Jozef Varga
Photo: Jan Willem Kaldenbach

Jozef Varga

Ballet master

Following his career with the Czech National Ballet in Prague and the Swiss Zürcher Ballett, Jozef Varga (Nové Zámky, Slovakia) joined Dutch National Ballet in 2007, where he immediately received a contract as a principal.

Jozef trained at the Conservatoire for Dance in Bratislava and at the Académie de Danse Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo. He has won awards at several international ballet competitions and was awarded the Alexandra Radius Prize in 2010.

Joseph has danced all the important roles in the classical repertoire and is a much sought-after guest principal at international ballet galas. In 2012, the British magazine Dance Europe listed him in its top hundred of the best dancers in the world. In October 2020, he received a mention in the Critics’ Choice of the same magazine, in the category ‘Outstanding performance by a male dancer’.

After his retirement as a dancer with Dutch National Ballet in 2022, Jozef will remain associated with this company as a ballet master.

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With Dutch National Ballet since: 


Place of birth: 

Nové Zámky (Slovakia)

Career with Dutch National Ballet: 

Principal (2007), Ballet master (2022)

Previously danced with: 

Czech National Ballet (Prague, Czech Republic), Ballett Zürich (Zürich, Switzerland).


Conservatoire for Dance (Bratislava, Slovakia), Académie de Danse Princesse Grace (Monte Carlo, Monaco).


  • 2020: Critics’ Choice, Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer
  • 2012: Dance Europe: top 100 best dancers worldwide
  • 2010: Alexandra Radius Award
  • 1998: Eurocity Danscompetition (Italy), 2nd
  • 1997: International Dance concours (Viena, Austria), 3rd
  • 1997: International Dance concours (Györ, Hungary), 2nd