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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Winter Fairy Tale Reviewed in Mountain View Voice

The editor of the Mountain View Voice published a kind review after the BBA Winter Tale performance at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (in both the print and online editions)

Bayer Ballet Academy presents - a WINTER FAIRY TALE!

in the World Famous Russian Ballet Style
December 20, 2009

Mountain View Center for The Performing Arts
500 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
Phone: (650) 903-6000
Tickets: $33 Adults; $28 Seniors/Children (12 & under)
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Bayer Ballet Academy presents -  a WINTER FAIRY TALE!

See a wizard bring to life a touching fairy tale full of magic, beauty, and intrigue. With spectacular costumes, special effects, and technical precision of movement set to the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, this is a superb holiday experience for all ages in the world famous Russian Ballet style.

On a snowy evening, the Queen of Bats' kidnapping of a little bunny disrupts the forest creatures' Wintertime celebration. With the help of the wizard and a beautiful Rose Maiden, the bunny is restored to its family. Santa, the Snow Maiden and an enchanting Fairy treat you to the magical finale of an exquisite celebration that includes joyful Spanish dancers, bright Chinese dolls, and other characters from treasured fairy tales who come alive to help celebrate the bunny's return. A stunning "Pas de deux: Sugar Plum Fairy and a Cavalier" performed by guest dancers, principals of the San Jose Ballet Company, as well as the beloved "Waltz of the Flowers" from the "Nutcracker" help make this evening magically special.

International Dance Star Maria Kochetkova to Share Secrets with Local Ballet Students

Bayer Ballet Academy
Dance studio address:
4600 El Camino Real, Ste. 106
Los Altos, CA 94022
(650) 917-9971

MEDIA RELEASE    DATE: October 23rd, 2009   

International Dance Star Maria Kochetkova to Share Secrets with Local Ballet Students

What:     Meet Prima Ballerina Maria Kochetkova, Principal of the SF Ballet and 2009 Gold Medal (solo) Winner of the NBC show "Superstars of Dance."

When:     Sunday, November 1st, 2009, 6pm - 8pm

Where:     Bayer Ballet Academy, School of Russian Ballet
    4600 El Camino Real, Ste. 106
    Los Altos, CA 94022
    Near the intersection of San Antonio and El Camino in Los Altos at the border with Mountain View and Palo Alto
    Entrance and parking behind the building.

Who:     Students of the Bayer Ballet Academy and any other ballet lovers who can squeeze into the studio will get a chance to quiz international ballet star Maria Kochetkova,the gold medalist of NBC series Superstars of Dance (2009), winner of numerous international awards and a principal dancer of the SF Ballet.

Story lines:

* Internationally known & fast rising ballet star takes a time out to talk with dancers at one of the area's fastest rising ballet schools.

* Movie clips and documentary footage of Ms Kochetkova's roles will be screened. What is it like to dance the roles that every girl dreams of dancing with world famous ballet companies?

(Ms Kochetkova has danced title roles in Giselle, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Kitri in Don Quixote, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and the title role in Alice in Wonderland, and more.)

* Mid-peninsula studio, home to a vibrant, growing community of practitioners of the Russian Ballet style (Vaganova method), welcomes former Bolshoi star, now star of SF Ballet and winner of numerous international awards to their Los Altos studio.

About Ms Kochetkova
Born in Moscow, Maria Kochetkova trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School for eight years before dancing with The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet in London. She joined the San Francisco Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 2007.
personal blog:
SF Ballet:

About the Bayer Ballet Academy
The Bayer Ballet Academy (BBA) was founded by Inna Bayer in 2005 to implement the famous Vaganova method for the instruction of classical ballet. Bayer, a seasoned professional ballet mistress with extensive teaching experience in Russia, the Ukraine, Israel and the USA led the school through significant growth in just four years. Ms Bayer's students have demonstrated exceptional results. Our 2009 Winter show received an enthusiastic response from its audience of over 500.

Students range from age three through pre-professional level. For those interested in pursuing dance careers or those for whom classical training is an end in itself the Bayer Ballet Academy offers an excellent ballet training in a warm and friendly environment. Special attention is given to develop each individual child by focusing on their special strengths and talents. The school produces two shows staged at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts each year one in the Winter and one in the Spring.

Inna Bayer, ballet mistress, (415) 407-9811,  email: inna@
Caryn Coleman, parent volunteer, mobile: (650) 868 9426, email: caryn@

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This event was the first in a series of "Meet the Stars" organized by Inna Bayer for students of the Bayer Ballet Academy.

Maria Kochetkova's website writing about her visit.