Elizabeth Chayer opened American Dance Institute in Seattle in 1989 and has served as Artistic Director for 26 years. She received her teaching certificate from the School of the Hartford Ballet in Connecticut. Elizabeth has taught for the University of Alaska, Alaska Pacific University and Anchorage Community College. She also taught and served as assistant director to Alice Sullivan at Alaska Dance Theatre, in Anchorage, Alaska for five years.
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.
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
Rebecca graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She began her formal Ballet training at Southwest Washington Dance Center. She has completed summer intensives with Summer Dance Lab, Northwest Dance Intensive, Spectrum Dance Theater, and Strictly Seattle.
21 customer reviews.
For kids and adults alike, Rebecca is a creative, engaged, inspiring instructor. She clearly has high expectations for her students and it's exciting and rewarding to work hard in her classes. She's a lot of fun and does a terrific job.
ADI Parent & Student
She is great at knowing when to make corrections without being overwhelming. She's a great dancer to watch and is always able to demonstrate proper form.
I always took home something new from her class regarding muscle groups used for various positions, very detailed in explaining movement and I like how she is keen on teaching you the right way if she sees you not getting it. She will focus on you but also involve the rest of the class. I think her choreography at the end of the year is very good.
Rebecca is really great about breaking down the steps and technique for beginners!
She's knowledgeable and supportive!
She has high expectations of the dancers and teaches technique well.
Becca is wonderful.
“Great with the kids, knowledgeable.”
13 additional students rated Rebecca 'Consistently Awesome-5 stars'.
Rebecca has been teaching dance at American Dance Institute since 2010.
She was graduated Cornish College of the Arts with a Bachelor Fine Arts degree.
Rebecca Greenfield began her formal Ballet training at Southwest Washington Dance Center with Hugh Bigney and continued her education with Dean Speer, Jehrin Alexandria, and Stephanie Saland.
She has completed summer intensives with Summer Dance Lab, Northwest Dance Intensive, Spectrum Dance Theater, and Strictly Seattle.
Rebecca worked closely under the mentorship of Danielle Brosco and danced with Brosco’s company Blacken Tan Dance for over ten years including performances at the “Seattle Fringe Festival” and “12 Minutes Max” for On the Boards.
She performed a work by Donald Byrd in Seattle’s “Dance This! 2010” and recently completed a season with 127th St Dance.
Over the last 10 years, Rebecca has taught ballet, pointe, partnering, hula and modern. She was a co-director of S.W.D.C’s production of “The Nutcracker” for 5 years.
Rebecca was graduated Cornish College of the Arts with a Bachelor Fine Arts degree.
She was a Co-Director of South West Dance Company's production of 'The Nutcracker' for 5 years.
She recently completed a season with the 127th Street Dance company in Seattle.
Rebecca has performed in many Seattle iconic performances.
Working out in a contemporary dance class.
Rebecca's graduation photo from Cornish College of the Arts.
In 1991, at the age of 4 began dancing with American Dance Institute. She participated in and taught dance classes while she attended the University of Portland. She is now pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching.
9 student reviews.
Classes Amy Teaches
I like how she works with the girls, firm but not mean. She has a fun way of showing of correcting them by using examples of the difference.
Amy is consistently awesome and she has boosted my daughters confidence and love for ballet!! She has a would quiet teaching style that is fun and enjoyable!!!
6 additional students rated Amy 'Consistently Awesome -5 stars'.
In 1991, 4 year old Amy boldly announced to her mother that she was ready to be a dancer. Her mother obliged and Amy has been dancing with American Dance Institute ever since progressing through our Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet, Children’s Ballet, Junior Ballet and Teen/Adult Ballet programs.
She participated in and taught dance classes while she attended the University of Portland, but she pursued her passion for language, majoring in English and German. She is now pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching.
She has always loved the welcoming atmosphere at ADI, and was thrilled to join the teaching staff at ADI in 2011. Amy teaches Parent/Toddler, Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet and Children’s Ballet.
Amy executing an attitude derriere position with the Pacific ocean as her backdrop.
Amy playing at the beach and showing off her attitude devant ballet position.
Amy executing a grand plie in the first position.
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
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.
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.
