One year of free tuition at one of the Prix de Lausanne partner schools and an amount of money to cover the prize winners’ expenses during that year. The winners may choose their school.
Lauren Hunter, Prize Winner 2017
These prizes, reserved for candidates aged 17 or more, consist of a one-year apprentice scholarship in one of the Prix de Lausanne partner companies, and an amount of money for the prize winners’ expenses during that year. The winners may choose their company.
Michele Esposito, Prize Winner 2017
Contemporary Dance Prize
This prize is awarded to the finalist who, through the interpretation of his/her contemporary variation at the finals, shows exceptional potential in the area of contemporary dance. The prize consists in a free contemporary dance summer course, including travel and accomodation.
The Rudolf Nureyev Foundation Artistic Award
This prize is offered to a finalist who does not win a scholarship, but shows great potential. It is offered by the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation.
Best Swiss Candidate Prize
Awarded to the best Swiss finalist or resident that has been training in Switzerland for at least three years before the competition.
Marina Fernandes da Costa Duarte – Prize Winner 2017
This prize reflects an “instant preference” that the audience has felt for one of the finalists on the evening itself. Contrary to the prizes awarded by the jury based on an evaluation system spanning several days, the “Audience Favourite” reflects the emotions of the moment. This prize rewards the finalists having earned the most votes expressed by the audience (in the venue and through internet).
Throughout the competition the jury will evaluate a candidate’s potential as a ballet dancer by considering:
- Physical suitability
- Courage and individuality
- An imaginative and sensitive response to the music
- A clear grasp in communicating differing movement dynamics
- Technical facility, control, and coordination.
While advanced skills will be taken into account, jurors’ primary focus will be on the candidate’s potential to succeed as a professional ballet dancer.