Isaac Hernández to ENB
Isaac Hernández, who has been a principal with Dutch National Ballet since 2013, will leave the company for guest appearances with London-based English National Ballet.
‘Joining Dutch National Ballet has really changed my life. I feel very lucky to have been given such wonderful opportunities. I’m grateful for the trust placed in me and consider this company one of the best experiences I've had as a professional dancer. The audience have received me with open arms, and every time I went on stage I gave them my all. Their appreciation has meant a lot to me because it always encouraged me to be better; better for them and better for myself, but most importantly I felt that together with my coach, partners and the staff, we were taking ballet forward and it was a great feeling to be part of that. It’s with great sadness that I leave a home, but the feeling that made me leave behind my country and my family is now prompting me to leave the company. I’ve always encouraged people to live a life worth remembering, to pursue their dreams and to make them reality, and I want to stay true to that. I understand the limitation that time imposes on a dancer’s career and I want to take every opportunity I have to continue to explore, because that’s the only way to discover things’.
The Mexican dancer is regarded internationally as a great talent. He joined San Francisco Ballet in 2008, where he became a soloist in 2010. His first appearance with Dutch National Ballet was in The Sleeping Beauty, in the 2012-2013 season.
Hernández was awarded gold at the USA International Ballet Competition 2008, bronze and a special mention at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 2005 and first place at the International Ballet Competition in Cuba in 2004.