Guest Principal Dancers
Mrs. Kateryna Kukhar was born in Ukraine and studied at the Kiev State Choreographic School, earning herself a highly distinguished diploma. Mrs. Kukhar then attended the Kyiv National I.K. Karpenko-Karyi University of Theatre, Cinema, and Television, acquiring a Master’s Degree in Theatrical Arts.
Mrs. Kukhar became a soloist of the National Opera of Ukraine and was promoted to Prima Ballerina of the company. She has represented the company in this position for nineteen years. During her incredible career, she has performed in over 1,700 productions and numerous international tours with the National Opera of Ukraine, as well as many other leading ballet companies throughout the world. Ms. Kukhar has nearly performed the entire company’s repertoire to include countless highly recognizable roles.
In addition to her fine education, many awards, and honors, as well as her regular company performances, Ms. Kukhar has participated in numerous International Festivals and Galas all around the world as a principal dancer and master instructor.
Ms. Kukhar has been an honorary member of many international competitions all over the world as a master instructor and as an adjudicator.
A crowning moment to her beautifully magnificent career came in 2004 when by the decree of the president of Ukraine, Ms. Kukhar was awarded the title “Honored Artist of Ukraine”. Another great honor came in 2017 when she was awarded the Princess Olga Prize Pride of Ukraine.
Mr. Alexander Stoianov was born in Ukraine and was invited into the Kiev State Choreographic School in 1998 where he studied for seven years, earning high honors at his graduation. Mr. Stoianov attended the Kyiv National I.K. Karpenko-Karyi University of Theatre, Cinema, and Television, acquiring a Master’s Degree in Theatrical Arts. In addition, he attended the Ukrainian State University of Finance and International Trade where he earned another Master’s degree in Financial and Economic Security Management.
In 2006, Alexander became a soloist of the National Opera of Ukraine. In that same year, he was invited to dance as a guest with the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. While he was there, he earned a diploma at the Vaganova Prix Ballet Competition in Russia. In 2007, Alexander placed 3rd at the Premio Roma competition in Italy. In 2010, in that same competition, he won 2nd place. In 2009, Alexander received a diploma from the Moscow International Ballet Competition in Russia. In 2011, he placed 2nd at the Serzha Lifarya Competition in Donetsk.
In addition to his fine education, many awards, and honors, as well as his regular company performances, Alexander has repeatedly participated in numerous International Festivals and Galas all around the world as a principal dancer and master instructor. He also served as an honorary member of the juries of numerous international competitions such as Tanzolymp, Seoul International Dance Competition, All-Ukrainian Dance Assembly.
Alexander has continued dancing with the National Opera of Ukraine, becoming a principal dancer with the company in 2013, and has performed the leading roles of almost the entire company repertoire.
A crowning moment to his beautifully magnificent career came in 2019 when, by the decree of the President of Ukraine, Alexander was awarded the title, Honored Artist of Ukraine. In June of the same year, a gala in his honor was held to celebrate 10 years of performing in which select acts were presented from the ballets, Carmen Suite and Scheherazade.
Addison Barnard was born in California and at the age of 3, she began to take her first ballet classes. She continued her study of ballet while also taking classes in Jazz, Contemporary, Ballroom, Latin, and Modern. After her acceptance into the International Ballet Academy in 2020, she began classes in the Pre-Professional Division. While participating in the International Ballet Academy’s 2021 Summer Intensive, she was invited to join the Professional Division. Since then, Addison has participated in productions such as The Nutcracker and Alice in Wonderland and is looking forward to more performances. This is Addison’s third year with the International Ballet Academy and her second year as a member of the Professional Division.
Georgia Bilodeau was born in Summit, New Jersey. At the age of 3, she moved to Redmond, Washington where she attended her first ballet class. She continued to dance recreationally until the age of 11 when she attended the International Ballet Academy’s summer intensive for the first time. After falling in love with IBA’s exceptional staff and community, she decided to join the International Ballet Academy’s full-year program. Since joining IBA, she has performed with the International Ballet Theatre in the Nutcracker, the Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Best of IBT and Stars of Tomorrow. Georgia studied for two years in IBA’s Preparatory Program before being accepted into the Pre-Professional Program. This will be Georgia’s fifth year with the International Ballet Academy and her second year as a member of the Professional Division.
