YVONNE MOUNSEY, FOUNDER
Santa Monica, California
Phone: (310) 828-2018
Our thanks to recent Guest Teachers whose work with our dancers added immeasurably to their Westside experience:
Joy Womack, Principal Dancer with Moscow’s Kremlin Ballet Theater, will teach ballet technique, pointe and variations in our upper division during the second summer session. Joy is here for the entire four week session. July 13th-August 7th! In addition, Joy will be offering private lessons every afternoon during all of Session II.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Alumna Lyrica Blankfein received the prestigious Mae L. Wien Award, presented to her by Peter Martins on June 3, 2014 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.
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.
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 email@example.com so we can share!
Many Children’s Summer Classes are available on an individual basis. See the schedule here.
There will be no children’s classes from August 8th until August 23rd. Our Fall schedule will commence Monday, August 24th.
Rebecca Witjas will teach one additional 4-Week Adult Ballet Basics Workshop, starting with the correct way to do every exercise at the Barre. You will explore turnout, pull-up, core stability, and find your own range of motion limits with consistent stretching.
Discover how to move from your center to the edges of your body, and improve your balance through body symmetry. Learn many ballet basic steps and their correct execution. Our first workshop has been very popular! Please call for a reservation as space is limited.
Sat, July 18th – Sat, August 8th
Saturdays 10:00 – 11:30am
$80 for the 4-week session
Sven Toorvald will teach Intermediate/Advanced Ballet on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:30 pm, starting Wednesday, June 17th.
Note: We have discontinued the single class option except for new students to Westside for their first class.
Effective Thursday, March 5 & for the rest of this semester:
4 – 5:30 Level 6/7 combined
5:45 – 7 Level 6/7 Repertoire class
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm, Studio 4
Instructor: Seth Belliston
Open to boys of all ages* and experience. No prior training required. Seth encourages all currently enrolled in Boys A and Boys B to attend.
A full class emphasizing posture, alignment, proper execution, fundamentals, port de bras, strength and classroom etiquette. Includes attention to foot articulation and usage, and some stretching.
* For boys under 6 years, email sethbelliston @ gmail.com to confirm if this class would be appropriate for your son.
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
The Ballet Shop will be open 10:30am – 1pm, Monday through Friday.