President’s Day Ballet Class Info 2/20/17

Happy President’s Day….

Another Holiday means studio closures….

Westlake is OPEN:
10:00-11:30am: Ballet 2, (Open, Intermediate) Heather Dawson
4:00-5:30 pm: Ballet 3, (Intermediate) Erin Crall
5:30-6:30pm: Lyrical 1/2, Xaviera Vandermay
6:30-7:30pm: Lyrical Hip Hop, Phi Voba
7:30-8:30pm: Jazz 2, Sheri Lewis
8:30-9:30pm: Yoga, Mary Hazen

International Ballet Theater in Kirkland is OPEN
Mondays: 10:30 – 12:00 Open Teen/Adult Int/Adv. Ballet, Francois Serre y Berga

10:00-11:30am Open Ballet w/ Amy Johnson
6:30-8:00pm Intermediate w/ Annie Devuono

Seattle Studios Closed on Monday, 2/20/17:
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Dance Fremont
Spectrum Dance
American Dance Institute
Evergreen City Ballet -February 20-25, 2017(Mid-Winter Break)
Arc Dance-Feb 20-21 (Mid-Winter Break)

Darn, no dancing…SNOW DAY 2/6/17

snowdaySNOW Day!

Here are the places closed today due to the weather:




Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle is open for class, Tues 2/7 (Bellevue is not)
Spectrum Dance
Dance Fremont, open for class Tues, 2/7
Exit Space, unconfirmed for Tues
Westlake Dance
New City Dance
Velocity for ballet
American Dance Institute, both locations



Bundle up and enjoy your SNOW DAY!

Ballet Class Update 1/8/17 ~Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to my fellow dancers and ballet class enthusiasts!

May this new year bring you triple pirouettes, extension for days, or any other ballet technique you are planning to work on!attitude







Here are some class updates that I am aware of:

Arc School of Ballet
(Sent out an email with a class schedule update!)

Welcoming students on a drop-in basis, the Open Program offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced level dance classes in Ballet and Modern along with various other fitness conditioning classes.
The Open program classes are offered on an annual
(September through June) on-going basis.


NEW Every Wednesday Morning @ 8:30am
Bring your own mat and prepare to ignite your abs and sculpt your body in this morning strength class with Echo Norris!


Every Friday Morning @ 9:30am
Come move and revitalize your body with
Michele Curtis in this morning class!
Replenish your body with oxygen and awaken your senses.
Join Michele as she guides you through gentle stretching movements.
Soo Yummy, you’ll stretch for more!


Every Tuesday @ 7:15pm
NEW Every Thursday @ 7:15pm
Every Saturday @ 10:30am
NEW Every Sunday @ 10:30am




Every Wednesday @ 10:00am
Every Sunday @ NOON
BEG/INT POINTE It is recommended to take a ballet technique class prior to attending Pointe class.
Every Wednesday @ 11:30am
Every Sunday @ 1:30pm
Come explore the joy and beauty of classical ballet with Marie Chong
(Artistic Director of ARC Dance and Director of Arc School of Ballet)

Dance Fremont

Open Intermediate/Advanced Ballet

10:00-11:30AM Tuesdays: Karena Birk
7:00-8:30PM Wednesdays: Amanda Clark
10:00-11:30AM Thursdays:Leigh-Ann Cohen-Hafford
10:00-11:30AM Fridays: Steve Casteel
10:00-11:30AM Saturdays: Christopher Montoya







American Dance Institute

American Dance Institute’s Winter-Spring session registration is now open in both Greenwood and Magnolia and students can save 15% if they register before January 15th!

