Santa Monica, California
Phone: (310) 828-2018
5 fun-filled weeks for levels 2-7, ages 8 to 18, Tuesday, July 5th through Friday, August 5th. Download 2016 Summer Registration Form. Please read our newsletter, Dance in March /April, for information on the two Fairy Camps planned for this summer!
We were privileged to welcome Nilas recently to guest teach and set Bournonville choreography on Westside Ballet for our Spring Showcase. Read more about Nilas here.
The Huntley Hotel, Santa Monica’s iconic lodging and dining venue, proudly sponsors Westside Ballet and guest teacher Nilas Martins!
Our thanks to recent Guest Teachers in 2015, whose work with our dancers added immeasurably to their Westside experience:
We ‘ve recently launched MindBody – new software that allows our patrons to buy coupons and check in to classes remotely.
To start an online account, click here. After your account is established, you can buy singles, class series or check in to classes using your computer, your iPhone, iPad or Android with the MindBody Connect App.
You can still purchase classes and check into classes at the front desk if you prefer. Keytags coming soon! No more paper coupons: please turn in your paper coupons for MindBody credits if you haven’t already.
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.
Lucia Connolly will begin her professional career as a ballerina with the Joffrey Ballet this summer! Lucia is an alumna of Westside School of Ballet where she trained from ages four to sixteen, and is currently a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet in New York. At Westside she has performed the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, and Kitri from Don Quixote, and professionally she has performed with the Barak Ballet.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share!
We want to be able to contact our alumni for performances, special events and reunions. If you have information on alumni, please contact email@example.com with current contact information such as name, address, phone number and especially email address. (Even a name is a good starting point!) Thanks!
Performing the Odette solo in the Spring Showcase matinée is Westside Ballet dancer Shelby Tzung, who was just awarded the prestigious 2016 Spotlight Awards Grand Prize in Classical Ballet.
From Pacific Palisades, California, Ms. Tzung is a freshman at Palisades Charter High School and has trained exclusively at Westside School of Ballet, spending her summers as a scholarship student at both the School of American Ballet and, this year, the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. In the 2015 Showcase, Ms. Tzung brought audiences to their feet with her vivacious performance of George Balanchine’s dynamic Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux.
In addition to Odette, Ms. Tzung is also featured in Napoli and will dance another of her Spotlight Award-winning solos from Frederic Ashton’s famous ballet, La Fille Mal Gardée (The Wayward Daughter).
The tradition continues at the Broad Stage again this year, offering exciting items to bid on during intermissions. Auction is also online for the week leading up to May 8th performances. Please print the Silent Auction Form & Letter and share with the places and services you frequent: wine, products, services, gift certificates, etc. Our ‘Westside family’ is a wonderful audience for their businesses to reach, and their support helps our superb non-profit ballet company to produce biannual, semi-professional performances.
Todd Lechtick, Westside Ballet’s talented Principal Photographer, will combine the studio shoot and performance photos at a discounted rate, with no cost for the studio photo shoot. CDs and photo packets will be available through Todd. Email him before April 30th if you would like your child to be photographed: tlechtick [at] gmail.com
Principal dancers and soloists will have priority due to rehearsal schedule. (If time permits, you may be photographed in a second costume.)
If you are not in Spring Showcase but would still like a photo, call or email Todd at 310-256-0003 or tlechtick [at] gmail.com
We have no spring breaks scheduled for Westside Children’s Classes. Our current spring schedule extends until Thursday, June 30th.
No Children’s Classes; Adult Classes: morning only
Nader’s Adult Advanced Class Ends at 1:00pm
Studio Closes at 1:30pm
Saturday, June 4th, 4:00pm, Lincoln Middle School, Santa Monica.
For Pre-Ballet, Levels 1 & 2, Boys A & B, Intro Teen and All Jazz Levels
Wednesdays 8-9PM starting Feb 17th with Liz Wasynczuk. Students should have at least 6 months of recent ballet training, feel confident with the basic ballet positions, and have no foot or leg injuries. Pointe shoes may be purchased at the Ballet Shop next to Westside School of Ballet.
Rebecca Witjas will teach the next 4-Week Adult Ballet Basics Workshop, starting with the correct way to do every exercise at the Barre. 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.
Also appropriate for more advanced students who want to review the fundamentals. If you missed a week in a prior workshop, you can pay a single price to make-up that same week. Please call for a reservation as space is limited.
Four weeks on consecutive Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:00pm:
April 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th
May 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th
June 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd
Now also on Thursdays,
April 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th
May 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th
June 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
Note: We have discontinued the single class option except for new students to Westside for their first class.
College dance programs are gaining in sophistication, and the panel discussion on August 29 was designed to deliver the inside information our dancers need for a competitive edge. Six highly esteemed dance educators participated in this important discussion on the advantages, options and opportunities offered to college bound dancers.
Jenna Elfman recently launched our “Dance Talks” series. It was a great success and we thank Jenna for participating. Update: Right after her talk, Jenna gave this interview on Rich Girl TV, which you can also watch on YouTube. She gives some great advice and discusses her experience at Westside Ballet.
Read coverage of the event by The Santa Monica Argonaut
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, establishing itself as the premier training facility for ballet in Los Angeles.
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.