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It's our favorite month of the year, when little angels and princesses roam our courtyard and the smell of great food and the site of fun games are irresistible.  Get your little princess and superhero ready for our Halloween Carnival on Oct. 26 & 27, and make it a family fun weekend.  The Haunted House and the High school dance are two great events your teens can plan on with their friends.  Click here for more information.

Classes are settled in and the teachers are wasting no time in helping the students master new skills .  The enthusiasm and energy in each class is mirrored by the activity in the courtyard and in the office where parents are busy with their fundraising efforts. 


A big thank you to those who attended our parent orientation and the AIMBA general meeting.  As Woody Allen said, "Eighty percent of success is showing up."  Your presence guaranteed a great year ahead of us as we were able to share with you the expectations, plans, and ways on how we can work together in helping the children fulfill their dreams."  For those who were unable to join us, scroll below for a brief summary.

A big thank you to our V.I.P. list of performers.  Read here how they are spreading love in the community.

Julie Brosnan, mother of Margaux, Tristan, and Ronan, will be regularly sharing her research and wisdom on the different areas that concern you as a parent of a dancer.  Check her October article on Healthy Snacks for our energetic dancers for starters.

K-9 Unit is proud to sponsor the Halloween Dog Parade and will donate ten percent of all sales to Artists in Motion Bay Area.  Click here to read all about it. 

Save the date to bring the entire family to watch The Nutcracker in the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. 

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages." - William Shakespeare

See you on stage,


Malu Rivera-Peoples
School Director

Parent Orientation by Malu Rivera-Peoples
 I want to thank all those who attended the orientation and I hope you enjoyed my slide presentation.  For all those who missed the orientation, here's a recap of what we covered:


1.  WSPA has 3 programs of training - General School, Performance Program, and the Professional Division.  Each program is designed to provide the appropriate training suited to the student's needs and preference.
2.  Regular attendance is crucial to the success of every student, as well as parental support and guidance.
3.  Artists in Motion, the parent non-profit organization, plays an important role in their partnership with WSPA to provide the invaluable opportuniites to the students.

Please do not hesitate to sit down with me and discuss further the areas covered above.  Let's work together to make sure the money and time spent on your child's training is worth your while.


I want to thank you in advance for your continued support and participation in all the performing opportunities and fund raising efforts. 


aimArtistis in Motion Bay Area by Cindy Hapin 

What an exciting year for the WSPA Performance Program!  We had our first official AIMBA Performance Program meeting on September 22nd and it was well received with positive and encouraging feedback from the Performance Program parents and family members.  AIMBA has lined up a number of fundraising events this year including additional performances that will be supported by these fundraising efforts.  We would like to thank the parents who have stepped up to volunteer their expertise to AIMBA.  Just to name a few, we have Glenn & Annabelle Basina (parents of Julia) and Catherine Fuerte (parent of Mia) who have volunteered to help us develop our AIMBA Website!  This website will hopefully help us communicate effectively and share information to our Performance Program families on a real time basis.  Something to be excited about!      


We are looking forward to a productive year and we hope that we can work together to accomplish the same goals for our children.  Thank you for your participation and commitment to our non-profit organization, AIMBA.   We will not be able to do this without your support and undoubted cooperation.   Please do not forget to send in your $10.00 AIMBA Membership dues as soon as possible.  

Dates to Remember
AIMBA Fund Raising Events (*all year round)

September 2012 - Fall Cookie Dough Sale
    *    Sale ends Friday, October 5th.  Call the office if you received your packet only this week.
    *    Delivery of the product is on Monday, October 29th.  Be sure to pick up your frozen items on this day as WSPA does not have a freezer to store the cookie dough.

  *September-October 2012 - Halloween Costumes Fundraiser (click here to see the flyer)
October 26-27, 2012 - Halloween Carnival
 October 2012 - Family Portraits
November 15, 2012 - Early Movie Screening of Breaking Dawn Part 2
 February 2013 - Spring Catalog Sale
*Food Sales
        Mixed Bags Fundraiser
 *Scrip Sales / Gift Cards - available in the office
 *Sale of Logo Wear and Accessories
*Photo (SmugMug) and Video Sale -
AIMBA Planned Productions and Community Service Events (*new productions)
       December 1 & 2, '12 - The Nutcracker at the Palace of Fine Arts
       *December 3, '12 - The Nutcracker (Student Matinee Show) Palace of Fine Arts
       *January 12-13, 2013 -  Hakuna Matata - Cocktails and Show (MTC)
       March 16, 2013- Urban Paradise Hip Hop Production
       May 11, 2013 - Polynesian Island Festival
       June 2013- Gala
      Upcoming Community Service Shows:
         St. Gabriel School Festival - 10/6 (Sat) @6:00pm
Dolgers Senior Festival - 10/7 (Sun) @1:00pm



Buy your tickets now and enjoy advanced sale discounts!

The magic begins!!!




