You are a permanent jury member of Youth America Grand Prix, in what way is that and other competitions different from the Prix?
Prix de Lausanne is much more about the learning process during the whole week. Normally the jury gets a chance to really know and see the candidates. This year was different, due to the pandemic the competition had to be done on line.
Youth America is a huge competition that take place in different parts of the world with about 12.000 participants yearly. From this competitions about 1000 candidates are selected to go to the finals. Compared with the Prix that had 399 applicants this year of whom 82 was selected for the Prix.
Youth America has a much bigger age range than the Prix and the competitions are done in a short time. The dancers only present a classical variation. At the Prix the dancers have to present a classical and a contemporary variation.
Youth America is changing now, we jury members get to teach the students more to get a chance to know them better. You can not assess the potential of a student from seeing only one variation.
The intentions of Youth America and the Prix are the same, to find talent get the students into good schools and to make contact.
Palucca University is a partner school in both competitions. This makes it possible to find students for the school without almost any other auditions. We have students from all over the world now.
Three years ago a new competition for young dancers started in Australia. ”The Brisbane’s International Contemporary Dance Prix ”. It was founded by Louise Deleur. It is based on the same idea as the Prix de Lausanne with one week of workshop but focused on contemporary dance. The Prix is fifty ballet and fifty contemporary nearly all the other competitions are only focusing on ballet.
I think the Prix de Lausanne is really the pioneer that has turned the competition into an amazing week of workshop for the participants. During the week the candidates work intensively in daily classes and coaching sessions with some of the most respected professionals in the dance world. Let us hope that next year will get back to normal again and that all the candidates can meet in Lausanne and experience this.