The annual Dance Day by Jump, the Dutch National Ballet’s junior fan club, took place in Amsterdam on Saturday 25 June. Almost seventy pupils of the National Ballet Academy, from NBA 1 to 7, joined dancers from Dutch National Ballet in a matinee performance on the big stage of Dutch National Opera & Ballet. They danced the world dance piece choreographed by Iva Lesic, which will also be presented in Dancers of Tomorrow at the beginning of July (see elsewhere in this newsletter). So the premiere of the piece took place at the Jump Dance Day.
The doors of Dutch National Ballet’s ‘home theatre’ at Waterlooplein, in Amsterdam, were opened to all Jump fans on 25 June. More than three hundred children and youngsters signed up for this fifth edition of the Dance Day. They took part in various activities, including workshops on the themes of Coppelia (for groups aged 4-6 and 7-10) and La Bayadère (for groups aged 11-13 and 14+).
In the afternoon, the participants – and their friends and family – watched a performance by dancers from Dutch National Ballet and (for the first time this year) from the National Ballet Academy. The work by Iva Lesic, Traces, takes the audience on a journey from India to Central Europe, through a variety of folk dances and traditional music rhythms. Stripped of their anecdotal references, the pure geometric forms and the architecture of the dance show the contrasts and similarities between the world’s main folk styles. The power of dance is thus revealed as a universal language.
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