The ballet company Bayerisches Staatsballett (Bavarian State Ballet) in Munich, Germany, was founded in 1988 by Konstanze Vernon as an independent company. It had previously been part of the Bayerische Staatsoper. In a broader sense, Bavarian State Ballet is sometimes used for the Bavarian State Opera Ballet before 1988. Vernon was the director of the independent company for the first 10 years, succeeded by Ivan Li?ka. Since 2016, Igor Zelensky is director of the ballet. The company is formed by international dancers and has a repertory of more than 80 works from Romantic ballet to the 21st century. It is considered as a leading company in Europe.