February 1, 2014

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jeanThe directorate of de Theaterschool of the Amsterdam School of the Arts has appointed Jean-Yves Esquerre to become the new artistic director of the Dutch National Ballet Academy from 3 March 2014.

Jan Zoet, director de Theaterschool: “I am proud that, together with our
partners of the Dutch National Ballet, we have been able to appoint a person
with such an impressive professional background. I am convinced that with
Jean-Yves we can continue to improve the high international level of the Dutch National Ballet Academy, that was achieved under his predecessor Christopher Powney.”

Ted Brandsen, director of the Dutch National Ballet and artistic advisor of the
Dutch National Ballet Academy: ” I am very much looking forward to working together with Jean-Yves and am convinced that he is able to continue where Christopher Powney left off, who did an excellent job . Jean-Yves has an impressive background and his tremendous experience will really benefit the Academy.”

Jean-Yves Esquerre

Jean-Yves Esquerre first studied dance with Monique Malo and received his artistic training at the  multidisciplinary school, Mudra, in Brussels. He then danced with Maurice Béjart’s Les Ballets du XXème Siècle, John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet and Jiri Kylian’s Nederlands Dans Theater.

In 1986, Esquerre was appointed ballet master of Le Ballet du Louvre, originally formed by Rudolf Nureyev, and staged a production of Giselle. In 1987, he was offered the position of Artistic Director of Les Ballets de
Monte Carlo. During his tenure, the company’s repertoire expanded significantly to include works by George Balanchine, Pierre Lacotte, Anthony Tudor, John Neumeier, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart and masterpieces from Les Ballets Russes.

Throughout the years, Esquerre traveled the world to teach mindfulness techniques and developed a program of therapeutic dance exercises designed for injury prevention and post-surgery rehabilitation. He worked as a guest ballet master/teacher for English National Ballet and School, Boston Ballet and
School, Le Cirque du Soleil, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and School, Banff Center for the Arts, Royal Ballet School of London, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Paris Opera Ballet and National Ballet of Canada to name a few. He also served as a juror/chairman in several international ballet competitions such as Prix de Lausanne.

Between 2007 and 2010, Esquerre worked with the San Francisco Ballet in several capacities, including company teacher, coach and school faculty member. In 2008, he was appointed Assistant to the Artistic Director for San Francisco Ballet’s 75th anniversary season. During these three years, as Trainee Program
Director, he developed a teacher-training program, led improvisation & choreography workshops and offered performances throughout California.

Since 2010, while guesting around the world, Esquerre was entrusted by the Government of Canada with the artistic evaluation of l’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, the National Ballet School of Canada and the School of Alberta Ballet. He also staged works for the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, the Royal Ballet School and the English National Ballet School.

Dutch National Ballet Academy

The Dutch National Ballet Academy is affiliated with the Dutch National Ballet. Together, they train talented children to become top dancers. After their study these young dancers are capable of dancing both romantic classical and modern ballet repertoire. Studying to become a ballet dancer is extremely demanding
and begins at the tender age of 10.  Every day aspiring dancers undergo a strenuous dance training and perform at a superior physical and artistic level. Dancers who graduate from the Dutch National Ballet Academy dance with top international companies. In collaboration with the Dutch National Ballet the
Dutch National Ballet Academy has founded the Junior Company for talented graduating and graduated dancers.

The Dutch National Ballet Academy is part of de Theaterschool, one of the faculties of the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK), which also comprises Academie voor Beeldende Vorming (Academy of Fine Art in Education), Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Nederlandse Filmacademie (Netherlands Film Academy), Reinwardt Academie and Academie van Bouwkunst (Academy of Architecture).

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