Ballet Classes for Teens & Juniors
No Snootiness allowed : )
About Our Teen/Junior Ballet Classes
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.
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!
Still unsure? Come in and take a trial class for free. But hurry, these dance classes fill quickly.
Ballet Classes for Teens - Course Descriptions
Greenwood : Adult/Teen/Jr Intermediate Ballet with Amy, Tuesdays, 6:00- 7:00pm
Session : Summer
Start Date : 7/11/2023
End Date : 8/29/2023
Full Session Tuition: $225
Ages : 12 & up
Greenwood : Adult/Teen/Jr Intermediate Ballet with Amy, Tuesdays, 6:30- 8:00pm
Session : Winter/Spring
Start Date : 2/13/2023
End Date : 6/22/2023
Full Session Tuition: $475
Ages : 12 & up
Meet Your Teen Ballet Teachers
Rebecca Barney, Teacher
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.
Amy Beck, Teacher
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.
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.
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'.
Dakota Crist, Assistant School Director, Teacher/ Office Manager
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.
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, Teacher
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, Teacher/ Office Manager
Mommy Daddy & Me, Pre-Ballet, Creative Dance, Jazz, Ballet, Jazz, Modern
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!
Margaret Kenrick, Teacher
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.