The School at American Dance Institute is designed to provide students age 4-18 with comprehensive dance instruction that meets superior dance education standards while providing each individual student with the intellectual, emotional and physical elements necessary to be successful in life. Overseen by former Washington Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet dancer, Erin Du, The School offers three tracks of study: Princesses and Cavaliers for young students being introduced to dance, ADI’s School of Ballet for students wishing to focus on ballet training and ADI’s School of Dance Theatre for students seeking a more diverse dance education.
ADI prides itself on the high quality of its dance curriculum and only employs instructors with professional dance backgrounds who have studied dance rigorously for many years. Ballet instructors follow a standardized ballet curriculum based on the Vaganova Method, the most widely used ballet training method in the world and one that prepares students to join any professional ballet company in the country. Similarly, School of Dance Theatre instructors also follow meticulous syllabi crafted to provide students with exceptional training in tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, and acting
The American Dance Institute welcomes adults of all ages and skill levels to enjoy the benefits of dance. Whether you are a professional dancer or someone wanting to study dance for the first time, the Institute has classes for you in Ballet, Flamenco, Tap, and Stretch. For beginners, classes are a fun way to get fit and gain experience. More experienced dancers will find classes musical, challenging and fun.
For the absolute beginner, we recommend all Beginner Level classes. For those who have not danced in a few (or a number of) years, we always recommend beginning in lower levels, so you may slowly reintroduce your body to the language and movement. It is much easier (and rewarding) to move up in levels, rather than demote your initial efforts. Our Beginner classes are also for those brushing up on their skill, or looking for a slower pace. Upper levels such as Intermediate or Advanced should have three of more years of experience of dance.
All classes with the exception of Flamenco are available on a walk-in basis. You are always welcome to stop by and observe a class through the studio windows. See class schedule for fees. If you hold a valid college ID or are members of AGMA, AFTRA, SAG, or EQUITY, you are entitled to a professional rate.