Open class: In-person and on Zoom for 2021!

We are so very excited that beginning June 22nd, we can again offer our intermediate/advanced adult open ballet classes in person to those comfortable with returning to the studio! Starting September 13, class will be in-person Mon/Tue/Thu/Sat mornings and Wednesday evenings, and on Zoom Wed mornings. Pre-registration is required for in-person and Zoom classes, and will open by 11am on Saturday for the following week.

Although the COVID-19 situation has improved, we also know that not everyone may be vaccinated and that circumstances continue to change. We are committed to doing our part to protect you, your families, our staff, and the broader community. As such, please know that we have developed our current procedures based upon reviewing federal, state and county guidance. And it is our plan to continually monitor these sources and update the Dance Fremont community if we need to adapt our approach. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We also hope that you understand that, as a small nonprofit organization, we are trying to take an approach that optimizes protecting everyone’s health given the specific aspects of running a dance studio while being legally bound to abide by local policies. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to a great summer!

To know more about our plan for safely returning to the studio, read this email announcing the return to in-person open classes. Didn’t receive this email? You can sign up for our open class mailing list at the bottom of this page, and then follow us on Facebook for updates, fun dance information, and more!

Zoom open class

To access Zoom open class, you must complete a free registration for the specific class and date which you are attending. If you need detailed instructions on accessing class via Zoom, continue down this page.

In-person open class

  • Monday November 29, 10-11:30am Mariko Smithashima
  • Tuesday November 30, 10-11:30am Beth Terwilleger
  • Wednesday December 1, 7-8:30pm Fiona Vigdor
  • Thursday December 2, 10-11:30am Leigh-Ann Cohen-Hafford
  • Saturday December 3, 10-11:30am Karena Birk

In-Person Class Payments:

–If you have a class card purchased before the pandemic closure, these cards will be honored through the end of our 2021 summer session.
–If you purchased a class card online for Zoom classes during the pandemic closure & have tracked your classes, show us your emailed receipt, tell us how many classes you have remaining, and we will write you a new physical card which expires 1 year from date of purchase.
–If you need a new class card, you may purchase it in the studio in person using card, cash, or check.
–If you are currently unable to purchase a full price class card/single class, you may take class using our new pay-what-you-can Community Class Card. Let the front desk staff know that you’d like to use a community card, and how much you would like to pay for your class. Suggested donation: 0-$18.
–If you would like to contribute towards funding our Community Class Card, you may do so here or in person. All donations are tax-deductible.

If you are in a position to pay for Zoom class and help us continue to be able offer it, here are some options:

–If you have a class card, mark it off
–Purchase a single class or a class card online through our Square online store: (select your preferred class card option)
–Pay-what-you-can through our Square online store: (select “Pay-what-you-can open class” and toggle quantity to your desired dollar amount)
–Sponsor a dancer by paying towards the cost of class for a dancer who can’t afford to pay right now through our Square online store: (select “Sponsor a dancer” and toggle quantity to your desired dollar amount)

You can also help keep online open class going by spreading the word:

  • Help us stay connected to each other by sharing your photos & videos of class at home! You can message them to us on Facebook, email them to, or tag @dancefremontsea if you have a public profile on Instagram.
  • Follow us on Facebook & Instagram! The more engagement we have, the more dancers can discover us around the region and the country, and join in for class.

If you haven’t used Zoom before, you can test out the best setup in your home using your webcam or photo booth capability in advance by going to Zoom’s test site. We recommend using a computer or tablet for this class, if possible.

When you join class, please enable your mic, and your video if you want your instructor to see you. (We look forward to meeting your pets!) You will be automatically muted on arrival. Click the chat button on the bottom of the screen for additional technical info from DF, including how to ask questions.

Don’t miss info on guest teachers, class cancellations,
& special events!

Dance Fremont often invites special guest instructors to teach our open ballet classes. We use our adult open class mailing list to announce these dates, share exclusive discounts & free tickets to dance performances around Seattle, and notify you of studio closures or emergency class cancellations. On rare occasion, we will also use this mailing list to notify you of other dance events & performances.

We won’t share your email address with anyone or spam your inbox. To sign up, check “Open Class” & submit your information below.

Detailed Zoom instructions:

For your first time using Zoom: Go to the Zoom website,
Click “Join”
This prompts the Zoom app to download (yes, you need to use the app on your computer)
At the pop up that says “Open” select “Open”
If you do not get a pop up, click “download & run Zoom” to install. When complete, return to the browser window Click “click here” to launch the meeting. This will open Zoom.

Enter your name
Allow access to camera
Select join with or without video
Enable access to microphone (depending on your personal computer settings, you may need to enter your password to enable audio and/or video)

Select to join with computer audio
You are now in the meeting!

On a computer:
In upper right, you can switch from gallery view (everyone’s picture is the same size) or having one feed fill the screen and everyone else’s is a small thumbnail.
By default, when using one large feed with other small thumbnails, it will make the “current active speaker” video large, and switch out when someone else speaks.
To keep one video as the featured large video the whole time, you can “pin” it: hover over the thumbnail, click the three dots, and click “Pin video.”
We suggest pinning your teacher’s video to see them, or yourself for visual feedback like a mirror.

On mobile: swipe left to see gallery view. Swipe right for active speaker view.

Having trouble? Email with a description of your issue and we’ll reply with help asap.

Open Intermediate/Advanced Ballet Classes

September 9, 2019 – June 6, 2020

Ages 15-Adult

(Students under 15 years of age must have permission from the director.)

Classes are taught with an emphasis on learning. Imagery and anatomical information help the adult student to understand clear movement mechanics. Classes begin with a thorough warm-up and culminate in well-prepared, dynamic center floor work.  Open classes also focus on correct placement with an emphasis on style and musicality.  Our open classes are held on a drop-in basis and do not require students to pre-register to attend. Students may pay on a class-by-class basis or purchase class cards for discounted rates on advance purchases of 5-, 8-, 10-, 20-, or 30-classes.  Single class entry is $18.00 ($18.36 if paid with a credit card). Click here to see rates for our multi-class cards.

A minimum of four students must be present to run a class and classes are subject to a 30-student maximum. Open classes run on our School Year Calendar; click here for Dance Fremont’s holiday closures and breaks.

For Questions and Further Information:

Contact Karena Birk at

Mondays 10:00-11:30 a.m. Beth Terwilliger
Tuesdays 10:00-11:30 a.m. Karena Birk
Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 p.m. Fiona Evans
Thursdays 10:00-11:30 a.m. Leigh-Ann Cohen-Hafford
Fridays 10:00-11:30 a.m. Natascha Greenwalt
Saturdays 10:00-11:30 a.m. Christopher Grant-Montoya