Dancing into 2021 with Gratitude
Updated: Jan 3
"Awakening of Flora Waltz" featuring Bayer Ballet's Pre-Professional Division. Filmed in Bayer Ballet's Outdoor Studios, December 2020
"Holiday Ballet" student choreography, featuring Bayer Ballet's Juniors Level 6. Filmed in Bayer Ballet's Outdoor Studios, December 2020
Happy New Year to our dear supporters:
I hope you, your family, and friends have fared well throughout this unprecedented year. I enter this New Year with sincere gratitude to you. More than ever the prayers, gifts, flowers and notes of support have lifted my spirits and given me strength. Throughout this pandemic, I have strived to be resilient and promote this same resiliency to our students and staff, as we all fight the fatigue that comes with the prolonged and ever-challenging regulations associated with COVID19. With the required separation of the times, the support within our community is invaluable, and I will forever be grateful to all of you who have made the special effort to let me know you appreciate all that is being done. Bayer Ballet has survived 2020. As I reflect on the past year, I know that we have grown stronger and more resilient through these challenges. Looking back, 2020 started with such excitement and accomplishments with our graduating senior dancers receiving acceptance letters to colleges such as Harvard, UC Berkeley, NYU, Pratt, the University of Washington; as well as, a contract to a professional dance career. The Academy was once again recognized as the “Outstanding School” by the Youth America Grand Prix, the world’s largest global network of dance, and our students took home many top awards including the Grand Prix in the senior age division and first place in both Classical and Contemporary categories. We continued to see our students thrive as they advance in their craft and careers. Bayer Ballet students continued to place at the highest levels of national and international competitions (most notably, of only seven female dancers selected from the US for the Prix De Lausanne — considered the Olympic Games for young dancers — two were from Bayer Ballet). Then, in March 2020, we were forced to transition all of our classes to Zoom. This required purchasing additional computers, large screen televisions, zoom accounts, upgrading the internet service and IT equipment, and providing the training needed for staff to transition to teaching classes online. We immediately began formulating a plan for a safe return to studios. This was a huge investment - building covered, and heated outdoor studios and stages with raised floors and outfitting each indoor studio with large monitors, cameras, and tripods. Ultimately, this setup will provide a long-term, sustainable, and flexible training and performing space, which will allow us to adapt to changes in COVID tiers. When I understood the severity and longevity of the consequences of COVID, I had no hesitation in making the investment described above. I know that at Bayer Ballet we are teaching more than dancing. The etiquette of a ballet class, demanding schedule, and curriculum requires focus, dedication, and hard work. For Bayer Ballet students, discipline is a rewarding powerful tool. Ballet develops discipline, responsibility, organizational skills, work ethic, and cooperation - the qualities that inform every facet of life. The experience harnessed during ballet education is an asset on every professional and personal path our students choose to take. I believe dance education is essential for developing all-around wholesome individuals and should be accessible, encouraged, and supported. Together, we will discover the beauty, promote dedication and hard work, and encourage our students to be world-class professionals in whatever profession they choose. Today, I wholeheartedly want to thank you for helping me keep alive the art of teaching classical ballet using the Russian Vaganova technique. Our work will be paying dividends in human potential, as it brings art into the lives of our children and the community. I thank God every day for blessing me with such a wonderfully supportive community. With sincere gratitude, Inna Bayer Artistic Director Bayer Ballet - Vaganova Center of Excellence
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BAYER BALLET Bayer Ballet has quickly established itself as a reputable dance institution in the 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. Bayer Ballet Company , 501(c)3 was formed in 2008 to serve as a community service organization, committed to providing accessibility to the art and culture of the Vaganova method of classical ballet. Our mission is to enhance the cultural well-being of our community by creating equitable accessibility to the Vaganova method through educational and interactive events and world-class performances, which expose and explore the intricacies of this method. RECENT HONORS: Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Outstanding School (2018, 2019, 2020) , Grand Prix, Best Ensemble, Outstanding Teacher - Inna Bayer; World Ballet Competition (WBC), Gold Medalist; American Dance Awards (ADA), Choreographer of the Year - Inna Bayer; Prix de Lausanne (2 dancers) 2020; YoungArts Finalist Winner.