Nathan Brhane Promoted to Coryphée at Dutch National Ballet


Nathan Brhane joined Dutch National Ballet in 2013 as a Junior Company member. He was promoted to Élève in 2014, Corps de Ballet in 2015, and became Coryphée as of 2019.








Brhane was born in Meppel, Netherlands. He trained at the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam, Netherlands. As a Junior Company member, Brhane won the 2013 Danserfonds ’79 scholarship & incentive award.









Other Happenings in 2019



Jan 3- 116th US Congress convenes in Washington D.C., electing Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House of Representatives for the second time

Feb 14- JP Morgan is the first bank to create its own crypo-currency JPM Coin

Feb 15- US President Donald Trump declares a national emergency to divert funds to build a border wall, after signing bipartisan spending agreement to avoid another government shutdown

Feb 18- 16 US states, including California and New York, band together to sue President Donald Trump over his use of emergency powers to build a border wall.

Feb 19- New York city bans hair discrimination, to limit racial stereotyping

Feb 27- First gun control legislation for 25 years passed by US House of Representatives, with new federal background checks

Apr 2-In Chicago Lori Lightfoot (56), a former federal prosecutor, was elected mayor, becoming the city’s first black woman and openly gay person to lead the city

May 15- Alabama passes law banning abortion in almost all cases including rape or incest

Aug 10- Financier Jeffrey Epstein found dead of an apparent suicide in his jail cell in New York, while awaiting trail for sex trafficking charges

Sep 24Nancy Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, arguing that he tried to enlist a foreign power for his own political gain




January 1- Far-right former army captain Jair Bolsonaro officially starts his 4-year term as president of Brazil after winning October’s election.

Jan 15- Theresa May‘s Brexit deal with the EU is rejected by UK parliament 432 votes to 202, largest parliamentary defeat in its democratic era

March 29- Britain leaves the European Union, after 4 decades of membership

Apr 15 -Paris cathedral Notre Dame catches fire, toppling its spire and destroying its roof

May 8 -Iran announces it will stop complying with parts of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal

Oct 9- Tur-key launches airstrikes on Kurdish forces in Northern Syria after US President Donald Trump announces decision to pull back US forces


Arts and Sciences

Jan 12-Missy Eliot is the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame

Feb 2-American singer R. Kelly arrested after turning himself in on ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, including with three minors

Feb 13- NASA confirms Mars Opportunity rover’s mission has ended after 15 years due to sandstorm damaging communications

Mar 15- Climate change strikes held by school children take place around the world inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg

Mar 20- A woman who can smell Parkinson’s disease has helped researchers identify molecules on the skin of people with the disease in Manchester, England

Mar 22- “Mind-blowing” discovery announced of 518 million year old fossil site in near Danshui river, Hubei province, China, with thousands of unknown fossils well preserved

Mar 26- Stolen Pablo Picasso painting “Buste de Femme” (Dora Maar) (1938) recovered after 20 years by Dutch art detective

Mar 26- Michelle Obama’s biography “Becoming” sells over 10 million copies according to its publisher Bertelsmann

Apr 10- First-ever photo of a black hole announced, taken by The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration in 2017 in galaxy M87, 6.5 billion times the mass of earth, 55 million light-years away

Apr 15Aretha Franklin posthumously receives the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor, first individual woman to win it since 1930

Jun 19 -Oklahoma writer Joy Harjo is named the first Native American US Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress

Sep 22 -Billy Porter becomes the first openly gay actor to win an Emmy for lead actor in a drama series for “Pose



Human and Civil Rights

Jan 1 -Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Austria

Jan 7-In Alabama the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute received withering criticism on social media after rescinding its decision to honor political activist and scholar Angela Davis with the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award.

Jan 15- LGBTQ activists accuse the Russian republic of Chechnya of a new gay purge with 40 detained and two killed

Mar 13- Home of civil rights activists Medgar and Myrlie Evers established as a national monument in Jackson, Mississippi

Apr 28- Largest demonstrations since 2014 in Hong Kong over plans to change law to send suspects to mainland China for trial

May 29 -Transgender no longer classified as a mental health illness by the World Health Organization

Jun 19- UN says over 70 million people in the world are displaced, asylum seekers or refugees around the world, their highest-ever number in 70 years



Jan 21- Li Na of China becomes first Asian player to be elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame; joins Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Mary Pierce of France as Class of 2019 inductees

Feb 3- Pope Francis arrives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on the first ever papal visit to the Arabian peninsula

Mar 8- US national women’s soccer team sue for equal pay by filing a federal gender discrimination lawsuit against United States Soccer Federation

Jul 7 -FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu: Defending champions US win record 4th title beating the Netherlands, 2-0

Oct 13Simone Biles becomes the most decorated gymnast in history when she wins record 25th medal, for the balance beam, at the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany


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