Robert Crocker is an Administrative Assistant for American Dance Institute.
He has an extensive background in computer science, having worked for T-Mobile as a business analyst, and Samsung as a software test engineer.
He is a dance modern dance student at ADI and will work part-time in Shoreline and Greenwood while he pursues an Associates' degree in Computer Science, whence he will transfer to UW Bothell to complete a Bachelor's in Computer Science.
Susan Sinclair is an Administrative Assistant for American Dance Institute.
Susan brings 10 plus years of office support experience in business, academic and dance organizations to American Dance Institute.
And she wears a completely different hat when not at American Dance Institute--or maybe it's a magic cloak...Susan is a professional intuitive reader, a Reiki Master, sound healer and "urban shaman."
To learn more about her work, please visit her website at www.graceflow.me
Maia grew up in Seattle and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre with a minor in dance from Northwestern University and a Masters degree in Dance Pedagogy from the University of the Arts in Helsinki.
While at Northwest, Maia trained with and danced for various Chicago-based dance artists.
While in Finland, Maia taught courses at the University of the Arts and Espoo Dance Institute and completed a thesis based on leading a collaborative learning and performance creation process with students from a vocational program in contemporary dance, as well as performing with other artists there.
In Seattle, Maia has also taught for Seattle Children's Theatre.
Maia says her goal as a teacher is to always be open to and work genuinely with each students' situation and experience while spreading the joy of exploring our movement possibilities.
Maia taught here at the American Dance Institute from 2016-2018 before leaving to pursue her Master's degree. We are so happy to have her back in the fold.
Maia grew up dancing in Seattle, then went to Northwestern University in Evanston where she graduated suma cum laude with a Bachelors in Theatre and a minor in Dance. While there, she performed in works by Chicago based choreographers including Jeff Hancock, Joel Valentin Martinez, and Maray Gutierrez.
She has also participated in Strictly Seattle and Dance This! intensives in Seattle. She has taught both drama and dance to students in the Evanston School District, and interned at Seattle Children's Theatre, where she is now a teaching apprentice.
Maia Nowack and her pesky friend.
Adult tap students Christine and Cheryl with instructor Maia Nowack in our first tap class in Magnolia.x
Cassianna Nicole Diaz is a contemporary dance artist, choreographer, dance writer, Pilate’s teacher, and Ballet/Modern/Ballroom dance teacher currently residing in Seattle, Washington.
She began her dance training, pursuing ballet at a young age and continued on to Cornish College of the Arts to pursue contemporary dance to later graduate from Cornish with a bachelor of fine arts.
Through Cornish (working with Michele Miller) she was able to receive a Pilates teaching certification as well. Among her other passions is writing about dance.
Through an internship with Seattle Dance’s she was able to explore writing about dance as a career, by writing critique of dance productions.
Performing in various works in the Seattle area such as works by Pat Graney, Zoe/juniper, and Gerard Theoret, she has been able to explore her passion for performing contemporary dance works.
Most of her time is currently spent teaching various forms of dance. In the future, she hopes to share more of her choreographic works with the public.
She has performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppelia, The Nutcracker and Snow White.
After her years of classical training, she began studying hip-hop at Westlake Dance Center and is choreographing for D&G dance and other open doors around the greater Seattle.
Jazrelle joined American Dance Institute in January of 2018.
Hip Hop & Urban Dance
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.
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."
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.
Rachel Winchester is a choreographer and educator with a passion for teaching the art of dance.
Currently, Rachel is a substitute teacher for Tacoma Public Schools, an adjudicator for International Baccalaureate’s Dance Programme, and an enthusiastic instructor at American Dance Institute!
She has had the privilege to teach hundreds of dancers of all ages, including students at the Festival Dance Academy, the University of Oregon, the University of Idaho, and Pacific Lutheran University.
Rachel's choreography has been recognized and presented through the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the San Diego & Tijuana Mexico International Fringe Festival, Movement Research and Williamsburg Arts Nexus in New York City, and Seattle’s 12 Min Max at Base Experimental Arts Space.
She has been a guest artist for the arts Bellingham Repertory Dance Company, Tacoma’s Barefoot Collective, and Act I Musical Theatre Company.
