Ballet Classes for Teens & Juniors

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About Our Teen/Junior Ballet Class Schedules

What do our Ballet Classes for Teenage Beginners Include?

All of our Ballet classes include barre, center, stretching, adagio, and allegro work. We focus on clean execution and a physical and intellectual understanding of how and why each movement is executed. With our exclusive teaching methods, you will progress further, more quickly and safely. Whether you are experimenting to see where your interests lie or you're an aspiring dancer, you will love adult ballet classes in Seattle and Shoreline at American Dance Institute.

Still unsure? Come in and take a trial class for free. But hurry, these dance classes fill quickly.

Below you will find THREE different class options to choose from:

    1. Regular In-Studio Classes:  Classes are currently limited to five dancers, and all must adhere to Washington Department of Health COVID Guidelines.

    2. Live-Streamed ClassesSince these are offered online, you can choose classes at any locations!

    3. 30-Day Ballet: A fun, engaging beginning ballet class that you can take from home On Demand

Ballet Classes for Teens - Course Descriptions

  • Ballet 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.
  • Ballet I.5: For students who have had 4-6 months of recent ballet training.
  • Ballet II: Have been studying ballet recently and or consistently for a year of more.
  • Intermediate: An intermediate student is a fairly accomplished dancer who is well versed in ballet movement vocabulary and has the ability to learn complicated ballet combinations readily. 
  • Pointe: Dancing on toe shoes is for the accomplished dancer only, and requires a minimum of two technique classes weekly in addition to the pointe class. 

Class Schedule & Locations

Fall 2022 Schedule

September 19, 2022 - February 12, 2023

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Winter/Spring Session 2023 Schedule

February 13, 2023 - June 22, 2023

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Winter Session 2023 Schedule

Janaury 2, 2023 - March 26, 2023

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Meet Your Teen Ballet Teachers

Rebecca Greenfield teaches at the American Dance Institute
Rebecca Barney, Teacher
Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Stretch & Strength

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.

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21 customer reviews.

Rebecca teaches:

Jazz

Contemporary

Adult Ballet

Teen Ballet

Testimonials/Comments

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.

Lisa Stiffler 
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.

A. T.
ADI Student

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.

Miranda F. 
ADI Student

Rebecca is really great about breaking down the steps and technique for beginners!

Bobbi T. 
ADI Student

She's knowledgeable and supportive!

Irene H. 
ADI Student

She has high expectations of the dancers and teaches technique well.

Stella B. 
ADI Student

Becca is wonderful.

Melissa K. 
ADI Parent

“Great with the kids, knowledgeable.”

Mark W. 
ADI Parent

13 additional students rated Rebecca 'Consistently Awesome-5 stars'.

Rebecca's Bio

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. 

Interesting Facts

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.

Rebecca Barney dance instructor for american dance institute participating in a core building exercise.

Working out in a contemporary dance class.

dance teacher rebecca barney cornish college of the arts graduation photo

Rebecca's graduation photo from Cornish College of the Arts.

American Dance Institute dance teacher Amy Bartram teaches Childrens ballet dance classes
Amy Beck, Teacher
Ballet, Pre-Ballet, Creative, Irish

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.

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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.

Testimonials /Comments

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.

Heather B.
ADI Parent

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!!!

Xanasha R.
ADI Parent

Consistently awesome!

Johnna E.
ADI Parent

6 additional students rated Amy 'Consistently Awesome -5 stars'.

Dakota Crist is an assistant Director at The American Dance Institute and teaches ballet and more.teaches
Dakota Crist, Assistant School Director, Teacher/ Office Manager
Shoreline/Wedgwood
Contact Phone: 206-402-6561-0755

Ballet, Mommy Daddy & Me, Pre-Ballet, Creative Dance, Jazz, Tap, Modern

Dakota Crist teaches dance and serves as the Shoreline Office Manager for American Dance Institute.

Dakota relocated to Seattle in 2013 and holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts. She received her early dance education at the Creative Dance Center in Helena, MT.

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As a young dancer, she attended Joffrey South, American Academy of Ballet, and Ballet West's summer intensives. Her love of dance drove her train pre-professionally with Ballet Montana and as a company trainee with Sacramento Ballet.  

After graduating from Cornish, Dakota shifted her focus to dance education. She has been teaching dance since 2009 and has taught for ADI since 2018. 

 
Victoria Gutierrez teaches for American Dance Institute
Victoria Gutierrez, Teacher
Ballet, 
Pre-Ballet, Creative Dance, Modern,
Victoria received her professional training at Academia de la Danza Mexicana INBA, where she graduated with a BFA in Classical and Contemporary Dance.

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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.

Ainsleigh Orwin Instructor The American Dance Institute
Ainsleigh Orwin, Teacher/ Office Manager

Greenwood/Magnolia

Mommy Daddy & Me, Pre-Ballet, Creative Dance, Jazz, Ballet, Jazz, Modern

Ainsleigh Orwin has been dancing since she was 5 years old, beginning her training at Village Dance Arts in Claremont, CA studying modern, jazz, hip hop, and ballet.


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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!

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Margaret Kenrick, Teacher
Greenwood/Wedgwood

 Margaret Rose Kenrick has happily found a home in American Dance Institute to continue her love for dance.  

Margaret has trained in the Vaganova and Cecchetti Methodologies and completed her major exam in the Royal Academy of Dance.  

