About the National Ballet Academy

The Dutch National Ballet Academy (NBA) led by artistic director Jean-Yves Esquerre is the affiliated school of the undefinedDutch National Ballet and the Dutch National Ballet Junior Company.

Hans van Manen, one of the world’s most influential choreographers and Ted Brandsen, artistic director of the Dutch National Ballet, respectively hold the positions of Honorary Patron and Artistic Advisor of the National Ballet Academy.

The school comprises: a six-year Pre-School Programme, a seven-year School Programme with academic studies in Dutch, an intensive Pre-Professional Programme with selected Dutch and international students and an After-School Programme offering a large selection of classes.

The faculty of internationally renowned teachers has trained dancers who have now joined many ballet companies worldwide including The Dutch National Ballet, The Royal Ballet, the Nederlands Dans Theater, the National Ballet of Portugal to name a few.

Every year, some dancers from the pre-professional programme are invited to join the Junior Company and some continue their professional career with the Dutch National Ballet.

Located in the heart of Amsterdam, centre of the Netherlands’ cultural life, NBA studios are included in the state-of-the-art building of de Theaterschool that offers several full bachelor and master study programmes in performing arts.

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