Alina Taratorin | Bayer Ballet Graduate 2020 Reflections
Updated: Aug 10
𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 𝐁𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫 𝐁𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐭 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬
𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐭 𝐁𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫 𝐁𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐭:
𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 & 𝐇𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐫𝐬
YAGP, Grand Prix 2020
YoungArts Foundation, Finalist Winner - Ballet 2020Prix de Lausanne Competitor 2020
World Ballet Competition, Gold Medalist 2014/25/16
Dance Spirit Magazine Cover Model Search Winner, April 2019
𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐲 / 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐌𝐚𝐣𝐨𝐫:
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Early Action Acceptance
I’m overwhelmingly grateful to be attending Harvard University this fall. At the moment, I am undecided about my major, but could not be more excited to explore the many subjects out there!
𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐲:
It’s almost impossible for me to pinpoint a singular memory I am most fond of. Over the many years I have been at Bayer Ballet, I’ve amassed an endless collection of beautiful memories that will, undoubtedly, stay close to me the rest of my life. Whether it be personal feats, such as stepping on pointe for the first time, or the many moments of friendship and community I was lucky to come across, a seemingly infinite number of special experiences come to mind.
𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮?
Dance has taught me the power of movement. It has taught me the layered complexity of emotion. The significance of letting go. Dance has provided me with freedom and expression, and the belief that no matter how sunken a moment, these things never cease to exist. Through dance, I have recognized the beauty of simplicity, but also the appeal of intricacy and, at times, disadvantage. Over the years, I have learned the remarkable value of perseverance and drive. The importance of giving something a try, no matter how intimidating it may be. The understanding that perfection is unachievable, and grasping the counter-productive nature of comparison.
The lessons I take away from dance are infinite. With every coming day, I discover something new about both myself and others. For that, I am thankful beyond words.
𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐞 (𝐚𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞?)
I think the challenges that come with dance are unending, but that’s what makes it a beautiful art form. With every new difficulty, we grow and learn. I think one of the most significant challenges I faced throughout my dance career was having to balance public high school with my level of training. Most pre-professional ballet dancers my age devote most of their time towards dancing, through being homeschooled and training in the mornings. However, I have always been academically inclined outside of dance, and couldn’t see myself sacrificing academics for longer training hours. Balancing both worlds was arduous by all means, but also incredibly rewarding and has taught me so much.
I’m honestly proud of many things, from my first solo on stage to my first time placing at a competition. But if I had to choose a “peak,” I think it would probably be my performance at Prix de Lausanne. For months leading up to the competition, I had a pretty serious injury (along with several minor ones) and was unable to train in the full capacity. I was not even able to dance on pointe for several months, which was mentally taxing and wearying to bounce back from. In the end, I performed my solo possibly the best I had ever danced it, which somehow made all the strain worth it.
𝐃𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐤𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠?
Absolutely! Dance is something that will forever be a part of me. The gift of movement is one that has no comparison or equivalence, and one I could never give up.
𝐃𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞?
I have a myriad of dreams for the future that vary on a day to day basis. One that remains unchanged is finding a way we can integrate the arts to make them a more prominent part of our society. Witnessing a dwindling interest in the arts has been painful and unsettling, so I hope to reintroduce the excitement and passion we have seen in the past, effectively making the umbrella of arts more receptive within the greater population.
𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐔𝐓 𝐁𝐀𝐘𝐄𝐑 𝐁𝐀𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐓
Founded in 2005, Bayer Ballet has quickly established itself as a reputable dance institution in San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Bayer Ballet Academy offers rigorous ballet training from pre-ballet through pre-professional, summer intensive programs, master classes with internationally renowned guest teachers, and professional stage performance opportunities. Graduates of the Academy have been accepted into prestigious programs, including those of the Paris Opera, the American Ballet Theatre, the Royal Ballet, Princess Grace Academy, and the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets. Students of Bayer Ballet’s Artistic Director, Inna Bayer, 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 and more.
RECENT HONORS: Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) - SF, Outstanding School & Best Ensemble (2018, 2019, 2020); World Ballet Competition (WBC), Gold Medalist; American Dance Awards (ADA), Choreographer of the Year, Inna Bayer; YAGP - Outstanding Teacher, Inna Bayer; Prix de Lausanne 2020 (2 participants); YoungArts Winner 2020.
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𝐒𝐔𝐌𝐌𝐄𝐑 𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐆𝐑𝐀𝐌𝐒 (𝐕𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 & 𝐈𝐧-𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐨)
✔️𝐉𝐔𝐍𝐄 𝟐𝟗-𝐀𝐔𝐆 𝟕
𝟔-𝗪𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 (ages 9-18)
Vaganova Method / Internationally-renowned Master Teachers (in-studio &/or virtual)
𝟑-𝗪𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐈𝐧-𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐨 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 (ages 8-12) Vaganova Method (Closed-FULL)
𝟐-𝗪𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐕𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐬 (ages 5-8)
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𝐕𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐧 𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬 (ages 3-10)
𝘉𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳 𝘉𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘵’𝘴 𝘚𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘳 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘯𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘺, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘹𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭. 𝘈𝘯 𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭𝘺-𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘰𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘶𝘮, 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘝𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘷𝘢 𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘯𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮, 𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺-𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘉𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳 𝘉𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘍𝘢𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘺 & 𝘎𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘐𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴.
𝘈 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘣𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘵, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘝𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘷𝘢 𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘥𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘺, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘤𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘺, 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴, 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺.
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