Ria holds a teaching certificate from DeLa Salle University, a Masters Degree in Christian Leadership from Every Nation School of World Missions, a Graduate Diploma in Intercultural and Urban Studies from the Asian Theological Seminary, and is a Doctoral candidate from Western Seminary.
Ria grew up in the Philippines and began her dance studies when she was 7 years old. She trained in Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Jazz with Power Dance Company under the direction of Douglas Nierras.
She then moved more into commercial dance attending multiple workshops with Hotlegs. Though Ria was invited to audition for the performing company, she did not see herself as a full-time performer. But her love for dance continued and she has had several opportunities to teach, perform and work backstage.
She was the resident choreographer and dance teacher in a Philippine High School for three years before moving to Seattle in 2012. Ria is currently a dance instructor at the University of Washington.
Elana is a dancer from Southern California who is currently a student at..
the University of Washington, Seattle. Since she started dancing at 2 years old, Elana has had many opportunities to follow her passion and grow as a dancer through her home studio and the Joffrey Ballet School. Elana is continuing her dance education as a dance major at the UW; taking classes and participating in many performance opportunities.
In addition to dancing, she enjoys camping with friends, family, and her dog, spending time at the beach, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Catherine is a recent graduate from the
University of Washington Bothell with a Psychology major, and Education minor.Catherine grew up with A Dancers Pointe Performing Arts Center in Apple Valley, California, where she learned ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and pointe.
She has performed roles including the Magic Carpet in Aladdin, the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, and a Snowflake, Rose, and Spanish Dancer in The Nutcracker.
At the age of 13, Emily attended the School of American Ballet summer course in New York City and later was invited to join the school's formal training program.
After New York, Emily moved to Boston, MA for two years as a trainee with the Boston Ballet, where she danced with Boston's Corps de Ballet.
On days off Emily enjoys hanging out with friends and family, going on adventures, hiking, photography, and exploring Seattle with her sister, who also lives 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.
Indiana University where she earned a BS in Ballet Performance with an Outside Field in Applied Health Science and a Minor in Psychology.
She has had the pleasure of sharing her love of ballet with students across the Dallas-Ft Worth area and has coached students privately for YAGP and school auditions.
Since 2016, Melissa has been a company dancer with Avant Chamber Ballet where she has performed soloist and principal roles in dozens of ballets, ranging from classical to modern.
She also began her teaching career with the Indiana University Pre-College program. After graduation, Melissa danced with Colorado Ballet as a member of the second company for two seasons and taught at local dance studios.
There she was lucky to train with teachers such as Michael Vernon and Violette Verdy, and perform roles in ballets by George Balanchine and August Bournonville, among others.
After training pre-professionally at the Rafael Grigorian School of Classical Ballet in upstate NY, Melissa furthered her education at Indiana University where she earned a BS in Ballet Performance with an Outside Field in Applied Health Science and a Minor in Psychology
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!
She has been teaching since
she was 16 and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Dance.
Lauren also practices meditation and yoga, and enjoys hiking and cuddling with her cat, Cleo, and dog, Cali.
She studied in Northern Utah with Sandra Emile of Cache Valley Civic Ballet. In college, studying Modern Dance at Weber State University and then made her way to the University of Utah, department of Modern Dance.
Gabe has been teaching dance to kids and adults in private studios for the past ten years. Her greatest purpose is to kindle a respect and passion for art, performance, and self love through the journey of kinesthetic awareness.
Gabe Maddox has recently joined the American Dance Institute teaching staff.
He has taught for HHSA, Penguin Productions Hip-Hop Workshop, Northwest School Performance Group, and the Little Gym.
Myles also serves as Dance Captain for Roosevelt High School's Theatre Department and Roosevelt High School's Dance Team.
American Dance Institute
Janelle Jones began Irish dancing at the wee age of 5 and competed on the West Coast and in Canada until the age of 13 at both the local and national level. In 1998 she rekindled her passion for competition and rejoined the Comerford School of Irish Dance.
Kara Rochelle (Dominick) Burrows graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Cornish College of the Arts in 2006. Kara is in her ninth year of teaching ballet, pointe, and contemporary at American Dance Institute in Seattle, WA.