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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Master Classes with MishaTchoupakov.

Please Join us Saturday anSunday, July 9 and 10, 2016 for Master Classes with MishaTchoupakov.

Saturday Schedule
9:00 - 10:00 (ages 7-9)Classical Ballet Technique
10:00 - 11:30 (ages 10-11)Classical Ballet Technique
11:30 - 12:30  (ages 10-11)Repertoire/Variation Class
1:00 - 2:30 (ages 12-16)Classical Ballet Technique
2:30 - 3:30 (ages 12-16)Repertoire/Variation Class 

Sunday Schedule
9:00 - 10:30 (ages 10-11)Classical Ballet Technique
10:30 - 11:30(ages 10-11)Repertoire/Variation Class
12:00 - 1:30 (ages 12-16)Classical Ballet Technique
1:30 - 2:30  (ages 12-16)Repertoire/Variation Class
Misha Tchoupakov
Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, Misha Tchoupakov performed with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow as well as Colorado Ballet, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Los Angeles Classical Ballet, San Francisco Opera Ballet in the U.S. and Vienna State Opera Ballet in Austria. He also holds an M.F.A. in Dance Pedagogy and Choreography from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography and he had taught for Colorado Ballet, Houston Ballet, Oregon Dance Theatre, State Street Ballet, Ballet Arlington in the U.S., Guangzhou Ballet of
China, Galili Dance in Netherlands, Cluj Opera Ballet and Sibiu Ballet Theatre in Romania, and Cia Brasileira de Ballet and Teatro Municipal do Rio De Janeiro in Brazil, Ballet Nacional Sodre in Uruguay, and Tivoli Ballet Theater in Denmark. He was also on the faculty of the Royal Ballet School, the Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, and the English National Ballet School in the UK and served as Assistant Professor at University of Utah Department of Ballet. Mr. Tchoupakov currently works with YAGP Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition in New York as Rehearsal Director, Judge and Master Teacher and is an internationally renowned guest teacher. He joined the faculty of School of Dance at University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2013 as Assistant Professor. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Free Trial Classes in our Pre-ballet

One week only--June 6-11 

Learn to be strong, beautiful and graceful at Bayer Ballet Academy. Join us for a free trial class in any of the age appropriate ballet levels listed below. 

Class size is limited and reservations are required.

Thursday, May 19, 2016


Bayer Ballet Academy™ presents


Two days only, performances
Saturday, May 28, 2:30 PM
Sunday, May 29, at 6:00 PM

The 2nd performance May 29, will have a small reception in the lobby.
Come celebrate with us!

Springtime Novelettes is comprised of diverse pieces from classical, neoclassical ballet and European character dances. Performed by Bayer Ballet Academy's Pre-Ballet 6 through the Pre-Professional Level students.

Our program includes variations from Copellia, Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, Esmeralda, Swan Lake, Paquita, The Talisman, La Fille Mal Gardée, Sylvia (ou La nymphe de Diane), and more, as well as lively folk-inspired Neopolitian, Spanish and Hungarian (character) dances.

The world of ballet is diverse and capacious with room for both children's dreams and adult inspiration alike. Share our world and experience classical ballet style!
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Oshman Family Jewish Community Center - Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (View)
3921 Fabian Way, Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
Palo Alto, CA 94303
United States

For tickets call Brown Paper tickets 1-800-838-3006
Buy tickets for BBA's Springtime Novelettes Performance

Monday, December 21, 2015

Bayer Ballet Academy recognized as Serious Ballet Education

Serious about ballet

Bayer Ballet Academy presents 'The Snow Queen'

Based in Mountain View, Bayer Ballet Academy offers classical Russian ballet technique in the Vaganova style. Photo by Elena Zabelina.

Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen wasn't known for his cozy bedtime stories. The 19th century author is best remembered for his dark, sometimes downright haunting fairy tales. "The Ugly Duckling" tells the story of a homely little bird who is bullied by the rest of the flock. In "The Little Mermaid," the heroine gives up her life in the sea for human love, only to find that love unrequited. Among the most famous of Andersen's tales is "The Snow Queen," an epic story of good and evil that features an evil troll, a magical mirror, a jealous queen and the innocent children caught in her spell.
This weekend, Bayer Ballet Academy will stage an original dance production of "The Snow Queen" at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Choreographed by the company's director, Ina Bayer, this is the show's second staging; it premiered last year. With "The Snow Queen," Bayer Ballet aims to offer audiences both a refreshing alternative to traditional holiday "Nutcracker" productions and a vision of what can be accomplished through rigorous training and a dedication to high-level artistry.
Founded in 2005 and housed in an unassuming building on Old Middlefield Way in Mountain View, the academy has established itself as a serious training facility for young dancers interested in learning classical ballet in the Vaganova style, a technique named for Russian dancer and educator Agrippina Vaganova. Five years ago, Bayer launched the Bayer Ballet Company, offering her students regular opportunities to perform fully-staged works for the larger community.
One step through the door at Bayer Ballet Academy, and it's clear this is a school that takes its training and performance seriously. Young girls in leotards and tights sit quietly in the lobby, stretching as they wait for their class to begin. Piano music floats in from the studio: technique classes are taught with live accompanists rather than recorded music. In the corner, a standing dress form displays a jeweled corset with a drop waist and full romantic tutu: an example of the costumes for "The Snow Queen," all of which were commissioned especially for this production and custom-sewn in Russia.
"Miss Inna spares no expense when it comes to ensuring a top-quality production," explained parent volunteer Oriana Halevy, whose daughter Karina has been dancing with Bayer Ballet for the past five years.
From the original sets for "The Snow Queen" designed by a Mountain View artist to the recent hire of master teacher and Bolshoi Ballet graduate Ivan Goliandin, and the academy's roster of visiting teachers, including former New York City Ballet principal dancer Stephanie Saland, Bayer has set the bar exceptionally high. She's serious about ballet, yet her passion is as much for artistic expression as it is for technical prowess, and her commitment to quality doesn't seem to weigh heavily on her students. Instead, it seems to motivate them.
"The kids of Silicon Valley deserve the highest quality of ballet, both in class and on stage," the director explained during a break from rehearsal last week. Having trained, performed and taught in Russia, Ukraine and Israel as well as touring internationally, Bayer sees Mountain View as a community that's especially well-equipped to value the training she offers.
"This is a beautiful area full of educated, smart people," she noted. "It's very international, and people here value children's education -- they value serious classes with serious results."
Serious results she has had; among Bayer's current students is Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School eighth-grader Alina Taratorin, a three-time first-place winner at the World Ballet Competition. Taratorin will play the lead role of Gerda in this year's "Snow Queen" production.
Such student achievements are a source of pride, yet they're not the primary goal at the academy, where the majority of students have no intention of pursuing a professional career in dance. Instead, like Los Altos High School freshman Karina Halevy, most students value the training in its own right.
At 5 feet 10 inches tall, Halevy towers above the rest of the girls in her technique class.
"Pirouettes have always been a challenge," she explained. "Every time I find my balance, I grow and have to learn them again." Rather than finding the process discouraging, Halevy described the constant struggle to teach her body to perform the technique properly as "rewarding."
"Ballet has taught me never to give up," she noted. "I never say, 'I can't.' I always say, 'Just give me a little time to get it.'"
Like the Danish author whose stories combine a certain severity with an undeniable magic, Inna Bayer offers an unusual combination of no-nonsense rigor and true warmth. During rehearsal, she stands at the front of the studio calling out both praise and correction as the girls dance. "Beautiful, Anya -- beautiful, Masha!" she shouts. A moment later, she stops the music to demonstrate what she doesn't want to see. Hopping around awkwardly with her head bent forward and her knees jutting out to the sides, she makes the girls giggle. "This is horsey," she says, smiling widely at them. "Don't give me this. Again." The dancers fall quickly back into position, determined to do better.
This year, after many years in what her mother referred to as "wallpaper roles," Halevy will dance the role of the Snow Queen. Performing on stage is the ultimate reward for so many hours of hard work in the studio, Halevy said.
Taratorin agreed. "When I go on stage, I feel a different kind of happy -- an out of the this world happy -- it's glorious."
What: "The Snow Queen," presented by Bayer Ballet Academy
Where: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.
When: Saturday, Dec. 19 and Sunday, Dec. 20, 1 and 6 p.m.
Cost: $40-$50
Info: Go to or, or call 650-903-6000.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 5 pm

An unforgettable performance dedicated to Inna Bayer, the founder of Bayer Ballet Academy™ (BBA™), her students and supporters throughout the years. The evening will feature BBA students, historic film clips and special guests.
Enjoy this tribute to our youth, feel their passion, and celebrate a new sense of freedom and exhilaration as we journey to the past and raise funds for the future.

The Gala Performance features diverse pieces from classical and neoclassical ballet. In it you will experience the explosive joy of European character dances. Then take a journey through a children's playtime adventures, meet characters from classical ballets and see demonstrations of the training that informs the art of ballet storytelling.

Our program includes Contemporary Dance entries, lively folk-inspired Spanish and Italian dances, variations from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beaty, Le Corsair, Esmeralda, Flame of Paris, Raymonda, Coppelia and more.

The world of ballet is diverse and capacious for both children's dreams and adult inspiration alike. Bayer Ballet Company™ has given priceless performance. Share our world and learn some of the secrets—large and small—of creating an experience of this fantastic classical ballet style!

Only one performance—Sunday, June 7, 2015, 5:00 pm at the beautiful Menlo Atherton Center for the Performing Arts
Click Here to visit the Brown Paper Tickets event page.
Menlo-Atherton Center
for Performing Arts
555 Middlefield Rd
Atherton, CA 94027

Little Dancer's Show 2015

A show created to introduce little dancers to the stage, and inspire them to greatness.

Only $10 per ticket Performance will be at the beautiful 
Menlo Atherton Center for the Performing Arts Center
555 Middlefield Road
Atherton, CA

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Master Class with Stephanie Saland
January 24, 2015

Stephanie Saland is now joining the growing list of Master Teachers who have been brought to Mountain View by Inna Bayer in her pursuit to provide the best and most diverse ballet education to her students. Ms. Bayer has hosted many internationally recognized ballet Master teachers from around the world. Inna now has the pleasure of hosting Stephanie Saland. Ms.Saland is an active judge and teacher with the Youth America Grand Prix and a presenter for two International Dance Medicine Conferences.
Ms. Saland’s vast knowledge of all aspects of dance will provide a dance experience not to be forgotten.

  • Level 1-2  9:00-10:00-Technique class
  • Level 3-4  10:00-11:00-Technique class
  • Level 5-6 11:15-12:45-Technique class
  • Level 7 1:15-2:45-Technique class
  • Level 7 2:45-3:45 Repertoire
"...As a dancer, Stephanie Saland inhabited each role bringing to it a glowing life with every step, every gesture. To watch her was to understand what artistry is. As a teacher she is as unparalleled as she was in her dancing. Dance becomes understandable when touched by Stephanie. It also becomes magic."Elizabeth Kaye, Contributing Arts Editor, LA & NY Times

Cost is $30 per class
All Classes will be held at:
Bayer Ballet Academy2028 Old Middlefield Way
Mountain View CA, 94043
Call 650.988.9971