“Winning [the Prix de Lausanne] has greatly encouraged me for my future. I’d like to become a dancer who can move people,” said Madoka Sugai, 17, on Sunday after winning the Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition for young dancers in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Saturday.
The Prix de Lausanne is known as the gateway to success for young ballet dancers aged 15 to 18. Judges lauded Sugai for not only her classical dance routine, but also her dynamic contemporary dance program, which is often considered a weak spot for Japanese dancers. Experts expressed hearty congratulations to Sugai, saying they hoped she would become a superb dancer. At the competition, Sugai danced to “Raymonda” for her classical dance routine.