Numerous classes available! ALL LEVELS of ballet.
Here are a few that I recommend:
Intermediate Ballet
Ballet Studio #1
Tuesday, 6:30-8:00PM
Thursday, 6:30-8:00PM
Saturday, 11:20am-12:50PM
Taught by: Kara Burrows

Beginning Pointe
Taught by: Kara Burrows, Studio #1
Thursday, 8:00-9:00PM
Intermediate Pointe & Variations
Taught by: Kara Burrows, Studio #1
Saturday, 12:50-2:20PM

Beginning Ballet I
Friday, 12:15pm-1:45PM, Emilee Putsche
Saturday, 3:00-4:30PM, Emilee Putsche

Beginning Ballet II
Monday, 7:30pm-9:00PM, Amy Beck

Intermediate Ballet
Tuesday, 6:30-8:00PM, Abby Zimmerman
Friday, 10:45AM-12:15PM, Abby Zimmerman
Friday, 7:15-8:45PM, Emilee Putsche

Monday, January 16, 2017  MLK Day – no classes held

Spectrum Dance Theater

Mondays 7:30-9:00 pm Beginning/Int Ballet w/ Billy Miglino
Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 pm Int Ballet w/ Marco Carrabba
Saturdays 12:00-1:30 pm Open Ballet w/ Marco Carabba ~new pianist, Oleg

Monday, January 16, 2017  MLK Day – no classes held

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Classes are ongoing with the previous schedule posted
Monday, January 16, 2017  MLK Day – no classes held


December Update, 12/10/16


Pacific Northwest Ballet
Closed December 19th through January 2nd

Dance Fremont
Closed December 19th through January 2nd- new classes added! see below

American Dance Institute
Closed December 20, through January 2nd

Spectrum Dance
Closed December 19-January 2nd

*Exit Space is open January 2nd
Dance Fremont
Vivian is teaching Ballet 10:00-11:30 am
Monday 12/19
Wednesday 12/21
Friday 12/23

Catch her while she’s in town!


Exit Space
Closed 12/19-1/1 However, these classes will be happening:
Monday 12/19
Open Ballet w/Amy 10am
Int Ballet w/Annie 6:30pm
Int/Adv Modern w/Marlo 6:30pm (@theNEST)
Beg/Int Ballet w/Jennifer 7pm
Beg/Int Pointe w/Annie 8pm
Broadway Jazz w/Karen 8pm (@theNEST)

Tuesday 12.20
Open Ballet w/Annie 10am
Beg Ballet and Conditioning w/Jennifer 6:30pm
Int Ballet w/Amy 7:30pm
Beg Pointe w/Jennifer 8pm
Broadway Jazz w/Karen 8pm

Wednesday 12.21
**Pilates Mat Class w/Anne 5p
**Open Modern w/Anne 6p (@theNEST)
**DIRECT EFFECT Dance in Action Class
**donation or free — all proceeds go to Northwest Harvest
Int Ballet w/Annie 6:30pm
Beg/Int Jazz w/Karen 6:30pm
House Dance w/Angelica 8p
Beg Pointe w/Annie 8p

Thursday 12.22
Open Ballet w/Annie 10am

Friday 12.23
Open Ballet w/Annie 10am
Int/Adv Modern w/Angelica 10a (@theNEST)
Beg/Int Ballet w/Jennifer 6pm

12.24 – 12.25 NO CLASS

Monday 12.26
Int Ballet w/Annie 6:30pm
Beg/Int Ballet w/Jennifer 7pm
Broadway Jazz w/Karen 8pm (@theNEST)

Tuesday 12.27
Open Ballet w/Annie 10am
Beg Ballet and Conditioning w/Jennifer 6:30pm
Int Ballet with Amy 7:30pm
Beg Pointe w/Jennifer 8pm
Broadway Jazz w/Karen 8pm

Wednesday 12.28
Int Modern w/Anne 6:30p
Beg/Int Jazz w/Karen 6:30pm
Int Ballet w/Annie 6:30pm
Beg/Int Pointe w/Annie 8pm

Thursday 12.29
Open Ballet w/Annie 10am

Friday 12.30
Open Ballet w/Annie 10am
Beg/Int Ballet w/Jennifer 6pm
Saturday 12.31
Beg Ballet and Conditioning w/Jennifer 9am
Int Modern w/ Amy 12:30 pm

