Spring Showcase

June 4, 2017 Archive

Thanks so much to everyone who made the Spring Showcase such a great success! The program featured George Balanchine’s virtuosic Tarantella Pas de Deux which showcased two pyrotechinical dancers in an ever-growing profusion of steps. Opening the program were excerpts from Le Corsaire, one of ballet’s most classical works, including

The Nutcracker Was a Great Success!

February 1, 2014 Archive

A Note from Martine: I am deeply grateful to all our dedicated parents, producers, administrative staff and artistic staff who brought this 40th anniversary series of performances to the stage in all its glory. And to all our beautiful dancers: I am so proud of you! You brought our audiences

Thanks for a Beautiful Spring

June 8, 2013 Archive

Thanks to everyone for making the Spring Performance such a great success! Order your DVDs and Photos now: DVDs are $38 each due by May 31st! or $50 each on June 1st and thereafter. Order DVDs with this form (pdf). Order photos with this form (pdf). Completed forms and payments may be left at the front desk of

Spring Performance Rewards All That Hard Work!

March 12, 2013 Archive

WSB’s Spring Performance showcases the growth of our dancers, and provides audiences with an exciting glimpse into the rewards of disciplined training. Saturday, May 18, 2 & 7pm, Smothers Theater at Pepperdine An excerpt from Balanchine’s exquisite Serenade leads the program this year. Yvonne Mounsey’s own masterwork, Classical Symphony, also pays homage

Martine Harley Named Artistic Director

January 28, 2013 Archive

WSB Executive Director Allegra Clegg is pleased to announce the promotion of Martine Harley to Artistic Director of Westside School of Ballet: “Martine has been a key part of the artistic staff for the past seven years. Her work ethic and artistic talent have been a tremendous addition to Westside

Summer Brings Guest Teachers, Programs for All Levels

January 22, 2013 Archive

We’re thrilled to welcome Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild as guest teachers for the 2013 Summer Program. Both are Principal Dancers at New York City Ballet and were featured recently on CBS’s 60 Minutes. Born in Bakersfield, Tiler trained in Los Angeles with several teachers including WSB’s Yvonne Mounsey before

Sugar Plums Dazzled!

December 10, 2012 Archive

This year’s production of The Nutcracker featured two guest Sugar Plum Fairies who are both native Southern Californians, Erin Rivera-Brennand and Joy Womack. Joy Womack began her ballet training with Westside School of Ballet before continuing on with the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow. Miss Womack is now the first American female dancer

Thanks for an Amazing Weekend!

December 10, 2012 Archive

WSB’s The Nutcracker was everything we all worked so hard to create. Once again we entered the magical world of sugar plum fairies and toy soldiers at the beautiful Wadsworth Theater in Brentwood. See more spectacular photos of the 2012 production of The Nutcracker in our Gallery.   Read more…  

A Message from Yvonne’s daughter, Allegra

October 10, 2012 Archive

Dear Westside Ballet Family, Thank you all so much for the outpouring of sympathy, support and remembrances this week as we grieve the loss of my beloved mother, Yvonne Mounsey. I want you to know how much she loved and treasured all of you – her dancers and families through every generation. It

In Memoriam: Yvonne Mounsey

October 9, 2012 Archive

It is with great sadness that Westside Ballet announces the death of Yvonne Mounsey, founder of Westside Ballet. With a ballet career encompassing more than eight decades, she touched the lives of thousands through her dancing, her choreography, her teaching, and the example she set of a life well-lived. We

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