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The 2013 Prix de Lausanne

Prize Winners

Final Press Release - Lausanne, February 2nd, 2013

The 41st edition of the international competition for young dancers comes to a close after a week of hard work and passion!

Once again, the Prix de Lausanne has rewarded young, talented dancers from all over the world. Amongst the 75 candidates participating in this 41st edition, 20 were selected to compete in the finals on Saturday, February 2nd. Today, only 8 leave Lausanne with a scholarship allowing them to pursue their dance studies in one the 28 prestigious Prix de Lausanne partner schools. A certain number of Apprentice Scholarships are available for participants aged 17 or over, earning these young dancers a one year internship in one the 26 companies partnered with the Prix de Lausanne.

Non-finalist candidates can take part in an audition organized by the Prix de Lausanne (Networking Forum) and have an opportunity to be offered dance training by representatives from the partner schools and companies with the Prix, making this competition worthwhile for all participants.

Each selection in which the candidates took part during the last 4 days have been observed by a professional jury composed of 9 internationally renowned personalities, and presided by Mr. Franck Andersen, former director of the Royal Danish Ballet, teacher and ballet master, as well as artistic counselor for the Beijing Contemporary Dance Theatre since 2008 .

The scholarships awarded to the 8 prized finalists are graciously offered by sponsors partnered with Prix de Lausanne:

Finalist Sponsor
(203) Mr Silva Adhonay
Brazil, Balé Jovem do Centro Cultural Gustav Ritter, Goiania
Fondation Leenaards
(412) Mr Li Wentao
China, The Secondary Dance School Attached to Beijing Dance Academy
Beau-Rivage Palace
(419) Mr Yamamoto Masaya,
Japan, Yokokura Akiko Ballet School, Nomi; Australian Ballet School
(114) Ms Domingues Leticia,
Brazil, Petite Danse School of Dance, Rio
Julius Bär
(212) Mr Corrales Cesar,
Canada, Private lessons; Canada's National Ballet School
Oak Foundation
(423) Mr Woellner Joel,
Australia, Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy Ettingshausens Dyn. Arts; Ac. Ballet/V. Attard
Fondation Coromandel
(408) Mr Sebastião Francisco,
Portugal, National Conservatory Dance School of Portugal, Lisbon
Fondation Rudolf Noureev
(407) Mr Zhang Jinhao,
China, College of Design and Art Tong Ji University, Shanghai; Liaoning ballet School
Harlequin Floors

Contemporary Dance Prize - offered by la Fondation Nestlé pour l'Art

(423) Mr Woellner Joel,
Australia, Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy; Ettingshausens Dyn. Arts Ac. Ballet/V. Attard

Prize for the Best Swiss Candidate - offered by the Fondation Leenaards

(109) Ms Fogarty Miko,
Switzerland, Westlake School for the Performing Arts, Daly City, CA; Diablo Ballet App. Program

Audience Favourite - offered by the Fondation en faveur de l'Art chorégraphique

(203) Silva Adhonay
Brazil, Balé Jovem do Centro Cultural Gustav Ritter, Goiania

During the interlude of this 41st edition of the Prix de Lausanne 2013, the audience had the opportunity to see a dance performance by the students of the Houston Ballet II, one of the partnered companies of the Prix de Lausanne.

Moreover, the 2013 Prix de Lausanne introduced new additions to the competition program such as holding more events open to the general public. Indeed, the Prix de Lausanne offered to all its ballet fans a chance to attend the highlights of the competition such as the classes, rehearsals and coaching under the supervision of Principals. In addition, daily free meetings (the Daily Dance Dialogues) were organized every day at 5 in the afternoon in the reception hall of the Beaulieu Theatre. These rendezvous’ allowed the public to discuss with admirable personalities who shared their career highlights as well as their vision of the dance world. In addition, the Nureyev Foundation presented a public presentation on dance and health for dancers.

Another new addition will take place for the 42nd Prix de Lausanne in 2014. After the growing success of the pre-selections organized for Latin America in Argentina, the Prix will organize pre-selections in Europe. This will no doubt allow a greater number of young aspiring dancers to be part of this unique and enriching week-long experience. These pre-selections will take place in Dresden, Germany at the renowned Palucca Hochschule für Tanz from the 25th to the 27th of October 2013.

The Prix de Lausanne is an international ballet competition that aims to provide a springboard for talented young dance students by offering scholarships and apprenticeships with the world’s finest schools and companies. From the very beginning, a commitment to the health, education and well-being of young dancers has been fundamental to the Prix’s underlying philosophy.

Through its scholarships and apprenticeships, offered in partnership with the most eminent professional ballet schools and ballet companies around the world, the Prix de Lausanne provides a unique and invaluable stepping stone for young talent. Over the 41 years of its history, 382 dancers have benefitted from the opportunities of the Prix on their way to a successful career in dance.

The competition takes place annually, in the last week of January or first of February, at the Theatre de Beaulieu, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Each year, seven or eight prize winners are offered one year scholarships at a choice of 28 Partner Schools or apprenticeships at a choice of 26 Partner Companies. Candidates who are not selected to take part in the finals of the competition are able to participate in a Networking Forum, at which they can be seen by the many directors of Partner Schools and Companies who are in Lausanne to attend the competition. Since it was established, in 2005, 143 dancers have taken up places at schools and companies as a result of the Networking Forum.


We wish to thank all our sponsors and benefactors, in particular :

Adveq Management SA
Banque Julius Bär

Beau-Rivage Palace

Bobst SA

Canton de Vaud
Carigest SA, on behalf of a generous donor
Chacott Co., Ltd

Fondation Artephila

Fondation Coromandel

Fondation Fernando et Rose Inverni-Desarzens

Fondation Leenaards

Fondation Nestlé pour l'Art

Harlequin Floors Europe SA

Loterie Romande

MCH Beaulieu Lausanne

Rudolf Nureyev Foundation

Oak Foundation

Ville de Lausanne

See the complete list of our benefactors on our website.


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