A Full-Length Ballet Production


Directed by: Malu Rivera-Peoples


Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123


Show 1 - Saturday, December 1, 2012

6:00 PM Evening Show

Sugar Plum Fairy Party 8:00PM - 9:00PM


Show 2 - Sunday, December 2, 2012

2:00 PM Matinee Show

Sugar Plum Fairy Party 4:00PM - 5:00PM


Show 3 - Monday, December 3, 2012

10:30 AM - Student/School Matinee

(Tickets available through participating schools)


Ticket Prices:  $30.00 Reserved Seats/ $35.00 Premium Seats

(plus $3.00 Service Charge)

$5.00 discount for Seniors/Students/Early Bird

(For Early Bird discount, tickets must be purchased by October 28th)


$15.00 Sugar Plum Fairy Party


Tickets will go on sale October 10, 2012

available at WSPA office, by phone, or online 




The Nutcracker Leads
Congratulations to the following students who will be dancing the most coveted roles in the all-time favorite production of the Nutcracker:


"Clara" - Victoria Khaw and Isabella Triunfo
"Sugar Plum Fairy" and "Snow Queen" - Miko Fogarty and Hannah Hapin
"Fritz" - Parker O-Keefe and  Kyawzwa Lwin
"Young Prince" - Ian Debono and Tristan Brosnan
"Princess Flora" - Alisa Bowen


Guest artists partnering as the Cavalier and the Snow King are Anton Pankevich and Aiden De Young


All-Time favorites, Matthew Montenegro, will be dancing the role of the "Nutcracker" and Jessica Manalo, as  the "Mouse Queen".


The cast is young and fearless and the energy they bring on stage will be as majestic as Tchaikovsky's music.




        Come for the games, food, entertainment, and other fun activities, sponsored by the Ballet Performance Program!

   Friday, October 26th, at 3pm to 7pm
Start the fun with carnival games, food, and fun activities

   Saturday, October 27th, at 10am to 5pm
Check out the line-up of activities for the day!

Haunted House at 12:00pm to 5:00pm - Be spooked by the Musical Theater Company


Dog parade at 1:30pm - Sponsored by the K-9 Unit 

Costume parade at 2:00 - Get those cameras ready!

Stray Cats at 2:30 - A Treat from the Tap Program

Haunted Melodies at 3:00 - Musical Theater Munchkins in their best!

Nightmare on Northgate at 7:00-11:00 - a Halloween Dance for high school students
    *    $10 entrance fee
    *    Strictly for High School students (current ID must be presented)
    *    Come in costume!  No masks or weapons allowed
    *    Refreshments for sale onsite

halloween dance



K-9 K-9 Unit San Francisco is the first mobile dog boutique in California and is the brainchild of a WSPA student 13-year old Rodney Martinez. His mission is to provide his customers with a thoroughly researched selection of high quality products including toys, apparel, leashes, collars, spa essentials and more for your dog while being conscious of the environment, all at a low cost.  K-9 Unit feels that offering high quality products at an affordable price will PAWsitively impact the lives of the dogs we serve.  It also has high quality organic treats in their Barkery!

K-9 Unit is sponsoring the Dog contest (providing the prizes) and will donate 10 percent of all purchases during the carnival to Artists in Motion Bay Area.

Please be sure to like them at for more information!

vipArtists in Motion Serving the Community  by Samantha Martinez

 WSPA V.I.P.s (Very Inspiring Performers)   

 Greetings!  My name is Samantha Martinez and I will be serving as the Outreach Program Coordinator for the 2012-2013 school year. 


I am looking forward to another wonderful year of spreading the love and joy of the arts to all.  As a parent of two performers, I especially realize that between school, dance classes, rehearsals and performances,  young performers have little spare time for themselves, let alone help raise money for others. 


So why sacrifice your time and creative energy for another organization?    Volunteering your time to perform for the community provides a balance  between community service and studio-centered activities such as competition and recital. "Giving back" is a great way to unite your performing group, demonstrate the power of the arts and help you remember the big picture.  It is our ultimate goal as a VIP Performer to inspire dancers to share their Vision, Innovation, and Passion with the world. 


As a performance program member, dancers are encouraged and given the opportunity to share their passion by dancing for the good of others.  Our volunteer group performs free of charge for school fundraisers, churches, non profit organizations, and other community events. 


If you would like us to perform at your organization, please e-mail me at


I would like to extend a very special thank you to all of our V.I.P.s who  volunteered their time at one or more of our events this year to date. Please let me know if you did not sign in and I will add you to our list!  This list shows the names and the number of performances they have done so far.  


