1. Schools and companies chosen by the Prix de Lausanne 2014 prize-winners :

    The Prix de Lausanne is delighted to announce that the 2014 prize winners will continue their training in the following partner schools and companies:

    • (404) Mr Haruo Niyama, Japan (Hakucho Ballet Academy) is going to study at the San Francisco Ballet School (USA)

      Prize provided by 

    • (108) Ms Maeda Sae, Japan (Mayumi Kinouchi Ballet Studio) is going to study at the Royal Ballet School (UK)

      Prize provided by

    • (319) Ms Precious Adams, USA (Bolshoi Ballet Academy) will start dancing with the English National Ballet (UK)

      Prize provided by

    • 402) Mr David Fernando Navarro Yudes, Spain (Princess Garce Academy) will start dancing with Royal Ballet (UK)

      Prize provided by

    • (403) Mr Garegin Pogossian, France (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse Lyon) is going to study at the ABT’s Studio Compagny (USA)

      Prize provided by FONDATION COROMANDEL

    • (403) Mr Kato Mikio, Japan (Princess Grace Academy) will start dancing with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo

      Prize provided by


  2. Mizuka Ueno, Prix de Lausanne prize winner in 1993

    As part of the 150 Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Japan, we are pleased to spotlight our former Japanese prize winners.

    Prize winner in 1993, Mizuka Ueno studied at the Academy de Danse Classique Princess Grace in Monaco and is currently principal at the Tokyo Ballet. This March, she danced with Matthew Golding (Prix de Lausanne prize winner in 1992) in Delibes Suite at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Malakhov and Friends during the Final ballet gala.

    Mizuka Ueno at Prix de Lausanne in 1993. Photo by F. Levieux

    Mizuka Ueno and Matthew Golding at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Photo by Jack Devant


  3. more than a competition

    2014 Prix de Lausanne documentary will be available at Visions Du Reel doc market!

    Since its founding the Prix de Lausanne has gradually evolved from a classical ballet competition to an enriching week of learning, professional networking and personal growth for young dancers.

    While dance fans are familiar with the most visible parts of the competition - the selections, finals and prize-giving ceremony - few people, even professionals from the dance world, realise everything that the competition offers candidates coming to Lausanne.

    What really goes on in the studios, backstage and in the wings of this world-famous dance competition? How are these young dancers moved and inspired by teachers, coaches or other candidates from the four corners of the globe?

    A documentary by Olivier Badoux
    PRODUCTION MEDIAPROFIL: Xavier Borgeaud, Bertrand Saillan
    PRODUCTION PRIX DE LAUSANNE: Amanda Bennett, Annick Berberat, Lorine Grandjean
    WITH: Alessandra Ferri, Julio Bocca, Li Cuxin, Goyo Montero,
    Amanda Bennett, Beth Krasna, Wentao Li


  4. The Dancer


    Check out “The Dancer” by Ezra Hurwitz featuring 1995 Prix de Lausanne prize winner and New York City ballet principal Gonzalo Garcia

    Photo by F. Levieux | Gonzalo Garcia @ Prix de Lausanne in 1995


  5. Happy #tututuesday! It was 2 years ago, when we celebrated Prix the Lausanne 40th anniversary: operation “tutus on statues”


  6. Prix de Lausanne Daily Dance Dialogue I : How to perform better on a rake

    This year 4 conferences will take place at Beaulieu Theatre during the Prix de Lausanne. Join us for intimate discussions and question and answer sessions with some of the most amazing figures in the world of dance!

    The first Daily Dance Dialogue will take place on Tuesday January 28 at 5.30 pm in the Foyer.

    Peter Lewton-Brain is going to present a very interesting conference about how to perform better on a rake                           

    The subject of his talk is closely connected to the Beaulieu theater stage where the Prix de Lausanne candidates dance. Indeed this stage has a 3,5% slope that allows a deeper perspective and a better view for the audience. But how does it affect the dancers? How do they adapt to it? How do they prevent injuries or accidents?

