50 years of the Prix de Lausanne – What happened to them? The winners from 2013 to 2022
The Prix de Lausanne party in 2023 its 50th birthday! The Competition was created in 1973 to enable young students to enter prestigious international dance schools. And looking back, we realize the dizzying number of Stars who passed through this Award, and for whom this experience became a decisive springboard. For the occasion, DALP takes a look back at the winners of this prestigious award from the world of dance.e, as well as some finalists and contestants who stand out. Because of the Prix de Lausanne, many students, even if they do not go to the final, receive a scholarship. Let’s finish our retrospective by looking at the careers of the winners from the years 2013 to 2022, then the decade 1973-1982, the years 1983-1992 and the generation 1993 to 2002.
2013 – Adhonay Soares Silva
Adhonay Soares Silva continued at John Cranko’s school after the Prix de Lausanne and then never left Stuttgart, as the company hired him a few years later and was promoted to Principal in 2018.Other winners: César Corrales stand out among the finalists. The one who played young Billy Elliot on stage in his youth went to ABT then to the English National Ballet, and finally to the Royal Ballet where he has been Principal since 2021. Joel Woellner became Principal at Queensland Ballet. Finally, remember the presence of Miko Fogartya young dance prodigy who won all of the international dance competitions, before eventually turning to medical studies after a year as a professional dancer in England.
The other participants – The French Elisa Lons went to the Royal Ballet School, danced in various companies in Europe before joining today’s Ballet de Metz. Emily Suzuki is a Junior Soloist with the English National Ballet.
2014 – Haruo Niyama
“Flying Solor” as it is nicknamed after its amazing free variety, is not attached to a company. After several years in ballet corps around the world, including a supernumerary stint at the Paris Opera, Haruo Niyama now a freelance dancer.
Other winners – Many noticed Precious Adams had a successful career with the English National Ballet, where he was now a soloist. French Garegin Pogossian, trained at CNSMDL, went to American Ballet Theater. Finally, this edition marks the beginning of the “reign” of Princess Grace Academy, with two of its students among the winners: David Fernando Navarro Yudes was a Soloist at the Royal Ballet in London and Mikio Kato Soloist at the Royal Ballet of Flanders.
Other participants – Juliet Doherty became one of the big influencer dancers. While the French Diane Saller danced in the corps de ballet of French companies.
2015 – Harrison Lee
Harrison Lee He chose to enter the Royal Ballet School, then he joined the company, an artist in the corps de ballet who began to have small roles.
Other winners: Julian MacKayafter some time in Russia and the San Francisco Ballet, is now Principal at the Bavarian Ballet and an important guest in international galas. Rina Kanehara is a Soloist in the English National Ballet, while the headstrong Swiss Lou Spichtig is a dancer with the Queensland Ballet.
The other finalists – Bianca Scudamore for sure! Today Subject at the Paris Opera and one of the troupe’s most promising talents.
The other candidates – Laura Fernandez is Principal at the National Ballet of Georgia. Eriko Nakajimapassed on by the CNSMDP and the Paris Opera, is now with the Tokyo Ballet.
2016 – Hang Yu
Like many others, the ballerina Hang Yu went to the Royal Ballet School before joining the company, where he was a corps de ballet artist.
Other winners – madison young, after several years at the Houston Ballet and then at the Vienna Opera Ballet under the direction of Manuel Legris, now Principal of the Bavarian Ballet. The atypical Leroy Mokgatle working at the Zürich Ballet, Junnosuke Nakamura is with the Vienna Opera Ballet.
The other participants – The French of this promotion are making their way: Noam Durand is First Artist (the Choryphée equivalent) in the English National Ballet and excels in small roles, Lea Fleytoux move to the American Ballet Theater or Thomas Brown is a dancer with the National Ballet of Finland.
2017 – Michele Esposito
Michele Esposito is a dancer with Het National Ballet, and is a regular on television sets of dance competitions.
Other winners – Diana Georgia Ionescu is a soloist with the Stuttgart Ballet. Marina da Costa Duarte Fernandesexcellent Kitri during the final, is in the corps de ballet of the Berlin Ballet, after several years with Bavaria. Lauren Hunter went to Het Nationale Ballet.
