Stanko Milov Stanko Milov


Stanko Milov

Princess Grace Award:
Dance Fellowship, 1997

Founder, Executive Director
Global Organization for Arts and Leadership (GOAL)

Educator, Stage Director, Choreographer, Composer, Lyricist, Playwright, Producer


Master of Arts (M.A.)
Management and Leadership
Delta Mu Delta

George Herbert Walker School of Business
Webster University, St. Luis MO

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
Dance and Choreography
Magna cum laude

Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle WA

Associate of Technical Arts (ATA)
Business Technology
Honor Roll
EDCC, Seattle WA

Stanko Milov has 20+ years’ experience as a global leader interdisciplinary artist, starring in over 2,000 critically acclaimed performances throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Mr. Milov joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a principal dancer in 1999 through 2011 and was a principal dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre from 1993-1999, after dancing with the National Theatre for Opera and Ballet in Sofia. He has performed the leading roles in all full length ballets of the classical repertoire and in most important choreographies by George Balanchine; originating roles and working with some of the world’s most sought after contemporary choreographers. Additionally, Mr. Milov is an established dance and leadership educator, choreographer, music composer, visual artist and producer. In 2006, he released a critically acclaimed original piano solos album Heartfelt. In the same year, parallel with his full schedule as a Principal Dancer, Stanko Milov formed and serves as an Artistic/Executive Director of Absolute Ballet with the intent to utilize his passion for the arts, to rejuvenate and inspire enthusiasm for dance. The touring performing group presents established classical and neoclassical works, as well as nurture the creation of new and exciting choreographies.

Mr. Milov’s exemplary performing career is paralleled by his academic pursuits. He graduated with honors from the State Choreographic School in Sofia, receiving numerous awards at international ballet competitions along with the First Place at the Bulgarian National Ballet Competitionand the 1997 Princess Grace Foundation Dance Fellowship Award. Mr. Milov graduated Magna cum laude his Bachelors of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Dance and Choreography from Cornish College of the Arts, and completed a Master of Arts (M.A.) Management and Leadership degree with academic honors from The George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University/St. Luis MO, as a member of Delta Mu Delta International Academic Honor Society in Business. Mr. Milov also has an ATA Business Technology Degree from Edmonds Community College.

Mr. Milov is passionate about designing educational curriculum inspiring transformational leaders through the performing arts. He is the founder and executive director of Global Organization for Arts & Leadership (GOAL) with the mission of growing leaders and deepen community engagement through performing arts. Mr. Milov is a gifted artistic leadership educator and a leader, serving on the faculties of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School (1993-1999) and Pacific Northwest Ballet School (1999-2014). An honors graduate of Webster University and Cornish College of the Arts, Stanko has developed and designed customized curriculum for various dance, leadership, kinesiology, choreography and injury prevention coursework. These interactive leadership centered educational platforms develop and inspire essential leadership skills - Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking & Creativity. Annually, Stanko Milov presents numerous performing arts and leadership workshops in the US, where he prepares future leaders through the performing arts.

Mr Milov is an accomplished and established choreographer with numerous choreographies for dancers of Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts and Bellevue Youth Theatre, Ballet Bellevue and Emerald Ballet Theatre. As a stage director, choreographer, composer, lyricist, playwright and producer for GOAL, Mr. Milov has created the full length original musical productions of Aladdin (2015), How to Survive a Zombies Apocalypse (2015), The Nutcracker Musical (2015), Swan Fairytale Musical (2016), Pinocchio Musical (2016), Once Upon A Crown (2016), Beauty and the Beast (2017) and the full length ballet productions of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker (2014), Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet (2014) and Cinderella (2016). 

Mr. Milov was a visiting dance professor in Cornish College of the Arts, Western Washington University, Point Park University, Bellevue College and taught leadership in the buisiness division of Edmonds Community College.

Mr. Milov is also the recipient of the:

2014 Webster University/George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology Graduate Academic Honors Award
2013 Stephen Covey Tribute Grant/National Society of Leadership and Success
2013 Sono Osato Graduate Studies Grant Scholarship/Career Transition for Dancers
2012 National Excellence in Leadership Award/The National Society of Leadership and Success
2011 Excellence in Leadership and Commitment to the Cornish Student Leadership Council, Cornish College of the Arts
2006 Seattle Times/King 5 News Follow a Leader Award
1997 Princess Grace Foundation Dance Fellowship Award
1992 Bulgarian National Ballet Competition - First Place
1992 International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria – Best Partner Award
1992 Paris International Competition in Paris, France - Finalist
1991 World Ballet Competition in Osaka, Japan – Minoru Ochi Best Young Dancer and Partner Award
1991 Prix De Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland – Philip Morris Sponsorship Award

Stanko Milov’s extensive exemplary artistic leadership experience, expertise and education coupled with his business leadership training enables him to utilize artistic leadership platforms to develop synthesized custom curriculum preparing future global leaders of the 21st Century.


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