Prix winners 2014

The Brazilian dancers looked like they were on a fast track for winning a scholarship in the 2014 Prix de Lausanne but they did not make the final cut.

Scholarships were awarded this year to:

Haruo Niyama from the Japan Hakucho Ballet Academy.

Sae Maeda from Mayumi Kinouchi Ballet Studio.

Precious Adams, an American who trains at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She also won the contemporary dance prize.

David Navarro Yudes, (sometimes written as David Yudes Navarro), a Spaniard who trains at the Princess Grace Academy in Monte Carlo.

Mikio Kato, who also trains at the Princess Grace Academy in Monte Carlo.

Garegin Pogossian, who trains at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse Lyon.

The audience favourite was Yudes. The video below was uploaded three years ago when he was only 14.

Precious Adams is following in the path of other African Americans who have succeeded despite the prejudice against them in the dance world.

I’ve recently been thinking about their careers or lack of them. Adams has talked abut the prejudice she has faced in Russia and her hopes of finding a future career in the US.

Lauren Anderson was the first African American to become a principal female dancer in the US when she was promoted to the rank at the Houston Ballet.

Misty Copeland is a soloist with American Ballet Theatre while Michaela DePrince, born in Sierra Leone, has joined the junior company of the Dutch National Ballet and in 2012.

I hope Adams can follow in their paths.

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David Navarro Yudes

David Navarro Yudes in 2009

Precious Adams, Prix de Lausanne 2014, photo © Keystone//Valentin Flauraud

Precious Adams, Prix de Lausanne 2014, photo © Keystone//Valentin Flauraud