Principal Vito Mazzeo (Vibo Valentia, Italy) comes from San Francisco Ballet, where he was made a principal in 2010. Before that, he danced with The Royal Ballet and Rome Opera Ballet. He trained at La Scala Ballet School in Milan.
Sem Sjouke (the Netherlands), son of ex-HNB dancer Rob Sjouke (1990-1994), is joining the corps de ballet. He trained at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and is currently dancing with American Ballet Theatre.
Dancer Tycho Hupperets has worked with the Dutch National Ballet before. He has now signed another temporary contract with the company.
The following dancers will be promoted from the beginning of the new season: Milena Sidorova will become a grand sujet, Qian Liu will become a coryphée, Hannah Grennell, Michelle Murphy, Clotilde Tran-Phat and Martina Verbeni will join the corps de ballet, and Floor Eimers, Chanquito van Hoeve and Skyler Martin will be promoted to the rank of élève.
Davit Vardanyan is leaving for the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Ernst Meisner is ending his dancing career and has been appointed artistic coordinator of the new Junior Company.