In 1978, NDT founded a second division to feed the main company with young talent. In the time span of three years, NDT 2 prepares twenty classically trained dancers (varying in age between 17 and 23 years) from around the world for NDT 1. Whereas the first company offer a chance for the dancers to further develop their artistic personality, the second company, NDT 2 offers a varied repertoire consisting of works by established choreographers as well as upcoming stars, such as Jiří Pokorný, Edward Clug, Imre van Opstal and Marne van Opstal.

One of the objectives of NDT 2, is to acquaint the dancers with a lexicon of dance languages. Working together with upcoming choreographers, provides the dancers with the opportunity to learn to react quickly to different dance languages, techniques and working methods.

Fay van Baar
Katrien de Bakker
Estelle Bovay
Jesse Callaert
Kyle Clarke
Thalia Crymble
Ève-Marie Dalcourt
Miguel Duarte
Guido Dutilh
Donnie Duncan
Surimu Fukushi
Boston Gallacher
Nicole Ishimaru
Toon Lobach
Rachel McNamee
Aya Misaki
Amanda Mortimore
Adam Russell-Jones
David van der Veen
Tess Voelker

NDT 2 this season


November 4 - December 22, 2017
Poetic duets in One on One by Inger, energetic teamwork in Ekmans Cacti and a world premiere by associate choreographer Marco Goecke. Accompanied live by musicians from Het Balletorkest.... Read more


NDT 1 & 2
January 18, 2018
In Switch ‘18 NDT 1 and NDT 2 dancers take full control and compile a unique programme of new choreographes created themselves. The evening's revenue is donated to a charity fund chosen by the dancers. Read more


March 8 - May 12, 2018
A rich tapestry of lyrical and experimental work by new and established talent: Marina Mascarell, Hans van Manen, Edward Clug and house choreographers Sol León & Paul Lightfoot.... Read more

International press:

NDT 2 is a distinct phenomenon, and phenomenal.” THE INDEPENDENT

"The dancers of NDT 2 in Friday night’s performance at the Joyce look absolutely primed for main-company action. They are pliant, exquisite technicians with superb musicality and sense of dynamics." THE NEW YORK TIMES

A night of superlatives: the youth arm of the famed NDT makes a stunning debut (…) it’s ranks are filled with prodigiously talented dancers” THE STRAITS TIMES

 “The dancers are beautifully articulated, knife-edge virtuosi, with an assurance that belies their youth.” DANCING TIMES

The juniors already have their own, significant style, full of vigor, extraordinary flexibility and exceptional passion. The group impresses by strength, cogency and talent.” LE QUOTIDIEN

Every time NDT 2 hits our stages, the usual superlatives fall flat in speechless admiration at 16 dancers, who can handle anything the top-ranking choreographers care to task them with.