Snow Queen


Two-Act Ballet Based on a Fairytale

by Hans Christian Andersen





DECEMBER 19 (3:30PM)



Inspired by one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved fairytales, Bayer Ballet is proud to present another production of The Snow Queen 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 Kai, his sister, Gerda sets out on a quest to save him. Follow Gerda's difficult journey as her heart leads her through the deep waters of a magical river, an enchanted flower garden, a spectacular palace, a forest filled with robbers, and the gleaming world of snow and ice that surrounds the Snow Queen's ice castle.

Promotional Video

"Pas de Trois" documentary contains rehearsal footage of The Snow Queen.

Read More about "Pas de Trois"



The Rose and the Butterfly
- a Love Story 




AUGUST 14-15, 2021

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.


This world premiere of "The Rose and the Butterfly - A Love Story" is directed and choreographed by world-renowned choreographer of Esmeralda from BOLSHOI and Nutcracker from Staatsballett Berlin, Vasily Medvedev, in collaboration with master teacher and principal dancer, Stanislav Feco, the Petipa Heritage Fund and Bayer Ballet Company

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

**This performance will be the first ticketed MainStage performance at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts since lockdown**


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We are extremely excited and honored to be hosting the world-renowned choreographer of Esmeralda from BOLSHOI and Nutcracker from Staatsballett Berlin, Vasily Medvedev.


Working in collaboration with master teacher and principal dancer,Stanislav Feco, the Petipa Heritage Fund, and Bayer Ballet Company and with limited historical materials to study, Medvedev is creating 100% of the choreography for this adaptation of "The Romance of the Rosebud and the Butterfly."

The award-winning team behind this production has collaborated on the choreography for several major ballet companies, including Bolshoi Ballet⁣⁣, Staatsballett Berlin⁣⁣, Lithuanian National Ballet⁣⁣, Compañía Nacional de Danza in Mexico⁣⁣, Croatian National Ballet⁣⁣, and Perm Ballet to name a few.  

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World-renowned choreographer of Esmeralda from BOLSHOI and Nutcracker from Staatsballett Berlin. Among Vasily's works is more than 50 titles created for Russian and international audience theatres for the major ballet companies. Mr. Medvedev has received numerous awards, including the US Pushkin Legacy with the Pushkin Legacy Ballet Award for choreography of the ballet, Onegin, presented in National Theatre in Prague.

Mr. Medvedev is a Founder and Artistic Director of the International St. Petersburg Dance Open Ballet Festival and St. Petersburg Dance Open Award. President and founder of Petipa Heritage Fund.

Mr. Medvedev is a graduate of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet under the guidance of famous  N.Dudinskaia, K.Sergeiev, G.Seliutsky.



Mr. Feco received his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Choreography from Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St.Petersburg. During his career he has received numerous honors and awards, including: Philip Morris Flower Ballet Award, Best Dancer in Czech Republic, US Pushkin Legacy Ballet Award, Interpretation of Role Onegin⁣⁣. 


​Principal Dancer credits include: Prague National Theatre⁣⁣, St.Petersburg Russian Ballet⁣⁣, National Theatre in Brno⁣⁣.  Guest Principal Dancer: Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires⁣⁣, Azerbaijan National Ballet⁣⁣, State Ballet in Kazan⁣⁣, and National Opera Donetsk⁣⁣.


Mr. Feco has participated at prestigious international ballet galas such as Gala des Etoiles in Montreal, Dance Open in St.Petersburg, Gala Due Mondi in Spoleto, World Ballet Stars in Seoul, and World  Ballet Festival in Kiev.

Mr. Feco is the Official Ballet Master, Anton Dolin's Foundation and Artistic Director, Petipa Heritage Fund⁣⁣.





Inna Bayer is a master teacher of the Russian Vaganova Method of Classical Ballet and Character Dance with more than 13 years of experience as a professional dancer and 30 years of experience as a Ballet Mistress. During her artistic career, Inna toured in France, Spain, Germany, and Poland. She performed as a Classical Ballet soloist in Kiev (Ukraine). This impressive career both informs her artistic and technical expertise.


