Seattle Ballet Partnership: American Dance Institute
Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local Seattle children from the American Dance Institute. At American Dance Institute (ADI) students and parents alike will feel welcome as soon as they walk in the door. Their teachers welcome and support the students and the students also support and welcome one another. No competition, just encouragement. They teach students to compete with their ‘best self’ rather than against others who may have more or less natural ability. Their methods foster inclusiveness and camaraderie, so students willingly try new steps, leaps and lessons without fear of criticism, ridicule and snickering. At ADI, one finds an authentic, welcoming, nurturing studio and school environment; kind, gentle and patient teachers who have the rare “teaching gift,” and consistent quality instruction focused on each student every class. Ask any studio students or parents and they will respond that every child always feels welcome, accepted, appreciated and loved – no exceptions.