Teen Ballet

Serious dance instruction without the competition and pretense.

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

Seattle Ballet Schools: Ours Is Fun, Friendly & Not Competitive!

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

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

Seattle dance schools each have their own 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 Seattle 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. Beginning ballet classes are taught at a very beginning level. Our advanced ballet classes are some of the best in Seattle, taught by the warm, friendly and excellent instructors. You'll find our school culture very welcoming, non-competitive and fun.

Teen Ballet

Winter-Spring Dance Class Schedule

Greenwood and Magnolia Winter/Spring Sessions run February 4 - June 17, 2018.
Shoreline session will run late January/early February (once we open) to June 17, 201

Greenwood Teen Ballet Classes

Jr/Teen Ballet Ia (ages 11-14)

New Beginners
Sunday 1:30-2:45PM, Jenn Taranto, Studio #1

Junior/Teen Ballet Ib
(ages 11-14)

Returning Beginners
Tuesday 4:30-5:45PM, Jenn Taranto, Studio #2

Junior/Teen Ballet II
(ages 11-15)

Two classes minmum per week required.

Tuesday 5:15-6:30PM, Kara Burrows, Studio #1

Saturday 1:30-2:45PM, Maia Nowack, Studio #2

Junior/Teen Ballet V Repertoire 
(ages 11-15)

Performance piece will be learned to perform in May 11th Art Walk and June 24th Student Recital.

Teen/Adult Ballet Ia (ages 15+)

New Beginners

Monday 8:00-9:15PM, 
Maia Nowack, Studio #2

Sunday 11:15AM-12:30PM, Alyssa Brillinger, Studio #2

Teen/Adult Ballet Ib (ages 15+)

Returning Beginners.
Two classes minimum per week recommended.

Monday 7:45-9:15PM, Rebecca Barney, Studio #1

Wednesday 11:30AM-1:00PM, Jenn Taranto, Studio #2

Wednesday 7:45-9:15PM, Rebecca Barney, Studio #1

Teen/Adult Ballet II (ages 15+)

Two classes minimum per week recommended.

Tuesday 7:45-9:15PM, Maia Nowack, Studio #2
Thursday 8:00-9:15PM, Alyssa Brillinger, Studio #2

Sunday 12:00-1:30PM, Jenn Taranto, Studio #1

Teen/Adult Intermediate Ballet  (ages 15+)

Two classes minimum per week recommended.

Tuesday 6:30-8:00PM, Kara Burrows, Studio #1
Thursday 6:30-8:00PM, Kara Burrows, Studio #1
Saturday 10:45AM-12:15PM, Amy Beck, Studio #1

Junior/Teen/Adult Pointe I (ages 11+) Instructor approval required.

Saturday 12:15-1:15PM, Abby Zimmerman, Studio #1
Requires 2 weekly technique classes to be eligible for pointe.

Junior/Teen/Adult Pointe II (ages 11+) Instructor approval required.

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM, Kara Burrows, Studio #1
Requires 2 weekly technique classes to be eligible for pointe.

Magnolia Teen Ballet Classes

Junior/Teen Beginning Ballet I
(ages 11-14) 

Wednesday, 4:45-6:00 pm,
Alyssa Brillinger

Junior/Teen Ballet III
(ages 11-15) 

Monday, 5:15-6:45PM,

Margaret Behm

Teen/Adult Ballet Ia
(ages 15+)

New Beginners
Tuesday 7:45-9:00PM,

Margaret Behm

Teen/Adult Ballet Ib & II
(ages 15+)

Returning Beginners

Monday, 7:30-8:45 pm,

Amy Beck

Thursday 7:45-9:00 pm,

Margaret Behm

NEW!  Shoreline Ballet Classes start late January/early February 2018.

Offering Teen Ballet Classes 

All Shoreline Teen Ballet classes meet in studio #2

Junior/Teen Beginning Ballet I ages 11-14

Tuesdays & Thursdays
Emily Paul & Emily Curtis

Teen/Adult Beginning Ballet I ages 15+

Abby Zimmerman 

Tuesdays & Thursdays
Emily Paul & Emily Curtis

Margaret Behm

Teen/Adult Beginning Ballet II ages 15+

Tuesdays & Thursdays,
Emily Paul & Emily Curtis


Dakota Crist

Teen/Adult Intermediate Ballet ages 15+

Mondays & Wednesdays

Julia & Maia

Wednesdays & Fridays
Dakota Crist

Dakota Crist

1240 NE 175th St. Shoreline, Washington, 98155

The Fall Session For Greenwood & Magnolia Started September 18.

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ADI Teen Ballet Student Sofia

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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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Tips for finding a great teen ballet school.

You're looking for teen ballet dance classes in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood, 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 dance classes where everyone is friendly and you will always feel welcome.
  • Look for a class where the teacher understands that the pace of the class has to be good for you.
  • Look for a dance 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.

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. 

Meet Your Teen Ballet Teachers

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.

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

                             Elizabeth Chayer

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Kara Burrows

In 2006 she graduated magna cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA where she performed in works by Sarah Slipper, Deb Wolf, Donald Byrd, Pat Hon, Jose Limon, Martha Graham and others.

"...class is always challenging, but she is very patient."

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Rebecca Greenfield

Rebecca graduated Cornish School of the Arts and has worked closely under the mentorship of Danielle Brosco. She has 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.

"Rebecca is a creative, engaged, inspiring instructor." 

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Jenn Taranto

Jenn was trained in the Vaganova method from former students of The Kirov Academy of St. Petersburg. She continues to pass down this style of ballet to her students, with its clean lines and a strong emphasis on port de bras.

"...her class was everything I hoped it would be."

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Alyssa Brillinger

"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!? Emily H.
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Abby Zimmerman

Abby holds a B.F.A. from Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA and is a certified pilates mat instructor. Abigail has performed with 127th St. Dance, and has danced at the Astoria Music Festival on multiple occasions. She has performed works by local Seattle choreographers Donald Byrd, Dayna Hanson, Jamie Karlovich, Wade Madsen, Zoe Scofield, and Deborah Wolf.

Here's what other teens and pre-teens say about Seattle's American Dance Institute.


I was called at 21. In my very first class, I experienced such joy that I had to share this dance with others. Teaching became my passion and I have since devoted my life to it. If you are reading this, then come to class. Come, I've been waiting for you.                                

Elizabeth Chayer
Founder, Director American Dance Instituter

PhinneyWood Art Walk Performance 2015

Why I Dance  (Ontario Arts Council)

Student/Parent Teen Ballet Classes Review
  • Fun & Invogorating
  • Great Teachers
  • Non-Competitiveness
  • Personalized attention
  • Friendly & Non-Intimidating
  • Consistently Excellent Instruction
  • Family Freindly