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Prix de Lausanne names top young dancers

A Spanish boy and a Turkish girl have won prizes at a prestigious international ballet competition in Lausanne.

This content was published on February 4, 2008 - 10:40

Spaniard Aleix Martinez won the Contemporary Dance Prize at the Prix de Lausanne contest, while Gozde Ozgur of Turkey took the Best Swiss Prize, which is awarded to the top Swiss or Swiss-based finalist.

Founded in 1973, the Prix de Lausanne is open to amateur dancers aged 15-18 and has developed some of the world's top performers.

Ten girls and 11 boys competed in the finals on Sunday, the sixth and final day of the 36th annual event, which had attracted 74 competitors from 22 countries.

The jury also awarded seven scholarships worth SFr16,000 ($14,700) for dancers to attend world-class schools or to study with a major international company.

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