Ernst Meisner – Artistic Coordinator & Choreographer Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company


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Ernst Meisner, Artistic Coordinator of Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company, discusses the importance of being familiar with a company before you decide to audition.

"I'm always surprised how many dancers come to a company to audition, but don't know much about the company"
Ernst Meisner is the choreographer and artistic coordinator of Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company since 2013. He trained at the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam (1992-1999) and at The Royal Ballet School in London (1999-2000). He subsequently danced with The Royal Ballet (2000-2010) and Dutch National Ballet (2010-2013) dancing the work of choreographers such as Balanchine, Corder, Ashton, MacMillan, Bintley, Wheeldon, McGregor, Forsythe, Ratmansky, Pastor, Brandsen, Van Manen, Ek and Tetley. Since joining Dutch National Ballet, Meisner has choreographed several works for the company, including The little big chest (2011) - the first ballet for young children in the history of Dutch National Ballet – And after we were (2011), Saltarello (2012), Embers (2013), Thais (2013) and The Dutch National Canta Ballet (2012), a work for 60 handicapped people and 40 dancers. He also choreographed works for TEDx (2011) and for the occasion of the reopening of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2012). Furthermore he created dance pieces for dancers Daria Klimentova and Vadim Muntagirov for dancefilms made by Crystal Ballet and made the choreography for a dancegame/App by GameOven Studios. Meisner was part of the first Rural Retreat for Future Dance Managers held by DanceEast, England in 2008 and was awarded a six-week placement shadowing Ted Brandsen, Artistic Director of Dutch National  Ballet. In August 2013, Ernst Meisner ended his dancing career, and was immediately appointed artistic coordinator of the Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company, the company for developing talented young dancers. Meisner created Lollapalooza especially for the company. Awards:
  • 1999, Eurovision Grand Prix for Young Dancers, representing the Netherlands
  • 1999, Incentive Award, Dansersfonds '79


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