum Lessons ⋆ Violin Lessons ⋆ Cello Lessons ⋆ Viola Lessons  ⋆ Ukulele Lessons ⋆ Flute Lessons ⋆ Clarinet Lessons ⋆ Oboe Lessons ⋆ English Horn Lessons ⋆ Saxophone Lessons ⋆ Trumpet Lessons ⋆ Trombone Lessons ⋆ Baritone Lessons * Tuba Lessons ⋆  Sight Reading  ⋆ Songwriting Lessons ⋆ Music Theory 

All of our music lessons here

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We're Hiring Dance & Music Instructors, An Office Manager & Admin Assistants!

 If you love to teach, and or want to cut down on your daily commute to work, please apply here.

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American Dance Institute has donated a month of unlimited free dance classes to the 2nd Annual Illuminating Autism Benefit Dinner and Auction Saturday, January 27, 2018, 6pm, at The Rainier Club 820 4th Ave, Seattle

Funds raised support The University of Washington Autism Center (UWAC), which prepares people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for school and life – reducing symptom severity and improving outcomes, regardless of economic need.Join us on January 27, 2018, at the Rainier Club in downtown Seattle, as we work together to raise funds to support UWAC programs.For more Information about the Illuminating Autism fundraiser .
"My husband Steve and I attended the inaugural event last year and it was wonderful, said Elizabeth Chayer, Founder and Director of American Dance Institute. It was one of the most inspiring auctions we've ever attended."

Contact: Tanya Cooke Event Coordinator 206.485.4539

American Dance Institute's class registration now open.


Shoreline Dance Studio Opening Delayed

Studio 2 is close to completion at American Dance Institute Shoreline. Registration is open.

Due to unanticipated construction delays, the opening of American Dance Institute Shoreline studio has been pushed out a few weeks. Originally scheduled to open January 8th, the new opening date has not been firmed up, but ADI hopes to open in late January or early February. 

“Strong interest in our children’s and adult classes has us very hopeful about our new studio, says Elizabeth Chayer, Founder / Director of American Dance Institute. 
“While we are very disappointed by the last minute construction delay, the exciting news is that our Shoreline studio has over 250 new students registered for dance classes. When we open our doors, ADI will be the happening place to be!”

ADI is still accepting registrations, so interested persons are encouraged to register soon to secure a confirmed space in class.


Pre-Hip Hop class with teacher Moria Bulger
Photo courtesy American Dance Institute

American Dance Institute-Shoreline opens for classes the week of January 8th. Dance class schedules are posted online and registration is open on a first come first served basis. Peruse the many classes we offer for adults, teenagers, kids and toddlers including Ballet, Hip-Hop, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Flamenco, and more. Learn to dance in the largest studio north of the University of Washington.

We are located at 1240 NE 175th Street which is very near 175th and 15th NE. There is plenty of free parking. 

Act now, interest is high and we expect classes to fill quickly. Dance classes make excellent Christmas gifts.

American Dance Institute expanding to Shoreline and opening Jan 2


American Dance Institute (ADI), which has offered dance classes to adults, teenagers, and children in Seattle for more than 28 years, is expanding to Shoreline.

The new Shoreline studio, at 1240 NE 175th St, is in the North City neighborhood, just a half block from Walgreen’s Drug and Safeway. ADI schools include several family-friendly features such as bright, spacious, and sunlit studios, an inviting parent observation area, a fun and non-competitive, non-intimidating environment.

“We cater to all levels - dancers who are new beginners, dancers returning after an absence from dance, and active intermediate level dancers. American Dance Institute’s balancing of technical training with each student’s creativity is unique among area dance schools, and flows from our extensive teacher screening, training, and mentoring,” said the owner and founder Elizabeth Chayer. 
“Dance should first and foremost be joyful, and it’s equally important to us to have a friendly class culture in addition to great technical training.”

 The Shoreline location is being remodeled to add a sprung dance floor, a state of the art sound system, a fresh new color scheme, and a spacious observation room with free Wi-Fi. 

The observation room offers parents a space to stay and watch their child while visiting with other parents and is available during certain classes.

“We are so excited for ADI to be part of the wonderful Shoreline and Lake Forest communities, and have structured the studio to be very accommodating for busy families,” explained Chayer. 
“And we work very hard to make sure all of our students enjoy their time here. This is a welcoming and non-competitive environment for dancers of all ages and skill levels.”

ADI’s commitment to top quality dance instruction as well as creating an invigorating and supportive atmosphere is also seen in its family-friendly policies, such as accommodation for overlapping school sports schedules, easy tuition payment plans, chemical-free studios, and a money back guarantee if a student is not satisfied with the class. Risk-free trial classes allow students to explore Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern/Contemporary, Jazz and Tap dancing. There are also free 4-week “Mommy/Daddy and Me” toddler classes.

“We plan to open a new music school as well, said Chayer. We will be making that official announcement very soon.”
American Dance Institute has two locations in Seattle, one in Greenwood and one in Magnolia.


This course is not recommended for kids younger than 11, as classes for younger students progress at a much slower pace than classes for adults or older teens. And younger children may not be able to process the verbal instruction as readily so they are also more susceptible to picking up bad habits without a teacher's watchful eye on them.
NOTE: All In-Studio dance classes have been suspended. These classes will be live streamed starting Tuesday November 17, in compliance with current Washington State COVID-19 guidance.