Rodrigo Buas, Courtesy PdL

The Prix de Lausanne Just Announced Its 2020 Finalists

If you're like us, you've been watching the Prix de Lausanne live stream all week. And chances are, you've picked out a few favorites among the 77 competitors. Today the judges chose 21 dancers to advance to tomorrow's finals. From this group, seven will receive a scholarship and have the chance to choose among the world's most prestigious academies and companies.

Check out the 21 finalists below—three are from the U.S. And catch the finals' live stream tomorrow, February 8, on ARTE Concert, YouTube, Facebook, the Prix de Lausanne website and on Dance Australia starting at 2:30 pm in Switzerland (that's 8:30 am EST/5:30 am PST).


Ava Arbuckle, #102

Ava Arbuckle

Gregory Batardon, Courtesy PdL

Country: USA

Age: 15

Zeyu Wang, #108

Zeyu Wang

Rodrigo Buas, Courtesy PdL

Country: China

Age: 15

Soo Min Kim, #109

Soo Min Kim

Rodrigo Buas, Courtesy PdL

Country: South Korea

Age: 15

Chaeyeon Kang, #112

Chaeyon Kang

Rodrigo Buas, Courtesy PdL

Country: South Korea

Age: 15

Milda Luckute, #113

Milda Luckute

Rodrigo Buas, Courtesy PdL

Country: Lithuania

Age: 15

Sophie Beatty, #118

Sophie Beatty

Gregory Batardon, Courtesy PdL

Country: Australia

Age: 16

Kaito Matsuoka, #201

Kaito Matsuoka

Gregory Batardon, Courtesy PdL

Country: Japan

Age: 15

Vitor Augusto Vaz, #203

Vitor Augusto Vaz

Gregory Batardon, Courtesy PdL

Country: Brazil

Age: 15

Max Barker, #204

Max Barker

Rodrigo Buas, Courtesy PdL

Country: United States

Age: 15

Jackson Smith-Leishman, #206

Jackson Smith-Leishman

Gregory Batardon, Courtesy PdL

Country: Australia

Age: 15

Chun Hung Yan, #207

Chun Hung Yan

Gregory Batardon, Courtesy PdL

Country: Hong Kong, China

Age: 15

Austen McDonald, #209

Austen McDonald

Gregory Batardon, Courtesy PdL

Country: Australia

Age: 16

Yue Zhou, #306

Yue Zhou

Gregory Batardon, Courtesy PdL

Country: China

Age: 17

Lin Zhang, #307

Lin Zhang

Gregory Batardon, Courtesy PdL

Country: China

Age: 17

Yuyan Wang, #312

Yuyan Wang

Gregory Batardon, Courtesy PdL

Country: China

Age: 17

Catarina Pires, #316

Catarina Pires

Rodrigo Buas, Courtesy PdL

Country: Portugal

Age: 17

Evelyn Robinson, #323

Evelyn Robinson

Gregory Batardon, Courtesy PdL

Country: United States

Age: 18

Xuetong Wang, #325

Xuetong Wang

Gregory Batardon, Courtesy PdL

Country: China

Age: 18

Marco Masciari, #406

Marco Masciari

Gregory Batardon, Courtesy PdL

Country: Italy

Age: 17

João Vitor Santana, #407

João Vitor Santana

Gregory Batardon, Courtesy PdL

Country: Brazil

Age: 17

Matei Holeleu, #421

Matei Holeleu

Rodrigo Buas, Courtesy PdL

Country: Romania

Age: 18

Latest Posts


Peter Mueller, Courtesy Cincinnati Ballet

2020 Stars of the Corps: 10 Dancers Making Strides In and Out of the Spotlight

The corps de ballet make up the backbone of every company. In our Fall 2020 issue, we highlighted 10 ensemble standouts to keep your eye on. Click on their names to learn more!

Dara Holmes, Joffrey Ballet

A male dancer catches a female dancer in his right arm as she wraps her left arm around his shoulder and executes a high arabesque on pointe. Both wear white costumes and dance in front of a blue backdrop onstage.

Dara Holmes and Edson Barbosa in Myles Thatcher's Body of Your Dreams

Cheryl Mann, Courtesy Joffrey Ballet

Wanyue Qiao, American Ballet Theatre

Wearing a powder blue tutu, cropped light yellow top and feather tiara, Wanyue Qiao does a piqu\u00e9 retir\u00e9 on pointe on her left leg and pulls her right arm in towards her.

