Santa Monica, California
Phone: (310) 828-2018
Westside Ballet dancer Shelby Tzung has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Spotlight Award Grand Prize in Classical Ballet.
From Pacific Palisades, 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.
She has just appeared in the 2016 Showcase as Odette, and performed another of her Spotlight Award-winning solos from Frederic Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardée (The Wayward Daughter).
Our thanks to recent Guest Teachers in 2015-16, 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!
In support of our performances, scholarship fund, and community outreach programs, please plan to attend on Thursday, September 22, 6pm at the Santa Monica Women’s Club. For information and sponsorship opportunities email us at ProjectReleve@nullgmail.com
Read more about the two Fairy Camps planned for this summer, on our Summer page.
See the full schedule of Summer classes, including Boys classes, here.
Be sure to read our recent emailed bulletin, Summer Information for All Parents, for important details.
Saturday, September 3rd, 2-5pm.
Auditions are open to all Full Time Dancers Levels 3 and above. Important information is included in our May 29 email bulletin. Please read!
Save the Dates for Nutcracker: November 26, 27 &
December 2, 3, 4
Rebecca Witjas and Kasha Kropinski teach a 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. See the video!
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.
Mondays with Rebecca, 8:00-9:30am, July 4, 11, 18, & 25.
August 1st FREE CLASS for those who have completed July series.
Wednesday Center Basics with Rebecca, 8:00-9:30am, July 6, 13, 20, & 27.
*Students should have completed Ballet Basics or have prior ballet experience*
August 3rd FREE CLASS for students who have completed July Series.
Saturday Mornings with Rebecca, 10:00-11:30am, July 2, 9, 16, 23.
July 30th FREE CLASS for those who have completed July series.
Thursdays with Kasha continue at 7:00-8:30pm, July 7, 14, 21, & 28.
*No 11:30am Wednesday Basics classes in July due to our Summer Intensive Children’s Program.*
Wednesday Morning Ballet Basics with Rebecca – September 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th, 11:30am-1:00pm
Thursday Evening Ballet Basics with Kasha – September 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd, 7:00-8:30pm
September 29th FREE CLASS! for those who have completed September series or those who have signed up for October.
For those who have completed a Ballet Basics Workshop and feel confident, we hope to see you in our Intro to Ballet, Intro/Beginning Ballet, and Beginning Ballet classes. Or take another Ballet Basics series!
Adult Intermediate Ballet with Margaret Hills will run from 8:00-9:30am, beginning Saturday, June 4th, until Saturday, August 20th. Planning ahead, this class will resume its Fall-Spring times of 7:30-9:00am on Saturday, August 27th.
Be sure to read Allegra’s recent emailed bulletin about our full-year contract at Westside and the distinction between full-time and part-time attendance.
Wednesdays 8-9PM 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.
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, 2015 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.