YVONNE MOUNSEY, FOUNDER
Santa Monica, California
Phone: (310) 828-2018
Westside School of Ballet is pleased to welcome Arturo Fernandez, Ballet Master of Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet to teach our students this week! Read more about Ballet Master Fernandez.
We are pleased to announce that Joan Boada, Principal Dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, will teach during the week of June 22nd. Joy Womack, Principal Dancer with Moscow’s Kremlin Ballet Theater, will also be joining us with dates to be announced soon. Read more about our Summer Program.
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!
See our students “On Stage” Saturday, May 30th, 4:00pm at Lincoln Middle School, 1501 California Avenue, Santa Monica. Participants will be all Pre-Ballet levels, as well as Ballet 1, Ballet 2, and Introductory Ballet for Teens, and all jazz levels 2-5.
Students have regular classes on Saturday, May 30th.
We will close at 1pm on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th. Consult our recent email for morning class schedule. There are no evening classes or children’s classes. Have a memorable Memorial Day!
Many Children’s Summer Classes are available on an individual basis. See the schedule here.
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 (which will be rehearsals for Spring Performance).
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.