Teen Ballet Dance Classes ⋆ American Dance Institute Seattle ⋆ Shoreline

Teen Ballet

Excellent teen ballet dance instruction without the competition and pretense.

For Parents, Teens, Kids

We surveyed 300 discerning Seattle area parents asking why they insist on dance classes for their children. Here are the most often cited responses.   (53 seconds)

In addition to the teen ballet class offerings on this page, American Dance Institute offers a comprehensive selection of adult ballet classes,  Kid's ballet classes for ages 5-7ballet & tap dance combo classes for ages 5-7, kid's ballet classes for ages 8-10, and Jr. ballet lessons for ages 11-15.

Class Schedules


These are some of our teen ballet students dancing with adults in a recent Greenwood-Phinney ArtWalk performance in Seattle.

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

You don't want to be in a teen ballet class where you are made to feel unappreciated, right?

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

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

What does non-competitive mean in this context? It means that students in our Seattle dance classes compete with themselves, not against other students, not against you. The absence of competitive behavior allows for cooperative, supportive and encouraging behavior to fill 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 understands each other, 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.

And that is why you'll always feel welcome in your dance class, that you belong in the class, no matter your proficiency, body type or age. It is a wonderful, healthy environment to learn, grow and dance in.​

Our Teen Ballet Classes 

All of our Teen Ballet dance classes include barre, center, stretching, adagio and allegro work. Our dance classes focus on both physical and intellectual understanding of how and why 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.

Beginner Ballet For Teens 

Beginner ballet for teens classes are taught at a very beginning level. These classes are taught by the warm, friendly and excellent instructors that American Dance Istitute is famous for. You'll find our school culture very welcoming, non-competitive and fun.

Meet Your Teen Ballet Teachers

"Just as in the best schools, the quality of the dance instructor makes all the difference."

                             Elizabeth Chayer

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Emily Paul

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ADI Teen Ballet Student Sofia

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American Dance Institute partnered with the Moscow Ballet to host area dance students in their internationally acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker performance at Seattle's Paramount Theater in 2017 and 2018.

Area teen ballet students performed in the Great Russian Nutcracker with the Moscow Ballet at Seattle's Paramount Theater promoting a message of peace.

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Komo Television's Seattle Refined videotaped portions of Seattle's Moscow Ballet Nutcracker auditions and they interviewed participants at American Dance Institute's Greenwood Studios. Their show aired Tuesday, September 19th at 3pm on Channel 4.   You can watch the show now Behind The Scenes Of The Cutest Nutcracker Auditions.

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Excellence On Display 

Beautiful student images from our June 2018 dance performance.  

Tips for finding a great teen ballet school.

You're looking for teen ballet dance classes in Seattle or Shoreline, but how do you find a good school? What questions do you ask? How do you find great ballet dance classes?

  • Look for non-competitive ballet for teens classes where everyone is friendly and you will always feel welcome.
  • Look for a beginner ballet for teens class where the teacher understands that the pace of the class has to be good for you.
  • Look for a ballet studio with specially designed 'sprung' wood floors that 'give' to protect your feet and ankles. Avoid studios with regular wood floors and heaven to bid, run away from dance studios with concrete floors.
  • Look for accommodating school policies like a 100% money back guarantee if you don't like your class for any reason.
  • Look for clean, bright sunlit studios.
  • Most importantly look for a school that has expert dance teachers who know how to give you personalized attention so they will progress faster.

You Will Progress Further, Faster, and Safer In ADI's Teen Ballet Dance Classes.

Students love our beginner ballet for teens classes for many reasons. Chief amoung these is that with the personal attention, you receive from ADI's excellent ballet instructors, you will progress further, faster and safer in less the time that it will take you in many other schools. Some instructors favor only more advanced dancers, others simply do not have the teaching gift. And former professional dancers do not automatically make gifted instructors. 

A school's dance instructors may come and go, but if the curriculum varies with each new instructor, your progress will suffer. ADI has retained teachers for many years, however, when they do leave, the new instructors maintain absolute consistency in the class material presented. 

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.


PhinneyWood Art Walk Performance 2015

Why I Dance  (Ontario Arts Council)