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Dance is a universal language which unites us, as human beings. This language breaks through barriers of race, ethnicity, religion, and gender. It unifies us, at the most basic level, creating a global form of communication which brings us together.⁣  Join us in recognizing the power of dance to transform lives, male and female, level socio-economic thresholds, and celebrate the gift of dance in our lives, and the positive impact it has on our communities.

In 2008, Bayer Ballet Company 501(c)3 was formed to serve as a community service organization, committed to providing accessibility to the art and culture of the Vaganova method of classical ballet.  Our mission is to enhance the cultural well-being of our community by creating equitable accessibility to the Vaganova method through educational and interactive events and world-class performances, which expose and explore the intricacies of this method; thereby, providing the purest experience and insights into this artform. We strive to cultivate and foster an appreciation and love for the artform, providing opportunities for emerging artists in our community to engage, educate and collaborate with world-renowned master artists.  

Bayer Ballet Company is a registered 501©(3) non-profit corporation, tax ID 26-3414450.

𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘉𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳 𝘉𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘵! 
⁣𝐓𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫, we are creating 𝐀𝐂𝐂𝐄𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐁𝐈𝐋𝐈𝐓𝐘 for our community, while 𝐓𝐑𝐀𝐍𝐒𝐅𝐎𝐑𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐨𝐧 𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐲 into a center of artistic excellence on par with its technological achievements. Whether it will be done virtually or on the stage, we are determined to forge ahead to preserve the art of ballet in our community.⁣

𝘋𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴, we are focused on giving dancers a program focused on health and wellness, creativity, and social-emotional life skill development, through the art of ballet.⁣

𝐃𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐯𝐞. As we continue working from our homes, dancers are learning to be resilient; they are adapting and continuing to develop essential life skills (discipline, perseverance, accountability) while finding freedom in the safe refuge it provides through its intrinsic healing qualities. This year, we have seven graduates at Bayer Ballet Academy, who have received acceptance into prestigious programs - Harvard, UC Berkeley, New York University, to name a few. 𝗪𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐭. We have worked hard to develop a program that is dedicated to 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐜𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐜 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐥𝐨𝐚𝐝𝐬. Achieving success, in both, presents a tough decision for many of our graduates, as they move onto the next chapter. Many have the training and capability to pursue ballet professionally, but also have the potential to achieve a successful career outside of dance. We truly feel dance teaches essential life skills, which students carry with them throughout their lives, serving as a transferable set of values to any career path they choose. We support their decisions and are grateful to be part of their journeys.⁣

𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘨𝘯𝘪𝘻𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘐𝘔𝘗𝘈𝘊𝘛 𝘪𝘯 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘨𝘯𝘪𝘻𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳.⁣


San Francisco Arts Alliance, a loose coalition of 15 large local arts organizations, worked with San Francisco Mayor London Breed to get 23 mayors of major cities around the country to sign a joint letter to Congress, dated Monday, May 11, asking for aid for artists, arts workers, and arts companies to mitigate the financial effects of the coronavirus.⁣

“The COVID-19 crisis shuttered arts and cultural events, resulting in catastrophic financial impact on individual artists and nonprofit arts organizations,” reads the letter, which was co-signed by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, among others in addition to Breed. “Left without earned revenue, these artists and organizations are in free fall.”⁣ (Source: Datebook)


  • Bureau of Economic Analysis: arts and culture industries contributed $877.8 billion to the nation’s economy / 4.5% of GDP (2017) ⁣

  • Americans for the Arts: As of May 13, the arts and cultural sector had lost $4.98 billion since the outbreak hit⁣


Your donations and support are greatly appreciated and will make a difference in our community and future dancers' dreams. ⁣

⁣Inna Bayer⁣
Artistic Director⁣
Bayer Ballet⁣
Vaganova Center of Excellence




This new version of "Esmeralda," created by choreographers Vasily Medvedev and Stanislav Fečo specifically for Bayer Ballet Company is a suite of the best ballet numbers included in the treasury of world classical dance. Based on the Bolshoi production, a one-act edition of Esmeralda was created and designed, especially for young performers of the Bayer Ballet.

