Thanks for taking the time to check out our newsletter!

We have some exciting information to share with all our WSPA families, and a special WELCOME to all the new families that have joined us.  Please feel free to visit us in the office at any time.

Classes are settled in and 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.




Jessica C. M. Angeles, editor/teacher
Westlake School for the Performing Arts 

Our beautiful courtyard has luscious green grass and the office has put away the clutter from last  year.  We are constantly working with the City in keeping the building and restrooms maintained.  Please help us keep our school safe and clean.  We try to maintain an environment which is conducive to inspire learning and discipline, but we ask for your help by
refraining from the use of scooters, bikes and skateboards in the courtyard.  For the safety of small children and those around us, please
no playing sports in the courtyard as well. 

To keep your dancer safe, especially after evening classes, please have your child wait to be picked up in the office and not on the street or in the parking lot.  We are unable to monitor your child outside of the courtyard and want to ensure his/her safety.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


For Nutcracker Participants
It is very important NOT to miss rehearsals.  In putting together a full-length production of this caliber with over 200 participants, scheduling is extremely tight and complicated.  It is important that you attend each rehearsal in order to prepare for the best performance on stage.  Please note that schedules WILL change in November as we put classes together to create the larger dances (i.e., Waltz of the Flowers, Battle Scene, Angels).  Again, thank you in advance for your cooperation.  

What an exciting year for the WSPA Performance Program!  Our non-profit parent organization Artists In Motion Bay Area (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 talents and expertise to AIMBA.  Be sure to visit the AIMBA website.  Here we will  post and share information about all our events with our Performance Program families.  

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 AIMBA.  We cannot do this without your support and undoubted cooperation. 

Already underway, be sure to support AIMBA by participating in the Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough Sale & Mixed Bag Designs.

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PLAN TO JOIN US FOR OUR HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL - Saturday, Oct. 25 (one-day event) 

The parent-based non-profit organization, Artists in Motion Bay Area (AIMBA), kicks off their fundraising events with a Halloween Carnival for the entire community to enjoy.  We will have entertainment, costume and dog parades, a haunted house, game booths, plus lots of food and merriment.

The carnival will be in the courtyard throughout the day, while the Saturday classes are going on.  Please make sure to bring your child's costume, so he/she can change after class and join in the Halloween fun.

Invite your friends and family to watch the musical theater students perform some haunting melodies at 2:30pm and scare everyone in the haunted house from 12-5pm.

It will be a super fun day for ALL! 

DISCOUNT game tickets are on sale in the WSPA office until Friday, October 24.

Click the flyer to read more about the event.

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Our school year is already off to a great start.  Be sure to mark your calendars with these important dates and be sure to support all the WSPA performers as they share their talents with us.

The Nutcracker - December 6 through December 8
A full-length ballet production featuring over 200 student and parent performers, this annual classic is one not to be missedShows: Saturday, December 6 at 6pm; Sunday, December 7 at 2pm & Monday, December 8 at 11 am (student/school matinee) at the The Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco.

Holiday Show - Saturday, Dec 20 (Rehearsals) & Sunday, Dec  21 (Shows)

Featuring the debut performances of our Ballet n Tap, Ballet, Tap and Polynesian Beginning students, our MTC will take us on a musical journey just in time for the Holidays.  Performance at Skyline Theater.  Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 8 at 9:00am in the WSPA office.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr - Saturday, January 24  
Featuring the students of our Musical Theater Company, you will be sure to enjoy this Disney classic.  2pm and 7pm shows at Skyline Theater.

Te Orama Luau - Saturday, February 7
Support our Polynesian Performance Program TE ORAMA and help them raise money for their trip to Tahiti

URBAN PARADISE 2015 - Saturday, March 28
Be sure to catch the amazing talents of The Company, with APT and Training Ground, as they host a hip-hop showcase with performances from groups from all over California. At San Mateo Performing Arts Theater, show at 6pm.

COMPETITIONS (for our Performance Program students):
YAGP - February 13-15
Solos only.

NYCDA - March 6-8
Selected groups and privates will be invited to compete as entries are limited. 

SHOWSTOPPERS - March 27- 29
Selected groups and solos will be invited to compete.

ONSTAGE - April 10-12
Hip-Hop Performance Program classes will be competing at this event.

SPOTLIGHT - May 15-17

We will be bringing our entire school performance program to represent WSPA at this dance competition in San Jose.


The Ballet and Tap Performance Programs will be showcased in the Nutcracker Ballet Production on December 6, 7 and 8.  Wondering what tap is doing in a ballet production?  Come and see.  This is endearingly different from any production you have seen with tapping soldiers, a robotic iron man, an army of mice among beautiful dancing flowers and floating snow flakes. 

If you have never brought your child to see the Nutcracker, this is the production to start with. 

Be greeted in the lobby with Christmas carols by our Musical Theater students.  Be a guest at the Sugar Plum Fairy party and meet the characters.

After this experience before, during, and after the show, WSPA's production of The Nutcracker will be sure to be your family's favorite year-after-year! 

Buy your tickets early to enjoy advanced sale discounts!
THE NUTCRACKER (Ticket Information)

A full-length Ballet production featuring over 200 child and adult performers.

