Hello and goodbye at Dutch National Ballet


We have already said goodbye to the familiar faces of Casey Herd, Peter Leung, Chao Shi, Wentao Li and Remy Catalan. And now Belle Beasley, Lisanne Kottenhagen and Antonio Martinez Cegarra have taken leave of the Junior Company.

New faces

One new face in the main company is that of the Brazilian principal dancer Daniel Camargo. Daniel trained in Brazil and continued his training at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany. On graduating in 2009, he joined Stuttgarter Ballett, where he was promoted to soloist in 2012.

Other newcomers to the main company are dancers we already know from the Junior Company: Emilie G. Tassinari, Clara Superfine, Thomas Van Damme, Daniel Robert Silva, Joseph Massarelli and Giovanni Princic (from November). They will all join the company in the rank of élève.

And then there are the latest additions to the Junior Company!

1st-years: Khayla Fitzpatrick, Nika Afonina, Salome Leverashvili, Timothy van Poucke, Fabio Rinieri, Jacob Roter and Rafael Valdez

2nd-year: Satchel Tanner


The following dancers have received promotion: Jared Wright - soloist, Michaela DePrince - grand sujet, Matthew Pawlicki - grand sujet, Floor Eimers - coryphée, Krista Ettlinger - coryphée, Sem Sjouke - coryphée, Jessica Xuan - coryphée, Martin ten Kortenaar - coryphée, Oscar Valdes - coryphée, Riho Sakamoto - corps de ballet, Yuanyuan Zhang - corps de ballet and Cristiano Principato - corps de ballet

Going up from 1st to 2nd year of the Junior Company are: Melissa Chapski, Priscylla Gallo and Theo Duff-Grant

Photo of the Junior Company, photographer: Altin Kaftira.