Ernst Meisner, artistic director of the Dutch National Ballet Academy and artistic coordinator of the Junior Company of Dutch National Ballet, is this year’s winner of the Special Prize of Dansersfonds'79. According to the jury, he makes an enormous contribution to talent development within academic dance and excels in the field of 'great expertise and tireless work ethic and enthusiasm'.
This year, the Dansersfonds jury consisted of Dansersfonds founders Han Ebbelaar and Alexandria Radius and Ine Rietstap, Marian Sarstädt and Karin Schnabel. The awards will be presented on 15 November, during the Dutch Ballet Gala in DeLaMar in Amsterdam, in the presence of King Willem-Alexander and Princess Beatrix.
The Dansersfonds'79 awards
The Dansersfonds has been supporting Dutch Dansers for over forty years, with, among other things, incentive prizes and achievement awards. They are the longest existing Dutch dance awards, established in 1979 at the initiative of the founders of the Dansersfonds: Han Ebbelaar and Alexandra Radius.