In Memoriam: Yvonne Mounsey, 1919 – 2012 and Rosemary Valaire, 1931 – 1999

Yvonne in The Prodigal Son

Yvonne as The Siren in Balanchine’s Prodigal Son

Yvonne Mounsey founded Westside Ballet in 1967, and taught three generations of dancers right up until her passing in September 2012.

She built a faculty which continues her tradition of excellence in training and the development of the student as an artist.

Read more about Yvonne Mounsey.


Rosemary Valaire 1955

Rosemary Valaire co-founder of Westside Ballet, was a former soloist with Britain’s Royal Ballet from 1946 until 1954 and held the prestigious Solo Seal.

For over three decades she taught thousands of young dancers to love and excel in the beautiful art of ballet with her classic Royal Ballet style.

Current Artistic Directors

Martine Harley, Artistic Director
Caprice Walker, Co-Associate Artistic Director
Francine Kessler Lavac, Co-Associate Artistic Director

Our Faculty

Westside Ballet’s faculty is composed of teachers with broad experience performing with professional companies all over the world. Ms. Mounsey was a Principal ballerina with New York City Ballet, and a luminary of George Balanchine, where she learned his teaching style firsthand, and has imparted this technique to the faculty.

Guest Faculty

Past artists have included:

Tiler Peck, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet
Robert Fairchild, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet, and recent Tony nominee for American in Paris
Joy Womack, Principal Dancer, Kremlin Ballet
Arkady Nikolaev, Director of Moscow Ballet & Teacher of Stanislavski Method
Joan Boada, Principal Dancer, San Francisco Ballet
Sergei Polunin, star of the documentary film, Dancer
Megan Fairchild, New York City Ballet
Monique Meunier, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet
Lauren Fadeley Veyette, Principal Dancer, Miami City Ballet
Francis Veyette, Principal Dancer, Pennsylvania Ballet
Arturo Fernandez, Ballet Master, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet
Allynne Noelle, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, Barak Ballet
Ikolo Griffin, San Franciso Ballet

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