December 14, 2014 Latest News
WSB Alumni Shine
Lucia Connolly

Lucia Connolly

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 Blankfein head shot

Lyrica Blankfein

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!

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Tiler Peck in “Little Dancer”

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.

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