Stanko Milov

PNB Principal Dancer

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Stanko Milov © Angela Sterling

Stanko Milov is from Sofia, Bulgaria. He began his training at age eleven at the State Choreographic School in Sofia, where he graduated with honors. Before coming to the United States, he danced with the National Theatre for Opera and Ballet in Bulgaria and won numerous awards at international ballet competitions, including Bulgaria's National Ballet Competition. He was a principal dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, where he was the recipient of a 1997 Princess Grace Foundation Dance Fellowship Award. He joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a principal dancer in 1999.

Mr. Milov has performed as a guest artist in Japan and also in Vancouver, British Columbia, as part of Columbia Artists' Ballet Stars of the USA. In 2005, Mr. Milov performed with Peter Boal and Company.

In addition to his performing career, Mr. Milov is active as a choreographer, composer, and teacher. He has choreographed a number of pieces set to his own musical compositions: one for Pacific Northwest Ballet School in 2003 and others for PNB's annual Choreographers' Showcase. He was a member of the faculty of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and now teaches at Pacific Northwest Ballet School.

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Leading Roles

George Balanchine's Agon, Apollo, Ballet Imperial, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Concerto Barocco, Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, Diamonds, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Serenade, La Sonnambula, Symphony in C, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Theme and Variations, Stars and Stripes, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, La Valse, and Western Symphony; Ulysses Dove's Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven; Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow (Count Danilo) and The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Désiré); Jean-Christophe Maillot's Roméo et Juliette (Paris); Peter Martins' Fearful Symmetries; Vicente Nebrada's Lento a Tempo e Appassionato; Kirk Peterson's Amazed in Burning Dreams; Marius Petipa's Le Corsaire Pas de Trois, Don Quixote, and Paquita; Jerome Robbins' In the Night; Kent Stowell's Carmina Burana, Cinderella, Delicate Balance, Hail to the Conquering Hero, Nutcracker, Pas de Deux Campagnolo, Silver Lining, Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried), and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (Romeo); Lynne-Taylor Corbett's The Ballad of You and Me, Mercury, and The Quilt; Glen Tetley's The Rite of Spring and Voluntaries; Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs; Hans van Manen's Five Tangos; and Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia.

Originated Leading Roles: Donald Byrd's Seven Deadly Sins, Nicolo Fonte's Almost Tango, Benjamin Millepied's 3 Movements, Twyla Tharp's Afternoon Ball and Opus 111, as well as the role of Escamillo in Kent Stowell's Carmen.

At Pittburgh Ballet Theatre, under the directorship of Patricia Wilde, Mr. Milov performed leading roles in Ib Anderson's Thyra and 12 Men; George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, Jewels, The Nutcracker, and Scotch Symphony; Jyri Kylian's Return to the Strange Land; and Bruce Wells' Romeo and Juliet, among others.

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