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ages 12-14 workshop
ages 15+workshop


September 26, 2021


Ages 12-14 (9:45-11:45am) $50 - REGISTER

Ages 15+ (12-2pm) $50 - REGISTER


𝐍𝐎𝐓𝐄: 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜

Working on contemporary phrases and improvisation, dancers explore personal interpretation of the movement and musicality. These skills are essential, as many professional companies require improvisation during auditions. 


ADJI CISSOKO was born and grew up in Munich, Germany where she trained at the Ballet Academy Munich and graduated with a diploma in dance. Cissoko attended the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in New York City on full scholarship, before joining the National Ballet of Canada in 2010. In 2012 she was awarded the Patron Award of Merit by the Patrons’ Council Committee of The National Ballet of Canada. Cissoko joined LINES Ballet in 2014. Since then she’s originated many central roles and guested for galas worldwide. Cissoko has given multiple masterclasses and taught classes around the world as part of the company’s outreach program. In 2020 she became certified in health/life coaching as well as in ABT’s National Training Curriculum. Cissoko is currently a judge for Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP).


past master classes





bayer ballet studios​

all ages + levels

JUNE 5-6, 2021

This two day workshop is designed to provide an inside perspective on the training opportunities for male dancers.  There are two sessions to accommodate dancers with varying levels of experience.  


  • Saturday 3:00-4:30PM

  • Sunday 11:30AM-1:00PM



(no prior experience required)

  • Saturday 4:30-5:30PM

  • Sunday 1:00-2:00PM


Black tights, leggings, or shorts and white t-shirt


Sergey KOZADAYEV danced with the St. Petersburg State Ballet as a principal dancer for 22  years. He received the Merit of Honor of the Russian Republic signifying his reputation for the highest level of dance training and performance and was featured in a biographical documentary for Russian TV.
In 1991, he graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Choreography and Dance and holds a degree from the University of Culture and Art in St. Petersburg.
He has choreographed and danced in over 15 countries.


FEBRUARY 21-23, 2020



Sebastian Vinet



2020 Prix de Lausanne Jury Board

Prix de Lausanne Winner & Apprenticeship Award, 2009

Premio Jovenes Lideres del diario El Mercurio,

Ambassador of Chile Award, 2009



Ballet de Santiago

Compañía Nacional de Danza

San Francisco Ballet

International Ballet Greenville

Houston Ballet

Grammy Awards, 2009

FORTE, Melbourne, Australia (Dance Australia, "Vinet named one of the "best performances of the night" 2017

PRINCIPAL ROLES in pieces of world renown choreographers such as Marcia Haydee, Kenneth McMillan, William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Helfi Tomasson, Stanto Welch, Mark Morris, Ben Sevenson, Demis Volpi, Val Caniparoli, John Cranko, to name a few.

INTERNATIONAL GALAS in England, Denmark.,China, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Indonesia, Russia, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Ethiopia, Colombia, Japan, Australia, Hungary, Canada, Switzerland, and across the United States. 

Sebastian holds a parallel career as a model, appearing in campaigns for brands such as Armani, Burberry, Newman and Dolce Gabbana, and was also featured in Vogue magazine.



Vogue Magazine 20th Anniversary Gala, Mexico City, considered the next"Met Gala of Latin America"

International Ballet Gala, Emblematic Theater, Chile, Teatro Oriente

Fundación Artística Sebastián Vinet, Non-profit foundation to help young Chilean dancers to develop their art, while providing international opportunities for the next generation of artistis (founded by Vinet in 2017).


Escuela de Ballet del Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Santiago de Chile)

Houston Ballet Academy, Cladio Munoz

"It is our duty as a society to realize that without art there is practically nothing; art surrounds us from the first hours in the morning, until the last hours of the night. During my career I have witnessed a lot of talent that fails to develop, for several reasons, but the main one is due to lack of economic and social conditions, not understanding that art is extremely important for our existence, we tend to look at it as a hobby and not as a profession. That is why I have decided to form a foundation, I want to support future artists and train new generations.” 


Photograph: Paulo Garcia


FEBRUARY 17-18, 2020



Alexei Moskalenko

YAGP Assistant Artistic Director

For the past 20 years, Alexei Moskalenko has been working with the world largest Ballet Competition for students - Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), as Judge, Master teacher, NY Rehearsals Director, Tour Director, US Operations Director and Assistant Artistic Director.  Alexi evaluates, judges, guides and teaches more than10,000 students, who compete at YAGP, across 26 US cities and 13 countries, yearly.

