Jean-Yves Esquerre. Photo © Olivier Wecxsteen
Jean-Yves Esquerre.
Photo © Olivier Wecxsteen

David Mead

The Theaterschool of the Amsterdam School of the Arts has announced that the new artistic director of the Dutch National Ballet Academy (the affiliate school of the Dutch National Ballet) is to be Jean-Yves Esquerre. He takes up his post on 3rd March 2014.

A noted teacher and coach, Esquerre formerly danced with Maurice Béjart’s Les Ballets du XXème Siècle, John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet and Jiri Kylian’s Nederlands Dans Theater. Since retiring from the stage he was 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, The Royal Ballet School (London), Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Paris Opera Ballet and National Ballet of Canada to name a few.

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.

Jan Zoet, director de Theaterschool expressed his delight at the appointment, saying, “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” (now leading The Royal Ballet School).

Ted Brandsen, director of the Dutch National Ballet and artistic advisor of the Dutch National Ballet Academy said he was much looking forward to working together with Esquerre, adding that his impressive background and his tremendous experience will really benefit the Academy.”