The other finalists – Notice the presence of Riku Otacommitted to Principal Dancer at the Bordeaux Opera Ballet, Alessandro Frola Soloist at the Hamburg Ballet, too Edoardo Sartori went to the Stuttgart Ballet or Denilson Almeida go to the Royal Ballet.
The other participants – Louise Coquillardtrained at the CNSMDP, now at La Scala in Milan after several years at the Ballet du Capitole.
2018 – Shale Wagman
Shale Wagman joined the English National Ballet. He then had a few empty years as a freelancer, during the Covid, before returning to the Bavarian Ballet, where he is now Principal Dancer and promises a great career.
Other winners – Hannah Park is a dancer with the Royal Ballet, Lukas Bareman demi-soloist in the Ballet de Lubiana
The other finalists – Chloe Misseldine had a dazzling career with the American Ballet Theater where she became a Soloist three years after joining the company. Minji Namwinner’s classmate at Princess Grace Academy, continues at Stuttgart Ballet.
2019 – Mackenzie Brown
Mackenzie Brown He went to the Stuttgart Ballet where he made a career there at full speed, already a soloist three years after his engagement and already had the opportunity to take leading roles. All the best for the future!
Other winners – Second in the competition, Gabriel Figueredoalso chose the Stuttgart Ballet where he was a demi-soloist. Sumina Sasaki is in the Royal BalletJoão Da Silva at the San Francisco Ballet since 2022 o Alexandre Joaquimwhich had performed three years earlier at the Ballets de Monte-Carlo.
2020 – Marco Masciari
A rather special edition, transferred to Montreux during the main works at the Théâtre de Beaulieu. Marco Masciari joined the Royal Ballet in London, he was in the corps de ballet.
Other winners – Many noticed Ava Arbuckle is engaged in the Stuttgart Ballet, João Vitor Santana est in John Neumeier’s young ballet, Catarina Pires at Het Nationale Ballet, Matei Holeleu at the English National Ballet or Chaeyeon Kang is a student at the Royal Ballet School.
The other participants – Kotomi Yamadawho was deprived of full competition following an injury, was accepted by the American Ballet Theatre.
2021 – Antonio Casalinho
A special year… Following the Covid crisis, this edition was held only on video. So we are far from the experience of the Prix de Lausanne, but the competition wants to maintain this edition despite everything, so that this generation of 2021 will still benefit from the scholarships. The winner Antonio Casalinho comes from the Annarella Sanchez International Conservatory, a “small” Portuguese school that has won first prizes in international competitions for several years. Now he is Principal Dancer of the Bavarian Ballet, and no doubt soon to be Principal.
Other winners – Luca Abdel Nour joined the junior company of Het Nationale Ballet, Ashley Coupal is with the English National Ballet
The other finalists – Koharu Yamamoto, Japanese student of the CNSMDP, continued his training at the Paris Opera School of Dance after the Prix de Lausanne. He is now a quadrille in the Parisian company.
The other candidates – The French Anaelle-Jade M’Dallal went to John Cranko’s school following the Prix de Lausanne, while Juliette Rapenne is at the Munich Ballet Academy.
2022 – Darrion Sellman
An edition with a mask, in Montreux, but an edition all the same! Won by Darrion Sellman, a student of Princess Grace Academy, who enabled her school to bag the first place four times in the last five editions. Darrion Sellman has contacted the Royal Ballet in London.
The other winner – Luciana Sagioro, also known on social networks, joined the Paris Opera School of Dance where he is currently in the first division. French Dorian Plasse went to the Stuttgart Ballet, while Maya Schonbrun is with the Royal Swedish Ballet.
The other participants – French sides, Manon Baranger went to the Paris Opera School of Dance, in the second division, whileAlice Hidalgo is at the Ballet School of Sweden. Felicie Cunat continued his studies at the CNSMDP while dancing at the Ballet de Nice or the Opéra de Paris. Finally Naia Dobrotaalso a CNSMDP student, will take part in the Prix de Lausanne choreographic project in 2023.