Directed by Malu Rivera-Peoples
at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre (3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco)

Show 1 - Saturday, December 6, 2014
6:00 PM Evening Show
Sugar Plum Fairy Party 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Show 2 - Sunday, December 7, 2014
2:00 PM Matinee Show
Sugar Plum Fairy Party 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Show 3 - Monday, December 8, 2014
11:15 AM - Student/School Matinee
(Tickets available through participating schools)
Tickets will go on sale in late October; available in the WSPA office, by phone, or online.
Call (650)757-1244 or visit

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by Samantha Martinez 

The only gift is a portion of thyself. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many thanks to those who took time out of their weekend to grace the stage at the International Dragonboat Festival on Treasure Island.  The smiles and applause of the audience was a natural reaction to the wonderful talent and energy presented to them by our tappers and Musical Theatre Company.   You represented your art form and WSPA with great pride while filling the hearts of those watching.  That truly is a gift for all!

WSPA students "Give Back" as a way to share our gifts with our community.  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 at various events and opportunities throughout the Bay Area to help entertain audiences and inspire future performers.  All community service requests will be handled through the school office, with Miss Morgan heading these efforts.

I would like to extend a very special thank you to all of our V.I.P.s who volunteered their time at our community service shows thus far, including the St. Robert's Festival, OLM Golf Tournament, Dragon Boat Festival and upcoming Filipino Heritage Celebration.

ballet n' tap

Love your child's dance education here at WSPA?  Share this award-winning experience with friends and encourage them to enroll their own child today. 

Help our WSPA family grow and refer a friend to join us for this new year of dance and music!  If you refer a friend, you will receive a $30 credit towards your account.  Upon the new student's registration, be sure they mention your name or your student's name in order to receive the discount. 

Ballet 1B  (ages 5-6)  Thursday 3:15-4:15
Hip-Hop 2B  (ages 10-12)  Monday 5:15-6:15
Hip-Hop 1B  (ages 6-9)  Monday 4:15-5:15
Hip-Hop for BOYS (ages 5-8)  Tuesday 3:45
Jazz  (ages 11+)  Thursday 6:15
Stretching (ages 6-9)  Saturday 3:00-4:00

Beginning Tahitian Boys  Saturday 2:00-2:45
Int/Adv Tahitian Boys  Saturday 2:45-3:30
Adults Beginning Tahitian Drumming  Saturday 5:30-6:30
Kids Beginning Tahitian Drumming Friday 7:15-8:15

Polynesian  Tuesday 6:45
Hip Hop  Monday 7:15


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

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 opportunities to the students.
4.  The annual full-length ballet production of "The Nutcracker" will be December 6-8.
5.  Our younger stars and Musical Theater students will be presenting the annual Holiday Show at Skyline Theater on December 20-21.  

Please do not hesitate to sit down with me, Ms. Malu or any of our office staff to 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.

WSPA thanks you in advance for your continued support and participation in all the performing opportunities and fund-raising efforts.

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Sayaw explores the ethnic dance genre through Jay Loyola Dance Company's pursuit of a coveted spot in the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.  This film features WSPA dancers Mahalaya Tintiangco-Cubales, Jasmine Cruz, Jadyn Rozzano-Keefe and teacher Reina Victoria! 

With generous support of the Philippine Department of Tourism and SwirlTV, Thigh High Productions is pleased to announce the debut of its feature-length documentary, Sayaw, and invites you to celebrate the premiere on October 24, 2014, New People, 1746 Post Street, San Francisco, California 94115.

Doors open at 7:00 pm, Red Carpet reception with cocktails provided by Infanta Cocounut Vodka and hor d'oeuvres courtesy of Vanessa Rochelle and My Favorite Bite. Question and Answer with the cast and director Cecilio Asuncion of the film, hosted by Michelle Meow

A portion of ticket proceeds and donations are graciously accepted on behalf of Artists in Motion Bay Area.

Tickets available at:


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By Jasmine Cruz

   This past September, I had the opportunity to go to the Philippines for the Ballet Philippines Homecoming Gala with my two close friends, Jonalyn Montero and Alyssa Viray. We were accompanied by Ms. Malu, Ms. Tina, and my mom. There, we spent two weeks taking classes with different teachers, rehearsing the Odalisque Pas de Trois from Le Corsaire, and going around the city. During the same time we made new friends and created new memories.

    The first week there consisted of adjusting to the 15 hour time difference, catching up on school work, and taking classes and doing rehearsals at the Steps Dance Studio in Makati. Even "Super Mario" did not keep us from dancing. With the entire Metro Manila paralyzed by the typhoon and floods, we did our own class in the gym thankfully available in Ms. Malu's condominium, moving equipment around to create space to dance. We were also fortunate enough to watch Ballet Philippines' Giselle. It was amazing, the way they danced with such grace and elegance, while being so synchronized while they danced. The following week, however, was busier and full of master classes and rehearsals. We drove to the Cultural Center of the Philippines everyday spending 1-2 hours in the car to get to our classes. We were privileged to be able to take classes alongside the scholars of the CCP Dance School taught by teachers of Hong Kong Ballet, Portland Ballet Festival and Ballet Philippines alumni.   My most favorite class was taught by Teacher Carlos Pacis because he explained everything with detail and also made the class fun and engaging, but at the same time challenging. Classes were followed by studio and stage (technical) rehearsals. In addition, we made sure that we did not forget to do our school lessons every night before we went to bed. That was basically our schedule for the rest of the week until the day of the gala.

   This trip taught me a lot and I experienced more than I expected. Every minute was enjoyable even when we were stuck in traffic.   I'm very grateful to have been able to meet such inspiring people and have the opportunity to take classes with amazing teachers.