Boys (almost) scoop the scholarship pool at the 2013 Prix de Lausanne

The 2013 Prix de Lausanne might have set a record for the male/female ratio of dancers who reached the finals on February 2.

There were 20 finalists and of these, eight dancers won scholarships.

Of the 20 finalists, six were girls and of the scholarship winners, just one was a girl.

The number of selected candidates to compete were 41 girls and 40 boys.

We can’t put the boys’ success down to the Billy Elliot phenomenon any more. In competition, do boys impress the judges more or were the boys simply stronger this year?

For the 2013 Prix, there were nine judges, including the Queensland Ballet artistic director, Li Cunxin. Four of the nine were women.

More statistics: of the scholarship winners, two were from Brazil, two from China, and one each from Japan, Canada, Australia and Portugal.

The Australian scholarship winner, and also the winner of the Contemporary Dance Prize, was Joel Woellner who now trains at the Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy.

He lists his previous teachers as the renowned Vicki Attard, a former principal of the Australian Ballet, who now teaches at Academy Ballet in Sydney and Ettingshausens Dynamic Arts in Kirrawee, New South Wales, where the dance teachers are Joanne Ansell, Bridget Croft and Kim Traynor.

Another scholarship winner, Yamamoto Masaya from Japan, now trains at the Australian Ballet School.

The only other Australian finalist was Alysha Martignago who trained with Classical Coaching by Janine McGrath. She previously trained with Queensland Dance Performance College and Sun Coast Performing Arts Centre. (The performing arts director of both the college and centre is Bonnita Anthony.)

The scholarship winners were Silva Adhonay from Brazil, Li Wentao from China, Yamamoto Masaya from Japan, Domingues Leticia from Brazil, Corrales Cesar from China, Joel Woellner from Australia, Sebastião Francisco from Portugal and Zhang Jinhao from China.