One year of free tuition at one of the Prix de Lausanne partner schools and funds to cover a year’s living expenses of the Prize Winner. The winners may choose their school.
Ava Arbuckle, 2020 Prize Winner / © Gregory Batardon
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 funds to cover a year’s living expenses of the Prize Winner. The winners may choose their company.
In 2021, they will be offered by:
Contemporary Dance Award
Marco Masciari, Prize Winner 2020 / © Gregory Batardon
This award is offered by the Minerva Kunststiftung 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 award consists in a free contemporary dance summer course, including travel and accomodation.
Best Young Talent Award
This award is offered to a finalist who shows exceptional artistry. It is offered by the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation.
Best Swiss Candidate Award
This award is offered by an anonymous donor to the best Swiss finalist or resident that has been training in Switzerland for at least two years before the competition.
Audience Favourite Award
Catarina Pires, Audience Favourite Prize Winner 2020 / © Gregory Batardon
This award reflects the audience’s favourite candidate during the Finals. This award rewards the finalist having earned the most votes expressed by the audience the day of the Finals. To vote, send the code PDL followed by the number of your favourite finalist to the number 939 (20 cents per SMS). Example: PDL 143. This service is only offered to people with Swiss mobile phones.
Exceptionally this year, there will be no Audience Favourite Award, but only a Web Audience Favourite Award.
Web Audience Favourite Award
This award is attributed to the most voted candidate by the web spectators that watched the competition through the live streaming. Vote online directly the day of the Finals.
Support your favourite candidate thanks to our crowdfunding campaign.
The Finalists who have not been awarded any scholarship will each receive CHF 1,000.- offered by Bobst.
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.