KCRW Listeners Invite to an Exploratory Day

Kids’ Summer Camps, Ages 4-6, June 2024

Support for KCRW comes from Westside School of Ballet. Offering KCRW listeners an exclusive invite for kids ages 4-6 to come for a trial exploratory day at one of the June themed kids’ weekly ballet camps like Peter Pan, Mulan, and Swan Lake.

KCRW listeners are invited to email us at mail@westsideballet.com or phone 310-828-2018 to schedule your child to attend a complimentary exploratory day, or for more information and inquiries.

Elevate Your Ballet Experience this Summer in Santa Monica! Join Westside School of Ballet for an unforgettable summer filled with elite training for dancers of all levels.

Young dancers aged 4-6 daily activities encompass dance classes, creative projects like designing miniature backdrops and costumes, and exciting music explorations with weekly themed camps inspired by beloved tales like Frozen, Moana, and Aladdin & Jasmine.

Please click here to see more info and the full schedule of kids’ camps for Summer 2024.

Summer Intensives

For ages 7-19, Summer Intensives & Specialty Workshops offer a comprehensive curriculum tailored to each level. Exceptional resident faculty and esteemed guest instructors refine technique, nurture artistry, and broaden horizons in various dance styles including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and more! 

Boys Program

For boys aged 3 to 18, Westside Ballet offers a FREE boys ballet program for the academic year and Summer Intensives. (Kids Day Camps 4-6 not included).

Advanced Workshops | Teen & Adult Intensives

Dive deeper into your passion with our Advanced Workshops led by renowned guest teachers Darla Hoover, Indiana Woodward, and Zippora Karz, providing unique insights and inspiration.  Teens new to ballet, aged 11-18, can embark on their ballet journey with the Teen Intensive. The legacy training school also offers daily ballet classes and Summer intensives for adults.

Don’t miss out – enroll now and unlock the extraordinary at Westside School of Ballet!

About Westside Ballet

For over five decades, Westside Ballet has been changing lives through the art of ballet. Dancers often grow with the program from young ages to high school graduation. Their approach to life is shaped through the discipline of their lessons and the meaningful relationships they form with their instructors and peers. 

Founded in 1967 by NYCB principal ballerina, Yvonne Mounsey, and co-founder, Royal Ballet First Soloist Rosemary Valaire, Westside School of Ballet distinguishes itself as a non-audition academy where all are welcome to study ballet and train to the most refined pre-professional level. 

Please visit westsideballet.com/summer for more information & registration.

KCRW Listeners Previous VIP Access (May 2023)

Spring Performance 2023

KCRW is supported by Westside Ballet presenting “Masters of Movement” Spring Soirée at The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica Friday May 26th.

VIP Tickets available NOW for KCRW listeners & members!  Please click here and enter code KCRW.

6pm Reception.

8pm Performance.

9pm Dessert & Coffee. $100-300

A richly varied Soirée program of classical and neoclassical selections alongside a newly commissioned work by Vanessa Van Wormer featuring live music. 

Repertoire includes the Westside Premiere of After the Rain by acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, performed by guest artists Andrea Laššáková and Adrian Blake Mitchell; George Balanchine’s Stars & Stripes Pas de Deux, performed by guest artists Maté Szentes and Westside alumna Lyrica Woodruff; a suite from Marius Petipa’s Raymonda, and more. The evolution of dance from the classical to the contemporary: Petipa, Balanchine, Wheeldon. Classic. Timeless.

KCRW listeners have access to 40 VIP tickets, which includes backstage access to meet the guest artists before the show — plus an invitation to a studio rehearsal where you can get up close and witness the behind-the-scenes artistic process of Westside’s internationally acclaimed guest artists, working alongside the range and talent of our dynamic pre-professional dancers. When you enter code KCRW, any seat you choose will grant VIP access. An email will be sent with details.

For fifty years, Westside Ballet of Santa Monica’s Spring Performances and Nutcracker Seasons have delighted Los Angeles audiences and served as a premier pre-professional performance outlet for young aspiring dancers. Westside Ballet’s yearly production of The Nutcracker is a local tradition dating all the way back to 1973 —  the longest-running Nutcracker production in SoCal.

Many professional dancers have made their stage debuts in Westside’s stage performances. A few of them include Monique Meunier (NYCB, ABT), Anna Liceica (ABT), Martine Harley (Houston Ballet), Melissa Barak (NYCB, Los Angeles Ballet, Barak Ballet), Andrew Veyette (NYCB), Stayce Camparo (Kansas City Ballet) and Francis Veyette (Pennsylvania Ballet).

One of the nation’s premier pre-professional ballet training companies, the nonprofit organization’s mission is to give promising young dancers the performance opportunities crucial to their development and make dance more accessible to local children and families. Westside Ballet of Santa Monica was created by Yvonne Mounsey (New York City Ballet) and Rosemary Valaire (Royal Ballet) in 1973. Westside Alumna Martine Harley (Houston Ballet) took over as Artistic Director in 2013.

New to Westside? Our classes are ongoing — join at any time!

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