Inna founded Bayer Ballet Academy in 2005 out of a passion for teaching the art of ballet to future generations. The school has been named "Outstanding School" by YAGP for four consecutive years (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021). Inna's students from Israel and the United States have danced in European and American professional dance troupes such as: Mariinsky Ballet, 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, Hrvatsko narodno kazalište HNK Split Balet / Croatian National Theater, State Ballet in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria and more. 


Inna received a Master's Degree, with honors, in Pedagogy and Choreography from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy (Moscow State Academy of Choreography) and her Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, from the Voronezh State Academy of Arts.

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GUEST ARTIST | Atlanta Ballet

Bayer Ballet Academy Alum (2018)

ROLES | Rose & Nasturtium

Anastasia is an alum of Bayer Ballet Academy (2018), where she studied Vaganova training from Inna Bayer, Olga Voloboueva, and more. While at Bayer Ballet Academy, she performed roles such as Medora in the Le Corsaire Grand Pas de Deux, Paquita Pas de Trois, Queen of Dryads in Don Quixote’s Dream Scene, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Gerda in Snow Queen, and she was invited to participate in YAGP New York Finals. She also performed at the International Ballet Stars Gala in 2018 as the corps for Don Quixote Act III Pas de Deux and for Gamzatti’s Grand Pas alongside Adiarys Almeida and Maria Alexandrova, respectively.

In 2018, Anastasia received her first professional contract with Atlanta Ballet 2, during which time she performed The Nutcracker, La Sylphide, Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, and a principal role in Atlanta Ballet 2’s The Swan Princess. In 2020, Anastasia was promoted to the company at Atlanta Ballet. In her first season, she danced a Paquita pas de trois variation, a duet choreographed by Carraig New, and Claudia Schreier’s “Pleiades Dances”.


Bayer Ballet performances - Photography IOPhotoStudio (left to right) Don Quixote (Queen of the Dryads), Le Corsaire Pas de Deux, The Snow Queen (Gerda)

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ROLE | Sphynx Butterfly

Alvin Tovstogray is an artist with BalletMet and is a former Principal Dancer with Oklahoma City Ballet. Born in  Dnipro, Ukraine, he received his training at the Dnipro State Choreographic School under Viacheslav Volkov. From 2008 to 2010 Mr. Tovstogray continued his training at The San Francisco Ballet School and later joined The Washington Ballet Studio Company. In 2012 Mr. Tovstogray joined Oklahoma City Ballet as a company dancer, was named Soloist in 2014 and promoted to Principal in 2015. He received multiple awards at International Ballet Competitions including Bronze at WBC Orlando, Silver at Istanbul IBC and Gold at Tanzolymp Berlin. His repertoire includes works by Edwaard Liang, George Balanchine, August Bournonville, Anthony Tudor, Jiří Kylián , Nacho Duato, Twyla Tharp, Stanton Welch, Michael Pink, Septime Webre, Robert Mills, Helen Pickett, Ma Cong, , Margo Sappington, Matthew Neenan, Amy Seiwert, Brian Enos, Yui Sato, Jacob Sparso and others. Mr. Tovstogray is an American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 5 of the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum. 

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Left to right:  Photo by Diana Bittle, Swan Lake | Photos by Isaac Buller, La Sylphide

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GUEST ARTIST | Atlanta Ballet

ROLE | Sphynx's Friend

Carraig New was born in Juneau, Alaska. He is a graduate of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography where he studied classical Russian technique with Bolshoi Theatre first soloist Denis Medvedev. He performed on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Yuri Grigorovich’s staging of La Fille Mal Gardée, dancing in the Gypsy Dance as one of the four friends, as well as being featured as a demi-soloist. He also performed as a soloist in La Bayadère's Dance of the Drum. Carraig performed on the Bolshoi Historical Stage in A Tribute to Marius Petipa, which included Danse des Forbans from Le Corsaire. He was invited to dance as the guest artist at the premier performances of the Ballet de Barcelona, in Spain and France. He joined Atlanta Ballet 2 in 2018-2019. Carraig has performed Arabian, Russian, Mice and Skier in Yuri Possokhov's reimagined production of The Nutcracker; the Beast in Bruce Wells’ Beauty and the Beast; Von Rothbart and Benno in Bruce Wells’ The Swan Princess; Dance of the Wedding Guests in La Sylphide; and a leading role in Volar, a contemporary ballet choreographed by Nadia Mara.

