5-6 July 2024


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

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Dancers of tomorrow dutch national ballet academy

End-of-year production by the Dutch National Ballet Academy

In 2024, the ballet season comes to a sparkling end with Dancers of Tomorrow, the end-of-year production by the Dutch National Ballet Academy, once again with live accompaniment from Dutch Ballet Orchestra. From the 10 and 11-year-olds who have only just started their training to the young graduating dancers at the start of their professional career, they can all display the very best of their talent in Dancers of Tomorrow.

Photo: Altin Kaftira

End-of-year production by the Dutch National Ballet Academy

This year too, the pupils and students, and the special talents who have joined Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company as part of their studies, are presenting an extremely varied programme. Besides excerpts from classical ballets, they will be performing works by various leading contemporary choreographers and some new works created especially for them.


Leading international academy

The Dutch National Ballet Academy is one of the leading international classical ballet academies and is also the only Dutch dance academy to be affiliated directly with Dutch National Ballet. Now more than ever before, pupils and students of the Dutch National Ballet Academy are performing in the full-length productions by Dutch National Ballet. The students also get the opportunity to train with the company. And the other way round, many dancers from Dutch National Ballet give classes at the academy. Ernst Meisner, artistic director of the Dutch National Ballet Academy (and artistic coordinator of the Junior Company) says, “All these factors mean that our academy is very interesting not just to talented Dutch dancers, but also to remarkable young dancers from abroad, some of whom have distinguished themselves at international ballet competitions.”


Stars of the future

Dancers of Tomorrow is therefore not just a sparkling, enchanting performance by the youngest generation of dancers, but also an opportunity to become acquainted with the stars of the future. And it all comes with the added attraction of the big stage of Dutch National Opera & Ballet, with live accompaniment from Dutch Ballet Orchestra!


Various choreographers

Musical accompaniment  Dutch Ballet Orchestra


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‘The standard of the whole performance was very high and inspiring (...) the academy staff and teachers must be very proud of this generation of ‘dancers of tomorrow’’


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Dutch Ballet Orchestra

Dutch Ballet Orchestra’s mission is ‘to inspire movement in dance’. Since its inception in 1965, the orchestra has been the proud musical partner of Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. In every performance, the orchestra searches for inspiring synergy between music and dance, in order to give the audience a magical experience.

Dutch Ballet Orchestra

Led by principal conductor Matthew Rowe, Dutch Ballet Orchestra is the leading orchestra for dance in the Netherlands. The orchestra accompanies performances ranging from traditional ballet to modern dance, alongside its activities in music education and talent development.

Besides performances with Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater, Dutch Ballet Orchestra has a long tradition of innovative – and award-winning – family performances. For instance, Creatures (in collaboration with ISH Dance Collective) received the international Young Audiences Music Award, and the production Hansel and Gretel (in collaboration with Orkater) won various Musical Awards. In these productions, the musicians play from memory, without a conductor and in costumes, so that they form an integral part of the performance.

And finally, Dutch Ballet Orchestra has a long-term partnership with the Dutch National Ballet Academy. They are therefore involved in the music curriculum for pupils and students, facilitate student visits to orchestra rehearsals and provide music for the academy’s end-of-year performance, where possible.

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