Prix de Lausanne Bound
Lausanne, Switzerland – On January 29, Madison Bevilacqua, a 15 year-old from Hilton, NY, will travel to Switzerland for the 50th annual Prix de Lausanne competition. The video selections took place between Oct. 20th – Oct 22nd, 2022. Out of 429 applicants from 39 different countries, the jury made up of 9 international dance experts including the Prix’s Artistic & Executive Director ultimately selected 76 dancers from this process. Madison is one of 39 girls chosen to compete. Only 7 female competitors were chosen from the USA.
“It has always been my dream to attend the Prix de Lausanne and I am so excited and honored to have this amazing opportunity to participate with so many talented dancers.” said Bevilacqua. “I am really looking forward to meeting new friends while I am in Switzerland and learning from incredible teachers from some of the most prestigious dance schools and companies in the world. I’m so thankful for my teachers at Draper Center for helping me prepare for this opportunity.”
Madison Bevilacqua will be performing the Gulnara Variation, Act III as her classical solo and Les Ombres du Temps, choreographed by Luca Branca, as her contemporary solo.
Created in 1973, the Prix de Lausanne is an international competition for young dancers ages 15 to 18 years old. Its goal is to discover, promote and support the finest talents. More than 70 of the world’s most prestigious dance schools and companies, such as the Royal Ballet of London, the Paris Opera Ballet School, the Hamburg Ballet School, the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, the Hong Kong Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet School are associated with the Prix de Lausanne and its activities.
One of a kind, the Prix de Lausanne offers – for 50 years – an exceptional experience for a selected group of youthful talents to nurture their skills and step towards a professional career. It is also an opportunity for dance professionals who can observe and establish contacts with the candidates.
Founded by the late Timothy M. Draper in 1986, Draper Center for Dance Education is the official training school for the Rochester City Ballet and teaches approximately 150 students year–round. Draper Center provides classical ballet training, along with pointe, variations, modern and jazz. With impeccable dance technique at its focal point, the school also stresses standards of excellence in all areas of life. Draper Center alumni currently perform or have performed with: New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Ballet Met, Nashville Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Alonzo King’s Lines, Cedar Lake Dance Hubbard Street, Cirque De Soleil, Finnish National Ballet, Rochester City Ballet and more.