NZSD Ballet Student Accepted to Compete at the Prix de Lausanne 2023

Aidan Tully for the New Zealand School of Dance, April 2022. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

New Zealand School of Dance is proud to announce that Aidan Tully, a classical ballet student at the school, has been selected to take part in the 50th-anniversary edition of the Prix de Lausanne 2023. This is a tremendous achievement and a testament to Aidan’s hard work, dedication, and talent.

The Prix de Lausanne is an international ballet competition open to pre-professional dancers of all nationalities aged 15 to 18. Its goal is to discover, promote and support the finest talents around the world.

A total of 429 hopeful classical ballet students from renowned dance institutions across the globe applied to participate in the competition, with only 76 dancers selected from this process. Aidan is the only New Zealander to be included.  This is the second year in a row that the New Zealand School of Dance has presented a student for the competition.­­

The competition’s raison d’être is to showcase the potential of exceptionally talented young dancers by having them perform before a panel of world-renowned dance personalities representing different countries and a broad range of ballet styles. The competition is scheduled to be held in Switzerland from 29 January to 5th February 2023.

The New Zealand School of Dance has enjoyed a formal relationship with the Prix de Lausanne since 2006, when we became one of the Prix’s Partner Schools.

“And just the fact I came from a small town where I could practically name everyone to this… just don’t ever think ‘it can never be me’, because that’s what I thought, and here I am.”  – Aidan Tully

The School is very proud of Aidan’s success and wishes him all the best as he prepares for the Prix de Lausanne. We are confident that Aidan will put forth his best and make New Zealand proud.

– NZSD Director, Garry Trinder