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.
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
CEO of Performing Arts Center of Eastside (PACE) | pacelive.com
Umpqua Bank, Manager of Kirkland/Totem Lake Branch | umpquabank.com
Deputy Mayor, Councilmember, Bellevue City Council | www.JaredForBellevue.com
Smartcap, Co-founder and COO | smartcapgroup.com
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.
Artistic Director – Vera Altunina
Producer/General Manager – Anatoli Kucher
Assistant Artistic Director – Francois Serre y Berga
Marketing Director/Public Relations – Frank Harlan
Costume Shop Manager - Maria Razumova
Company Teachers – Le Yin, Stephanie Saland,
Jerry Tassin, Mark Haim, Alison Epsom
Graphic Designer – Mark Anderson
TV Commercials – John Cline | Video Chef
Lighting Director – Kristofer Forrest
Photographer – Rex Tranter
Videographer – Yaroslav Altunin
Ticket Box Manager- Marla Kerkam
Orthopedist – Dr. Alan S. Woodle, DP
Physical Therapist – Bret Swigard, MPT, OCS, CMPT, c. MDT