Stéphane Lagonico, already a Board member for many years, is elected President of the Foundation’s Board. He was the last Board member that was appointed by Philippe Braunschweig: the Prix de Lausanne’s founder shared his ideas and legacy with Stéphane Lagonico during his first several years as a Board member (since 2004). During his first term as President, committed to his mandate, Stéphane Lagonico initiated many developments such as the live streaming of the competition, the reinforcement of the social media presence, the first commercial/corporate partnerships, the reinstating of the relationship with the Paris Opera Ballet School and the welcoming of the Vaganova Academy, in St. Petersburg. He pursued many reforms thanks to a strong professionalization of the competition, first by hiring the first full-time Executive Director, implementing a new strategy for the foundation, opening a path towards the Far East, developing sponsorship, restructuring the Board, upholding the competition’s unity despite five different Directors over several years; he was also determined to maintain the focus of the competition on the candidate and his or her fulfillment – an approach recognized by the London Royal Ballet School’s Director, Christopher Powney.
Shelly Power was appointed Artistic Director and CEO in September 2016. She created the first Prix de Lausanne Lifetime Achievement Award, offered to John Neumeier (Choreographer, Director, Hamburg Ballett) in 2017 and to Jean-Christophe Maillot (Choreographer, Director, Ballets de Monte Carlo) in 2018. She participated in the expansion of the Prix de Lausanne around the globe with numerous new preselections. Shelly Power left after the 46th edition of the competition in February 2018. Kathryn Bradney was appointed the new Artistic and Executive Director in June 2018.
Kathryn Bradney and Stephane Lagonico then created the first Prix de Lausanne Summer Intensive – European Preselections.
In 2021, the Prix de Lausanne faced a new challenge because of the international crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The competition could not take place as usual and had to reinvent itself to take place by video, with only the 9 Jury members on site, in Lausanne. The candidates were judged through a video of their classes and two videos of variations (classical and contemporary). All the content was live-streamed on Arte Concert and it turned out to be a huge success.
2021 also held the first edition of the Young Creation Award, a programme created to stimulate the art of choreography with students from partner schools.
For its 2022 edition, the competition was relocated to Montreux, due to the renovations still in progress in the Beaulieu Theatre in Lausanne. Despite the pandemic, the competition could take an almost normal form and most of the selected candidates were able to travel and attend the competition week. The second edition of the Young Creation Award was presented to a large public and the 2021 YCA winners were present the whole week to coach their variations.