Prix de Lausanne 2011

Lausanne, February 6th, 2011. The prestigious international competition for young dancers culminated in a dazzling Final. Each year the standard of the finalists improves and the jury this year faced a difficult task in selecting the seven scholarship winners.Of the 205 candidates who took part in the selection round last autumn, 85 were chosen to take part in the competition in Lausanne and 74 came. The 20 dancers who delighted the public demonstrated clearly the reasons why they had made the selection for the final round. The prizes awarded are either a year of training at one of the Prix\’s partner schools or an apprenticeship at a partner company.

The Jury chose the following winners from amongst the 20 finalists:

(120) Ms Mayara Magri, Brésil
Petite Danse School of Ballet, Rio de Janeiro
(415) Mr Sung Woo Han, Corée
Korea National University of Arts, Seoul
(408) Mr Zhang Zhiyao, Chine
Beijing Dance Academy
(305) Ms Patricia Zhou, Canada
Kirov Academy of Ballet, Washington D.C.
(204) Mr Shizuru Kato, Japon
AcriHorimoto Ballet Academy, Saitama
(426) Mr Derrin Watters, USA
Houston Ballet\’s Ben Stevenson Academy
(112) Ms Yuko Horisawa, Japon
Reiko Yamamoto Ballet School, Ota
Contemporary dance prizewinner
(426) Mr Derrin Watters, USA
Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy
Best Swiss candidate prizewinner
(407) Mr Benoît Favre, Suisse
Tanz Akademie Zurich

While the marks of the jury were being calculated, audiences enjoyed a magnificent performance by students of partner schools and etoiles from partner companies. Students from the Ecole Supérieure de danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower were followed by students from the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Hamburg Ballet Principals Anna Laudere and Edvin Revazov and Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae, a Prix de Lausanne winner from 2003.