Initial PGF Award: Dance Fellowship, 1997
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 leading roles in George Balanchine's Apollo, Ballet Imperial, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Concerto Barocco, The Four Temperaments, Diamonds, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Serenade, Symphony in C, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Theme and Variations, Stars and Stripes, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Agon and Western Symphony; Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow and The Sleeping Beauty; 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, and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet;
Lynne-Taylor Corbett's The Ballad of You and Me, Mercury and The Quilt; Glen Tetley's The Rite of Spring and Voluntaries; and Hans van Manen's Five Tangos. He originated roles in Donald Byrd's Seven Deadly Sins and Nicolo Fonte's Almost Tango, as well as the role of Escamillo in Kent Stowell's Carmen. Most recently Mr. Milov performed in PNB's premieres of Dancing On The Front Porch of Heaven by Ulysses Dove and Polyphonia by Christopher Wheeldon.
Stanko Milov in George Balanchine's Apollo
Photo by Rex TranterAt Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, under the directorship of Patricia Wilde, Mr. Milov performed leading roles in Ib Andersen's Thyra and 12 Men; 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.
Mr. Milov has performed as a guest artist throughout the United States and also in Japan and was a part of Columbia Artists' performances of Ballet Stars of the USA . In 2005, Mr. Milov performed with Peter Boal and Company. Most recently Stanko Milov was invited to be a part of the effort to unite and build the arts community in Detroit, MI with the Gala performances of Stars of Ballet and Broadway.
Most recently Mr. Milov formed Absolute Ballet, a touring dance company, that had its first performances part of New Orleans Dance Association 2007-2008 Season on May 09-10, 2008 at Dixon Hall in Tulane University.
In addition to his performing career, Mr. Milov is active as a choreographer, composer, and teacher. He has choreographed five pieces set to his own musical compositions: one for Pacific Northwest Ballet School in 2003 and the others for PNB's Choreographers' Showcase in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009. He was a member of the faculty of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and now teaches at Pacific Northwest Ballet School.