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Photography Josep Guindo



Bayer Ballet Company

State Ballet in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria (2021)

Bayer Ballet Academy Alum (2021)

ROLES | Nasturtium & Rose

Grace Kim, age 17, is a recent graduate of Bayer Ballet Academy, where she has studied for the past 10 years. At the academy, she has danced many solo roles including Gulnare in Secret Garden, Dulcinea in Dream Scene, Gerda & Snow Queen in the Snow Queen, Paquita Pas de Trois, Naina’s Garden, and Flora in Awakening of Flora. This year, she won first place at YAGP San Francisco and was invited to perform at YAGP finals and festivals. In June, Grace received a job offer from the State Opera of Stara Zagora in Bulgaria. Grace was also accepted to UC Berkeley, however she made the decision to join the ballet troupe in Bulgaria where she will be the youngest member of the company.


Bayer Ballet performances - Photography IOPhotoStudio (left to right) The Snow Queen (Snow Queen), Photography Randall Hobbett, Photography IOPhotoStudio Awakening of Flora (Flora)

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Bayer Ballet Company

State Ballet in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria (2021)

Bayer Ballet Academy Alum (2021)

ROLE | Lily & Fuschsia

Nicole is an alum of Bayer Ballet Academy (2021) where she studied Vaganova training under Inna Bayer, Olga Volobueva, and more. While at Bayer Ballet, she performed and rehearsed roles such as Flora in The Awakening of Flora, Young Lady in The Young Lady and the Hooligan, Henrietta in Raymonda, Nymphs from Walpurgis Nacht and more. She also performed with Bayer Ballet Academy at a gala in the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

Nicole will soon begin her professional career in Bulgaria as a dancer with The State Opera of Stara Zagora.


Bayer Ballet performances - Photography IOPhotoStudio (left and right) Awakening of Flora (Flora), Naina's Magical Gardens

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Bayer Ballet Company

ROLE | Fuschsia & Lily

Ada is currently a Pre-Professional student in Bayer Ballet Academy. She started training at BBA since age 7 (2011). While at BBA, she performed roles such as  Paquita Pas de Trois, Cupid from Don Quixote, Naina’s Gardens, Nutcracker Pas de Deux, Jewels from Sleeping Beauty, Vivandiere Pas de Deux, and Little Robber and Princess in Snow Queen. She received Top 12 in YAGP San Francisco in 2019 and 2021.


Bayer Ballet performances - Photography IOPhotoStudio (left to right)  Snow Queen (Prinicess), Don Quixote (Cupid), Naina's Magical Gardens



Bayer Ballet Company

ROLE | Chamomile

Juliet Sostena is currently a Pre-Professional student at Bayer Ballet Academy. During her time at BBA, she has performed in La Vivandiere, Naina’s Gardens, Diana in The Awakening of Flora, and River in Snow Queen. She received Top 12 in the Classical Category during the 2019 and 2020 YAGP competitions, as well as Contemporary Top 12 in 2020.

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Photography: IOPhotoStudio, VAM

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Bayer Ballet Company

ROLE | Chamomile

Valerie, 16, is a Pre-Professional student at Bayer Ballet Academy. This year, she won third place at YAGP San Francisco and California Dance Classics. A few of her roles include Aurora in Awakening of Flora, Gypsies from La Esmerelda, La Bayadere Pas de Quatre, Naina’s Garden, and Crow in Snow Queen.

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Bayer Ballet performances - Photography IOPhotoStudio (left to right) The Snow Queen (Skater), Awakening of Flora.  VAM Photography.



Bolshoi Ballet Academy (2021)

ROLE | Sphynx's Friend

Maksim Apatonov graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Moscow in 2021 and has been invited to join the Moscow Kremlin Ballet. Apatonov has won honors in Italy, Paris and San Diego.

