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Lausanne, February 5th, 2021: 20 candidates have been selected for the Finals of the Prix de Lausanne that will take place tomorrow, on Saturday February 6th, via video.

During today’s Selections’ round, the 78 candidates from all around the world have presented their classical and contemporary variations via video. The 9 jury members were able to watch and mark each candidate the whole week through ballet class exercises. At the end of the Selections today, the Jury panel was able to make a choice after the classical and contemporary variations videos of each candidate.

Different parameters were taken into account to assess the dancers’ potential: artistry, technical facility, talent, ability to give an imaginative and sensitive response to the music and to communicating clear movements, among others. They had to master the traditional classical repertoire as well as the contemporary creations of Kinsun Chan, Cathy Marston, Goyo Montero, Heinz Spoerli or Richard Wherlock.

The jury, composed of renowned personalities of the field and presided this year by Richard Wherlock (Director & Head Choreographer, Basel Ballet) has selected the 20 Finalists of the Prix de Lausanne 2021:

The 20 selected candidates are from 11 different countries. The most represented ones are Brazil with 4 candidates, the Japan and South Korea with 3 candidates each.

The Finals will take place via video on Saturday February 6th at 2pm. It will be live streamed on ARTE Concert, YouTube, Facebook and the Prix de Lausanne website. The audience will be able to vote for their favourite Finalist on our website and help them win the Audience Favourite Prize. After the Finals, around 4.30pm, 6 Prize Winners will be announced and will receive a scholarship or apprenticeship, allowing them the opportunity to choose among the Prix de Lausanne partner schools and companies.

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