We are pleased to offer an exciting Jazz curriculum developed by Michele Bachar our Jazz Director, and a Westside Ballet alumna. Jazz dance can be an important part of a dancer’s education, and we encourage our students to participate in this program.

Michele Bachar performed in many of Westside’s ballets, and later expanded her dance training to include jazz, hip hop and contemporary at the EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood. From there she went on to dance professionally, and currently dances with the Francisco Martinez Dancetheatre.

Michele is also a choreographer, creating numerous ballet, jazz and contemporary pieces for a variety of productions. She currently teaches ballet and jazz in our children’s division, and choreographs the jazz pieces for Westside Ballet’s annual Spring Showcase as well as for the Summer Intensives. You will find her full biography here.

And new to Westside, TAP class on Fridays! We are excited to announce that Angel Pennington will be teaching Tap at Westside Ballet!

Our current Jazz class schedule offers three levels: 

Jazz Classes*
Jazz 3 (Age 9 by December 1, 2016) Friday   5:45-6:45
Jazz 4/4+ (Evaluate in Jazz 3) Thursday   6:30-7:30
Jazz 5/6 (Evaluate in Jazz 4/4+) Friday   6:45-7:45
Jazz for Boys only! Friday  5:00-5:45
Tap Class (9 years and up)
Friday   4:00-5:00

*Dancers are encouraged to enroll in Ballet classes while taking Jazz. Dress code: Leotard and tights OR Jazz shorts and t-shirt. Black jazz shoes. (Ballet slippers acceptable for evaluation class.)