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 Saltarello (2012), And after we were (2011), The little big chest (2011) – a ballet for young children. 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). With Marco Gerris he created the much praised ‘hiphop meets ballet’ production Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2015) a co-production between the Dutch National Ballet Junior Company and ISH and GRIMM (2018). For Made in Amsterdam, danced by Dutch National Ballet,  he created In Transit (2017) and in 2018 Impermanence premiered.


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