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…to all of our wonderful dancers, following a weekend of amazing performances of Springtime Fairy Tale. Thank you for your dedication, as we prepared for the performance. 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!
We are grateful for our Pre-Ballet Division Director, Christina Kongaika; Pre-Ballet Teachers, Dawn Sue, Juliet Sostena, Maya Ma, Sydney Strong; Boys Program teacher, Arsen Serobian; and teacher's assistants, who successfully prepared the dancers for the performance.
“The glue,” our administration team, Heather Perez (marketing), Jackie Capozzi, Lisa So, Qing (Anita) Wang, and Rimma Bobkova, led by Executive Director, Christine Wood, which 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. We had two nearly SOLD OUT performances.
And the final bow goes to the parents and volunteers, who support the dancers’ dreams. Without you, the magic and the magnitude of this production wouldn’t be possible.
15 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 technical foundations of pre-ballet.”
The art of performance is an important element to our training program; therefore, we provide all of our students from Pre-Ballet through Pre-Professional professionally-produced performance opportunities. Students gain an authentic production experience, performing in beautiful theatres, such as Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, we provide additional rehearsals in the theatre and hire independent production teams (lighting design, sound, backstage and deck crew) to increase the production value of our performances.
Springtime Fairy Tale is a tangible demonstration of the students’ growth, as humans and artists. The training and rehearsal process teaches teamwork, responsibility, discipline, and personal accountability, while building strong work ethics and confidence.
Bayer Ballet’s faculty members are honored to be part of these young dancers’ journeys, as they learn about themselves, define their character and discover their artistic voices.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PRE-BALLET DIVISION
GRADUATING CLASS OF 2023
YAGP FINALS PARTICIPANTS 2023
Springtime Fairy Tale featured dancers from our Upper Division, who performed variations they competed during the 2022-2023 Season. These dancers received top awards at competition regionals and were selected to participate in ADC | IBC & Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) International Ballet Competition Finals. Seven dancers from our Upper Division; as well as, all of our ensembles were invited to participate in YAGP Finals in Tampa, Florida. Stay tuned for updates from Finals this upcoming week (follow on Instagram and Facebook).
This year we received the "Outstanding School" award from YAGP for the sixth consecutive year (2018-2023). We received the prestigious Hope Award & Youth Grand Prix Award (two dancers), which is given to the dancers who, by the consensus of the YAGP jury panel, have exceeded all other dancers in their age division in both the Classical Ballet and Contemporary / Open Dance categories. We also had one participant in ADC | IBC International Ballet Competition Finals, which received 4th Place Overall. We were the only Northern California ballet academy to place in the Top 5 Overall.
Stay tuned for photography and video from the performance.
Onstage & In the Studio
May 28-29: Esmeralda Suite & Gala at Palace of Fine Arts - TICKETS ON SALE
June 5: 3-Week Junior Summer Intensive (ages 8-10)
June 5-23: Summer Camps (ages 5-8)
June 10-August 27: Summer Weekend Classes (ages 3-10)
June 26: 6-Week Summer Intensive (ages 9-18+)
August 5-6: Summer Intensive Performance "Coppelia" at MVCPA
December 15-17: Snow Queen at MVCPA
Congratulations, everyone! We wish we could publicly thank each and every person for their help. From our hearts, thank you!
Together, and with so much gratitude,
Bayer Ballet - Vaganova Center of Excellence
ABOUT BAYER BALLET:
Founded in 2005, Bayer Ballet has gained international recognition for artistic excellence, as an educator of the Vaganova Method and producer of world-class performances.
Bayer Ballet Academy is the Youth America Grand Prix Outstanding School and Nikolay Official Partner School. 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, 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, 2022, 2023), Grand Prix (2020), Youth Grand Prix (2022, 2023), Hope Award (2023), Natalia Makarova Award for Artistry (2022); World Ballet Competition (WBC), Gold Medalist; Prix de Lausanne - 2 participants (2020).
Bayer Ballet Company, the 501(c)3 public charity organization, is dedicated to enhancing the cultural well-being of our community by contributing enriching cultural experiences and equitable accessibility to the art of classical ballet (Vaganova Method), through educational and interactive events and world-class performances.