With the beginning of the Spoerli era, the Zurich Ballet regained its position as a top-ranking company, both nationally and internationally. The quality of its artistry and dancing is expressed by the consistently great interest shown by the public and the very positive reviews of new productions and guest performances published by the critics. In quantitative terms, there are limits to how far the company can develop further; it is hardly possible to increase the number of performances in the Opera House. Together with the approx. 40 guest performances, the number of performances is already very high for a ballet ensemble attached to a musical theatre. It has therefore been impossible to consider enquiries from many theatres and numerous festivals. One important task of a first-rate company is to support up-and-coming talent. Public auditions have shown that it will not possible to maintain the high levels reached so far merely by employing new dancers; young dancers must be considered likewise.

Since 1996, when he took up his appointment in Zurich, Heinz Spoerli has been endeavouring to promote new talent on a long-term basis, e.g. by taking over the artistic direction of the Swiss Professional Ballet School until it was integrated into the Zurich College of Music and Theatre. Pupils are integrated into current productions, a development which led to an institutionalised intermediate stage and in 2001 to the foundation of the Junior Ballet the third form of practical training for young artists at the Zurich Opera House after the International Opera Studio and the Orchestral Academy. The junior members, who do not stay in the Zurich company for longer than two years, are meant to use the transitional period from the end of training to starting their professional careers by training with the ensemble, learning to hold their own in it, learning the choreographies in the repertoire and being looked after by ballet master Chris Jensen and dancer Franois Petit. The junior members not only receive ballet training together with the Zurich Ballet, but also the opportunity to participate in productions by the main company, thus gaining stage experience. Heinz Spoerli develops special choreographies as earlier with Peter and the Wolf with which the junior ensemble can dance their own ideas on the great stage of the opera house. Spoerli sees great potential for development in this choreographic and dance-related work with the juniors, the more so as it enables him to react promptly to the enormous transformations taking place in the field of dance. The experience thus gained is reinforced by the numerous tours made by the Junior Ballet. To date, the young dancers have been able to perform to an international public not only in Switzerland, but also in Germany, Spain, England, South Africa and at EXPO 2005 in Japan.