The Dutch National Ballet Junior Company was established in 2013 to be a stepping stone for young dancers to make the leap from the Dutch National Ballet Academy to The Dutch National Ballet, the largest ballet company in the Netherlands. The perfect environment for 12 young potentials (a selected group of students from the Dutch National Ballet Academy and a group selected from international auditions) has been created to gain the experience they need to grow into successful dancers. The dancers are given a daily program that mirrors that of the company. The Junior Company strives to produce two touring programs per year, consisting of pas de deux and extracts from the (neo)classical repertoire and new creations, choreographed for The Junior Company by renowned choreographers. The dancers will also be called upon to take the stage at larger productions of Dutch National Ballet.