Welcome Letter Greenwood ⋆

Greenwood School Orientation Letter

Hello Greenwood Parents and Dancers,

Welcome to American Dance Institute’s 2019-2020 season of classes. I am so happy to have you all as part of our ADI family! Fall classes begin September 16, 2019, check our school calendar for other important dates.  Please take a few minutes to read through the following letter to facilitate an easy acclimation to life at ADI.

Fall Session is September 16, 2019 - February 9, 2020
Winter/Spring Session is February 10, 2020 - June 18, 2020


We have two studios in the same building. Studio #1’s address is 8001 Greenwood Ave N; Studio #2’s address is 8007 Greenwood Ave N. Dancers and guests use the back doors of the building to gain entrance to each studio so we can keep street shoes off the dance floor. There is a parent viewing area in the back of each studio. Each studio has a restroom on the main floor. There are cubbies for the dancers to put their street shoes, sweaters, backpacks, dance bags, etc. The office is in the small, detached building behind the studios. There is an additional waiting area in the office building with toys for younger siblings, an additional restroom, and changing rooms. If you have not been to our facility before, please come to the office when you arrive and one of my office staff can show you around and get you situated.


There is a small gravel parking area behind the studio which can accommodate six cars if folks park smart and don’t leave a half of a car width between them and the next car. It can accommodate small to mid-size vehicles only so as not to block passage through the alley, and all cars should park at an angle. If you don’t snag a spot in back, there is street parking on both sides of Greenwood Ave N, on N 81st Street, and on N 80th Street along St. John school. When you park on the street, we also ask that you park smart. If we all do our part, we can mitigate our parking impact on the residents of our wonderful neighborhood.

If parking is tough and no one is behind you, you can also pull into the alley and give a shout to my office staff. We can escort your child to class while you go find parking. We call it Ballet Valet.


You can find the dress code required for classes here. Attire can be purchased online through Discount Dance Supply (Discount code: TP120018). Attire can also be purchased at Centerstage Dance Shop: 5261 University Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105.


We have a swap box of outgrown ballet slippers, ghillies, tap, jazz shoes, class leotards, and tights. We typically get a lot of kid sizes, and sometimes adult sizes too. Feel free to check for items you need, or borrow them if you forget something. We would love your donations if you or your kids outgrow/no longer need the attire. There is no cost associated with the swap, and you don’t have to put something in to take something out. If it fits, it’s up for grabs. We just ask that you donate it back when your done with it. Reduce, reuse, recycle–it’s good for the planet and good for your pockets.


We understand you are bound to miss a class or two over the semester. We ask that you please let us know of a planned absence–otherwise you will receive an email inquiring if all is okay because we care about you. You are welcome to make up any missed classes in another age/level appropriate class within the session that it is missed. Missed classes cannot be carried over to the next session. If you know you are going to miss class because of a prior commitment, you can make the class up ahead of time if you like. Please let the office know your intent to make up a class so we can give the instructor a heads up to expect you or your child.


ADI does in-house recitals for our Creative and Pre-level programs in June and an informal watch day at the end of January/beginning of February. There is no additional cost associated with our in-house recitals. For studio performances and class observations, we set up chairs in the studio for you to watch your child’s class up close and personal, take pictures, videos, etc.

Our Children’s and Junior/Teen students have the option to perform in a mixed program in June held at Ballard High School Auditorium.

Many of our adult and upper level students also have the option to perform several times a year in various neighborhood events including Phinneywood Art Walk, visits to senior centers in the area, Greenwood Seafair Parade, and more.


If you have special guests visiting, but it is not an official watching or performance week, please let us know. We are happy to set up some chairs in the studio for you and your out of town guests.

Thanks again for being part of our ADI family. I hope you will all be ambassadors for ADI. If you notice someone new in your class or the waiting areas, please reach out to them and help to make them feel welcome. And if there is anything we can do to make your time at ADI more enjoyable, please let us know. I am always available to take your call or respond to your emails should you have any concerns.

Warm Regards,

Elizabeth Chayer, Director
American Dance Institute