November 27, 2016 Alumni

Lucia Connolly began her professional career as a ballerina with the Joffrey Ballet last summer, and is now appearing in their newly choreographed Nutcracker! This video introduces Lucia and the other new additions to the company.

Lucia is an alumna of Westside School of Ballet where she trained from ages four to sixteen, spending her last two years as a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet in New York.

Lucia Connolly

Lucia Connolly in Sleeping Beauty

At Westside she performed the roles of Clara to the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, and Kitri in Don Quixote, as well as numerous contemporary ballets by resident choreographers Melissa Barak and Sophie Monat. Before being invited to join the Joffrey Ballet in 2016, Lucia danced professionally with the Barak Ballet and guest starred as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Westside Ballet’s 2014 & 2015 Nutcracker.

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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