Sunday 1.1 – NEW YEAR’S DAY

Monday 1.2
Int Ballet w/Annie 6:30pm


The Studios ~ Final 2 weeks until they bid us farewell

Mon 12/19 Beg/Int Ballet 5:30-7:00 pm Anne Goldberg

Tues 12/20 Int Ballet 5:30-7:00 pm Kyle Johnson
Wed 12/21 Beg/Int Ballet 5:30-7:00 pm Erin Crall
Thurs 12/22 Beg Ballet 7:00-8:30 pm Erin Crall
Westlake Dance -They are only closed 12/24,12/25 & 12/31,1/1
Tuesdays 4:00-5:30pm: Ballet 3/4 Thomas Phelan
Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm: Ballet 1, Kim Gockel
Thursdays 4:00-5:30pm: Ballet 3/4, Rainbow Fletcher
Fridays 6:30-8:00pm: Ballet 2/3, Kim Gockel

**Special New Year’s Eve morning classes happening at WDC:
Open ballet from 10-11:30 w/ Kim Gockel
Open jazz from 11:30-12:30
All levels welcome. Let’s dance in the new year together!

NO Regular class on these dates due to their Nutcracker Performances
Saturday, 12/10
Sunday, 12/11
Saturday, 12/17
Sunday, 12/18

The studio is closed 12/19 through 1/1
However, these holiday, interim classes will be available
Wednesday, 12/21 10-11:30am Int/Adv Ballet; 11:30-12:30pm Pointe/Variations
Friday, 12/23 10:30-12pm Int/Adv Ballet
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Sunday, 12/25 12-1:30pm Int/Adv Ballet; 1:30-2:30pm Pointe/Variations
Saturday, 1/31 10:30-12pm Int/Adv Ballet (Last day to use 2016 class cards!)
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Sunday, 1/1 12-1:30pm Int/Adv Ballet; 1:30-2:30pm Pointe/Variations


Dance Fremont Update 12/3, 12/10, 12/14,12/17/16


Dance Fremont

Saturday 12/3/16
10:00-11:30 Open Ballet w/ Brenna Monroe-Cook

Limon Dance Company photo of Brenna from the Limon Facebook page







Saturday 12/10
10:00-11:30 am Int Ballet w/ Vivian
Wednesday 12/14
7:00-8:30 pm Int Ballet w/ Vivian
Saturday 12/17
10:00-11:30 am Int Ballet w/ Vivian

Holiday Gift Resources For the Busy Dancer

Here are some great gift ideas for your favorite dancer, or for yourself!

anniemercerPersonal Training:
Studio 910
Annie Mercer, Certified Pilates and Gyrotonic Instructor
910 NE 53rd St
Seattle, WA 98105

Annie has been working with me for several years and I highly recommend her! She can help you find and use muscles you didn’t even know you had! Using the Gyrotonic method and Annie’s encouraging instruction, I have been able to connect with my body and learn how to access muscles, breath and movement that helps me daily with general mobility.  I can come to her with something given by a ballet instructor in class and she can help me figure out how to make it happen.  She has been a huge part of improving my ballet technique!


Echo Norris, Certified Pilates Instructor
2915 East Madison Street,
Suite 204
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 427-0401

Echo is extremely knowledgeable in all forms of dance, movement and the body.  She can help motivate you to achieve a stronger, leaner, toned body!  She works with all fitness levels and is very positive and encouraging.

Christopher Grant-Montoya
Private Ballet Instruction
Fun, encouraging & a wealth of information!  If you’re looking to work on a specific aspect of your technique or just want a little extra motivation to improve your turns, tendues, or pointe work, Christopher is currently available for private instruction.
Christopher Grant-Montoya's Profile Photo

Back Warmers
Marie M.
text (231)330-6443 to place your order
Many colors available: black, gray, pink purple, turquoise
Different sizes, also available
Warm, double fleece, stretch material
$20.00 and up
A PERFECT gift for any ballet dancer!