Prior to moving to the United States in 1992, Alexei danced and toured around the world with Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovich, Prokofiev's Moscow Ballet and Moscow Children Musical Theater.  Following a 10 year career as a principal dancer with numerous ballet companies, Alexei devoted himself to teaching and directing students in US and around the world, including American School of Russian Ballet (Owner/Artistic Director), Markell School of Dance, and Indiana Ballet Conservatory's Pre-Professional Program (Director).  He has served as adjudicator, choreographer, and master teacher world-wide, across the US, Spain, France, Portugal, Peru, Columbia, Mexico, Brazil, Romania, China, Japan, Korea, Kirgizstan, and Argentina. 


Alexei's students have received numerous awards in the world's most prestigious ballet competitions, including Moscow IBC (gold medal), Varna and Jackson IBC (silver medals), YAGP (numerous), to name a few.  Many have joined professional ballet companies, prestigious ballet schools, summer programs, and dance universities.

Mr. Moskalenko graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Moscow with a  Vaganova Method teaching degree.  Teachers: Maxim Martirosian, Alexander Bondarenko and Alexander Prokofiev.


NOVEMBER 1-3, 2019



Master Teacher & YAGP Judge,

Gary Maurice Lewis

Gary Maurice Lewis, born and raised in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, has forged a singular career in Dance and Theatre in the United States and abroad since 1982.  Lewis received his training  at the Ballet Theater of School of The Virgin Islands, Dance Theater of Harlem, Washington School of Ballet - The Young Dancers Company (TWSB), and received a full scholarship to Alvin Ailey American Dance School.

In 1989 Mr. Lewis made his professional debut as a company member of the Capitol Ballet of Washington, D.C. under the direction of late Doris Jones.  Lewis has since tourned across the United States, Europe and Africa as a company member with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Colorado Ballet, and Ron Brown EVIDENCE at the Joyce Theater, NYC. His repertoire includes pieces by ballets by Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty, Donald Byrd, Eleo Pomare, Kevin Jeff and Katherine Dunham, Dianne Mcintyre and Gary Abbott, Alvin Ailey, including “The River."

Mr. Lewis made his Broadway debut in the original cast of “The Lion King," as a Swing Dancer and Assistant Dance Captain, at the New Amsterdam Theater. In 2001, joined the cast of “The Lion King National Gazelle Tour” for two years performing to audiences throughout the United States.


Other featured performances include the 1998 Tony Awards with The Lion King; the 2008 Middle Eastern Film Festival Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Abu Dhabi, choreographed and directed by Otis Sallid; and performances of FAUST and CARMINA BARANA with the Colorado Symphony in Denver Colorado.

Mr. Lewis has Judged and taught Master Classes  for the YAGP (Youth American Grand Prix ) for the past 6 years . 

Adonis Daukaev

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AUGUST 13-18, 2019


the return of Master Teacher Adonis Daukaev, graduate Ballet Master and Choreographer of the world-renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia and an impressive 26-year  professional dance career in Russia, Poland, Germany, Austria, and Canada.

Mr. Daukaev started his dance career as Principal Dancer at the Lviv National Opera, Ukraine in 1985 and went on to an astounding career as Principal Dancer and Choreographer at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, Germany. He was a ballet teacher at Lviv National Opera, Gdansk Opera Baltycka, Salzburg Ballet, Augsburg Ballet, and Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern. In addition to his credentials, Mr. Daukaev graduated as Ballet Master and Choreographer at the notable Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. With a professional dance background spanning over 26 years, Mr. Daukaev has worked with renowned dancers, K.Sergueyev, I. Gensler, R.Gerbeck, B.Blankov, all of whom embody strong traditional Russian ballet artistry, in both classical and modern repertoires. As well, Mr. Daukaev has choreographed a number of original works and has worked with internationally-renowned artists such as Germinal Casado, Patricia Neary and Nikita Dolgushine.

karine plantadit

Bayer Ballet’s curriculum encompasses a year-round contemporary program with special guest teachers and choreographers.


Pictured: Contemporary masterclasses taught by Karine Plantadit, Tony Award-nominated dancer and actress. Karine is a former soloist with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and has appeared in numerous Broadway shows including the original Lion King and Movin’ Out, and Twyla Tharpe’s Come Fly Away. TV and movie appearances include So You Think You Can Dance , The 82nd Academy Awards, and Frida.  Karine is the Co-Creator of KAMOCHIMETHOD and serves as a YAGP Judge.

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