YVONNE MOUNSEY, FOUNDER
Santa Monica, California
Phone: (310) 828-2018
This week only, give the gift of dance twice! To those you love who love dance – and to those in need of the means to pursue dance.
We are auctioning one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted pointe shoes worn by Westside Ballet dancers and alumni, creatively transformed into works of art in the theme of each Nutcracker dance and principal role.
Your purchase of these items supports a special fund newly erected for Project Relevé Dance Scholarships. Read more about Project Releve.
Two ways to bid: online at our Bidding Owl auction site, or in person this week in the Broad lobby at each performance.
Your donation is fully tax deductible, and will truly impact the lives of local children and their dance aspirations.
Tickets for all performances have sold out. We do not keep a wait list. If any tickets are returned, they would be available an hour before a performance, but there is no guarantee that there will be any tickets.
Don’t miss out next year! Sign up for early notification of ticket sales by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org now. We’ll let you know the day tickets go on sale so you will have best choice of seats.
Westside TV gives this exciting preview of WSB’s The Nutcracker with commentary by Artistic Director Martine Harley.
Westside Ballet welcomes home alumnae Joy Womack, Lyrica Blankfein and Lucia Connolly, who will be alternating with current Westside company dancers as the Sugar Plum Fairy! We also welcome visiting guest artist Luke Willis as her Cavalier.
Read more about them and see the dates they will perform. Also, due to popular demand, we’ve added an additional performance with Joy Womack on December 18! Joy now performs twice: on December 18th and 19th.
Jackets, Hoodies, T-Shirts, Canvas Bags & Pants. Download this order form.
Allegra and Martine want to thank everyone, and update you on some of our accomplishments this year. Read more…
We now have Free Apps for the iPhone and Android! Go to the App store or Google Play and search for “Westside Ballet”. You can scroll down for links to sections of the website, but the class schedules are on the bottom menu bar under “Classes.” We’d welcome your feedback. Email us at email@example.com.
WSB students and parents were recently included in a KPCC Public Radio story on Ballet Summer Intensives and how the ballet industry is changing. The story aired live on Tuesday, March 11th, but fortunately there is a link for everyone to both read the article, see a slideshow and listen to the story by KPCC Arts Education Reporter Mary Plummer. If you have trouble with the link, go to ww.kpcc.org, click on news: education: pass/fail blog. Then scroll down to the story “For aspiring ballerinas, summer intensives can provide a leg up.” Westside Ballet thanks Reporter Mary Plummer and Visual Reporter Maya Sugarman.
Read this revealing piece in LA Observed on two alumni: “A Nutcracker homecoming for ballerinas Joy Womack and Lyrica Blankfein.” While both dancers trained at Westside, their careers have led them to very different places.
Alumna Tiler Peck starred in the musical “Little Dancer” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Hopes are high the show will soon be headed to Broadway!
Tiler brings to life Edgar Degas’ iconic sculpture, “Little Dancer Age Fourteen,” based on the young ballerina Marie van Goethem, as described here in The New York Times.
Special thanks to alumna Melissa Barak and her company, Barak Ballet, for their invitation to the WSB family to attend a recent performance at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. It was spectacular!
Alumna Lyrica Blankfein received the prestigious Mae L. Wien Award, presented to her by Peter Martins on June 3rd at the School of American Ballet workshop gala performance.
Lyrica is the third Westside Ballet alumna to receive the prestigious Mae L. Wien award. Melissa Barak of New York City Ballet and current Director of Barak Ballet was a prior recipient. Andrew Veyette, current Principal of New York City Ballet and guest artist with American Ballet Theater, also received the award.
WSB’s very accomplished alumna Elisabeth Moss, known for her character “Peggy” on the popular and long running AMC series “Madmen”, was featured in an exclusive ABC news interview with Diane Sawyer. Elisabeth spoke about her background at Westside Ballet.
Are you a WSB Alumni? Send your news to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share!
Due to the Nutcracker schedule there will be changes and/or cancellations in your child’s level 3,4,5,6 & 7 & jazz classes the weeks of December 9th through December 20th. Pre Ballet and Levels 1 & 2 will remain the same.
December 21st through January 4th: No children’s classes during the holiday break. Classes resume on Monday, January 5th.
Tuition will be adjusted for the 3 weeks of classes in December. Ask at the front desk for details.
Jenna Elfman recently launched our “Dance Talks” series. It was a great success and we thank Jenna for participating.
Read coverage of the event by The Santa Monica Argonaut.
LA Observed reports on “A Nutcracker homecoming for ballerinas Joy Womack and Lyrica Blankfein.” While both have faced challenges and heartbreak, they have persevered and found wonderful new opportunities.
The Ballet Shop will be open 10:30am – 1pm, Monday through Friday.
Note: We have discontinued the single class option except for new students to Westside for their first class.
As Melissa prepares for her upcoming Barak Ballet performances, Celeste Amos will now be teaching this advanced ballet class.