About BBA

Inna Bayer founded the Bayer Ballet Academy™ (BBA™) in 2005 to teach the Vaganova method of classical ballet instruction to young students on the Peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bayer Ballet Company (BBC) was launched in 2010 by Ms. Bayer to provide serious, pre-professional performance opportunities for her young dancers and a showcase for their unique blend of classical and character dance.

Bayer Ballet Company is a registered 501©(3) non-profit corporation, tax ID 26-3414450.

Ms. Bayer has led the school through significant growth in just a few years. Her students have been accepted into prestigious summer programs, including those of the Kirov and Bolshoi ballet schools as well as the Royal Ballet School in London, England.

Students in the academy 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 BBA™ offers excellent ballet instruction in a warm and friendly environment. Attention is given to develop each child by focusing on its strength and talent. The detail oriented training students receive perfects their posture, poise and deportment.
Bayer Ballet Academy students


Inna Bayer, Artistic DirectorInna Bayer
Artistic Director and Founder of Bayer Ballet Academy™

Inna has more than 13 years of experience as a professional dancer and 15 years of experience as a Ballet Mistress. She graduated Cum Laude from the State Academy of Choreography and Dance in Voronezh, Russia. She has performed as a soloist with Kiev Classical Ballet Theater (Ukraine). During her artistic career, Inna toured in France, Spain, Germany and Poland as a principle dancer. This impressive career both informs her artistic and technical expertise.

Inna began her teaching career at Bat-Dor dance school where she taught Classical and Character Dance in 1992. Later, she moved to the United States to teach the Character Dance at San Francisco Ballet School. From 2000 until the summer of 2007 Inna was Ballet mistress at Westlake School for the Performing Arts (Daly City, CA). During her tenure there she prepared students for many performances including Nutcracker, competitions and recitals. Some pieces that her students tackled were taken from the great classical Repertoire. Her final year included students participating triumphantly in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (Scotland).

In 2002, American Dance Awards named Inna the "Choreographer of the Year" and in 2016 Miss Bayer was awarded, "Outstanding Teacher" at the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) in San Francisco. Her students win first prizes at international and regional competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), International Dance Challenge (IDC), and American Dance Awards.

Inna founded her school in 2005 out of a passion for Ballet. Students will participate in a yearly culminating final performance and community events.

Inna's students from Israel and the United States have danced in European and American professional dance troupes such as: Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), Ballet Israely (Israel), Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (Israel), Scottish Ballet (Scotland), Compania Nacional de Danza (Nacho Duato Artistic Director), State Ballet of Georgia, Alberta Ballet (Canada), Inbal Pinto Dance Company, Austin Ballet, Boston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Smuin Ballet, and more. Clearly excellent instruction in ballet and long years of training as well as participation in performances and competitions serve to develop not only dancers but individuals of good character and academic achievement. Many students, who decide not to pursue dance as a professional career, entered the best colleges and universities.

Bayer Ballet Academy students
Ivan Goliandin, Master Teacher, Ballet, Character DanceIVAN GOLIANDIN
Master Teacher, Ballet, Character Dance

IVAN GOLIANDIN is a graduate of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (Bolshoi Ballet Academy). He began his artistic career as Principal Dancer with the Natalia Satz Musical Theatre (formerly the Moscow State Opera and Ballet Theatre) in Moscow, Russia. There he performed lead roles such as Siegfried in Swan Lake (choreographers M. Petipa/L. Ivanov), Prince in The Nutcracker (V. Vainonen), Meners in Scarlet Sails, Wolf in Little Red Riding Hood, and Prince in Cinderella (B. Ljapajev).

In Italy, for a decade, Ivan performed as a Principal Dancer with the San Carlo Theater Company in Naples. In that capacity, he collaborated with acclaimed choreographers such as R. Nureyev, R. Petit, R. North, M. Sparemblek, R. Nunez, V. Sieni, N. Glushak, F. Monteverdi, R. Fascilla, L. Cannito, among others. Some of his lead roles included Don Escamilo in Carmen (Petit), Spring in Cinderella (Nureyev), Csardas in Pipistrello (Petit), Lenskij in Onegin, Benvoglio in Romeo and Juliet (G. Cranko), First Shining Dancer in Allegro Brilliante (G. Balanchine), English Dancer in Exelsior (U. Dell Ara), Chopiniana in Les Sylphides (M. Fokin), German Official in Amarcord (Cannito), and Pas de trois, Pas de quatre in Swan Lake.

