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Written by: Prix de Lausanne

The Prix de Lausanne is an International dance competition held annually.

The Prix de Lausanne was founded in 1973 by the Swiss industrialist Philippe Braunschweig and his wife Elvire. Philippe, although not a dancer, became interested in dance as a young man. His Russian dancer wife developed his interest further.

Photographer: Jean-Bernard Sieber

The Braunschweigs created the competition after noticing the lack of financial support to young dance students, particularly those from small regional schools, wishing to attend professional level programs.

From 1998 onwards, the Prix de Lausanne adopted a new orientation, characterized by the determination to enhance the pedagogical aspect of the competition, as well as by increased openness towards contemporary dance. From then on, candidates also were to present a contemporary variation. The event was therefore extended by one and a half days. Cash prizes were eliminated and apprentice scholarships with international dance companies were added.

Photographer: Marina Kleinwort

In order to develop its function as a genuine "forum" for the dance world, the Prix de Lausanne is enhanced by meetings organized between dance professionals: teachers, company directors, étoiles, etc.

The competition is for young dancers seeking to pursue a professional career in classical ballet, and many former prize winners of the competition are now leading stars with major ballet companies around the world. The competition is managed and organised by a non-profit foundation, the Fondation en faveur de l’Art chorégraphique, and is maintained by various sponsors, patrons and donors.

Entry is reserved for young student-dancers, aged 15 to 18, who have not yet been in professional employment and open to candidates of all nationalities.


The Prix de Lausanne continues to move ahead.

To reveal the potential of exceptionally talented young dancers (aged 15 to 18) from around the globe by having them be evaluated for a whole week by a jury of world-renowned dance personalities.

To open the doors to the world's finest schools and companies for them by providing scholarships to the most prestigious international schools and companies.

To promote their scholastic education (a dancer's career is short-lived: from about age 18 to 38) by ensuring that they earn a high school diploma which will facilitate their career transition.

To preserve their health by applying a strict health policy: eating habits and body mass index are scrutinized before the competition.

Entry is reserved for young student-dancers, aged 15 to 18, who have not yet been in professional employment and open to candidates of all nationalities.

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