Caroline Irua

Ballet Master

Junior Company of Dutch National Ballet

Caroline Lura was born in Los angeles and trained with Irina Kosmovska, former soloist of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.

At age 12, She was a Ford Foundation Scholarship, studying at American Ballet Theater School.

At 16, She danced with The Washington Ballet and year later joined Dutch National Ballet where she became Principal and remained for 24 years. She has been praised for leading roles in classics and Balanchine repertories. She danced many ballets by prominent Choreographers such as  Hans van Manen, Toer van Schayk, Rudi van Dantzig, Wayne Eagling, Karin von Aroldingen, Bart Cook, Sean Lavery, Pat Neary, John Taras, Tatiana Leskova, Olga Evreinoff, Ed Wubbe, Nanette Glushak and Sarah Lelsand, to name a few.

In 2002 and now guest ballet master, teacher and repetiteur for Dutch National Ballet, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, English National Ballet and other companies. She has taught at the Royal Conservatory The Hague and National Ballet School Amsterdam.

Since 2013 she has been Ballet Master for the Junior company of Dutch National


1981  <silver medal> at the International Ballet Competition in France

1982  <the incentive prize> from the Friends of the Dutch National Ballet

1990  <the Alexandra Radius Prize>

1997  <Oeuvre Prize> from the dancers Funds Foundation