Brett Bauer began life in Berkeley, California but grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. At the age of 13 he left home to train in Toronto Canada after being accepted to the National Ballet School as a year round student. He spent 3 years there, followed by a year of training at the Kirov Academy in Washington, DC. Brett then toured with Suzanne Farrell in the fall of 2001, and finally spent a post high school year training with the San Francisco Ballet School and working with the company.
Mr. Bauer joined the corps de ballet of San Francisco for the 2002 season. During his tenure at SFB he perform numerous ensemble and principal rules in ballets by: Sir Frederick Ashton, Stanton Welch, Christopher Wheeldon, Helgi Tomasson, Mikhail Fokine, Roland Petite, John Neumeier, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Peter Martins, Jerome Robbins, and George Balanchine. In addition he enjoyed performing with the company in Athens, Paris, London, Shanghai, and Beijing as well as appearing in the PBS special of the Nutcracker in the Arabian trio.
In 2010 Mr. Bauer moved his talents to Portland Oregon for the opportunity to work with Christopher Stowell at Oregon Ballet Theatre. He joined as a soloist, but was promoted to principal at the end of the his first season. He enjoyed starring in lead roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Square Dance, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Giselle among others. He traveled with the company to Korea as well as performing throughout Oregon and Washington. In June 2013 he performed at the Kennedy Center representing OBT for the "Ballet Across America" festival in a piece choreographed by James Kudelka.
Brett joined Silicon Valley Ballet as their newest principal dancer in 2015. Before the sudden closing of the company, he had the privilege of performing Albrecht for the American premier of Alicia Alonso's Giselle. Brett continues to teach and coach with Los Gatos Ballet, as well as other schools in the bay area, and loves sharing his experience to help bring ballet wholly into the 21st century. Mr. Bauer has also recently become a trainer at Active Care physical therapy clinic in San Francisco. He enjoys being able to assist others with their recovery and support their overall physical and mental well being. His natural curiosity, humor, integrity and vision keep Brett engaged and engaging to be around in whatever he pursues.