The jury was made up of 9 internationally renowned dance professionals, chaired by Mr Julio Bocca, former Principal of American Ballet Theatre, New York and director of the Ballet Nacional Sodre, Uruguay. Congratulations to all winners. They did a great job.
The 7 Prix de Lausanne 2016 prize winners are:
205 Junnosuke NAKAMURA, 16 years old, Japan
Contemporary dance prize
314 Laura FERNANDEZ, 18 years old, Switzerland AND 412 Vincenzo DI PRIMO, 18 years old, Italy
Best Swiss Candidates
FONDATION EN FAVEUR DE L’ART CHOREGRAPHIQUE
314 Laura FERNANDEZ, 18 years old, Switzerland
FONDATION EN FAVEUR DE L’ART CHOREGRAPHIQUE and ARTE CONCERT
206 Leroy MOKGATLE, 16 years old, South Africa
Prix Jeune Espoir
RUDOLPHE NUREYEV FOUNDATION
107 Danbi KIM, 15 years old, South Korea
Notes to Editors:
The Prix de Lausanne is an international ballet competition that aims to provide a springboard for talented dancers. The Prix offers 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 44 years of its history, 403 dancers have benefited from the opportunities of the Prix on their way to a successful career in dance.
The competition takes place annually, during the last week of January or the first of February, at the Theatre de Beaulieu, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Each year, six to eight prize winners are offered one year scholarships from a choice of 33 Partner Schools or apprenticeships at a choice of 33 Partner Companies. Candidates who are not selected to take part in the finals participate in a Networking Forum, during which they meet many directors of Partner Schools and Companies. Since it has been established in 2005, 203 dancers have taken up places at schools and companies thanks to the Networking Forum.