Dancing in Lausanne
Join us for the guided dance city tour
Lausanne welcomes over 20 dance companies
Do you know of many towns the size of Lausanne that welcome over 20 dance companies and some hundred dance schools of all kinds? The complete dancer’s curriculum is represented here, whether for training, broadcasting, creating and even retraining. In Lausanne, there are also several regional associations (Vaud Association of Contemporary Dance, Association for the Training of Young Dancers, Professional Dancers Retraining), national (Swiss Dance Collection) and international (Prix de Lausanne).
Béjart Ballet has made Lausanne a hotspot for dance over the last 30 years.
May 19, 1987: Philippe Braunschweig, founder of the Prix de Lausanne, informed the Municipal Council that his friend Maurice Béjart wished to leave Brussels. August 15: the company arrived in Lausanne with tights, tutus and dance shoes. Without, however, having the certainty that the Town Council would approve the necessary budget! Many couldn’t believe their eyes or their ears. The famous Béjart, used to the most prestigious scenes, settling in little Lausanne.
Lausanne, a springboard for tomorrow’s stars
Since it was created in 1973, the Prix de Lausanne offers the possibility to young classical dancers aged 15 to 18 to obtain a scholarship for one year of tuition or as an apprentice in one of the partner schools and companies. The Rolls Royce of international ballet competitions has revealed several stars such as French choreographer Benjamin Millepied or soloist Diana Vishneva of the Mariinsky Theatre (in Saint Petersburg). Book your seats for the 45th edition, taking place from January 29 to February 5, 2017.