The V.I.P List  

Kylie Abucay

Marcella Arriola

Samantha Baker (3)

Allexa Barron

Alysia Beltran (3)

Russell Banzon

Imani Camp

Angelee Caparas

Nadine Caparas

Kya Caranay

Karla Chan (5)

Madison Chang (2)

Morgan Chang

Jasmine Cruz

Ciarra Cruz

Ian Debono

Erik Debono

Catherine DeGuzman (2)

Reggie DeGuzman

Camille Edralin (5)

Christopher Edralin (5)

Katie Edralin (5)

Jordyn Eleazar

Rodrigo Enriquez

Erin Friedman

Sydnie Gamboa

Samantha Glean (2)

Andrew Gonzalz (3)

Arthur Graf (2)

Hannah Hapin

Mariella Ilagan (2)

Jaemelyn Image

Priscila Japardhana

Annabel Jones

Alexandria Katches

Katrina Katches

Cathy Kintanar

Kylie Kohlmeister

Audrey Lai (2)

Diane Lai (4)

Andrea Lopez

Aileen Louie (2)

Hazel Madlock (3)

Annaleigh Mar

Alyzza Marquez (5)

Alexa Martinez (4)

Rodney Martinez (4)

Kayli Mejia

Alyssa Mesina

Jonacy Montero (3)

Jonalyn Montero (2)

Amanda Nguyen (4)

Jan Ochoa (3)

Jacob Parker

Chanel Pecson (2)

Nikiya Peoples

Giana Perez (2)

Alexis Pineda

Annika Ponciano (2)

Gabrielle Ponciano (2)

Michel Poni

Rachel Poni

Isabelle Rabelas

Alfred Remulla

Parker Rozzano-Keefe

Jadyn Rozzano-Keefe

Gabby Saliba

Kai Santiago (3)

Tanya Rose Santos (3)

Sienna Sisavath

Ysabela Smith (4)

Kristen Solorzano

Talisa Somme (2)

Serena Sunga

Laurie Tang (3)

Reina Victoria (4)

Alyssa Viray






Who doesn't love a delicious snack to satisfy that growling tummy in between meals? Everyone does, especially dancers. With busy morning schedules at school followed by one or more dance classes and rehearsal schedules, few dance students have time to eat a real meal or a healthy snack to fuel their go-go dancing engines. That's why it is so important to eat a well-balanced snack 20-30 minutes before class or rehearsal begins to boost their energy and refuel.


With the right planning, students and parents can create super food snacks that are nutrient dense. As dancers, our kids need to intake the proper fuel - like protein because their anaerobic activity requires it to maintain the right amount of energy while dancing. Healthy snacks also help achieve a strong, lean physique and body composition to be at their performance-best or have that competitive edge. Nutrient-poor foods such as chips, candy, muffins, bagels, pizza and processed pasta are not going to help them towards their goal of becoming fit and fabulous dancers.


Snacks should contain "good" carbs which give them quick burning fuel and "good" fats that metabolize more slowly, so that's fuel for later. Rebecca Dietzel, a former dancer and nutritional biochemist says, "I always tell dancers that if you have a 9 a.m. ballet class and eat a piece of fruit and a handful of walnuts beforehand, the apple or whatever fruit gets you through barre, and the walnuts will get you through the jumps at the end."

So, in our parental efforts to provide a healthy variety of snacks, here is a list of popular nutrient-dense snacks that are about 100 calories each:


Protein rich Snacks:

1 hard-boiled egg; 8 medium shrimp + cocktail sauce; 2 oz. lean sliced turkey; flavored tofu cubes; 1 five oz. can of tuna; 1 four oz. can of sardines in water


Fruit snacks:

5 dried apricots; cp. berries; banana with almond butter; 2 clementines; 1 cp. orange juice; 1 banana; a apple; 25 seedless grapes; cantaloupe; cp. applesauce with cinnamon; 1 large grapefruit; 1 peach; Tristan's favorite: 1 cp. frozen blueberries


Veggies and Dips:

1 cp. of your favorite veggies sticks or chunks like carrots, celery, jicama, sugar snap peas, broccoli, cucumbers, bell pepper, zucchini, cauliflower, kale chips, and green beans


Serve veggies with salsa, hummus, or a low-cal yogurt dip flavored with your favorite spices and herbs


Nutty Snacks, Snack Bars, and Good Carbs:

cp. trail mix, 12 almonds, 20 peanuts, 25 pistachios, Balance Bars, Cliff Bars, Luna Bars, and Lara Bars, granola bars, 2 cps. Popcorn with olive oil spray, 1 pkg. Trader Joe's seaweed snacks, 20 mini pretzels, 2 fig cookies and baked sweet potato, cp. brown rice with soy sauce and 10 edamames; whole wheat bagel; 1 pkt. of Quaker Oats with cinnamon



cp. non-fat cottage cheese, 6 oz. non-fat yogurt -cold or frozen, cp. ricotta cheese with 1 pkt. of stevia, 1 or 2 light string cheese sticks, 1 cp. non-fat milk


For more information about dancer nutrition, visit: to get an individualized nutrition assessment and eating plan. Their web site "The Centre for Dance Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles" offers web and phone based direct communication services to answer your dancer-related dietary questions.








costume sale
Save $5.00
Purchase your Nutcracker tickets in October and save on every ticket purchased. 
Regular $30 at a discounted price of $25.00
$3.00 service charge for credit card purchase still applies.
Offer Expires: October 28 - 8:00 PM 
Save $5.00
Purchase your Carnival tickets before October 26 and pay $20 for $25 worth of tickets. 
Offer good through October 25, Thursday, until the office closes at 9pm.