Marco Masciari, a 17 year-old Italian student at the Princess Grace Academy, has won the First Prize – the Gold medal and the Prize for Contemporary Interpretation, during the prestigious Prix de Lausanne competition, which took place this year from February 2 to 9.

This is the third year in a row that a student at the Princess Grace Academy has received the gold medal. Over the past seven years, 13 awards have been received by young dancers from the Academy during the prestigious Prix de Lausanne competition.

The Prix de Lausanne is one of the most prestigious dance competitions in the world, and is open to young dancers aged 15 to 18 who are not yet professional. Its mission is to discover the talents of tomorrow and to allow the best of them to obtain scholarships in the largest schools and professional companies of international renown.

Under the responsibility of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, directed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, the exceptional success of these young dancers testifies to the excellence of the teaching delivered by the Princess Grace Academy and rewards the work of Luca Masala, the artistic director and all his teaching team.

The star dancer of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Bernice Coppieters, herself a former winner of the Prix de Lausanne said: “to me, it is synonymous with sharing, learning and development.”

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Ballets de Monte-Carlo PHOTO: Grégory Batardon