Yvonne Mounsey, Founder
Santa Monica, California
WSB’s Spring Performance showcases the growth of our dancers, and provides audiences with an exciting glimpse into the rewards of disciplined training.Saturday, May 18, 2 & 7pm,
An excerpt from Balanchine’s exquisite Serenade leads the program this year. Yvonne Mounsey’s own masterwork, Classical Symphony, also pays homage to Balanchine. We complement these great neoclassical works with excerpts from classics such as Giselle and Coppélia.
Our youngest students will light up the stage as nymphs and fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We’re also thrilled to announce that Seth Belliston, who delighted our audiences recently in The Nutcracker, will return to dance the famous pas de deux from Act III of Don Quixote with our own Lucia Connolly!
And finally, many dancers will demonstrate their versatility when Michele Bachar re-creates The Rich Man’s Frug (“froog”), a Bob Fosse piece from his musical Sweet Charity. Michele’s jazz students are excited to showcase Fosse’s distinctive choreography, particularly his creative use of unusual poses, gestures, and arm movements.
The Rich Man’s Frug is one of the finest examples of Fosse’s unique style, wit and choreographic genius, and Michele’s jazz pieces are always a showstopper!
$25 adults/$15 children and students thru high school
We’re thrilled to welcome Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild as guest teachers for the 2013 Summer Program. Both are Principal Dancers at New York City Ballet and were featured recently on CBS’s 60 Minutes.
Born in Bakersfield, Tiler trained in Los Angeles with several teachers including WSB’s Yvonne Mounsey before moving to the the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, where she is now a Principal Dancer.
Robert began dance training in Salt Lake City at the age of four and formal ballet training at ten. After training at the School of American Ballet he joined NYCB as an apprentice, rising quickly to Principal Dancer. Teaching schedules for Tiler and Robert will be announced shortly.
Our six-week 2013 Summer Program offers a well-rounded dance curriculum for two different age groups: Children’s (8-11 years) and Juniors’ (12-20 years), at all proficiency levels. Registration fees are structured to offer students the greatest possible scheduling flexibility. Visit Summer Program page or download WSB Summer 2013 Brochure (pdf).
Pre-Ballet With Live Pianists!
- NEW 3-year-old Pre-Ballet Preparation classes,
Thursdays 11:15am to 12:00noon
- 4-year old Pre-Ballet classes, Mondays & Thursdays, 2:45 to 3:30pm
Ballet in Cinema
La Bayadere, La Fille Mal Gardee, Giselle, and many more in our local theatres. Check out Ballet in Cinema’s website.
Read about the Philosophy and Vision of the School in a Letter From Allegra Clegg.
Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica is dedicated to excellence in training and the development of the student as an artist. Every year since the school’s founding in 1967, its students have been awarded scholarships with major ballet company schools and summer programs.
This achievement is a result of the exceptional training by teachers with broad experience performing with professional companies all over the world. An important part of student training is the study of the classics and the opportunity to perform. Read more about Westside School of Ballet...