Celebrating Over 50 Years of Excellence

Joan Bayley (retired)

Joan Bayley trained with and became the lead dancer of the Carmelita Maracci Concert group. While dancing for Balanchine she met and married Ray Weamer, a protege of Laurent Novikoff. In the 50s and 60s she coached Judy Garland, Danny Kaye, Marilyn Monroe and many film and stage stars.

At Westside, Joan taught adult classes including intermediate ballet technique and pointe until her retirement in 2019. She recently celebrated her 100th birthday to much fanfare and continues to be a passionate advocate for Westside Ballet. Click below to see Joan’s birthday article in the Los Angeles Times. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-05-24/ballet-teacher-100th-birthday-los-angeles-drive-by-party

More information and photos can be found on Joan Bayley’s website.

 

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