Over 80 Westside Ballet Pre-professional Dancers Share the Stage with Professional Alumni Memorial Weekend
Best Show In Town Returns to Santa Monica's BroadStage May 26-27
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 students-are preparing to perform in Westside Ballet of Santa Monica's "Masters of Movement: Ballet through the Centuries," returning for the ninth year at The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center.
On Friday, May 26, the five-decades-strong nonprofit performance company will host its annual Soirée special event, including cocktails, appetizers, awards, and one-night-only guest artist performances. Andrea Laššáková and alumnus Adrian Blake Mitchell will dance Westside's Premiere of "After the Rain" by acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon; and Maté Szentes and alumna Lyrica Woodruff will perform George Balanchine's dazzling "Stars & Stripes". Repertoire also includes a suite from Marius Petipa's "Raymonda" and a newly commissioned contemporary work, "Color of Spring" by Vanessa Van Wormer. Both contemporary works feature live music.