Timothy van Poucke
Photo: Sebastien Galtier

Timothy van Poucke


Born in Woerden, Timothy van Poucke started his dance training at the age of ten at the Dutch National Ballet Academy. He joined the Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company in 2016, and transferred after a year to the main company, in the rank of élève, at the age of nineteen. In the following years – quite exceptionally – he received promotion in each subsequent year. After his striking performances in the Christmas Gala 2020 (in Wubkje Kuindersma’s Echoes of Tomorrow) and Hans van Manen Variations (in Sarcasmen), artistic director Ted Brandsen promoted him, along with his regular dance partner Salome Leverashvili, to the rank of soloist in March 2021, at the age of 23.

As a pupil of the Dutch National Ballet Academy, Timothy took part in Dutch National Ballet’s big classical productions The Nutcracker and The Mouse King, Swan Lake, Giselle and The Lady of the Camellias, and he went on international tours of the production Cinderella (Hong Kong and London). Along with Leverashvili, he has now danced the main roles in Don Quixote and Romeo and Juliet, among other ballets.

In 2017, Timothy received the Incentive Award from Stichting Dansersfonds ’79. In 2018, he was awarded the Alexandra Radius Award – as the first dancer not yet in the rank of soloist – partly for his excellent interpretation of the role of Basilio in Don Quixote.


With Dutch National Ballet since: 

Place of Birth: 

Career with Dutch National Ballet: 
soloist (2021), grand sujet (2020), coryphée (2019), corps de ballet (2018), élève (2017), Junior Company (2016)

Nationale Balletacademie Amsterdam.

Awards: 2017:

  • 2018: Alexandra Radius Award
  • 2017: Incentive Award Dansersfonds ’79