A unique partnership with the Dutch National Ballet
NBA, under the artistic direction of Jean-Yves Esquerre, is the only ballet school in the Netherlands affiliated to the internationally acclaimed Dutch National Ballet. 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.
NBA students participate in some of the Dutch National Ballet’s major productions, such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Romeo and Juliet. NBA’s end of the year performance, Dansers van Morgen, takes place at the Nationale Opera & Ballet, home of the Dutch National Ballet and its Junior Company.
New collaboration with Movart Productions
The Academy of Theatre and Dance / National Ballet Academy and the National Ballet are working closely with Movart Productions, the foundation founded by Jean-Yves Esquerre.
The foundation aims to facilitate projects for guests. The Dutch National Trainee Program and the Dutch National Summer School are included in Movart Productions. See also www.movartproductions.com
Our educational programmes
A two-year programme for children age 8 to 10 offering ballet and folk dance once or twice a week.
Our preparatory training begins in Group 7 of the primary school education, after which it runs parallel to secondary school education, with a curriculum that combines dance training with a secondary school education. Some international students follow an online academic programme in their country of origin.
Our four-year Bachelor of Arts programme (with the possibility of dispensation of one or two years) for ten selected students. Graduates gain an internationally recognised BA degree.
An advanced pre-professional course for selected national and international students age 15 to 19 offered by Movart Productions.
A programme shared with the Dutch National Ballet and run by Artistic Coordinator Ernst Meisner. The Junior Company is a group of 12 top dancers performing throughout the Netherlands and abroad.
An in-depth intensive course for ballet dancers from 15 to 21 years old. The course takes place in the studios of the Dutch National Ballet.