Prix de Lausanne winners announced

Prix de Lausanne has announced its eight winners for 2019. Japanese and Brazilian dancers dominated, taking over half of the main prizes between them.

The 47th edition of the competition saw 21 finalists competing for dance scholarships at top international ballet schools. That was after 74 candidates entered the competition, which took place at Beaulieu Theatre in Lausanne.

The eight winners are: Mackenzie Brown (US), Gabriel Figueredo (Brazil), Sumina Sasaki (Japan), Yu Wakizuka (Japan), Shuailun Wu (China), João Vitor Silva (Brazil), Alexandre Joaquim (Portugal) and Mio Sumiyama (Japan).

Brown also won the Minerva Kunststiftung Contemporary Dance Prize and the Audience Favourite Prize. Best Young Talent went to Julia Shugart (US), while the Web Audience Favourite Prize (voted for by streaming viewers) was won by Jihyun Choi (South Korea).

Candidates who didn’t make the final or win a scholarship also had the chance to meet with dance school recruiters in Prix de Lausanne’s Networking Forum.