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The Company

Artistic Director of International Ballet Theatre, The Eastside's Premiere Ballet Company

International Ballet Theatre (IBT) was founded in 2001 by artistic director, Vera Altunina, a world-renowned choreographer and balletmaster from St. Petersburg State Academic Conservatory by Rimsky-Korsakov, Russia.

About IBT

Committed to the preservation of classical ballet repertoire by presenting authentic productions that reflect traditional as well as original choreography, IBT stands as the premiere ballet company of the Eastside. Featuring elegant costumes, vivid sets, and a touch of magic, all performances are richly entertaining for audiences of all ages. Combined with beautiful performances by guest artists from the world's leading ballet companies, such as the Royal Ballet, The Mariinsky Theatre, Houston Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet, our productions are revered by audiences as some of the best in the Northwest. 


Our mission is to enrich the lives of children and adults in our community with performances that inspire imagination and an appreciation of the performing arts through the creativity and beauty of dance. We constantly strive to achieve a level of quality and beauty that is necessary for such art to flourish. When merged with our core philosophy of family, our productions provide entertainment and cultural enrichment that the entire family can enjoy and cherish. Adding in a sophisticated repertoire, IBT productions are able to connect with an audience in a way that few companies can achieve.

IBT Board of Directors

Anatoli Kucher | Executive Chairman and IBT Producer

Vera Altunina | Chairman and IBT Artistic Director

IBT Advisory Board Members


Anya Elkun

Sr. Mortgage Loan Officer, Home Trust Financial

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Jared Nieuwenhuis

Deputy Mayor, City of Bellevue


Joe Ollis

Smartcap, Co-founder and COO 

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Russ Plenkin

Manager, Umpqua Bank

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Bambo Sofola

Emerging Markets Team for XBOX Microsoft Corporation

International Ballet Theatre is proud and honored to have some of the East side's finest citizens and business people supporting all of their efforts to preserve the art of dance.

IBT Staff

Artistic Director – Vera Altunina

Producer/General Manager – Anatoli Kucher

Assistant Artistic Director – Francois Serre y Berga

Volunteer Coordinator - Shannon Holm

Outreach Coordinator - Eliana Arias-Dotson

Marketing Director/Public Relations – Frank Harlan 

Costume Shop Manager - Maria Razumova

Company Teachers – Le Yin, Stephanie Saland, 

Jerry Tassin, Mark Haim

Print Media - Alison Grevstad

TV Commercials – John Cline | Video Chef

Lighting Director – Kristofer Forrest ​

Photographer – Rex Tranter

Videographer – Yaroslav Altunin

Physical Therapist – Bret Swigard, MPT, OCS, CMPT, c. MDT 


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