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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

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