    Peter Lewton-Brain was born in London and studied dance at the School of American Ballet in New York. He is resident osteopath at the Academie de Danse Princesse Grace in Monte-Carlo and directs the Dancer’s Health Clinic at the École Supérieure de Danse Cannes, Rosella Hightower. He is also a Member at Large of the Board of Directors of IADMS, the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.

    The conference will be moderated by Jason Beechey, Director of the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden.


  7. Presenting our 2014 Jury: Kay Mazzo, president

    The jury of the Prix de Lausanne is composed of nine renowned personalities of the dance world.

    The Prix de Lausanne is delighted to be able to provide the young dancers of the competition with a prestigious panel of dance professionals and wishes to take this opportunity to thank them for their time and expertise. Their voluntary work is extremely appreciated.

    During the following weeks, we are going to present each member of the 2014 Prix de Lausanne Jury. Today, we are happy to start with the president!

    Kay Mazzo, president of the 2014 Jury

    Kay Mazzo was born in Chicago, where she received early training before entering the Summer Course of the School of American Ballet at age 12. She subsequently enrolled as a full time student in SAB’s advanced division in 1959.

    Following performances with Jerome Robbins’ Ballets U.S.A., Ms. Mazzo became a member of the New York City Ballet in 1961 and was promoted to principal dancer in 1968. Among those ballets in which Ms. Mazzo originated principal roles are George Balanchine’s STRAVINSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO, DUO CONCERTANT, SCHERZO A LA RUSSE, UNION JACK, VIENNA WALTZES, TSCHAIKOVSKY SUITE NO. 3, and ROBERT SCHUMANN’S DAVIDSBUNDLERTANZE; and Jerome Robbins’s DANCES AT A GATHERING and IN THE NIGHT. Over the course of her nearly twenty-year career, she danced virtually every role in the repertory. Her partners included Jacques d’Amboise, Peter Martins, Edward Villella, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Sean Lavery.

    In 1983, Ms. Mazzo joined the faculty of SAB, serving as a coordinator of curriculum between 1993 and 1997. She was appointed Co-Chairman of Faculty in October 1997. She currently teaches intermediate and advanced classes and, with Chairman of Faculty Peter Martins, oversees all aspects of the training of SAB’s 440 Winter Term students and 200 Summer Course students. She is a founding trustee of The George Balanchine Trust.

     Kay Mazzo, présidente du jury 2014

    Kay Mazzo est née à Chicago, où elle a reçu sa formation initiale avant de participer au cours d’été de la School of American Ballet à 12 ans et de rejoindre la division avancée en 1959.

    Après avoir dansé avec la compagnie de ballet de Jerôme Robbins aux USA, Kay Mazzo est entrée au New York City Ballet en 1961 et a été promue Etoile en 1968. Au cours de sa carrière de près de vingt ans, elle a dansé pratiquement tous les rôles du répertoire et parmi ses partenaires figurent Jacques d’Amboise, Peter Martins, Edward Villella, Mikhail Baryshnikov, et Sean Lavery.
    En 1983, Kay Mazzo a rejoint la faculté de SAB en tant que coordinatrice du programme et, en 1997, a été nommée co-présidente de la faculté. Elle est également membre fondatrice du George Balanchine Trust.


    Photo (c) Rosalie O’Connor


  8. Presenting our 2014 jury: XU Gang

    Xu Gang, 2014 Jury member
    Prix de Lausanne prize winner in 1985
    General Repetiteur and Ballet Master at the National Ballet of China

    In 1985, Xu Gang won a cash prize at the Prix de Lausanne, and after his graduation from the Beijing Dance Academy in 1987 he joined the National Ballet of China. Xu Gang was a Principal dancer for the company and danced all the major roles in ballets such as Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet. In 2002, he spent a year in London to study Laban notation. In 2003, he worked with others to stage a new version of Swan Lake for the National Ballet of China and he was appointed General Repetiteur and Ballet Master of the company in 2012.

