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  • Guest Artists Tiler Peck, Lucia Connolly and Lyrica Woodruff, Mark Full Circle Moment with Westside Ballet's 50th Nutcracker

    Jewels Solheim Roe, Special to the Observer|Nov 22, 2023

    Westside Ballet of Santa Monica's 50th-anniversary celebration of "The Nutcracker," Southern California's longest-running rendition has completely sold out two weeks before it's showtime at The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, which will run Nov. 25 - Dec. 3. Since its debut in 1973, this beloved production has become a cherished tradition, captivating audiences with its magical allure. Three illustrious Westside Ballet alumni-special guest stars Tiler Peck, Lucia Connolly, and Lyrica Woodruff-will...

  • Westside Ballet Santa Monica Dancers Perform in Nutcracker Nov. 26-Dec. 4

    Jewels Solheim Roe, Westside Ballet|Nov 26, 2022

    The longest-running NUTCRACKER production in SoCal returns Thanksgiving weekend to The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The cast of over 80 student dancers include 34 Santa Monica residents and students who will grace the stage in Westside Ballet of Santa Monica's annual Holiday production, returning for the ninth year at The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center. This will be the nonprofit performance company's 49th Season. Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's "The...

  • Kurt Gurdal Cuts the Cheese: Artisan Cheesemonger Announces Brick & Mortar "Canyon Grocer."

    Jewels Solheim Roe|Aug 26, 2022

    Beginning Labor Day Weekend, second-generation international cheese expert Kurt Gurdal is opening a small, carefully curated grocer at Canyon Square on Channel Road—just a stone's throw from where Gurdal has been sharing his cheese and speciality product knowledge with local foodie enthusiasts at his weekend outdoor pop-up. In a recent Instagram post, Gurdal shared the news about his new indoor space: “This cozy ‘lil brick & mortar will be packed with great yummy items from producers I love to r...

  • The Resilience of Westside Ballet / the arts in our backyard: Ballet Persists in Dancing Forward

    Jewels Solheim Roe, Observer Staff Writer|May 17, 2021

    Westside Ballet of Santa Monica announces plans to "dance forward" with an intimate new workshop performance slated for May 15 & 16. This private offering for friends and family of the local pre-professional performers will serve as a final bow for seniors moving on to collegiate and professional careers. The performance will be held-adhering to all COVID protocols-in its newly enhanced black box, 'Theater Studio Six,' at Southern California's most well-known and celebrated ballet school, Westsi...