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.
Ms. Kool began her formal training at the Infinity Ballet Conservatory & Theatre in Apex, NC, with a strong focus on the Russian classical ballet technique. In addition to her dance studies, Ms. Kool began an in-depth study of the pedagogy and syllabus of the Vaganova ballet technique. Under the direction of Professor-Emeritus Peggy Willis-Aarnio, she participated in several international teachers' congresses, and was certified in the instruction of classical ballet for beginner and intermediate level dancers.
Ms. Kool joined the International Ballet Academy & Theatre in 2015, where she graduated out of the Professional Division program. Ms. Kool is a soloist with the International Ballet Theatre, having performed in many productions with the company, to include Giselle, Don Quixote, Dracula, The Nutcracker, The Jungle Book, and several Best of IBT Galas in which she performed lead variations in excerpts from Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Raymonda and more. Ms. Kool also participated in the 2017 Dance Open Festival held in Russia, performing with the International Ballet Theatre at The State Hermitage Museum Theatre. In addition to her own performances, Ms. Kool has become a valued member of the IBA/IBT faculty. She has served as co-choreographer for the IBT Wizard of Oz in 2019 & 2020. She continues to share her knowledge and passion for the precision and artistry of dance with her students at the International Ballet Academy as an instructor of students in the Children's, Primary, Preparatory & Open Class Programs.
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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. She began her journey with IBA in 2020, and since joining Libby has received top 12 at YAGP for classical in 2021. This will be Libby’s third 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.”
Emma Neilson was born in Seattle, Washington. She first started dancing when she was 4, studying Scottish Highland Dance. She danced competitively throughout the greater Northwest until the age of 8, winning numerous medals and awards and passing several medal tests through the Scottish Dance Teachers’ Alliance (SDTA). She then participated in competitive figure skating for several years, and during this time took her very first ballet class. She continued to dance recreationally at Ballet Academy of Performing Arts (BAPA) and Haven Dance Academy until graduation. After graduating from both high school and Shoreline Community College with her Associate’s Degree in Psychology, Emma decided to defer enrollment in a four-year institution to pursue dance instead. At 19, she was accepted to and attended her first summer intensives with the Whitman Summer Dance Lab, Summer at Cornish College for the Arts, and International Ballet Academy’s (IBA’s) Summer Program. After this, she was accepted into IBA’s Pre-Professional Program. This is Emma’s third year at IBA and her second year with the International Ballet Theatre as a member of the Professional Division.
Brigitte Young was born in Seattle, WA. She first started dancing when she was four at Dance Fremont. After attending IBA’s summer intensive at age 13, she joined IBA’s full-year program, where she has since continued to develop her passion for dance. Since joining IBA, Brigitte has performed in shows such as Dracula, The Nutcracker, Stars of Tomorrow, and An Evening of OneAct Ballet. Brigitte has traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to take part in the Dance Open Festivals along with others from IBA. In 2019, Brigitte attended Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s summer intensive in New York. In 2020 Brigitte also competed at YAGP. This is Brigitte’s third year in the Professional Division.
Addison Barnard was born in Santa Cruz, California. At the age of 3, Addison began to take her first ballet classes. She continued her study of ballet while also taking classes in Jazz, Contemporary, Ballroom, Latin, and Modern. At the age of 13, she started taking classes at the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. In November of 2020, Addison moved to Seattle, Washington, and auditioned for the International Ballet Academy. After her acceptance into the program, 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. This is Addison’s second year with the International Ballet Academy and her first 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, and Stars of Tomorrow. Georgia studied for two years in IBA’s Preparatory Program before being accepted into the Pre-Professional Program at the age of 14. This will be Georgia’s fourth year with the International Ballet Academy and her first year as a member of the Professional Division.