Igone de Jongh says goodbye to Dutch National Ballet after 24 years. Let the ballet dancer know via Instagram .
"In my 24th year I leave the Dutch National Ballet, the most beautiful company in the world. It feels strange, but at the same time good to leave at the peak," said the 39-year-old dancer, who has a relationship with actor Thijs Römer .
"As a self-employed dancer, I would like to give independent interpretation to the final years of my career," de Jongh says about her decision that was accompanied by 'intense emotions'. "I will miss a lot of colleagues - in front of and behind the scenes. Gratitude for everything they have done for me is an understatement for what I feel for them."
De Jong received Golden Swan in 2016
De Jongh studied at the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam and The Royal Ballet School in London. In 1996, the native of Haarlem started as an advisor at Dutch National Ballet. At the age of 23 she was promoted to first soloist.
During the Dutch Dance Days 2016, the ballerina received the Golden Swan for her contribution to Dutch dance. For the same reason, she was named Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion in December of the same year. De Jongh danced in 2018 during the memorial meeting for former Prime Minister Wim Kok.
Since 2015, De Jongh has been a member of the jury in the TV program Dance , Dance , Dance . Until her farewell, she can be admired a few times by the audience: de Jongh dances in Romeo and Juliet in her last three performances.