YVONNE MOUNSEY, FOUNDER
Santa Monica, California
Phone: (310) 828-2018
Sunday, May 8th (Mothers Day!), Broad Stage at the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center, 1pm and 5pm.
Saturday, June 4th, 4:00pm, Lincoln Middle School, Santa Monica.
Levels Pre Ballet, Level 1, Level 2, Boys & Jazz 2, 3, 4 & 5.
5 fun-filled weeks for levels 2-7, ages 8 to 18, Tuesday, July 5th through Friday, August 5th.
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:
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.
If you are an alumni, or have information on any individuals who are, 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!) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share!
Saturday, February 6th, 2:30-5:30pm. Students must be Full-Time Level 3 and above and attend regularly to qualify to audition. If your child hasn’t participated in a Nutcracker or Spring Performance before or you have questions, please email Trish Blessing at wsbspringperformance at gmail for information on cost, requirements and schedule.
There will also be a mandatory Parent Meeting that day at 2:30pm for those participating in the Spring Performance.
You are Invited to watch your dancer in her Ballet or Jazz classes! Please no cameras or cell phones in class, thank you.
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:
February 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th
March 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd
April 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th
May 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th
June 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd
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.