Dance competitions are unique opportunities that help build emotional strength and provide a performance experience for young aspiring dancers, and we could not be more proud of our Level 8 student Amy Ronnfeldt, who was announced a prize winner of the prestigious Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition.
“Performing in the Prix De Lausanne was definitely one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had! I simply loved every second of my time, learning from internationally renowned teachers with different styles and perspectives and standing next to some of the world’s most talented emerging artists,” expressed Amy.
For Amy, Prix de Lausanne was a way to push herself harder and strived for a polished performance with refined technique and skill. “The Prix was somewhat about dancing outside of my comfort zone, in front of so many critical eyes and in such a foreign environment, but my confidence and sense of calm absolutely increased throughout the week, so I felt like I have developed more trust in myself overall, as a dancer and person”.
On receiving the award, Amy said she is forever grateful to The Australian Ballet School for giving her this excellent opportunity and our Director Lisa Pavane and teacher Lynette Wills for their constant support throughout the process. “There was a really strong sense of support and excitement backstage this year, as all the candidates, including me, felt so grateful and blessed that it was even made possible, during these unprecedented times”.
Director of The Australian Ballet School Lisa Pavane said, “We’re immensely proud of Amy’s achievement. She danced and presented beautifully throughout the competition. It’s fantastic to represent Australia at the Prix de Lausanne and remind the world of the incredible talent that we’re producing here. I am grateful to all the staff at The Australian Ballet School for supporting Amy to prepare for that moment and acknowledge her former teachers for the part they played in her ballet journey.”
Amy was one of 70 young ballet dancers selected from more than 40 countries to participate in the Prix de Lausanne, held from 30 January to 6 February 2022 in Montreux, Switzerland. Amy progressed to the finals and was ultimately announced as one of the seven Prize Winners. The prizes allow the seven winners to enter one of the prestigious international partner schools or companies of the Prix de Lausanne.
Amy captivated the judging panel with the lead variation from Paquita (view here) and a contemporary solo called Suppress (view here). “It did not feel nearly as daunting or scary as I was building it up to be, with the daily classes feeling like a summer school and the final performances feeling more like a gala than a contest”, added Amy.
Our outstanding Amy Ronnfeldt joined an impressive list of Australian winners who have gone on to dance on national and international stages, including Hannah O’Neill (Paris Opera Ballet), Steven McRae and Leanne Benjamin (The Royal Ballet UK), Lucinda Dunn OAM and Olivia Bell (The Australian Ballet).