Jessie Riley, founder of WESTSIDE, trained with Alicia Head, Paula Morgan, Reid Olson, Stanley Holden and many other teachers across the U.S. and Europe. Jessie has performed works by Peter Chu, Sonya Tayeh, Mike Esperanza, Lauren Adams, Billy Bell, Helen Blackburn, Mia Michaels, and many more. Jessie was a member of Sonya Tayeh’s “Tayeh Dance”, and Mike Esperanza’s BARE Dance Company. Jessie started her choreography and production career at 18 when she produced and directed the choreography showcase Terpsicoreal in Hollywood. Jessie Formed WESTSIDE Dance Project in 2009 geared towards young dancers training for a career in contemporary concert dance. WESTSIDE Dance Project, under Jessie's direction, has produced many shows including Bodies Never Lie, Vessel, Emerge-A double billing with Billy Bell's Lunge Dance Collective, Thread, Porcelain, The Watcher, Integrate in 2015 co-choreographed with Matt Luck, and 2016 Depth of Field. Jessie has taught for various conventions, intensives, and workshops, She has also hosted her own intensives in the U.S., England, and Italy. Her choreography has been honored at Youth American Grand Prix and has also been shown at The Spotlight Awards in 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. She has been accepted into the Dancing Under the Stars Festival in Palm Desert CA in 2009, 2010, and 2013 with her company WESTSIDE Dance Project. Jessie's work competed at The Capezio Ace Awards in 2014 and 2015.


Dance with Us this Summer!

We have so many opportunities to dance the summer away! Be sure to check out our summer pages. Classes, intensives and camps galore.

  • Camp Encore
  • Ballet Intensive
  • Teaching Assistant Training Workshops
  • Next Generation Jazz Intensive
  • Star Bright Jazz and Ballet Camp
  • Dance Makers Improve & Choreography Workshops
  • Jazz Intensive

Plus we will have a 3-week Summer Session from July 9-27!

Order Showcase Videos Here

It was so wonderful to see the hard work of all our dancers displayed on stage at Showcase. Want to relive it all? You can purchase a digital download of any of our performances on demand. Just click the button to select your favorite show - or shows!


Congratulations to the Choreographer's Initiative Winners!

The audience and judges alike were awed by the talent displayed by our youth choreographers - and their dancers.  It was tight competition, but the winners were chosen (including a tie!). Congratulations to you all!

1st Place - Ashton Titus, The Out-Crowd

2nd Place - Faith Moreno, When Hearts Are Large

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3rd Place (Tie) - Shelby Baird, and Mira Begg, Lay Me Down

Thank you to Dian Bielcik for the performance photos!


Dance Team Training

Looking to take your dance team to the next level? Let us design a custom experience for you!  Tapping into our highly-trained staff in styles ranging from ballet to hip hop, we can provide the professional training you're looking for.  With instructors and alumni who have graced the sidelines of college and professional teams around the country, we can help you polish your team.  Contact us for more information today!


Register for Classes!

Our online registration is open for enrollment!  To enroll, please click the button below. If you've danced with us before, just log in to the Parent Portal. Please be sure to verify your email.   Once you login, you will see all of the classes offered for your dancer. You can also go to the CLASSES tab to see all of our offerings in each style. If you need help using the online portal, there is an instructional video you can view by clicking the button below.


Looking for Show and Showcase Videos?

You can purchase downloadable videos for all of the Showcase performances, Firebird and Heartstrings and Christmas Carol Taps directly from the videographer! If you ordered DVDs of Showcase, they are in the office. Please swing by to pick them up!


Shop for Hawkins Approved Dancewear

We've partnered with Capital Costumes to make it simple to shop for all your dance wear needs! You'll be sure that you are purchasing the right items for class, you'll know when they are in stock, and you will support local business. Click below to start shopping!


Hawkins School of Performing Arts:

Inspiring a passion for dance in a fun, family-friendly environment.

Hawkins School of Performing Arts provides outstanding training for recreational or pre-professional dancers and performers in a safe, family-oriented environment. Our experienced, creative faculty encourages and nurtures students, inspiring them to find their passion for dance and the arts. And they do it alongside friends and teammates, their “dance family”. And like every caring family, we provide structure, support, goals, discipline – and of course some fun. We have trained students who have gone on to grace stages from Broadway to Europe, and worked in movies and television to Cirque du Soleil as well as those are simply looking for an experience that creates self-confidence, discipline and creativity. Whatever performance goals you may have, you will find a home at Hawkins School of Performing Arts.