Ernst Meisner

Choreographer and artistic coordinator Junior Company

Ernst Meisner is choreographer and since 2013 the artistic coordinator of Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company. He danced with The Royal Ballet and Dutch National Ballet.

During his dance carrier Meisner started choreographing. Since joining Dutch National Ballet, he has choreographed several works for the company, including And after we were (2011), The little big chest (2011) – a ballet for young children and Saltarello (2012). In 2013 he created Study in Six, to music by Jude Vaclavik, for the New York Choreographic Institute. Furthermore he created dance pieces for dance films made by Crystal Ballet and made the choreography for Bounden, a dance game/App by GameOven Studios. Meisner created Axiom of Choice (2014) for Dutch National Ballet, for the programme Back to Bach, and the duet Merge (2016) for the Holland Festivalprogramme Transatlantic. For the Junior Company of Dutch National Ballet his choreography includes Embers (2013), Lollapalooza (2013) and No Time Before Time (2016). For Made in Amsterdam, danced by Dutch National Ballet,  he created In Transit (2017) and in 2018 Impermanence premiered. Together with Marco Gerris (ISH), he also created an acclaimed 'hip-hop meets ballet' performance, a co-production of Dutch National Ballet and ISH: Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2015). In 2018 the imaginative GRIMM followed from this same collaboration.


  • 1999, Eurovision Grand Prix for Young Dancers, representing the Netherlands
  • 1999, Incentive Award, Dansersfonds '79