Need something embroidered?
Granny’s Gift Closet
Jeananne Tescar-Burcham

Novelty items also available:
T shirts, sweatshirts and other novelty items on available on her web site.  Or, personalized embroidery for most any clothing or shoe item.


Ashley Ellis, a Principle Dancer with Boston Ballet
Legwarmers and body suits
Full length or short length

Thin or thicker material, many styles and colors to choose from!
From their web site:
Christmas order deadline is December 5th.
Due to holiday orders certain items may be backordered, please allow up to 2 weeks for your order to be completed.
We always get things out as soon as possible, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Thank you very much and Happy Holidays!ashley-ellis-legwarmers







Friday December 2nd 5-8pm at Mary Ashton’s Studio
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th 10am – 5pm
6511 19th Ave NE
with Diane Fox jewelry and Carol Campbell hats
Friday December 9th 3pm – 9pm
3711 Carr Place N
Friday December 2nd 5-8pm at Mary Ashton’s Studio
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th 10am – 5pm
6511 19th Ave NE


Patt Makatura

Artwork by Patty Makatura,
(fellow dancer!)
Local Artist, Muralist and Art Educator

Makatura Murals
cards, calendars, tea towels~ great gifts!

patty-calendars patty-cards2 patty-teatowels pattycards pattycards3

11/20/16 Holiday Studio Schedules

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here are some upcoming studio closures:

PNB ~ Closed Wednesday, (no evening class)11/23- Sunday, 11/27
Dance Fremont ~ Closed Wednesday, 11/23- Sunday, 11/27
The Studios ~ Closed Thursday, 11/24- Saturday, 11/26 see below
Spectrum Dance ~ Closed Thursday, 11/24- Sunday, 11/27
(Spectrum Wednesday 11/23 7:30-9:00 pm Open Ballet w/ Billy Miglino)
American Dance Institute ~ Closed Wednesday, 11/23- Sunday, 11/27
Sometimes there has been a Thanksgiving day class, unfortunately, not this year…
Friday, 25, 10:30-12pm  Int/Adv Ballet
Saturday, 26, 10-11:30am Int/Adv Ballet
Sunday, 27, 12-1:30pm Int/Adv Ballet
Keep an eye out for the December schedule, ARC may have class on Christmas & New Year’s!

Exit Space ~ Closed Thursday, 11/24 ONLY. however, there is this:
SPECIAL CLASS on THANKSGIVING with Marlo Ariz (Martin)
Open Level Modern Dance Class 10:30am-12pm
Free or Donation = all proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood
@theNEST 6600 1st Ave NE

All other classes still happening:
6:30-8pm Int Ballet w/Annie DeVuono
8-9pm Beg Pointe w/Annie DeVuono
10-11:30am Open Ballet w/Annie DeVuono
6-7:30pm Beg/Int Ballet w/Jennifer Carroll
9-10:30am Beg Ballet & Conditioning w/Jennifer Carroll
10:30-12pm Int Ballet w/Annie DeVuono
10:30-12pm Open Ballet w/Annie DeVuono
11-12:30pm Beg Ballet w/Bryon Carr


Westlake Dance ~ Closed Thursday, 11/24 ONLY
6:30-8:00pm: Ballet 2/3, Kim Gockel
10:00-11:30am: Ballet 2/3, Kim Gockel
1:00-2:00pm: Ballet 1/2, Melissa Brown

The Studios
Wednesday, 11/23 5:30-7:00 pm Beg/ Int Ballet w/ Erin Crall
Sunday, 11/27 10:00-11:30 am Beg/ Int Ballet w/ Erin Crall


Emerald Ballet Theatre
CLOSED Thursday, 11/24-1/27
Here is their normal adult open ballet schedule for consideration:
(Taken directly from their web site)
Wednesday mornings, 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Ms. Terrel)





Terrel Lefferts ~ADULT BALLET
Ms. Lefferts has taught for local studios such as Premiere Dance Center, Washington Academy of Performing Arts, Kirkland Dance Center, Parks and Recreation agencies, the PRO Club, and University of Namibia in Africa. Her early training in ballet included study and performance with Louisville Ballet and BalletMet. In July 2014, she was honored to be chosen and recognized by the City of Redmond’s City Council as the person who “embodies the spirit of partnership and commitment to children in our community” for her dance classes.

