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Westside Ballet Socially Distances

2020 Spring Performance & Soirée - "show that wasn't " - slated for this weekend.

 

Anne Slattery

Westside's production of 'Serenade' June 2019, staged by Patricia Neary who was staging 'Concerto Barocco' for Westside's Spring Performance 2020; Pictured: Mirabelle Weinbach pre-professional principal dancer with guest artist Daniel Wagner (formerly of Cincinnati Ballet) on floor - left Fiona Bell and right Renée Spaltenstein (now on scholarship with School of American Ballet). Mirabelle Weinbach is Olympic level pre-pro, bound to Princeton.

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 still hoping for a definitive performance date for our reschedule, and hence we were wary of stating that it won't ever happen at all. Barak Ballet had The Broad Stage slated for June 12-14, and when they pulled out 8 weeks ago – we were then pencilled in to move our performance forward a month to the weekend of June 13th," she continued.

"We were still hoping that perhaps we could do a virtual livestream performance broadcast from the theatre, if we could only get our dancers back into the studio," writes Jewels Solheim-Roe

"But as you know, LA County officials, whom Santa Monica's city officials are following, are not being clear on the roll out. We have been working with some officials who are trying to get our status approved as a preprofessional training facility (what we ARE) - rather than a typical fitness centre... but that is still in the works!"

 

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