Prix de Lausanne Announcement

NZSD Ballet Student Accepted to Compete at the Prix de Lausanne 2022

We are delighted and proud to announce that Louise Camelbeke, a classical ballet student at the School, has been selected to take part in the Prix de Lausanne 2022.  Together, rigour, excellence and prestige, make the Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition a unique platform for young dancers with a very high level of technical proficiency.   

The Prix de Lausanne is an international ballet competition open to pre-professional dancers of all nationalities aged 15 to 18. This year a total of 376 hopeful classical ballet students from renowned dance institutions across the globe applied to participate in the competition. Louise, currently in her second year of study at NZSD, is the only dancer from New Zealand and one of just 81 globally, who will be dancing in the competition. The compeition is scheduled to be held in Switzerland from 31 January to 6th February 2022.

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 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.   However, we have never presented anyone for the competition before now.

The School is so proud of Louise, a very talented, hardworking and versatile young artist with tremendous potential. We are excited to see her grow through this wonderful experience. – NZSD Director, Garry Trinder