Thursday evenings, 8:00-9:00 p.m. (Mr. Roman)
Friday mornings, 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Mr. Roman)
$15 drop in, or $156 for a 12-class punchcard (expires within 3 months)
There is no registration fee for Adult Ballet



This year I’m giving thanks for my wonderful husband and best friend now for 32 years (Bryan), my three super cuddly pups,  my family, my supportive dancer friends and instructors, my fun boss & co-workers at the office, my health and the fact that I can dance almost every day!

I look forward to seeing you at class.

Photo by Stella Kutz, taken at YAW Theater, coming soon to Georgetown!


11/11/16 Veteran’s Day Studio Information

Studio info for Friday, November 11th

Dance Fremont ~closed Friday
(Saturday 11/12 10:00-11:30 Open Ballet with Christopher Grant-Montoya)
(Saturday 11/19 10:00-11:30 Open Ballet with Bruce McCormick)

Pacific Northwest Ballet ~ closed Friday

The Studios ~ no classes listed for Friday

Exit Space is open
10:00-11:30 am Open Ballet with Annie
6:00-7:30 pm Beg/ Int with Jennifer

Westlake Dance is open
5:30-6:30pm: Barre Fitness, Ashley Zimmberman
6:30-8:00pm: Ballet 2/3, Kim Gockel

American Dance Institute is open
12:15pm-1:45pm Beginning Ballet with Emilee Putsche

Dance Fremont Update

Dance Fremont Update:

Wednesday, 10/26 7:00-8:30 pm Karena Birk will be subbing for Amanda Clark

Thursday, 10/27 10:00-11:30 Leigh-Ann Cohen-Hafford is subbing for Karena
Saturday, 10/29 10:00-11:30 am Lodi McClellan

Saturday, 11/5 10:00-11:30 Kitty Daniels


Lodi McClellan
Early ballet training with Loyce Holton at the Minnesota Dance Theatre, Sydelle Gomberg, Samuel Kurkjian, Hannah Wiley, Marjorie Mussman, Jocelyn Lorenz, Flemming Halby, Kitty Daniels, and Yasuko and Emi Tokunaga.

A seventeen-year professional career in modern dance, Lodi was a member of the Chamber Dance Company (performing soloist roles in works by José Limon and Doris Humphrey), the Mark Morris Dance Group, Beth Soll and Company, and Llory Wilson and Dancers, making guest appearances with Nina Wiener and Dancers and many additional freelance artists along the way.

Instructor of dance technique for 36 years, at Cornish for the past 21 years. Her teaching credits in both ballet and modern technique include the University of Washington, CENTRUM, American Dance Institute, Strictly Seattle, Dance Fremont!, ARC, Harvard University, Boston University, the Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, and many private studios on both coasts.

Lodi graduated with honors from Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts and received her BA in Dance, cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College. She earned a MFA in Dance, specializing in dance criticism, from the University of Washington. Lodi was the recipient of the Cornish College of the Arts Teaching Excellence Award in 2014 and 2016.

Check out American Dance Institute!

I enjoy getting the word out about wonderful places to dance and take classes.

American Dance Institute is one of these places!

Community-oriented, wonderful instructors and a great space
to dance and have a fun time, while learning your chosen style of dance.

THEY ALSO HAVE RENTAL SPACE AVAILABLE for those of you looking for studio time for rehearsals!

Check out a class and tell them I said “hello”!
(I would be there more if traffic wasn’t so bad!)