Libby Croker fell in love with dancing when she started at the age of 3. As her family traveled around the world, Libby attended several different schools but received the majority of her training at the National Capital Ballet School in Canberra, Australia. In 2018, Libby was accepted into the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s summer program, where she was invited and decided to stay in their year-round program from the Winter of 2018 to the Summer of 2019. Although invited to stay to finish her studies at the academy, she decided to defer, as her family had moved overseas to Seattle, WA and she wanted to be closer to home. Libby began her journey with IBA in 2020, and since joining she has received top 12 at YAGP for classical in 2021, competed at ADC-IBC in Seattle and in Germany for Tanzolymp in 2022. For the summer of 2022 Libby attended the English National Ballet Schools 4 week summer program. This will be Libby’s fourth year in the company and as a professional division student in the school.
Born in Russia, Natan grew up in Seattle, where at age six, he decided to pursue the study of ballet after seeing IBT's production of The Nutcracker. He has trained with the International Ballet Theatre, Ballet Fantastique, Emerald Ballet Theatre of Bellevue, Spectrum Dance Theater of Seattle, Olympic Ballet, and as well as under the mentorship of Mr. Marco Carrabba.
Natan has attended Summer Intensive Programs at the Portland Festival Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Eugene Ballet, OKC Ballet, and Spectrum Dance Theater, as well as at IBT. Most recently, he finished an apprenticeship with Ballet Fantastique's productions and collaborations in Eugene, Oregon. He is excited to perform with The International Ballet Theatre this season. He has performed with countless ballets with IBT, including Dracula, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, The Jungle Book, and Giselle.
“I wish to tribute the late Mr. John Magnus, for refocusing my energy and for teaching me and many others the ideology and physical embodiment of ballet as an art.”
Sofiya Monastyrska was born in Yokohama, Japan. And she began her dance journey at the age of 2 while residing in Germany. She continued practicing ballet as she moved to Bellevue, Washington and that is when she discovered the International Ballet Academy. IBA opened Sofiya to the world of dance and the many opportunities it can bring. That is when Sofiya transitioned to Rhythmic Gymnastics for 4 years. During that time she attended three National Championships and even the Junior Olympics at which she placed 5th overall in her level. After her journey with Rhythmic Gymnastics came to an end Sofiya came back to IBA to continue her dance and ballet career. Now, this will be Sofiya’s 3rd year with the academy and her 2nd year in the Professional Program.
Faith Delamarter has been dancing since the age of 3 when she began taking creative movement lessons at her local community center. At around 6 years old, she began taking recreational ballet classes at the Washington School of Dance, where she stayed for 6 years, performing in their yearly shows of the Nutcracker. After finishing elementary school, she realized she wanted to take dance more seriously. In the 6th grade, Faith began attending the International Ballet Academy, where she quickly discovered a love for professional ballet. Since joining the academy, Faith has performed in many shows, including The Nutcracker, Jungle Book, Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Best of IBT, and Stars of Tomorrow. This season marks Faith's 7th and final year at IBT.
Anita Peng was born in Sichuan, China. She first started dancing when she was 4, studying traditional Chinese dance. When she moved to Seattle, Washington at 8 years old, she began taking ballet classes at Pacific Northwest Ballet. At 12 years old, she auditioned and joined the International Ballet Academy’s full-year program. After experiencing IBA’s loving and passionate community during her first year here, she joined the Pre-Professional program for three years. Since joining IBA, she has performed in shows such as The Nutcracker, the Wizard of OZ, and the Stars of Tomorrow. Anita has attended numerous summer intensives such as Ellison Ballet in New York this passing summer. She has also competed in several competitions since joining IBA, such as YAGP and ADC IBC. This is Anita’s fifth year with the International Ballet Academy and her first year as a member of the Professional Division.
Aubrey Seitz was born in Tualatin, Oregon. At the age of 4, she participated in a summer children's program at Oregon Ballet Theatre and fell in love with dance. After dancing with the Oregon Ballet Theatre for several years and taking part in some of their productions, Aubrey moved to Orlando, Florida where she started dancing with the Orlando Ballet School for 4 years. At the age of 10, Aubrey moved with her family to Seattle and continued dancing. After participating in multiple International Ballet Academy summer intensives, she decided to join their year-long program in 2021. After 6 months, she was invited into their pre-professional division and participated in productions of the Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Best of IBT, and Stars of Tomorrow performances. This year is her first year in the professional division.