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Ballet Classes for Teens & Juniors

No Snootiness allowed  : )

Class Schedules

Summer Session

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

Junior/Teen Classes

Children's/Junior Classes

Winter/Spring Session

February 12, 2024 - June 20, 2024

Junior/Teen Classes

Children's/Junior Classes

About Our Teen/Junior Ballet Classes

All of our ballet lessons  include barre, center, stretching, adagio, and allegro work. We focus on the physical and intellectual understanding of how and why each movement is executed. Strength, flexibility, grace, balance, poise, and musicality will be developed along with an understanding of the principles of ballet technique. With our structured teaching methods, your teen will progress further, quickly and safely. Whether you are experimenting to see where your teens interests lie are or have an aspiring dancer, our ballet classes will be non intimidating. 

Ballet Class levels

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 student who have had 4 -6 months of recent lessons

Ballet II : For student who have had at least on year of recent lessons

Ballet III: For student who have had at least two years of recent lessons

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. 

Ballet Dance Attire

Girls pink tights and black leotard or dance leggings and form fitting top

Boys wear dance belt, black tights, white t-shirt and black or white Ballet slippers.

 All long hair should be secured in a bun. Shorter hair should be pulled back off the face and in a ponytail if it fits.

Meet Your Jr./Teen Ballet Teachers

Dakota Crist is an assistant Director at The American Dance Institute and teaches ballet and more.teaches

Dakota Crist

Assistant Director & office manager


Dakota Crist had her earlier, 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. Dakota relocated to Seattle in 2013 and holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts.

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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. 

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!


What Are Jr./Teen Ballet Classes Like at American Dance Institute?

A ballet pointe class dance class performance from the American Dance Institute's 33 Annual Spring Recital 2022 Performed by Seattle's Greenwood Point Class I & II

A performance from the American Dance Institute's 33 Annual Spring Recital 2022 By Seattle's Greenwood Jr & Teen Ballet Class 1.5 2022 Choreography: Victoria Gutierrez

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