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She has been a health and biology professor and bench scientist for many years in the Northern California bay area while supporting the development of performing arts communities for youth.

Recently, she returned to Seattle, retired from her role as Artistic Director of Benicia Ballet Theatre, and Managing Partner/Director of Benicia Ballet School, LLC.  

While in California, she also co-founded the School of Valley Dance Theater in Livermore, CA, and initiated the dance program for the Community Youth Center in Concord, CA.  

Currently she is the Director of Commercial Education at NanoString Technologies in South Lake Union.  She fell in love with Seattle when she had the honor to train and perform with Pacific Northwest Ballet.  From Seattle, Margaret went on to perform with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, PA. 

She returned to school to complete her degrees in Biology at UCLA and UC Riverside, and Doctorate in Education, Organizational Leadership, from Chapman University, Brandman Division.  

She has two amazing young adult children and loves biking and hiking on her weekends.

Emma Rubbert, Teacher, Shoreline

Emma Rubbert, originally from Olympia, Washington, started training in ballet at Studio West Dance Academy. She has danced in many classical ballet productions, including the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella, and more. 

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Emma spent her summers training at ballet summer intensives around the country, such as Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, and Ballet Austin.

In March 2020, Emma began training with former Pacific Northwest Ballet... 

principal dancers Lindsi Dec and Karel Cruz.

Emma has shifted her focus from pursuing professional ballet after being offered a ballet contract to teaching and attending school.

Emma attended the University of Washington, where she pursued a B.A. in political science and international security and a minor in international affairs in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Asia.

She is excited to teach for the American Dance Institute.

Emma enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends, attending football games, and chilling nights in front of a cozy fireplace.

Professional dancer Maria Coombes teaches ballroom dance classes at the American Dance Institute Wedgwood, starting in January 2023.
Mariia Coombes, Teacher, 

Mariia Coombes is a professional ballroom dancer from Russia.

She was a finalist of 25+ Russian DanceSport competitions, such as Grand Prix Dynamo WDSF 2015 in Moscow, Saint Petersburg Championship 2015 and Saint Petersburg Ball WDSF 2015. Mariia took part in International Competitions as well - in 2014 she flew to Helsinki to participate in the Finland Open, then, in 2015, to Stuttgart to perform at the German Open Championship. 

From age 5 to 10 she also studied ballet along with team dance classes.

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Professional dancer Maria Coombes teaches ballroom dance classes at the American Dance Institute Wedgwood, starting in January 2023.

Mariia has taken part in famous DanceSport camps and worked with dozens of ballroom legends such as 5-time U.S. Nation Champion Karina Smirnoff from Dancing with the Stars, 5-time U.S. Nation Champion Slavik Kryklyvyy from Shall We Dance, 16-time Professional World Latin Dance Champion Gaynor Fairweather, and many others.

Mariia moved to the U.S. in August of 2022. She has taught ballroom dance to beginners, kids, solo, Pro-Am and Professional dancers in her home country and is very excited to now share her experience and passion for ballroom dancing with ADI students.

She teaches Latin-American program (Samba, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive) as well as Standard (Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese waltz, Tango).

Mariia enjoys many other forms of art such as drawing, crafts, and singing.

She is also a huge dog lover.

What are teen classes like at The American Dance Institute?

These are some of our teen ballet students dancing with adults in a recent Phinneywood Art Walk performance.

Teen Ballet: Our School Is Fun, Friendly & Not Competitive!


You want to attend great ballet for teens classes with excellent teachers, invigorating movement and fun classmates, right?

Each dance school has a distinctive culture, some trendy, some fiercely competitive, and some like ours are friendly and 100% non-competitive.

What does non-competitive mean in this context? It means that students in our classes compete with themselves, not against other students, and not against you. The absence of competitive behavior allows for a cooperative, supportive, and encouraging  environment for all students.

Teachers do not favor some students over others. Everyone in class is there for the love of dancing and the desire to improve. Everyone appreciates and respects each other. We're all here to learn, stay fit, make friends, and to experience the joy that only dance can deliver.

Our Ballet Lessons for Teenage Beginners 

All of our teen ballet lessons include barre, center, stretching, adagio, and allegro work. Our dance classes focus on both a physical and an intellectual understanding of how each movement should be executed. Strength, flexibility, grace, balance, poise, and musicality will be developed along with an understanding of the principles of ballet technique.

You'll find our school culture very welcoming, non-competitive, and fun regarding ballet lessons for teenage beginners.

Beginning Ballet For Teens 

Beginner ballet for teens classes are taught at a very beginning level. These classes are taught by the warm, friendly, excellent instructors American Dance Institute is famous for. 

Behind the scenes of the cutest Nutcracker auditions!

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

by  KELLY BLAKE

Seattle Refined Television Show

You Will Progress Further, More Quickly and Safely in ADI's Teen Ballet Classes.

Students love our teen beginner ballet classes for many reasons. With the personal attention you receive from ADI's excellent ballet instructors you will progress further, more quickly and safely. Former professional dancers do not automatically make gifted instructors. 

Whether you are just exploring to see where your interests lie. Are an aspiring dancer in the works. Or are already an accomplished dancer. ADI has a ballet class to fit your needs, and an excellent instructor with a trained eye ready to help you.

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