"The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition and
to guide the child over to important fields for society. Such a school demands from the teacher
that he be a kind of artist in his province."
Albert Einstein
, Out of My Later Years
US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)


class 2013-20141Teaching

Stanko Milov is active as a dance and leadership educator, choreographer, composer and producer. In his 20 years experience as a teacher, Stanko Milov has taught technique, variations, men’s and women’s classes and partnering, choreography and classical pas de deux repertoire. From 1994 to 1999 he was a member of the faculty of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. After coming to Seattle in 1999 to join Pacific Northwest Ballet as a principal dancer, Mr. Milov began teaching on the faculty at Pacific Northwest Ballet School (1999-2014). In 2014, Mr. Milov became the executive director of Global Organization for Arts and Leadership (GOAL), developing cirriculum and teaching lifelong leadership skills through the arts. Mr. Milov has taught master classes at Point Park University, Western Washington University and Cornish College of the Arts, Edmonds Community College and Bellevue College. Also, he has taught in numerous summer courses and schools throughout the United States. Stanko Milov presents numerous performing arts and leadership workshops in the US, where he prepares annually over 300 future leaders through the performing arts. In addition to his choreography Mr. Milov has set various classical variations and pas de deux for the Pacific Northwest Ballet School's showcase performances and various dance programs across the United States. Most recently he choreographed two pieces for the men at PNB School - Tango and Flamenco. Through the years, Mr. Milov’s students have become prominent dancers not only for Pacific Northwest Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, but also are dancing in many major ballet companies in the United States and abroad.

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 Competition and 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 on the Deans Honors List, 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’s methodology expands beyond the technique aspect singularly; instead, we have to understand that the majority of achieving success lies in the mental thinking. Really there is no such a thing as failing, there is only trying again. Keeping a positive outlook is very important because only you can make yourself achieve your goals. I have learned so much this year and will never limit myself in life.”
16 Years Old Student

“Mr. Milov’s methods can be used and utilized to reach any life goal, not just dance. I noticed that the methodology is based around one’s inner competition with themselves. I would share that I am grateful for Mr. Milov’s teachings and his approach to dance as an art form.”
16 Years Old Student

“I have learned from Mr. Milov to be me, and that means to show myself as I wish to be shown; and the only person who can make my technique, performance, and personality get to that place that allows me to be me; is me.  No one can do it for you, only you can, and you set what goals you want to achieve.”
17 Years old Student

“Mr. Milov taught me to present myself in front of other people. I should be proud of what I learned and what I can do.”
17 Years Old Student

“I have learned from Mr. Milov that dance is not only about your physical capabilities, but it’s just as much about your ability to focus and believe in what you are doing.”
16 Years Old Student

“With Mr. Milov I learned to strive towards absolute self-confidence and commitment to every movement. I also learned how to start connecting steps into a cohesive artistic statement, without doubt or second guessing.”
16 Years Old Student

“In Mr. Milov’s class I have learned to be focused, and to believe in myself.”
15 Years Old Student

“Last week, Mr. Milov gave me a wakeup call. He expressed to me that one of the most important parts of being a male dancer is being an artist. He explained how every step and every movement needs to be filled with the emotion and charisma that character requires. As a growing and maturing dancer, I struggle to balance the pursuit of perfect technique with staying true to who I am as an artist. It is a balancing act that I will be trying to perfect until the day I retire.”
15 Years Old Student

“Mr. Milov’s methodology has brought a new aspect to my life as a dancer as well as in everyday life; a new way to look at my life and a better way to live it. I thank Mr. Milov for the passion he puts in as a teacher. You have helped me find out what I am capable of physically, as well as artistically.”
16 Years Old Student

“In Mr. Milov’s class I can always find a deeper concentration that never gives me a negative attitude about my abilities.”
16 Years Old Student

“In Mr. Milov’s class I learned to push myself by using what I have and strengthen what I don’t have. It’s not just about technique; it is more about what you own.”
18 Years Old Professional Division International Student/Spain, Pacific Northwest Ballet School

“In Mr. Milov’s class I have learned that I can always do more than I think I can do. Mr. Milov helps me to reach the best I can be, and push to the extreme by boosting our presence and our expression/feelings rather than just be focused on technical things.”
18 Years Old Professional Division International Student/France, Pacific Northwest Ballet School

“Mr. Milov’s class helps my self-progress as a dancer, artist and technician. He is a teacher who expects everyone’s personal best, and gives enthusiasm. I learned from Mr. Milov that dance is not only physical, but it is just as much mental.”
18 Years Old Professional Division Student, Pacific Northwest Ballet School