In 2007, Ivan graduated with Honors from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography with a degree in Pedagogy and Choreography. Advanced education, combined with his distinguished artistic career, has made Ivan a sought-after master teacher in Classical, Historical, and Character Dance. To date, he has created fifty or so original choreographies and staged the repertories for various international ballet performances and dance events.

In collaboration with Riccardo Riccardi, Ivan translated in Italian from Russian The School of Russian Ballet: Vaganova Method by V.S. Kostrovitskaja and A.A. Pisarev (Little Library of Arts, Gremese, 2007). This book was chosen by the National Academy of Dance in Rome as a manual for teachers and students.

Ivan is currently on the faculty of Bayer Ballet Academy™ (Mountain View, CA, USA), where he teaches Ballet Technique, Character and Partnering.

Junna Ige, Instructor, BalletJunna Ige
Instructor, Ballet

Miss Ige is a principal dancer with Silicon Valley Ballet. A native of Japan, she began her ballet training at Ecole Yokohama and later joined Japan Junior Ballet and Asami Maki School, both in Japan. In 2004, she received a scholarship from the Japanese government to train abroad for two years at the Hamburg Ballet School. There she performed roles in La fille mal gardee, Romeo and Juliet and Sleeping Beauty.

Upon graduation from the Hamburg Ballet School, she studied at Staatliche Hochschule Fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst Akademie Des Tanzes from 2006–2007. During that season, she received a scholarship and performed roles in Les Sylphides, Iemple Tänzerin, and Romeo and Juliet with Badisches Staatcheatler Karlsruhe. In the summer of 2007, she danced Concert Balocco, Les Sylphides, and Paella for Dancing 4 AIDS Orphans in Yokohama, Japan. This year (2010) she was a finalist in the prestigious USA International Ballet Competition (USAIBC).

Christina Wood, Instructor, BalletChristina Wood
Instructor, Pre Ballet

Christina Wood began dancing at age 3, training at Westlake School of the Performing Arts (WSPA) for 14 years. Under the instruction of Inna Bayer, Malu Rivera-Peoples and Cristina Fargas she rose to the rank of principal dancer, performing various leading roles in ballets, including the Sugar Plum Fairy in the WSPA dance company's "Nutcracker". As a member of WSPA's performance program Christina has performed both locally, nationally and internationally.

She studied in a wide array of dance styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, character, hip-hop, hula and Tahitian styles. A respected dancer among her peers, Christina was voted WSPA's Outstanding Student of the Year in both the Junior and Senior levels. In 2004 Christina was awarded 2nd place for her performance of a contemporary solo at the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP). This same year she was runner up for Dancer of the Year at the American Dance Awards (ADA).

Christina began training to become a dance teacher at age 12 by volunteering as a teacher's aide at WSPA. In the summer of 2006 Christina was hired to teach ballet-tap and hula classes to the younger students at WSPA. While continuing to teach and dance for WSPA Christina attended San Francisco School of the Arts High School. Here she received additional dance training and graduated in 2008. She is currently teaching Tahitian dance at Nemenzo Polynesian Dance Group in Daly City, CA and attending Skyline College, focusing her studies on early childhood development. Christina's repertoire includes variations and excerpts from classical ballets, such as "La Bayadère", "Sleeping Beauty", "Le corsaire", "Don Quixote", "Paquita" and "Nutcracker".

Vadim Rivkin, PianistVadim Rivkin

Vadim was born in Leningrad (presently Saint Petersburg), Russia. Graduated from the Leningrad N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory with a degree in composition, class of S.M. Slonimsky.

From the year 1976 a member of the USSR Composer's Union, currently the Russian Composer's Union.

