Directly following the war, the Netherlands needed restructuring but faced severe shortages of money, fuel and food. Even paper was in short supply due to the previous rampant Nazi propaganda and the control of Dutch printing houses. In 1947 choreographer Hans Snoek addressed this problem in a ballet for children called Het Papiernoodballet. The ballet was commissioned by the campaign for the collection of old paper and depicted the consequences of the shortage, calling on children to take action. According to a review in Het Parool, Snoek’s appeal worked and many children began to help the cause. Long convinced of the power of comprehensive dance education, Snoek’s ballets sought both to entertain and educate young audiences. She had founded the Scapino Ballet directly following the war (together with twelve dancers, visual artists Nico Wijnberg, Hans van Norden and composer Lex van Delden), with the goal of educating and invigorating a war-ravaged youth. The Papiernoodballet is an important milestone in that legacy, a landmark example of dance performances for children that do not shy away from topical concerns.