Wanyue Qiao as an Odalisque in Konstantin Sergeyev's Le Corsaire

Gene Schiavone, Courtesy ABT

Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson, Houston Ballet

Three male dancers in tight-fitting, multicolored costumes stand in positions of ascending height from left to right. All extend their right arms out in front of them.

Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson (far right) with Saul Newport and Austen Acevedo in Oliver Halkowich's Following

Amitava Sarkar, Courtesy Houston Ballet

Leah McFadden, Colorado Ballet

Wearing a white pixie wig and a short light-pink tunic costume, a female ballet dancer poses in attitude front on pointe with her left arm bent across her ribs and her right hand held below her chin.

Leah McFadden as Amour in Colorado Ballet's production of Don Quixote

Mike Watson, Courtesy Colorado Ballet

Maria Coelho, Tulsa Ballet

Maria Coelho and Sasha Chernjavsky in Andy Blankenbuehler's Remember Our Song

Kate Lubar, Courtesy Tulsa Ballet

Alexander Reneff-Olson, San Francisco Ballet

A ballerina in a black feathered tutu stands triumphantly in sous-sus, holding the hand of a male dancer in a dark cloak with feathers underneath who raises his left hand in the air.

Alexander Reneff-Olson (right) as Von Rothbart with San Francisco Ballet principal Yuan Yuan Tan in Swan Lake

Erik Tomasson, Courtesy SFB

India Bradley, New York City Ballet

Wearing a blue dance dress with rhinestone embellishments and a sparkly tiara, India Bradley finishes a move with her arms out to the side and hands slightly flexed.

India Bradley practices backstage before a performance of Balanchine's Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2.

Erin Baiano, Courtesy NYCB

Bella Ureta, Cincinnati Ballet

Wearing a white dress with pink corset, Bella Ureta does a first arabesque on pointe in front of an onstage stone wall.

Bella Ureta performs the Act I Pas de Trois in Kirk Peterson's Swan Lake

Hiromi Platt, Courtesy Cincinnati Ballet

Alejándro Gonzales, Oklahoma City Ballet

Dressed in a green bell-boy costume and hat, Alejandro Gonz\u00e1lez does a saut\u00e9 with his left leg in retir\u00e9 and his arms in a long diagonal from right to left. Other dancers in late 19-century period costumes watch him around the stage.

Alejandro González in Michael Pink's Dracula at Oklahoma City Ballet.

Kate Luber, Courtesy Oklahoma City Ballet

Nina Fernandes, Miami City Ballet

Wearing a long white tutu and crown, Nina Fernandes does a saut de chat in front of a wintery backdrop as snow falls from the top of the stage.

Nina Fernandes in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Alexander Iziliaev, Courtesy Miami City Ballet

Courtesy Carrie Gaerte, modeled by 2020 Butler University graduate Michela Semenza

Concussions Are More Than a Bump on the Head. Here's What Dancers Need to Know

Your partner accidentally drops you during a lift. You collide head-on with another dancer in rehearsal. Or you're hit in the face while you're spotting a turn. Even if you didn't lose consciousness, you may have a concussion, which can occur from a direct blow to the head or rotary force of the brain moving excessively or striking the skull.

As a dancer, your first instinct may be to keep going, but you shouldn't, says physical therapist and athletic trainer Carrie Gaerte, PT, DPT, ATC, who works with Butler University in Indianapolis and at Ascension St. Vincent Sports Performance. "What's really hard for dancers is admitting that maybe something isn't right," she says. "But the big thing about concussions is that your brain is not like your ankle, shoulder or knee. When your brain has an injury, that needs to take precedence over a role or a job."

Keep reading SHOW LESS
Getty Images

Thinking About College Ballet Programs? Here's a Comprehensive Guide to the Application Process

Gone are the days when you had to skip college in order to have a successful ballet career. College ballet programs are better than ever before, providing students with the training, professional connections and performance experience they need to thrive in companies postgraduation. But given the number of elements involved in the application process, choosing the right program can feel daunting. We've broken the college application timeline down step by step to help you best approach each stage along the way.

Keep reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks