Immediately afterwards, Igone de Jongh, who danced her last performance at Dutch National Ballet in Romeo and Juliet, received the Frans Banninck Cocq Medal from the hands of Mayor Femke Halsema. The ballerina receives the award because of her great merits as the first soloist with Dutch National Ballet and her contribution to Dutch dance.
De Jongh announced at the end of August that he would stop playing Dutch National Ballet after 24 years. "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 also good to leave at the peak," said the 40-year-old dancer at the time, who has a relationship with actor Thijs Römer.
"I would like to be an independent dancer in the future years of my career," De Jongh said about her decision that she said that was accompanied by intense emotions.
The Frans Banninck Cocqpenning has been awarded since 1996 to individuals who have made themselves particularly deserving of Amsterdam for at least twelve years.
Other prominent figures who have received the award include Herman van Veen, André van Duin and Liesbeth List.
De Jongh 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, who died in 2018.
Since 2015, De Jongh has been a member of the jury in the TV program Dance, Dance, Dance.