My Week at the Prix

Lauren Hunter stands with her feet tightly crossed in fifth position, the number 102 pinned to the front of her leotard. The 15-year-old California native, who trains at Peninsula School of Performing Arts, is a long way from home, but she’s one step closer to achieving her dream of dancing professionally. Around her are dancersMore »

Inside Prix de Lausanne: The Final Results

What a week it’s been! Yesterday, the 20 Prix de Lausanne finalists took the stage for a final chance to win scholarships and apprentice contracts with some of the world’s major ballet institutions. Throughout the week, I’ve had the privilege of observing all 67 talented dancers in classes and onstage, and there’s no way IMore »

Inside Prix de Lausanne: From Foster Care to International Stage

Benedict Sabularse at Prix de Lausanne.

It’s Thursday morning at the Prix de Lausanne, and San Francisco Ballet School director Patrick Armand is teaching class. In the front row stand John Edmar Sumera, 16, and Benedict Sabularse, 17, two candidates from the Philippines. Each has a juicy plié and strong pirouettes, but what’s even more apparent is how eagerly they soakMore »

Inside Prix de Lausanne: Semi-Finalists Announced

Lauren Hunter at Prix de Lausanne

After a long day of classical and contemporary performances, 67 candidates for this year’s Prix de Lausanne were whittled down to 20 finalists, including one American: 15-year-old Lauren Hunter. Dancers from Asia (Japan, South Korea and China) dominate the list, but there are also finalists from Australia, Brazil and various countries in Europe. Here’s aMore »

Inside Prix de Lausanne: Raked Floors and Private Coaching

Prix de Lausanne

How does it feel to be a competitor at the Prix de Lausanne? It’s day three of the annual week-long competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the more than 70 dancers are managing long yet exhilarating days full of classes and coaching sessions, while being evaluated by a nine-member jury. On top of that, the studentsMore »

Watch Prix de Lausanne Live All Next Week

Prix de Lausanne

Set your alarms! For the third year in a row, Prix de Lausanne, the prestigious international ballet competition held annually in Lausanne, Switzerland, will be live-streamed. More than 70 young dancers, ages 15 to 18, have been chosen through a careful video selection process; 17 countries will be represented in total. The live-stream will go inside candidates’ practiceMore »

It’s Prix de Lausanne Registration Time

It’s that time again! Prix de Lausanne registration opens on September 1. Every year, the Prix de Lausanne brings some of the world’s best ballet students together, pushes them to the next level and changes lives. We’re not exaggerating: You’ve probably heard Maria Kochetkova’s story about entering the competition against her teacher’s wishes, winning andMore »

New Director, New Plans at Prix de Lausanne

In September, former Houston Ballet Academy director Shelly Power will take up her post as Prix de Lausanne’s first dual artistic director and CEO—just in time for the competition’s 45th anniversary. And she has ambitious plans for its future. Power wants to expand the annual one-week competition into a year-round dance hub, instituting choreography workshopsMore »

Cool and Confident: Prix de Lausanne Prize Winner Madison Young

Madison Young is having the best month ever. Two weekends ago, the 17-year-old Houston Ballet II dancer was performing her heart out at the Prix de Lausanne, the prestigious scholarship competition held every year in Lausanne, Switzerland. Sixty-seven young dancers from around the world were selected to compete, and Young—the only American among the 20More »

Two Ballet Livestreams You Won’t Want to Miss

If you’re wishing events like World Ballet Day LIVE came around more than once a year, you’re in luck: Next week brings not one, but two ballet livestreams that you can enjoy right from your phone or computer. Mark your calendars, and prepare for a week of stellar ballet: Zarely’s first World Online Gala. ThisMore »