Saturday, 11 July 2015


Jump is described as "the fan club of Dutch National Ballet" for children. It brings young fans into close contact with their favourite dancers.  Members receive invitations to workshops, guided tours, and other events.  

The website contains information on choreography, music and other matters. There are interviews with the company's dancers photos, and videos.  I have already mentioned Edo Wijnen's video on pirouettes in A Really Useful Video on Pirouettes 22 Nov 2014.

Every year there is a special Dance Day. This year it took place on 27 June 2015 at the Stopera or Music Theatre in Amsterdam which happened to be the day in which I was in town for Cool Britannia (see Going Dutch 29 June 2015. Had I known about it in time I might have taken a luck. That probably explains why they had no Michaela DePrince t-shirts in kids' sizes at the merchandising booth in the evening. I had hoped to get some for Vlad the Lad and my teacher's daughters.

There are some lovely shots of the Stopera in the above video. The Junior Company seems to have given a show. There are shots of Bart Engelen struggling with his pillow to the music of the Dance of the Knights from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet which I am sure the young audiences would have loved (see The Dutch National Ballet Junior Company's best Performance yet 8 Feb 2015).

Although the website is in Dutch there seems to be no reason why kids from other countries should not join it. Membership costs less than a tenner (€12.50  or £8.97) a year, 

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