The 2017 Prix de Lausanne

Follow PSPA students in Switzerland as they train and compete in the Prix de Lausanne! Scroll down to see each day as it progresses.

SHE'S A WINNER!
SHE'S A WINNER!

We are so proud!
We are so proud!

Celebrating Backstage
Celebrating Backstage

SHE'S A WINNER!
SHE'S A WINNER!

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Lauren, Roberto, Bret and Ms. Tita
Lauren, Roberto, Bret and Ms. Tita

Met up with Lauren, Bret, and Roberto Almaguer at the opening gathering. Took a tour of the huge complex that includes the theater and dance class and rehearsal spaces. 1/29/2017

The view flying over Lausanne on Lake Geneva.

Bret and Lauren
Bret and Lauren

Lauren, Roberto, Bret and Ms. Tita
Lauren, Roberto, Bret and Ms. Tita

Met up with Lauren, Bret, and Roberto Almaguer at the opening gathering. Took a tour of the huge complex that includes the theater and dance class and rehearsal spaces. 1/29/2017

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All the candidates came to Lausanne on Sunday to register for the week long conference. They had a first ballet class with their group and a chance to meet each other. The dancers are put into 4 groups. A Girls and A Boys ages 15 & 16 and B Girls and B Boys ages 17 & 18. Each group has between 15 and 23 students who will take class and coaching together all week.  The day ended with a little reception for parents, candidates, teachers and guests. The real work begins tomorrow.

Bret warming up with the senior boys

Bret was having a few minutes with the Boys B group on the raked stage before running their classical variations.

Bret warming up with the senior boys

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Stretching before class
Stretching before class

A and B girls join together for classical class with teacher Stefanie Arndt. Lauren is #102 lower left hand corner.

At the barre
At the barre

Listening to final words from Ms. Ar
Listening to final words from Ms. Ar

Stretching before class
Stretching before class

A and B girls join together for classical class with teacher Stefanie Arndt. Lauren is #102 lower left hand corner.

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The first two full days Monday and Tuesday all the candidates take classical ballet class divided into their own groups, with the jury watching, and contemporary class in the open class in Studio 1 where we could observe. In addition they had stage time to run their classical and contemporary variations on the raked stage. They also fit in warm-up class each day, cardio, cool down or yoga as per their schedule. Occasionally A & B girls work together, but usually they are in their own group of 15-20 dancers.

Boys class in Studio 1 where everyone is welcome to watch.

Bret warming up to dance his classical variation.

Contemporary coaching of the John Neumeier variation on stage with Yohan Stegli

Boys class in Studio 1 where everyone is welcome to watch.

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Today the dancers took contemporary class in front of the jury, and later performed their contemporary solo for them as well. Both were in Studio 2. In addition they had time on the raked stage for coaching of each of their solos. Many classes and coaching sessions are on the live stream. Go to prixdelausanne.org for more photos and video coverage.

Finals!
Finals!

Finals
Finals

Finals!
Finals!

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