Around the world, ballet students with professional aspirations for a dance career apply year after year to one of the most prestigious competition prizes they could ever hope to win; a paid scholarship to a coveted school funded through The Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland.
This is not a competition for professional ballet dancers. Instead, it celebrates the untapped talent of amateur students that may have what it takes to impress the judges with their skills and artistry. It is, first and foremost, an incredible opportunity for talented youth to be given the accolades they deserve. Let’s find out what it takes to win a competition like the Prix de Lausanne.
What Kind Of Experience Does A Typical Contestant Have?
The Prix de Lausanne competition is open to non-professional ballet dancers between the ages of 15 to 18. This means that you can apply for a spot in the competition if you have been attending classes as a ballet student, not a paid corp member of a theatre. The beauty of these requirements means that you, as a student anywhere in the world, can make yourself known to those who can advance your dance career.
Impeccable Ballet Technique, Stage Presence And Natural Talent
The reason why winning a prize at the Prix de Lausanne is such a coveted accolade for young dancers is because it acknowledges that you have what it takes to move up the dance ladder of success. That in itself is a huge prize when you have worked so hard mastering the art of ballet technique.
Students with a deep passion, respect and love of the art form that are low on funds can receive much-needed help when they win a scholarship prize. Ballet is incredibly expensive; especially if you want to join a professional academy and get top-notch training by the best instructors.
You will also need:
- A High Level Of Physical Technique – Excellent turnout, physical symmetry of the body, well-formed arches, graceful port de bras, strong and well-balanced lifts and jumps and proper pointe technique.
- Stage Presence– It is hard to cheat on this one. Dancers that can connect their body movements with musical beats are one thing. A dancer that sends out vibes to the audience that he or she is already a star is another.
- The Ability To Project Emotion– Understanding the nuances of choreography, movement and music combined with a soul-stirring display of silent emotion that your audience can feel almost guarantees you were meant for the stage.
- Natural Talent– Some of us are born to dance professionally on a stage, the rest of us have to work incredibly hard. Anyone can take up recreational ballet training ; few are “born with it”. Many famous ballerinas knew from a young age that they were going to pursue a career in ballet.
- Dogged Determination– Are you determined to dance professionally? If you are willing to put in the vast amount of sweat equity, sacrifice and years of training that a ballet dancer endures, you can do it. If you have all of the above, you can accomplish anything your mind sets out to do.
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby
Choose Your Variation, Then Arrange A Consultation For Your Competition Costume Well In Advance
There is no doubt that a Prix de Lausanne contestant has a lot to think about and plan for as the competition deadline approaches. There are a lot of choices to make. Many contestants consult with others as to which variation they think is the best.
Choose a role you LOVE and one that you know you can dance beautifully. Practice, practice, practice. Did I mention practice?
After choosing your variation, consider the immense importance of your competition costume. It could make you or break you on stage.
* Your costume has to portray the character, role and variation perfectly.
* It should be easy and comfortable for you to wear and allow for maximum range of motion.
* It should feel safe and secure on your body with a perfect fit.
* It should be constructed of the highest-quality materials using the finest of couture techniques.
* It should wow the judges and the audience members with its theatrical beauty and role-enhancing style.
* You should look and feel absolutely beautiful wearing it.
Choose your costume maker carefully and arrange an inquiry well in advance of your deadline. If you have any questions about ordering deadlines, prices, and how the couture process works for competitions like the Prix de Lausanne, feel free to contact Monica for more details.