Dance Fremont is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an inclusive dance community that inspires a lifelong love of dance in each student.
Founded in 1996, we now have over 200 students from ages three to 74, sharing a passion for dance in a nurturing studio environment full of joy and creativity. We teach to every student, believing that high quality dance training should be available to movers of all backgrounds, bodies and identities.
We offer weekly beginning ballet and modern dance courses, and regular drop-in intermediate/advanced ballet with a pay-what-you-can option.
Classes emphasize placement, musicality, and anatomical knowledge. Our caring and experienced instructors welcome people of all ages, shapes, and identities in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
From creative dance to pre-professional, we give young dancers the tools for self-discovery through dance in a culture of mutual support and encouragement. Our core classes of ballet, modern, and choreographic composition are taught by innovative, motivational, and caring instructors and working Seattle artists.
Our Purpose and Philosophy
To provide quality education in ballet and modern dance for youth and adults, expanding access to dance instruction, performance, and resources to the wider Puget Sound community. We do this through scholarship programs, accessible public performances, subsidized rehearsal space, and community partnerships. We also seek to expand our students’ experience of and connection to the wider dance world, which we achieve through collaborations with guest choreographers and guest teaching artists who work in a wide range of dance styles.
The heart of our teaching philosophy is that students do best when...
- They feel welcomed in the dance studio
- We give them the tools to be active leaders of their own learning and creativity
- Joy motivates their progress and hard work
To this end, we teach dance with an emphasis on anatomical education and alignment so that each student can understand what is best for their individual body. We promote peer-to peer support, encouragement, and thoughtful observation & feedback to create a safe space for learning and growth, and to enable the deeper learning that arises from collaborative, student-led exploration, rather than copying or learning by rote. We help students develop their creative and artistic sense of self through improvisational movement games, choreographic composition, exploration of character and style in technique class, and public performance opportunities.
What We Stand For
Dance Fremont is committed to creating equity in our art form and justice for Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color. We understand our responsibility to help dismantle white supremacy and other harmful structures in dance and ballet. We celebrate differences, including differences in race, gender expression, and body type, and see this work as crucial to our ability to serve youth, families, and adults. We believe that the benefits of dance should be open to all, therefore offering tuition scholarships and a pay-what-you-can option for open class, making classes more accessible to those impacted by systemic racism.
More racial equity efforts include...
- Providing Black, Indigenous and POC artists with reduced-rate rehearsal space
- Updating attire and hair requirements to welcome dancers with all skin tones and hair types
- Formed a partnership with PRICEarts, a Black-founded, BIPOC-led, women-led dance company as our resident dance company. They receive free studio space for rehearsals, and work with our youth program students teaching classes and staging PRICEarts repertory
- Forming a collaborative partnership with TINT festival, which centers People of Color in dance
Dance Fremont acknowledges that we dance on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe. To learn more and take action, please visit realrentduwamish.org
Our long-time studio home on Stone Way is being redeveloped into a new building with new and improved studios for Dance Fremont! While the new building is being constructed, our studio is located in Greenwood at 8420 Greenwood Ave N, 2nd Floor. The entrance is in the alley on the East side of the building.
Our Greenwood studio features plenty of natural light, fresh air, and a modern HVAC system, and the area offers many coffee shops and eateries, a library, and excellent transit connections.
We also offer studio rentals! Our large studio offers a professional dance studio space for rehearsals, auditions, private lessons, and group classes/workshops. Visit our rentals page for details.