Monaco shines at Prix de Lausanne 2022


The Princess Grace Academy stood out during the finale of the International Competition for Young Dancers at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne, with three students taking out prizes.

Of the 70 dancers and 20 finalists who took part in the competition oon 5th February, three students from the school involved with the Ballets de Monte-Carlo stood out. Young American Darrion Sellman won the Oak Foundation Gold Medal and Scholarship, while Frenchman Dorian Plasse won the Coromandel Foundation grant and the Contemporary Prize. The scholarships will give  these young talents the opportunity to choose the Company they will join, among the prestigious partner institutions of the Prix de Lausanne.

A third student of the Princess Grace Academy, Italian Luca Branca, stood out with his version of ‘Les ombres du temps’, interpreted by Yo Nakajima from the same school, and won one of two Young Creation Awards. His original creation will be added to the contemporary repertoire of the Prix de Lausanne 2023.

Each year, a partner school or company is invited to present a piece during the Prix de Lausanne, and this year, it was the Princess Grace Academy’s turn to show off its know-how. 10 students performed ‘Back on Track 61’ by Jean-Christophe Maillot.



Photo of Darrion Sellman by Gregory Batardon