Ballet Masterclass with Katherine Barkman | February 13 (Saturday), 7pm EST/4pm PST; February 14 (Sunday), 8am Manila
Katherine Barkman of the Washington Ballet is holding a ballet masterclass to help children continue to learn in this time of pandemic.
All funds raised through this masterclass will go to Project ARAL. The Filipino word "aral" translates to "to study" in English. Project ARAL stands for Access to Resources for Alternative Learning. It provides underprivileged youth in the Philippines with Math, Literacy, and Socio Emotional Learning during this time of pandemic. Project ARAL also provides a learning gadget to help these children learn from home.
Sadly, not all Filipino children are in school at this time due to challenges to accessing internet connectivity, electronic gadgets, and for some, electricity.
Your valuable support, including through participating in this masterclass, will help ensure the continued education of children in 2021.
After donating, please expect a confirmation email with the Zoom link to the masterclass within 24 hours.
Donations will be pooled for optimum impact for children and families.
About Katherine Barkman
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 to begin her professional career as a principal dancer with 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, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Nikiya in La Bayadere, Medora in Le Corsaire, Swanilda in Coppelia, as well as the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. She has also performed the principal lead in popular masterpieces such as Grand Pas Classique, The Dying Swan, Paquita, Raymonda, Esmeralda, Satanella, Balanchine’s Tarantella and Allegro Brilliante, as well as Sir Frederick Ashton’s Birthday Offering and Meditation on Thais.
She has performed in the world premiere of contemporary choreographies by Simon Hoy (The Distance Between), Dana Genshaft (Shadowlands), John Heginbotham (Racecar), and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (Delusional Beauty).
Barkman's 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); and Gold Medal, Senior Women’s Classical Division, 2015 TANZOLYMP Festival (Berlin, Germany).
As an international guest principal, she has performed in festivals, galas, and full-length productions in Russia, Latvia, Australia, Canada, Argentina, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and in major cities across the United States.
Since 2019 Katherine has been a faculty member of The Washington School of Ballet.