Igone de Jongh

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Igone de Jongh (born 9 September 1979) is a Dutch ballerina and principal dancer with the Dutch National Ballet. She is featured in the music video for Anouk's song Birds, the official Netherlands entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.


Born in Haarlem in the Netherlands, De Jongh became interested in ballet when she was six years old after seeing a performance of The Sleeping Beauty on television.[1] She trained at the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam and later at the Royal Ballet School in London. In 1996, she was appointed as élève at the National Ballet in Amsterdam. In 2003, she was promoted to First Soloist. In 2014, the Dutch National Ballet reported that De Jongh was the only dancer currently working with the company who had gone through all the ranks, from aspirant (1996) to principal (2003).[2]

De Jongh has danced many leading roles at the National Ballet including those in classical ballets such as Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. She has also starred in La Bayadère, in Bournonville's La Sylphide and in Balanchine's Agon, Apollo and Jewels as well as in ballets choreographed by William Forsythe, Ted Brandsen, David Dawson and Wayne Eagling.[3] She also performed in the music video for Anouk's song Birds, the official Netherlands entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.[4]

Among De Jongh's awards are the Arnold Haskell Award (1996) for promising young dancer, the Encouragement Award Dancers Fund Foundation (2002) and the Alexandra Radius Prize (2002). In 2007 and in 2010, she was nominated for the Prix Benois de la Danse[2][5]

Her partner is former soloist Mathieu Gremillet with whom she has a son.[2] She is said to be the muse of Hans van Manen.[6]


  1. ^ "Cupcakes & Conversation with Igone De Jongh, Principal, Het Nationale Ballet". Ballet News. 7 September 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Igone de Jongh". Dutch National Ballet. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Igone De Jongn". Benois Theatre. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Danseres Igone de Jongh in video Anouk". Dans Magazine (in Dutch). 18 May 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "International Ballet Festival Benois de la Danse". Bolshoi. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Interview Igone de Jongh, 'de beste ballerina van Nederland'". Danspubliek. February 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 

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