11 February 2019 - 11h53
Mackenzie Brown, a young American student at the Princess Grace Academy, made a strong impression at the 2019 Prix de Lausanne.
The First Prize – the Gold Medal, the Audience Prize and the Contemporary Performance Prize: At the end of the 2019 edition of the Prix de Lausanne, nothing stopped Mackenzie Brown. The 16-year-old American showed more than impressive realism by performing the classical variation of the Bayadère and a solo, taken from the ballet Abstract, a piece created in 2018 by Jean-Christophe Maillot. Two promising performances that literally won over the jury.
One of the most prestigious competitions in the world
“I have no words to express what I felt this weekend. It’s the kind of experience that changes you, I’ll remember it for the rest of my career,” said the dancer from across the Atlantic on Instagram. An understandable reaction, the Prix de Lausanne – open to young dancers aged 15 to 18 who are not yet professionals – is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world. This is the second consecutive time that a student of the Princess Grace Academy has won a gold medal in Switzerland. Proof of the quality of the teaching provided by the Monegasque Institute, and in particular by Luca Masala, its artistic director. And if the role of this competition is to reveal talent, Mackenzie Brown deserves her place.
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