Ballet dancer

Egyptian ballet dancer Luca Abdel Nour wins second place at the Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition

CAIRO – February 9, 2021: Egyptian ballet dancer Luca Abdel Nour won second place in classical ballet at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland held from January 31 to February 6.

The 17-year-old student from the Zurich Dance Academy performed classical and contemporary ballet.

Abdel Nour also won the “Best Swiss Candidate” award and the “Audience Favorite” award.

With his title of second place, he will now be able to obtain a “Youth of Hope” scholarship to train for a year in the prestigious ballet company of his choice, provided that the scholarship covers all the costs of the year.

78 dancers participated in this year’s competition. They were selected based on audition videos.

Only 20 reached the final phase of the competition, including Abdel Nour.

The jury, chaired by Basel choreographer Richard Whirlock, awarded only six prizes to the finalists.

The winners were:

1-Antonio Casalinho (Portugal)

2- Luca Abdel Nour (Egypt)

3- Andrey Jesus Massiano (Brazil)

4- Seo Jeong-yeon (South Korea)

5- Shunhei Fuchiyama (Japan)

6- Ashley Coupal (Canada)

The Prix de Lausanne is an international dance competition focusing on classical ballet.

The award was established in 1973 to support young dancers who wish to pursue the ballet profession in regional schools around the world, and it is limited to young people between the ages of 15 and 18 who have not previously worked in the field. professional ballet.

Winners usually sign with major ballet companies around the world.