    Xu Gang, member du jury 2014
    Lauréat du Prix de Lausanne en 1985
    Répétiteur et Maître de ballet du Ballet National de Chine

    Xu Gang est lauréat du Prix de Lausanne en 1985. Il est engagé au Ballet National de Chine en 1987 à l’issue de sa formation à l’Académie de Danse de Beijing. En tant que Principal, Xu Gang a dansé tous les rôles majeurs des ballets du répertoire, tels que le Lac des Cygnes ou Roméo et Juliette. En 2002 il séjourne à Londres pour étudier la notation Laban. En 2003, il remonte le Lac des Cygnes dans une version nouvelle pour le Ballet National de Chine et est nommé répétiteur général et maître de ballet en 2012.

    First photo: Xu Gang at the Prix de Lausanne in 1985


  9. Presenting our 2014 jury: Pedro Carneiro

    Pedro Carneiro, 2014 jury member
    Director of the National Conservatory Dance School, Lisbon

    Pedro Carneiro started his dance studies at the school of Gulbenkian Ballet in Lisbon and then received a scholarship to study at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart. He danced with the Stadttheater Hagen and the Bonn Opera in Germany as well as with The National Ballet in Lisbon.

    Pedro Carneiro studied pedagogy at the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg. He has been a teacher for classical and character dance at the National Conservatory Dance School in Lisbon since 1996 and Director since 2003.

    Pedro Carneiro, membre du jury 2014
    Directeur de l’école de danse du Conservatoire national de Lisbonne

    Pedro Carneiro a commencé ses études de danse à l’école du Ballet Gulbenkian à Lisbonne et a reçu une bourse pour étudier à la John Cranko Schule à Stuttgart. Il a dansé au Stadttheater Hagen et à l’Opéra de Bonn en Allemagne ainsi qu’au Ballet National de Lisbonne.

    Pedro Carneiro s’est ensuite formé comme enseignant à l’Académie Vaganova, à Saint-Pétersbourg. Depuis 1996, il est professeur de danse classique et de caractère à l’école de danse du Conservatoire national de Lisbonne et directeur depuis 2003.



  10. Presenting our 2014 jury: Marilyn Rowe OBE

    Marilyn Rowe OBE, member of the 2014 jury

    Marilyn Rowe was born in Sydney, Australia and became a principal artist with The Australian Ballet in 1969 after training at The Australian Ballet School.

    After a career, where in 1973, she won a silver medal at the Second International Ballet Competition in Moscow, and, in 1980, received the Order of the British Empire, she danced all of the major roles in the company’s repertoire and had several works created for her by leading international choreographers. She was appointed Ballet Director, Deputy Artistic Director and in 1984 Director of The Australian Ballet’s Dancer’s Company. She was a member of The Australian Ballet’s Board from 1994 to 2009.

    Marilyn was appointed Director of The Australian Ballet School in 1999.

    Marilyn Rowe OBE, membre du jury 2014

    Marilyn Rowe est née à Sydney, en Australie et a été promue Etoile du Ballet d’Australie en 1969 après une formation à l’Ecole de Ballet d’Australie.

    En 1973, elle a remporté une médaille d’argent lors du deuxième Concours international de ballet de Moscou et, en 1980, a reçu l’Ordre de l’Empire britannique. Pendant sa carrière, Marilyn Rowe a dansé tous les grands rôles du répertoire du Ballet d’Australie, et les plus grands chorégraphes internationaux ont créé plusieurs rôles pour elle. Elle a été nommée directrice de ballet, directrice artistique adjointe et, en 1984, directrice de l’Australian Ballet’s Dancer’s Company. Elle a été membre du conseil d’administration du Ballet d’Australie de 1994 à 2009.

    Marilyn Rowe a été nommée directrice de l’Ecole de Ballet d’Australie en 1999.