Check out their recent press release:

American Dance Institute Opens Second Location in Magnolia with New Class Schedules

Family friendly Magnolia location is in the former
Roseanne’s School of Dance building


3116 West Smith Street, Seattle, WA

SEATTLE–October 6, 2016 – American Dance Institute (ADI) has expanded to include a Magnolia location. This new, second location joins the Greenwood location, where American Dance Institute has been operating for more than 27 years, and includes ADI’s signature parent observation area, chemical-free studios, and accommodating class schedules. Since schools in the surrounding areas have different bell times, ADI has customized its class schedule to give parents sufficient time to travel between the various schools and the studio.

“We were touched when Roseanne Casper, who had just retired after operating Roseanne’s School of Dance for more than 40 years, told us about available studio space in Magnolia,” said owner and founder Elizabeth Chayer. “Between preparing class schedules, hiring and training instructors, and remodeling the studio, there were a lot of 14-hour days so we could open in time for the new school year. This is such a great neighborhood and we are grateful for the opportunity to open a location here.”

The Magnolia location was remodeled to expand the amount of studio space as well as add a state of the art sound system, fresh paint, a new exterior building sign, and a parent observation room with free Wi-Fi. The observation room offers parents the space to stay and watch their child, work, or visit with other parents in a welcoming environment.

“As a family friendly school, we are serious about dance instruction but we definitely don’t take ourselves too seriously. We like to say there is no snootiness allowed. In fact, we work hard to make sure students have a great teacher and a great class every single time,” explained Chayer.


The new sunlit studio now hosts classes for adults, teenagers, and children, which begin with a free trial class and an exclusive 100% money-back guarantee. The professional dance instruction is in a non-threatening, non-competitive environment, which balances technical training with each student’s creativity. Students can explore Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern/Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Flamenco, and Irish Dance as well as a free 9-week “Mommy/Daddy & Me” toddler class.

Magnolia Classes
3116 West Smith Street, Seattle 98199 (formerly Roseanne’s School of Dance building)
Ages 18-99
Beginning Adult Ballet I Classes
Monday, 9:45am-11:15am with Darci Deaver
Monday, 7:30pm-9:00pm with Amy Beck
Friday, 12:15pm-1:45pm with Emilee Putsche
Saturdays 3:00-4:30pm with Emilee Putsche

About American Dance Institute

The American Dance Institute has two locations in Seattle with highly trained staff, a well-developed curriculum, and exclusive teaching methods to ensure that students will progress further, faster, and safer than at any other school. Learn more at

For more information, please contact

Elizabeth Chayer, Founder, Director, American Dance Institute,



The Greenwood location:
8001 Greenwood Ave North, Seattle WA 98103

Registration is Open.
Greenwood Classes

Ages 18-99
Beginning Adult Ballet I Classes
Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30 pm   Jenn Taranto   Studio #2
Tuesdays, 7:45-9:15 pm  Maia Nowack   Studio #2
Thursdays, 12:00-1:30 pm   Jenn Taranto   Studio #1
Thursdays, 8:00-9:15 pm   Alyssa Brillinger   Studio #2
Sundays, 12:30-2:00  Jenn Taranto   Studio #1

Beginning Adult Ballet II Classes
Mondays, 7:45-9:15 pm   Rebecca Barney   Studio #1
Wednesdays, 7:45-9:15 pm   Rebecca Barney   Studio #1
Sundays with Choreography and Variations, 11:00-12:30 pm   Jenn Taranto   Studio #1

Intermediate Ballet Classes
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm   Kara Burrows   Studio #1
Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 pm   Kara Burrows   Studio #1
Saturdays, 11:20-12:50 pm   Kara Burrows  Studio #1

Beginning Pointe Classes
(Must take at least 2 technique classes weekly in addition to the pointe class and have instructor approval to go on pointe.)
Thursday, 8:00-9:00 pm Kara Burrows  Studio #1

Intermediate Pointe & Variations Classes
Saturdays, 12:50-2:20 pm  Kara Burrows  Studio #1