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WESTSIDEDANCEPROJECTis a pre-professional contemporary dance training program founded by Jessie Riley. The program is housed at Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy in Laguna Hills, California and aims to provide a comprehensive foundation for young dancers interested in both commercial and concert dance industries.


Westside Dance Project is a dance program & performance training company that aims to cultivate versatile, curious, and audacious young  movement artists. The company grounds its movement education practices in values of respect, compassion, collaboration, sustainability, and trust to promote an expansive learning environment supporting both the individual and the collective. 



Westside’s curriculum is designed to expose the WDP company dancers to age-appropriate training in concert and commercial dance environments. Our  contemporary training program works in conjunction with the ballet-focused curriculum at Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy. We believe this to be a sound foundation of training for young dance artists to prepare for engaging with the current dance industry. 


Auditions are held annually for admittance into the company.  Auditions for the 2024-2025 Season will be held on July 20 & August 3, 2025.  Please refer to the Events page for registration for one or both Audition Workshops.


2024-25 SEASON DATES:  August 27, 2024 - June 2, 2024



Weekly Program Rehearsal/Training: Tuesdays 6-9pm

Weekly contemporary class training

Mandatory enrollment in DKCBA Ballet Academy

Weekly private training with WDP faculty



Monthly Tuition:  Billed from September 1-June - $tbd/per dancer

WDP Summer Intensive:  August 23-25, 2024 (MANDATORY for all company dancers) - $tbd

Weekly contemporary private with WDP faculty: $70/ 30-minutes (+studio rental fee)

Master Classes (as scheduled) ($45-$75/per class)

Company photoshoot - $tbd

Choreography Fees (varies based on group and choreographer)

Competition/Convention Fees (varies)



Picture taken with guest choreographer Cory Snide

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