The Junior Company: the Dutch National Ballet's springboard for young dancers

Jessica Xuan (2nd year) comes from Toronto, Canada. She was originally born in Beijing, China. At the age of five she moved to Canada together with her family. She first started ballet as a hobby at the age of 10. When she was eleven years old she was admitted at the Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto where she received her professional ballet training. In 2012 she graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School and was awarded both the Peter Dwyer Award, and the Jeffrey Kirk Award. This year Jessica trained at the National Ballet Academy here in Amsterdam where she will graduate in June. She is 19 years old.
Wentao Li (1st year) born and raised in Chongqing, China - is 18 years old. From 2006-2013 Wentao received his ballet education at the Secondary Dance School of Beijing Dance Academy. Wentao has won numerous national and international awards, including the 2nd Scholarship of Prix de Lausanne in 2013. In 2012 he was chosen by Joysanne Sidimus from the Balanchine Trust to dance the Valse Boy in Serenade and received positive feedbacks after a series of local performances. That same year, he also featured in Etudes, with high praises for his gracefulness and artistry.

Daniel Montero (2nd year) although his family is from Madrid, Daniel was born and raised in Cantabria, Spain. At the age of ten, he gained interest in rhythmic gymnastics and began classical ballet training a year later. When he was 15 years old, he left home after being accepted at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza in Madrid. He spent a year there and during a summer course in Valencia - Daniel was asked by Christopher Powney (director of the Nationale Ballet Academy) to join the school here in Amsterdam. During his education Daniel participated in various productions of the Dutch National Ballet. After three years of study he will graduate in June. Daniel is 19 years old.

Nancy Burer
(1st year) started dancing when she was 4 years old. Whenever she heard music she could not sit still and at the age of 9 she auditioned for the National Ballet Academy (prior division). Nancy was accepted together with 22 young future dancers and this was the beginning of her dance education. When she performed Clara in 2003 and 2004 with Dutch National Ballet in the production of “Nutcracker” she was convinced that her dream was to become a ballerina. In 2011 she continued her studies at the NBA (HBO division) and she will graduate in June. She is looking forward to work with the Junior Company. Nancy is Dutch and 19 years old.