Founder and Artistic Director
Inna Bayer has more than 13 years of experience as a professional dancer and 25 years of experience as a Ballet Mistress. She graduated Cum Laude from the State Academy of Choreography and Dance in Voronezh, Russia, and also graduated with Honors from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (Bolshoi Ballet Academy) with a Master's Degree in Pedagogy and Choreography. She has performed as a soloist with Kiev Classical Ballet Theater (Ukraine). During her artistic career, Inna toured in France, Spain, Germany, and Poland. This impressive career both informs her artistic and technical expertise.
Inna began her teaching career at Bat-Dor dance school where she taught Classical and Character Dance in 1992. Later, she moved to the United States to teach the Character Dance at San Francisco Ballet School. From 2000 until the summer of 2007 Inna was Ballet mistress at Westlake School for the Performing Arts (Daly City, CA). During her tenure there she prepared students for many performances including Nutcracker, competitions, and recitals. Some pieces that her students tackled were taken from the great classical Repertoire. Her final year included students participating triumphantly in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (Scotland).
In 2002, American Dance Awards named Inna the "Choreographer of the Year" and in 2016 Miss Bayer was awarded, "Outstanding Teacher" at the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) in San Francisco. Her students win first prizes at international and regional competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), International Dance Challenge (IDC), World Ballet Competition (WBC) and American Dance Awards.
Inna founded her school in 2005 out of a passion for teaching the art of ballet to future generations.
Inna's students from Israel and the United States have danced in European and American professional dance troupes such as: Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), Ballet Israely (Israel), Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (Israel), Scottish Ballet (Scotland), Compania Nacional de Danza (Nacho Duato Artistic Director), State Ballet of Georgia, Alberta Ballet (Canada), Inbal Pinto Dance Company, Austin Ballet, Boston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Eifman Ballet Saint Petersburg, Russia, Atlanta Ballet II and more.
Marina Osipova From 2015 to 2018, Miss Osipova collaborated with the Institute of Theater Arts of Moscow as an Associate Professor of the Department of Choreography, in the subject Classes of Classical Dance Teaching. She was artistic deputy director of the classical dance department and a classical dance teacher, at the Dance Academy of Boris Eifman between 2013 and 2015.
She was also a professor of technique in the classical and neoclassical dance department of the Vagánova Ballet Academy in Russia, as well as having been part of the academic body in the specialty of classical dance of that institution.
From 1997 to 2005, Marina Osipova participated as a ballet dancer at the Opera and Ballet Theater. MP Mussorgsky. Before that, she worked as a dancer in the Russian Ballet Company between 1992 and 1997, although her work as an academic continued until 2011. In that year, she competed with the thesis, Professional preparation of future ballet dancers for the execution of jumping movements, with which she obtained the degree of Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, at the State Pedagogical University of Russia AI Herzen. At Vagánova Academy she specialized in Theory and methodology of professional education, attended the Faculty of Pedagogy of the same institution, where she obtained the degree of teacher-tutor, with honorable mention and was trained as a ballet dancer.
Ms. Osipova is the author of several scientific articles and a methodical manual on the teaching of classical dance technique. She has extensive experience in preparing students for international competitions, many of them awarded. She has been a jury of international competitions of ballet dancers; collaborates in the organization and methodological support of the educational and creative process; design, development, and writing of educational programs and study plans, among others.
Master Ballet Instructor
Director & Instructor, Pre-Ballet
Christina Kongaika began dancing at age 3, training at Westlake School of the Performing Arts (WSPA) for 14 years. Under the instruction of Inna Bayer, Malu Rivera-Peoples, and Cristina Fargas she rose to the rank of principal dancer, performing various leading roles in ballets, including the Sugar Plum Fairy in the WSPA dance company's "Nutcracker". As a member of WSPA's performance program, Christina has performed both locally, nationally and internationally.
She studied in a wide array of dance styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, character, hip-hop, hula and Tahitian styles. A respected dancer among her peers, Christina was voted WSPA's Outstanding Student of the Year at both the Junior and Senior levels. In 2004 Christina was awarded 2nd place for her performance of a contemporary solo at the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP). This same year she was runner-up for Dancer of the Year at the American Dance Awards (ADA).
Christina began training to become a dance teacher at age 12 by volunteering as a teacher's aide at WSPA. In the summer of 2006, Christina was hired to teach ballet-tap and hula classes to the younger students at WSPA. While continuing to teach and dance for WSPA Christina attended San Francisco School of the Arts High School. Here she received additional dance training and graduated in 2008. Christina has completed all levels of the official Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Certification Program. Christina's repertoire includes variations and excerpts from classical ballets, such as "La Bayadère", "Sleeping Beauty", "Le Corsaire", "Don Quixote", "Paquita" and "Nutcracker"
Erin (Armstrong) Micek
Erin (Armstrong) Micek has been instructing students of all ages in classical ballet for 12 years. She received her ballet training from Houston Ballet Academy under directors Clara Cravey and Steve Brule, Ballet Idaho Academy of Dance, and from renowned coaches such as Maria T. Vegh, former co-director of Harkness House in New York City. Erin has performed professionally with the Eugene Ballet Company/Ballet Idaho, Drop Dance Collective, the Margaret Wingrove Dance Company and multiple independent choreographers, performing various classical, contemporary and modern dance roles. Some of her former students have been accepted as students at prestigious schools throughout the country or moved on to professional careers of their own in ballet and modern companies. As she teaches and choreographs, Erin continues to work at instilling both the discipline and the love of the art of ballet into the lives of her students.
Marina Ebrahimi began rhythmic gymnastics training when she was 4 and began dancing at the age of 6. With six years of competition experience, Marina was a medalist in many Russian gymnastics championships. From the age of nine years old, she has concentrated and dedicated her life to dancing.
In 2003, Marina graduated from the Academy of Culture and Art, in Novosibirsk, Russia with a degree in Choreography as a Ballet Master. Marina graduated with honors and awards.
Marina has performed professionally with Irina Smirnova Collective, Victoria Dance Company, Sergey Suncov Collective, Seventh Sense Ballet Company performing various classical (Vaganova School of Ballet technique), jazz/modern, historical and character roles.
Marina has experience instructing students of all ages in classical ballet, character dance and gymnastics, and is extremely passionate about her work. She is currently working with the Pre-Ballet program.
Olga Voloboueva graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 1989 at which time she embarked on her professional career with the Kirov Ballet (Mariinsky Ballet) . Her expansive performing career highlights include: Kirov Ballet, Mariinsky, St. Petersburg; Colorado Ballet, USA; Royal Ballet of Flanders, Belgium; Ballet Victor Ullate; Peter Schaufuss Ballet; San Francisco Ballet, USA; Setsuko Itchikawa Ballet, Japan; and Arlington Ballet, USA.
Ms. Voloboueva has served as a guest teacher at Vaganova Ballet Academy, Ballet West -Scotland, Universal Ballet-South Korea, Yantra Ballet- Belgium, Ballet Ruso Barcelona.
Vadim Rivkin was born in Leningrad (presently Saint Petersburg), Russia. He graduated from the Leningrad N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory with a degree in composition, and has been a member of the USSR Composer's Union since 1976.
Vadim has been teaching music for grades 1-5 in the Stratford School since his move to the United States in 2003.