Balanchine’s ‘Serenade’
Photo by Todd Lechtick

LogoFounded by Yvonne Mounsey and Rosemary Valaire 50 years ago, the Westside Ballet of Santa Monica is a pre-professional ballet company which provides young dancers the performance opportunities that are vital to their artistic growth.

The performance preparations and presentations also develop a sense of discipline, teamwork and commitment in the dancers which remains with them throughout their lives.

Among its many enduring achievements, Westside Ballet has come to nurture dance in the community with affordable, accessible performances. The company introduces dance to disadvantaged youth by providing complimentary tickets to performances, and also offers reduced-ticket prices to many other youth groups.

Learn more about Project RELEVÉ | Raising the Barre: an opportunity to support the programs of Westside Ballet of Santa Monica.

Westside Ballet of Santa Monica is proud of its annual traditional production of The Nutcracker, nominated one of Pointe Magazine’s favorite in the nation, and an acclaimed Spring Showcase that includes a variety of classical, neoclassical and original works. The Company comprises approximately 90 dancers, ages 8 to 18.

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Please note: The name Westside Ballet is used informally to refer to two separate organizations: Westside Ballet of Santa Monica, a non-profit 501(c)3, and Westside School of Ballet. Yvonne Mounsey’s daughter Allegra Clegg is the executive director of the school and sits on the board of the company, but they are separate entities legally and financially. 

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We gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of The Huntley, Santa Monica’s legendary hotel, along with additional support from:

  • California Nonprofit Arts Grant Program
  • The City of Santa Monica
  • The Los Angeles County Arts Commission
  • The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce
  • Santa Monica College 
  • Santa Monica Malibu School District
  • Rotary Club of Santa Monica
  • Chow Family Scholarship
  • Foundation Dance in Color
  • The Adrian Blake Mitchell Scholarship Fund
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Lyft
  • Morley Builders
  • Urth Caffé

Huntley Santa Monica Beach

Corporate sponsors receive multiple benefits. Please contact Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein at for more information.

Board of Directors

Trish Blessing
Judy Chow
Allegra Clegg
Martine Harley
Judith Meister
Nan Morales
Debbie Mulvaney
Angel Myhre
Edward Polite
Lynn Polite
Marisa Rooke
Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein
Francine Taylor
Caprice Walker
Julie Weinbach 
Susan Winfield 


Judith Meister, CEO & President
Trish Blessing, Vice-President
Debbie Mulvaney, Treasurer
Caprice Walker, Secretary


Kelly Boston and Liz Kok, Co-Presidents
Ginger Segar, Secretary
Jennifer Bransford White, Treasurer
Jewels Solheim-Roe, Community Outreach
Mary Jo Frazier Wilzig and Christina Rachel, Adult Dancer Liaisons 
Faye Smith, Production Props

How to Give

Westside Ballet of Santa Monica (officially registered as YLC Ballet Inc.)

Donate online with Paypal here:

Venmo: @westsideballetofsantamonica 

Print the Pledge Form (PDF)

Mail to: Westside Ballet of Santa Monica (Officially registered as YLC Ballet Inc.)
c/o Westside Ballet Guild
1709 Stewart Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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