Dutch National Ballet

The Dutch National Ballet (Het Nationale Ballet) is the official and largest ballet company in the Netherlands.


The Dutch National Ballet was formed in 1961 when the Amsterdam Ballet and the Nederlands Ballet merged. The company has been directed by Sonia Gaskell (1961–1969), Rudi van Dantzig (1969–1991), Wayne Eagling (1991–2003) and is currently directed by Ted Brandsen. It attracts many international artists.

The company has been based at the Dutch National Opera & Ballet (formerly known as Het Muziektheater) in Amsterdam since 1986. It is a regular guest at major festivals across Europe, such as the Edinburgh Festival. The company is committed to new choreography and performs work from current and past resident choreographers: Rudi van Dantzig, Toer van Schayk, Hans van Manen, Maguy Marin and Édouard Lock.

On 13 September 2011, the company celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gala performance in the presence of Queen Beatrix.[1]


Below is a list of principals, soloists, grand sujets, and coryphées. [2]



  • Aya Okumura
  • Edo Wijnen
  • Emanouela Merdjanova
  • James Stout
  • Jared Wright
  • Megan Zimny Kaftira
  • Michaela DePrince
  • Nadia Yanowski
  • Roman Artyushkin
  • Semyon Velichko
  • Suzanna Kaic
  • Vera Tsyganova

Grand sujets

  • Anatole Babenko
  • Erica Horwood
  • Floor Eimers
  • Jingjing Mao
  • Maria Chugai
  • Martin Ten Kortenaar
  • Matthew Pawlicki-Sinclair
  • Milena Sidorova
  • Naira Agvanean
  • Samantha Mednick


  • Bruno da Rocha Pereira
  • Krista Ettlinger
  • Jessica Xuan
  • Joseph Massarelli
  • Pascalle Paerel
  • Riho Sakamoto
  • Sebastien Galtier
  • Sem Sjouke
  • Sho Yamada
  • Wolfgang Tietze
  • Yuanyuan Zhang


  1. "Queen Beatrix visits Gala - news - The Dutch National Ballet". Het-ballet.nl. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  2. "Dancers". Dutch National Ballet. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  3. "Cupcakes & Conversation with Jozef Varga, Principal, Dutch National Ballet". Ballet News. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
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