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Dutch National Ballet

Dutch National Ballet develops, produces and presents ballet at the highest international level. We aim to reach a wide public and to bring today’s audiences into contact with the beauty and passion of this art form. Come in and be inspired by our spectacle – we promise to give you a warm welcome.

Behind the Scenes

In these videos, you can take a look behind the scenes at Dutch National Ballet. See our principals at their very best, discover how Igone de Jongh prepares her pointe shoes, and take a sneak peak at the Costume and Wig & Make-up departments.

Principal Casey Herd leaves Dutch National Ballet after 8 extraordinary years. Watch the highlights of his career.
The principals of Dutch National Ballet with music of Nine Leaves, 'Remember Execute Forget”.
Have a look at our costume studio.
Watch how wigs are created by our hair and make up department.
The props are made in our own studio in Amsterdam Southeast. There are different studios for wood, metal and paint.
In this video you see the preparations for the classical ballet Giselle; from rehearsals in the studio to the making of wigs, costumes and decor.

Artistic & Musical Staff

Here is an overview of the artistic and musical staff of Dutch National Ballet.

Company & Dancers

Over the past 50 years, Dutch National Ballet has evolved into one of the world's foremost ballet companies. With a unique and wide repertoire, a tradition of innovation, and around 80 dancers from all over the world, the company plays a leading role in Dutch cultural life and beyond.

A rich history

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1947

Françoise Adret

Françoise Adret is head of the Ballet of De Nederlandse Opera (1947-1959).

1948

Ballet der Lage Landen

Mascha ter Weeme founds the Ballet der Lage Landen (1948-1959).