The libretto by Jules Perrault and Victor Hugo, based on the novel "Notre Dame de Paris," was shortened and remade by Vasily Medvedev and librettist Yana Temiz. In the Gothic story about the fate of the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, there are now fewer secondary characters and one main storyline was left. This is a beautiful story of love and jealousy, ending, according to the traditions of the imperial theatres, with a happy end and the triumph of goodness.


Petipa Heritage Foundation

Bayer Ballet Company



Vasily Medvedev

Stanislav Feco

After Marius Petipa


Yana Temiz


Cesare Pugni


the rose & the butterfly
~ a love story

Join a cast of majestic butterflies and flowers as their garden celebration is interrupted by a fierce storm—and even fiercer competition.  This whimsical tale reveals how inner beauty overcomes adversity to win the love of the Butterfly Prince.


The last ballet of Marius Petipa is traditionally considered to be "The Magic Mirror" delivered in 1903. However, the "honorary" title should be given to another performance, “The Romance of the Rosebud and the Butterfly, "which was scheduled to premiere on 1904 on the stage of the Hermitage Theater, but never took place.

With limited historical materials to study, Medvedev created this original choreography for this adaptation of "The Romance of the Rosebud and the Butterfly," resurrecting this rare ballet in the traditional style of Petipa.

The world premiere of "The Rose and the Butterfly - A Love Story," was presented on 14 August 2021 at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.  


Petipa Heritage Fund

Bayer Ballet Company



Vasily Medvedev


Stanislav Feco


Yana Temiz & Vasily Medvedev after Ivan Vsevolozhsky


Ricardo Drigo





Experience the philosophy and culture of the world's renowned Vaganova method.  Gain an insider's perspective. 

One component of the performance is a piece entitled, "The Class Concert,"  a work is based on the graduation performance of the Vaganova Russian Ballet Academy, School of Classical Ballet.  In this piece you will obsereve dancers, of various ages and stages of their training, demonstrating the progression across various levels within the Vaganova System.

An excerpt from "The Young Lady and the Hooligan" ballet is an example of the acting skills and mime curriculum, integral to the Vaganova training, through which dancers are taught how to effectively communicate with the audience.

This presentation is a testament to the hard work of the dancers, who have chosen to embrace this method and the traditions of Vaganova.



Journey through “Enchanted Gardens,” as Bayer Ballet Company invites you to experience the beauty of "Naina’s Magical Garden" and "The Secret Garden" through elegantly choreographed divertissements from Opera Ruslan and Lyudmila, Ballet Le Corsaire, and more. Bayer Ballet Company Members and Special Guest Artists present the exquisite Russian Vaganova style in its purest form, within Classical, Neo-Classical and Character repertoire. This production will inspire the entire family, from the novice spectator to the seasoned dance enthusiast.

 Sleeping Beauty Suite

Join Bayer Ballet in a celebration of selected masterpieces from the Ballet Sleeping Beauty! Performed by talented young performers, this shortened rendition of the original ballet is sure to wow. Enjoy a professional production put on by award winning students, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and to the choreography of Petipa. 

Snow Queen

Inspired by one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved fairytales, Bayer Ballet is proud to present "Snow Queen," a tale that that will warm your hearts and add magic to this holiday season!
Visually captivating and viscerally touching, this story ballet celebrates friendship, love and courage. When the Snow Queen's spell captures a young boy, his sister-friend Gerda sets out on a quest to save him. Follow little Gerda's difficult journey as her heart leads her through the deep waters of a magical river, an enchanted flower garden, a spectacular princess's palace, a forest filled with robbers, and the gleaming world of snow and ice that surrounds the Snow Queen's ice castle.

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The Snow Queen (promotional video, 2019)


Bayer Ballet Company

A gift to Bayer Ballet Company makes an enormous difference to our dancers. Gifts provide funding for outreach performances, community classes, guest teachers, artists, costumes, and scholarship fund development. 

Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. 

Please contact us at or call 650-988-9971 for more information. 

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