Ballerina Igone de Jongh knighted
Igone de Jongh, first soloist of The National Ballet, on Saturday night, appointed Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion. The famous ballerina was knighted because of her massive performance on dansgebied.
The mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan presented the award, after the end of the premiere in the capital city of the presentation of Coppelia by The National Ballet.
Igone de Jongh celebrates this season, the year of its twentieth anniversary as a ballet dancer. In 2003, she was the first soloist. She has almost all of the leading roles in the classical repertoire, danced, and is a muse of choreographer Hans van Manen.
In October of this year it was already often esteemed De Jongh still awarded the dance award Golden Swan for the contribution she made with her career at the Dutch dance has provided.
The Order of the Netherlands Lion is the oldest civil order in the Netherlands. For this order, people eligible “with special merits of a very exceptional nature for society”. That merits are often due to very personal talents.