Teen comes in third at Swiss ballet competition

Kyodo, JIJI

An 18-year-old high school student won third place at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne ballet competition in Switzerland over the weekend.

“I am satisfied with my performance, but I can’t still believe I became one of the top finishers,” said Masaya Yamamoto of Nomi, Ishikawa Prefecture, after Saturday’s award ceremony.

“I’d like to become a ballet dancer who can move people with my performance,” he said.

The Prix de Lausanne is designed for ballet dancers aged 15 to 18. Of the 20 finalists, the top eight will each receive a one-year scholarship to an internationally renowned dance school and a stipend of 16,000 Swiss francs (around ¥1.6 million).

A total of 75 dancers from 22 countries entered the competition, which marked its 41th year.

In 2012, Madoka Sugai from Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, won the top prize.