ABOUT

“Katherine Barkman represents
excellence in every way.”

Garry Trinder
Jury President, 2015 Asian Grand Prix

“Katherine Barkman represents
excellence in every way.”

Garry Trinder
Jury President, 2015 Asian Grand Prix

As the Black Swan, partnered by Joseph Phillips, in the full-length production of Swan Lake with the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet in Melbourne.

Performing a variation from Giselle at the 2016 Asian Grand Prix winners’ gala in Hong Kong.

A jubilant Kitri, with Mikhail Martynyuk as Basilio, in Ballet Manila’s full-length production of Don Quixote.

Katherine Barkman joined The Washington Ballet in October 2018, soon after winning consecutive Silver Medals from two of the world’s most prestigious ballet Olympiads — the XI USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and the XXVIII Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria.

Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she moved to the Philippines in 2015 and began her professional career as a principal dancer of Ballet Manila, one of the most eminent classical ballet companies in Asia. At 18, she was the youngest artist to assume this position with the company.

Since then, Barkman has debuted in the classical roles of Odette/ Odile in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote, Giselle in Giselle, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Nikiya in La Bayadere, and Medora in Le Corsaire. She has also performed the lead in popular masterpieces such as Grand Pas Classique, The Dying Swan, Paquita, and Balanchine’s Tarantella,  as well as in the world premiere of contemporary choreographies by Simon Hoy (The Distance Between), Martin Lawrance (Rebel, Aria), Ernest Mandap (The Woman Who Wants to Speak with the Wind), and Augustus Damian III (KBJP).

Her other major awards from international competitions include: Grand Prix Cup, 2015 Asian Grand Prix (Hong Kong); Gold Medal, Senior Women’s Classical Division, 2015 Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (New Orleans, USA); Gold Medal, Senior Women’s Classical Division and Bronze Medal, Senior Women’s Contemporary, 2015 TANZOLYMP Festival (Berlin, Germany), and Bronze Medal, 2015 Concorso Internazionale di Danza (Spoleto, Italy).

As an international guest principal, Barkman has participated in festivals, gala performances, and full-length productions in Russia, Latvia, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, and across the United States.

As the Black Swan, partnered by Joseph Phillips, in the full-length production of Swan Lake with the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet in Melbourne.

Katherine Elizabeth Barkman is an American ballerina who is currently a guest principal dancer for Ballet Manila, one of the most prestigious ballet companies in Southeast Asia, under the artistic directorship of Philippine prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde.

Since joining Ballet Manila in 2015, Barkman has debuted in the classical roles of Odette/ Odile in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote, Giselle in Giselle, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Medora in Le Corsaire. She originated both the roles of Cinderella and Snow White in Ballet Manila’s world premiere performances of these two original productions,  as well as the lead role of Corazon in the world premiere of Martin Lawrance’s Rebel: EDSA 30.

Performing a variation from Giselle at the 2016 Asian Grand Prix winners’ gala in Hong Kong.

Born in New Jersey on December 21, 1996, she spent most of her growing up years in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where she began taking classes at local dance schools while barely three years old.

In 2010, at age 14, she began extensive training with Russian pedagogue, Nadia Pavlenko, a graduate of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg. As a student of Pavlenko, Barkman competed in many regional and international competitions. She received the Gold Medal (Women’s Senior Classical Division) at the 2014 Youth American Grand Prix in Philadelphia, and was a finalist at the 2014 Youth American Grand Prix in New York City.

Also in 2014, she was selected to compete at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, where she placed in the semi-finals.

A jubilant Kitri, with Mikhail Martynyuk as Basilio, in Ballet Manila’s full-length production of Don Quixote.

Before completing her training with Pavlenko, Barkman received the Gold Medal for Classical Variations and the Bronze Medal for Contemporary Dance at the 2015 Tanzolymp in Berlin, Germany, as well as the Gold Medal at the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition that same year. She also took home the Bronze Medal at the 2015 Concorso Internazionale di Danza in Spoleto, Italy.

After joining Ballet Manila, she won the Grand Prize at the 2015 Asian Grand Prix in Hong Kong, as well as a Silver Medal in the Pas de Deux Division.

Since 2016, Barkman has participated as guest principal artist in international festivals, galas, and full-length productions in Latvia, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, the USA, and Russia.