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  • Ballet Legends and Star-Studded Performances at BroadStage May 17-18

    Jill Homes, Westside Academy of Ballet|May 18, 2024

    This May, the Westside Ballet of Santa Monica not only celebrates its storied 50-year legacy but also showcases the bright future of ballet during its Spring Showcase and Gala. Featuring renowned stars and promising talents, the event highlights the enduring heritage and vibrant future of performing arts in Southern California. The Masters of Movement Spring Showcases, taking place on May 17th and 18th at The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, will feature a vibrant mix of classical and contemporary...

  • Local Dancer Enacts "Angelina Ballerina" with Author Katharine Holabird

    Jill Homes, Special to the Observer|Mar 31, 2024

    On a bright Saturday morning, the air at Children's Book World was filled with excitement and anticipation as families gathered for a special event featuring beloved children's author Katharine Holabird. The occasion promised not only a delightful storytime but also a unique performance by a local young dancer, Sorcha Cinadr, who brought to life the cherished character of Angelina Ballerina. The event, which took place on March 9th at 11:00 AM, was a celebration of imagination, literature, and...

  • Full Circle: From Ballet to Marketing and Back

    Jill Homes|Aug 14, 2023

    Perris McCracken has always loved dancing. She started her training at a young age, studying ballet, jazz, African, modern, and tap at various schools in Los Angeles. She performed with renowned companies and artists, such as Debbie Allen, City Ballet of Los Angeles, and Lula Washington Dance Theatre. She earned a degree in Fine Arts from Loyola Marymount University and worked as a dance instructor for many years. But life took her on a different path. She explored other careers, such as marketi...

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

    Jill Homes, Observer Staff Writer|May 24, 2023

    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...