Mirella Simoncini


Artistic Director
Summerschool Den Haag

STUDIO SIMONCINI founded in 2002
Studio Simoncini is a forward thinking and vibrant school, with that romantic touch you expect for classical ballet.
Mirella has been leading the school for more than twenty years.

Mirella received her education at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, Codarts Rotterdam and the Young Talent Class Nederlands Dans Theater under the supervision of Ivan Kramar.

In addition Mirella has been working as a journalist for magazines and national Radio and TV at the dance and music department.
From 2002, she decides to fully focus on teaching ballet and further development of her school. She adds Junior Ballet to the programme and in the same year she initiates Summerschool Den Haag which became the 1st international summer school in her city. She collaborates with dancers and choreographers from Nederlands Dans Theater, The Dutch National Ballet, The Royal Ballet and teachers from well-known vocational schools.

In 2012 she is a guest teacher for Britain’s national dance company Rambert (artistic director Mark Baldwin). A year later the company moved into a new building and Mirella was invited to teach company class for the Open House Event with audiences watching. Since than she returned many times to Rambert and in 2019 Mark Baldwin visits Studio Simoncini as a guest teacher at Summerschool Den Haag. Other well-known companies in the UK where Mirella has been teaching as a guest teacher include: Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures (Artistic Director Sir Matthew Bourne) and Studio Wayne McGregor (Artistic Director Wayne McGregor). In the Netherlands she is a guest teacher at the Dutch Don’t Dance Division (artistic director Rinus Sprong & Thom Stuart), Sally Dansgezelschap Maastricht (artistic director Ronald Wintjens & Stefan Ernst) and the HBO department of Codarts.

As a result of the corona pandemic unprecedented measures were taken in the Netherlands in March 2020. With all schools, buildings and social traffic largely shut down, Mirella was one of the first teachers in the Netherlands to convert the complete schedule at her school into a high quality modified online dance training with the unique feature of direct live contact between teacher and student.
In the summer of 2020, Mirella produced the first world wide online edition of Summerschool Den Haag with Virtual Guest Teachers from the Dutch National Ballet, NDT, The Royal Ballet School and Introdans.

Projects & Assignments

  • Moderator discussion groups for the Central Library The Hague 2021 – present.
  • Radio documentaries for National Broadcast Companies including artists such as Jaap Flier (choreographer), George Sluizer (film director) and John Engels (jazz drummer).
  • Journalist and researcher National Radio and TV
  • Inspiration Project 2005 – 2015
  • Guest appearance Junior Ballet at the Government anniversary Queen Beatrix
  • Juror de Kunstbende
  • Live interviews and group discussion Holland Dance Festival
  • Live interview and group discussion Nederlands Dans Theater
Mirella Simoncini zwevend door de lucht in haar Haagse studio op de Toussaintkade.
Mirella Simoncini floats through her studio in The Hague on the Toussaintkade. Her balletstudio was initially a photostudio designed in 1920 by the famous Dutch photographer C.J.L. Vermeulen.
Dance lovers from all over the world have been coming coming together at this special place for 50 years.
Mirella has been teaching (pre)professional students, dancers from classical and modern companies, but also beginners and children on their way to their first audition.
Toussaintkade (left) about a hundred years ago. During the war, two little boys have been hiding in the small storage room above the ballet studio
NDT Ivan Kramar met Mirella Simoncini
Nederlands Dans Theater Ivan Kramar and Mirella Simoncini
Sulamith Messerer and Mirella Simoncini.
Mirella’s teachers include Piotr Nardelli, Job Sanders, Benjamin Harkarvy and Sulamith Messerer

“Ballet should never look predictable. When you dance each move you make is a promise. Even when standing in preparation you are making a promise that there is a story to be told”

- Mirella Simoncini