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Vsevolozhsky I.A. Sketches for the ballet "Novel of a Rosebud" by R. Drigo. 1903 year. From the collection of the St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatrical and Musical Art "Museums of Russia" Copyright (c) 1996-2021 Source:

Pre Ballet's 

Springtime Fairytale






JUNE 4-6, 2021


Filmed over a three-day period at Bayer Ballet's Oudoor Studios, this beautiful story ballet was a journey to produce with some students learning over Zoom ane others in-person.  


‪A Magician's magical book helps bring to life a Russian Spring forest fairytale, filled with sweet animals, frolicking foxes, spirited squirrels, joyful dancing ponies, animated toys and other fairyland creatures. These charming forest friends join forces to rescue a little bunny who has been captured by the Bat Queen.‬⁣  


Presented by students of Bayer Ballet Academy's Pre-Ballet Division, this whimsical story ballet, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, features gorgeous custom-made costumes and hand painted sets. This family-friendly fairytale is a magical celebration of Spring.‬⁣ 



14 years ago, Bayer Ballet’s Artistic Director,  Inna Bayer was inspired to create a story ballet for her first students of the Academy,  The earliest version of this ballet was performed in the winter and was called “Winter Fairytale.” “My vision for this ballet was to create a whimsical libretto for these young dancers to learn the art of storytelling and performance, while demonstrating the technical  pre-ballet foundations of the Vaganova method.” 


Every element of this ballet is original and made with love from the libretto and choreography to the hand painted sets and hand sewn costumes.  


This ballet has become a tradition and an integral component to the teaching of performance and storytelling skills within the Pre-Ballet Division and is performed annually in the Silicon Valley, California.


Essence of Spring




MARCH 2021

During the course of the 2020-2021 academic year, Bayer Ballet's Upper Division worked diligently with faculty and master Vaganova instructors to learn the authentic intricacies of the Vaganova method, polish their classical and contemporary technique and learn a broad range of repertoire, while gaining exposure to the historical background to aid their proper interpretation of the choreographer's vision.  Coursework included acting and mime to help the dancers learn techniques for character development and artistic expression, while learning how to execute the choreographer's vision for each piece.  This personal journey is an essential part of their artistic training, as they find their individual voices as performing artists. 


Choreographic Works for the Upper Division Showcase, included:

  • Awakening of Flora Suite

  • Gypsy from Don Quixote

  • The Flower Festival in Genzango Suite

  • Swan Lake Waltz

  • Waltz of the Hours from Coppelia

  • Music Box

  • Polka

  • Tarantella

  • Spanish Dance

  • Russian Dance

Whispers of Spring





MAY, 16-17 2020

Welcome Spring with this beautiful celebration of the season.  Experience a culturally-rich presentation, as dancers present diverse pieces from classical and neoclassical ballet, original contemporary works, and lively folk dances.  


Inside the Vaganova System

at the Summer Intensive Showcase




AUGUST 8-9, 2020



Participants of Bayer Ballet's Summer Intensive perform original choreography set by Master Teachers during the course of the 6-week Intensive.  The Program will feature diverse pieces from Russian Vaganova Ballet, classical and neo-classical ballet repertoire, contemporary, character and folk dance from around the world.

Gain a unique perspective on the Russian Vaganova system.  The program will demonstrate the evolution of the dancers, at various ages and levels, training in the Vaganova system.

Whispers of Spring





MAY 2019

"Whispers of Spring" is comprised of diverse pieces from classical and neoclassical ballet as well as lively folk-inspired character dances. The world of ballet is diverse and capacious, with room for children’s dreams and adult inspiration alike. Join us for a beautifully choreographed Spring celebration.


Principal Dancers

Oklahoma City Ballet

Alvin Tovstogray & Courntey Connor Jones


MAY 2019

with Principal Dancers from 

The Washington Ballet,

Rolando Sarabia & Katherine Barkman



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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.



Principal Dancers from

The Washington Ballet,

Rolando Sarabia & Katherine Barkman 

Bayer Ballet has received several awards, including Gold Metal from World Ballet Competition (WBC);

"Outstanding School," "Outstanding Teacher," and "Best Ensemble" for 2018 & 2019

by the World's Largest Global Network of Dance,

Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP).