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  • The Soraya Turns It Out with Tiler Peck and Friend

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Dec 7, 2023

    On Sunday at The Soraya, American international dancing sensation Tiler Peck performed her outstanding "Turn It Out with Tiler Peck and Friends" project to the thrill of all of her adoring fans. Hailing from Bakersfield, and now living in New York as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet (NYCB), Peck brought with her a highly accomplished cast of dancers and singers. She is filled with love and joy for her craft and that is evident on stage through her passionate body movements and...

  • Over 80 Westside Ballet Pre-professional Dancers Share the Stage with Professional Alumni Memorial Weekend

    Anne Slattery|May 18, 2023

    Westside Ballet practices the "GRAND DÉFILÉ," A Presentation of the Full Company, staged by Artistic Director Martine Harley to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Heath Olvera and Christopher Toledo (front left), Francisca Bugacov (center left) Sawyer Jordan and Dylan Weinstein (center), Isabel Bugacov (center right) Spencer Collins, Evan Hull (front right), Gabriella Calderon (front right). The cast of over 80 student dancers-including over 40 Santa Monica and Culver City residents and s...

  • Culver City student dances Clara role In Westside Ballet's "The Nutcracker."

    Nov 25, 2021

    Westside Ballet's presentation of The Nutcracker has been a beloved Los Angeles classic since 1973, providing the perfect opportunity to introduce children to classical music and dance, and in so doing, showcasing the value of the performance arts––a point considered more poignant than ever after the collective nearly two-year drought of live entertainment and arts events throughout the pandemic. The whole family can expect to be entranced once more by the production's lavish scenes and cos...

  • Santa Monica Student to Dance Clara role In Westside Ballet's "The Nutcracker" at the Broad

    Nov 25, 2021

    By Jewels Solheim-Roe Westside Ballet's presentation of The Nutcracker has been a beloved Los Angeles classic since 1973, providing the perfect opportunity to introduce children to classical music and dance, and in so doing, showcasing the value of the performance arts––a point considered more poignant than ever after the collective nearly two-year drought of live entertainment and arts events throughout the pandemic. The whole family can expect to be entranced once more by the production's lav...

  • Curtain Falls on Covid, Rises on Ballet

    May 20, 2021

    "Sixty ballet students performed in four private studio workshop showings for friends and family the weekend of May 15th," writes Jewels Solheim-Roe, who also wrote the captions for the photos. "We have updated our Crisis Relief efforts, after losing $20k a month for a year. We have shown immense resilience during a very long thawing winter... and now wish to thrive, not just survive!" The full cast of 60 were COVID tested so they could dance unmasked in their newly upgraded blackbox, 'Theater...

  • Westside Ballet Socially Distances

    Jun 11, 2020

    by David Ganezer It's 2020, and all sorts of arts and educational programs are looking for ways to continue teaching, in a time of social distancing. Santa Monica's Westside Ballet has some brave and innovative continuation plans, in the face of Covid19. "We were to have a benefit performance honoring Patricia Neary 5/15, and then 5/16, our Spring Performance, two show times, at The Broad Stage," explains Jewels Solheim-Roe, press coordinator for WB. "Up until last week, Westside Ballet was...

  • Los Angeles Ballet kicked off 2018-19 Season with "Modern Moves"

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Oct 25, 2018

    Los Angeles Ballet kicked off their 2018-19 season at Royce Hall performing a program with three different scenes called "Modern Moves." Aszure Barton's "Les Chambres des Jacques," Alejandro Cerrudo's "Lickety-Split," and George Balanchine's 1954 classic "Western Symphony." LA Ballet ventured into unchartered waters, taking a road not usually taken by performing more contemporary modern pieces. The first piece is Les Chambres with unconventional choreography and anomalous music -- Vigneault,...

  • Final Centennial Dance Performance By The Award-Winning Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre

    Aug 24, 2017

    The final performance in the 1988 series will be on Saturday, September 9 at Culver City City Hall Courtyard, with evening showings at 5 and 7 pm. This dance performance by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will highlight Hanging Garden, Quotation Courtyard &Panoramic and La Ballona public artworks located at Culver City City Hall. The performance is free for Culver City residents and $25 for non-residents. This culminating performance is deeply rooted in the history of Culver City, and coincides with the actual month of the City’s Centennial. T...

  • 'The Nutcracker' Celebrates 40 Years

    Nov 7, 2013

    Celebrating 40 years of performances, Westside Ballet of Santa Monica is excited to announce the 2013 performances of their holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Joining the company for the first time will be the Santa Monica College Symphony Orchestra, playing Tchaikovsky’s majestic score, led by conductor Dr. James Martin. Performances are set for November 30 and December 1, 2013 at The Broad Stage at Santa Monica at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center. Martine Harley, Artistic Director of Westside Ballet of Santa Monica says “When I per...