Directed by Jean-Yves Esquerre, the Dutch National Trainee Program is an advanced pre-professional course for selected Dutch and international students. Affiliated to the Dutch National Ballet, this program offers two intensive levels: Junior and Senior Trainees.
Led by Artistic Coordinators Olivier Wecxsteen and Christiane Marchant with a faculty of international pedagogues, the Dutch National Trainee Program offers a variety of classes in academic ballet, pas-de-deux, women’s pointe work and men’s brio, classical and neo-classical repertoire, Forsythe technologies, Dawson style, as well as seminars on choreographers like Bournonville, Balanchine, Neumeier, Duato, Béjart or Pite. This intensive program also provides body conditioning, Pilates and Gyrotonics classes and is supported by a team of medical doctors and sport therapists.
Besides its 10-month intensive training, the Dutch National Trainee Program offers in-house performances and touring programs throughout the Netherlands and abroad. Dancers also participate in some of the large productions of the Dutch National Ballet. It is the perfect stepping-stone to top international professional major and second companies such as the Dutch National Ballet Junior Company.
Auditions are held internationally and this elite group of dancers has welcomed students from prestigious schools such as Paris Opera School, San Francisco Ballet School, English National Ballet School, La Scala de Milan School, the National Ballet School of Canada or Zürich Dance Academy.
Over the last few years, Youth America Grand Prix and Prix de Lausanne competitors have joined the Dutch National Trainee Program whose alumni got contracts with companies such as The Royal Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, Finnish Ballet, Zürich Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Mikhailovsky Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Stanislavsky Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Bavarian Ballet, Béjart Ballet Lausanne as well as the Dutch National Ballet.