YVONNE MOUNSEY, FOUNDER
Santa Monica, California
Phone: (310) 828-2018
Barak Ballet will perform February 6 and 7 at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, and their rehearsals here at Westside are in full swing.
Westside Ballet and NYC Ballet alumna Melissa Barak, director of Barak Ballet, is happy to extend a 15% discount to all enrolled Westside students and their parents via online purchase only. The discount will not be available for tickets purchased at the door. Consult our recent e-notice for discount code.
We hope you will take advantage of this offer to see an extraordinary professional dance performance here in our community.
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.
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 email@example.com so we can share!
Tuesdays with Rebecca now runs from 7:15 to 8:30pm. New extended class begins Tuesday, January 14th.
Friday 10-11:30am (10-11 Ballet Technique; 11-11:30 Pointe) Begins Friday, January 9th. Taught by Aimee Gaudio
Will include center work for those who wish to continue beyond the barre. Taught by Brigid. Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm begins January 7th.
Saturday, February 7th, 2:30pm
Date of performance is still to be determined.
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.