New season, new faces


Immediately after the premiere of his debut as Tristan in David Dawsons Tristan + Isolde, ballet dancer James Stout was promoted to principal with the Dutch National Ballet. Canadian-British James Stout (Calgary) became interested in dance by his parents' Argentine tango dance club. At thirteen he ended up at the School of Alberta Ballet. James spent the last year of his training at The Royal Ballet School in London. He has danced with the Dutch National Ballet since 2007 and was soloist since August 2012. James has won the finals of ballet competitions in Varna, Hong Kong and Beijing, and has previously danced leading roles in Mata Hari (Rudolph McLeod), Nutcracker & Mouse King (Nutcracker), Giselle (Hilarion), Romeo et Juliette (Romeo), La dame aux Camélias (Armand Duval) and in ballets by Artistic Associate David Dawson, among others.

Another principal - and also a new face - is Constantine Allen (USA). He grew up in Hawaii. In 2007 he won the bronze medal at the juniors and a scholarship at the Kirov Ballet Academy, during Youth American Grand Prix finals in New York. In 2010 he continued his studies at the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart. In 2011 he won the Grand Prix at the Tanzolymp competition in Berlin. After graduating in 2012, he joined the Stuttgart Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet. Six months later he was promoted to soloist and in 2014 he was promoted to principal. In 2017 he joined Les Grands Ballets des Canadiens.

As usual, some dancers also left our company to pursue their career elsewhere or otherwise, including Megan Zimny Kaftira, Roman Artyushkin, Matthew Pawlicki, Sebastien Galtier and Chanquito van Hoeve.


Luiza Bertho and Daniel Montero, Daniel Robert Silva have been promoted to coryphées.

In addition, have been promoted to the corps de ballet:
Melissa Chapski
Khayla Fitzpatrick
Priscylla Gallo
Salome Leverashvili
Timothy from Poucke
Rafael Valdez

From the Junior Company to the Dutch National Ballet as élève:
Ines Marroquin
Fabio Rinieri
Michele Esposito


Corps de ballet
Pascal Johnson

Junior Company
Kira Hilli
Wenjin Guo
Bela Erlandson
Sander Bay
Alejandro Zwartendijk
Amber Ray
Dingkai Bai
Lorenzo Collatuzzo
Lore Zonderman

See the overview of all dancers:


On the picture: Ted Brandsen promotes James Stout to principal after his debut as Tristan.