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Original post made by Don Frances, Mountain View Voice Editor, on Dec 22, 2009

MY GIRLS HAD a marvelous time at the "Winter Fairy Tale," a kids' ballet put on by Bayer Ballet Academy last Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
Stella, who is almost 6, gripped my arm and beamed when the Santa character showed up. Natalie, who just turned 4, sat transfixed the entire time, not moving a muscle.
The Winter Fairy Tale is a modern knockoff of the Nutcracker Suite, featuring bunnies, foxes, bats — all manner of woodland creatures — and narrated (via recording over the PA system) by a "wizard," actually a dancing teen boy in tuxedo and cape.
The dancers were very young — no one looked older than 15, and some looked almost as young as my girls — but they sure could dance, proving the mettle of Bayer as a real-deal ballet school.
The audience was younger still (resulting in lots of kicked seats and shouted questions, such as ==I Is that a bunny mommy?== which was very cute). And there were plenty of Russians in attendance.
That's fitting, as [Web Link Bayer], located on El Camino Real opposite San Antonio Center, describes itself as a "school of Russian ballet." Founded in 2005 by Inna Bayer ("a seasoned professional ballet mistress"), Bayer Ballet is fast becoming a local institution.
If they put on this show again next year, watch for it, bring your kids, and find out how Santa and the wizard saved the kidnapped bunny from the Queen of Bats.

LESS KID-FRIENDLY was [Web Link SantaCon], a goofy little event during which people bar-hop in Santa outfits.
As such, a couple dozen tipsy Santas rolled into downtown Mountain View last Saturday night around 10 o'clock, via train apparently, and chose, as their first stop, [Web Link Mervyn's Lounge]. Talk about Santa characters showing up.
My source tells me the people at Mervyn's, unused to such wackiness, were not overly pleased to see so many merry old elves invading their space. But the source, herself garbed in Santa attire, smoothed things over with some kind words and a bag of lemons. Good work, [Web Link Santas' helper]!

I'll BE GONE on vacation till Jan. 4, so until then, have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Kwazy Kwanzaa, a Super Solstice and an entirely wonderful New Year.

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Posted by Caryn Coleman
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on Dec 24, 2009 at 10:07 am

We loved it too! My kids are playing "pin the star on the wizard" -- the wizard had a big blue cape and my 3YO even changed his secret password from "Peter Pan" to "Daniel" (the name of the young man who starred in the show.) If there had been two shows we would have gone back for another dose. They also play something called "Eeny Meeny Miney Mo Bat Queen!"

We are lucky enough to have a young (6YO) dancer in the show and will testify that the school is a marvel of discipline and love. My husband photographed the dress rehearsals and while we didn't mean to hang out late into the night with our little ones, the kids refused to go home, preferring the watch the story over and over as the dancers worked to make the transition from the two tiny rooms they usually work in to the magnificent stage of the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. It seems like everything we want our kids to learn is contained in preparing for such a show -- discipline, respect, communication, dedication, hardwork, showmanship, cooperation, etc. - and we feel very lucky indeed.

Not to mention lucky to be in Mountain View where we keep stumbling on spirit, smarts and talent. Our neighborhood doesn't yet have a name but we feel as Johnny Depp's Wonka says to Charlie "just lucky to be here."

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Posted by Ellen Minkin
a resident of another community
on Dec 24, 2009 at 5:39 pm

My friends and family also really liked the Winter Fairytale Ballet.I would recomend going to the next concert. The Bayer Ballet Academy also makes a summer show. The decoractions were very interesting. All the young performers danced beautifully.

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