Two rising stars of the Queensland Ballet Academy, Ruby Day and Jenson Blight, have turned heads at a prestigious international dance competition held annually in Switzerland.

Established in 1973, the Prix de Lausanne is dedicated to young dancers aged 15-18. Of the 88 selected candidates, Day and Blight were the only dancers to represent Australia in the finals, which featured dancers from 11 countries.

At the conclusion of the Finals, the Jury, presided over by Dame Darcey Bussell, President of the Royal Academy of Dance (and a Prix de Lausanne Prize Winner in 1986), it was announced that Blight, 17, had been awarded the Bourse Astarte Scholarship Award and that Day (also 17) would receive the Rudolph Nureyev Foundation’s Best Young Talent Award.

As the recipients of these awards, Day and Blight will have the opportunity to further their training by entering one of the renowned Partner Schools and Companies associated with the Prix de Lausanne.

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