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Lausanne dance competition on the Internet

Teenage dancers competing for the Prix de Lausanne

(Keystone Archive)

This week's highlights of finals of the international competition for young dancers in Lausanne are for the first time being broadcast live on the Internet.

This will be in addition to Swiss television broadcasts of an event described by its organisers as unique.

"There are several major dance competitions worldwide," said a spokesman. "But the Prix de Lausanne is the only one whose specific mission is to reveal the talent of very young dancers still in training and who have the potential to become top professionals."

Prizes awarded to the dancers - aged 15 to 17 - are traditionally study scholarships to leading schools or apprenticeships with international dance companies.

The more than 120 teenagers from nearly 30 countries who are competing in this year's Prix de Lausanne will be judged for their performances in both classical and contemporary dance.

Two seminars dealing with the health of young dancers have been organised parallel to the competition. The speakers include a psychologist specialising in the effects of sport and other strenuous activity on teenagers, hormonal balance and the growth of bone structure.

swissinfo with agencies


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