Position: Artistic Director
Affiliation with organization: 2019 – Present
Years active at YAGP: 2014 – Present
Nadia Deferm was born in Hasselt, Belgium 4th of June 1966. She studied at the Royal Ballet School Antwerp, Belgium, where she graduated in 1984.
After winning the Prix Professionnel in the Prix de Lausanne and the Bronze medal in the first international New York Ballet competition in 1984 she was engaged at the Royal Ballet of Flanders.
She worked there as well later on, in Switserland with Valery Panov and danced many solo roles in his Productions. Such as Anastasia and Aglaya in The Idiot, Irina in Three sisters, Juliette in Romeo and Juliette, Cinderella, the Virgin in Rite of Spring and others…
From Belgium she moved to Switzerland and danced with the Berner and Lucerner Theater by Ricardo Duse, Reda Sheta and Ben Van Cauwenbergh. She danced solo roles in Daphnis &Chloe, Firebird, Kitri in Don Quichote, Juliette in Romeo & Juliette, Lise in La fille mal gardée, Scottish girl in Scotch Symphony (Balanchine), Miss Julie (B. Cullberg) and more.
In 1992 she became a soloist at the state Theater Wiesbaden in Germany and danced there till 1996 under the direction of Ben Van Cauwenbergh. He created for her the role of Juliet in his Romeo & Juliet production.
After her career she became the head of the International Ballet School BVC and Children and Youth coordinator for the Hessisches State Theater in Wiesbaden. She followed Vaganova-Advanced training courses with Ursula Borrmann and graduated as Master of Arts at The Folkwang University in Essen Germany. She was the Artistic children and Youth dance advisor at The Aalto Theater in Essen from 2008 till 2014. She was also a Ballet teacher and coach at the Gymnasium Essen-Werden.
She was the Artistic children and Youth dance advisor at The Aalto Theater in Essen from 2008 till 2014. She was also a Ballet teacher and coach at the Gymnasium Essen-Werden.
Since 2014, she is the Artistic Director of the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, Belgium.