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Bows of Gratitude from Snow Queen

We are reflecting on what we all accomplished with great appreciation and gratitude. There’s so much to celebrate! Congratulations to all of our wonderful dancers, following a weekend of amazing performances of the Snow Queen. It was so rewarding to experience the art that was made from our collaboration over the past two months of rehearsals. To see it all come together in such a beautiful way is magical. Thank you for your professionalism; diligent and smart work ethic; and for being so supportive of your peers. You’ve all grown through the process and we are very proud of you. Making art requires trust and we are grateful to you for entrusting us on this journey. We are completely dedicated to giving you our best and it was reciprocated. We made art! Thank you, artistic staff, for sharing your expertise with our dancers, working alongside me to prepare them for a successful performance: Tatiana Ulitina, Sergey Kozadayev, Giana Jigarhan, Erin Micek; and Guest Teacher, Olga Voloboueva. We are thankful to have such caring and supportive master instructors to guide our dancers and bring my vision to life. Thank you, costume, sewing and props team, led by wardrobe mistresses, Megan Shore & Trina Whiteley, who worked countless hours to ensure every detail was perfect, sewing, altering and embellishing more than 200 costumes in the production. Our production team (lighting design, projection design, sound, backstage and deck crew) introduced many new special effects, which were a beautiful contribution to the performance, led by Cassie Barnes from DESIRED EFFECTS. Moving team, who transported everything to and from the theatre. “The glue,” our administration team, Lisa So and Rimma Bobkova, led by Executive Director, Christine Wood, hold the studio and productions together. The patrons, who filled every seat of the MVCPA; it was our greatest pleasure to share our love for this artform with you. Thank you to our community and the City of Mountain View for keeping the arts alive in our beautiful city. We enjoyed performing at the Tree Lighting Celebration. It was inspiring to see the community come together. It was a great honor to have Mayor Ellen Kamei speak at opening night. Thank you for your support. And the final bow goes to the parents and volunteers, who support the dancers’ dreams. Without you this magic wouldn’t be possible. We wish we could publicly thank each and every person for their help. From our hearts, thank you! What’s next? Not much time for "post show blues," as we enter competition season and prepare for Spring performances. Thank you for your collaboration in bringing my vision for Snow Queen to life. Together, and with so much gratitude, Inna Bayer Artistic Director Bayer Ballet - Vaganova Center of Excellence

Stay tuned for beautiful photography from our extremely talented photographers, Tracy Martin & Mark Kitaoka.

ABOUT BAYER BALLET: Founded in 2005, Bayer Ballet has quickly established itself as a reputable dance institution in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Bayer Ballet Academy is the OFFICIAL PARTNER SCHOOL to the world-renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Our award-winning faculty directly hail from the Vaganova Academy and Bolshoi, where they received their training, teaching credentials and advanced graduate degrees in pedagogy. Graduates of the Academy have been accepted into prestigious programs, including those of the Vaganova Ballet Academy, Paris Opera, American Ballet Theatre, Royal Ballet, Princess Grace Academy, and Bolshoi Ballet. Students of Bayer Ballet’s Artistic Director, Inna Bayer, have danced in European and American professional dance companies such as: Mariinsky Ballet, Eifman Ballet Saint Petersburg, Atlanta Ballet, Hrvatsko narodno kazalište HNK Split Balet / Croatian National Theater, State Ballet in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria and more. RECENT HONORS: Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Outstanding School (2018, 2019, 2020 2021,), Grand Prix (2020), World Ballet Competition (WBC), Gold Medalist; Prix de Lausanne - 2 participants (2020). We bring world-class performing arts to the community. Bayer Ballet Company, the 501(c)3 public charity organization, is dedicated to staging several annual full-length performances that are of professional quality. Our goal is to make the classical discipline of ballet accessible to new generations, preserving the traditions of Vaganova, and contributing enriching cultural experiences to our community.

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