Since the year 2003 until present resides in United States and teaches music in grades 1–5 in Stratford School.

Christine Wood, Administrative AssistantChristine Wood
Administrative Assistant

Elena Zabelina, Office ManagerElena Zabelina
Office Manager

Guest Teacher

Boris Blankov—Former Chief Teacher of classical ballet in Vaganova Ballet Academy. One of the principal dancers of Kirov (Mariinsky) Ballet Theatre. The winner of All-Union and Moscow International competitions. The Merited Artist of Russian Federation.

As choreographer he has put on stage a number of performances: Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Le Bayadere, Cinderella, Nutcracker and more... Boris Blankov authored five books about famous Russian ballet artists and the history of Russian Ballet. (2014)

Stephanie Saland—born in Brooklyn, New York and entered The School of American Ballet at age 15. Three years later she was invited by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet in time to participate in the historic Stravinsky Festival in 1972. She sustained 21-year career with the company, dancing a major portion of the Balanchine repertoire as well as principal roles in the works of Jerome Robbins... Ms.Saland has also been active as a judge and teacher with the Youth America Grand Prix and as a presenter for two International Dance Medicine Conferences. (2012, 2013)

Gennady Selutzky, Mariinsky Ballet (Kirov Ballet)—Ballet Mister and former Principal Dancer, professor of Academy of Russian Ballet "AJ Vaganova" Sankt-Peterburg, Russia. (2008, 2013)

Margarita Yussim—An internationally renowned teacher whose experience includes 22 years at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. (2010, 2011, 2012)

Olga Semenova—Olga Semenova trained at Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg. She danced at Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre before deciding to become a ballet teacher. After completing four years of teaching/coaching professional courses at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, she received a Diploma (PDTC) with Ditctinction, Diploma MA With Honors. She taught the Junior class and Pre-Graduation class for girls at The Vaganova Ballet Academy. Her former students are dancing in Leading Russian and International ballet companies. (2014)

Elena Shokhina—studied at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St, Petersburg, Russia and achieved status of principal dancer with the St. Petersburg Ballet with whom she traveled all around the world performing various ballets. Until beginning her teaching career 6 years ago. (2013)

Misha Tchupakov—A career has spanning twenty years of diverse experience as a professional dancer with the world’s finest dance companies of Russia, Europe, and the United States after graduating from Moscow State Academy of Choreography and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Misha has been associated with major companies such as the Bolshoi Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, and Sarasota Ballet in both solo and principal roles. In addition to those companies, he has also been both principal and guest artist with many other notable dance companies internationally.

His teaching qualifications stretch over twenty five years of instruction in various dance disciplines with emphasis in ballet technique, pas de deux, and repertoire. Misha has taught technique classes, company classes, and rehearsals as well as staged ⁄ choreographed for leading organizations including the English National Ballet School, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Royal Ballet School of London, Southland Ballet Academy, Los Angeles Ballet Academy, University of Utah, Aoyama Ballet Studio, and Kirchheimbolanden Tanzeschule to name a few.

Besides dancing and teaching, Misha has also been a valued judge, master teacher, choreographer, and juror for respected competitions and festivals including Youth America Grand Prix, Sibiu International Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition, and Regional Dance America.

His former students are now members of companies such as the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Houston Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Het National Ballet, and Zurich Ballet. (2012, 2013)

Lynne Charles—A member of Hamburg Ballet, Bejart Ballet Lausanne, and Ballet National de Marseille Roland Petit. Celebrated Guest Artist with Kirov Ballet, Dresdener Ballet, English National Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Finnish-Ballet, and Malmot Ballet-Sweden. (2009)

Nikoloz Makhateli—His education in dance extends to the highest qualification as Ballet Master Choreographer in Kirov Ballet, St. Petersburg. He obtained a Master’s Degree as Teacher/Repetiteur of Repertoire/Choreographer, and is an expert in the full Vaganova syllabus, the entire Petipa repertory.

He has toured extensively as a principal dancer with Tbilisi’s National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Georgia: France, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia Poland, Australia, Singapore and many others. (2012)

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