YVONNE MOUNSEY, FOUNDER
Santa Monica, California
Phone: (310) 828-2018
We ‘ve just 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.
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.
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.
If you are an alumni, or have information on any individuals who are, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with current contact information such as name, address, phone number and especially email address. (Even a name is a good starting point!) We want to be able to contact our alumni for performances, special events and reunions. Thanks!
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!
Save the date: Saturday, August 29th. More information to follow…
We’re excited to announce that Seth Belliston is back from his many adventures abroad and will be resuming the Monday night Intermediate/Advanced class next Monday night, 7/20 from 7-8:30pm.
We’re likewise thrilled to have Sven Toorvald back on Wednesday nights teaching Intermediate/Advanced Ballet from 7-8:30pm.
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 See the video! Download announcement in pdf.
Note: We have discontinued the single class option except for new students to Westside for their first 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. 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
The Ballet Shop will be open 10:30am – 1pm, Monday through Friday.
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.