15-year-old Harrison Lee takes the top gong at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne.
A 15-year-old dance prodigy from the northern Sydney suburb of Castle Hill has taken the top honour at the highly prestigious Swiss dance competition Prix de Lausanne. Harrison Lee was one of just 70 shortlisted applicants from all over the world invited to Lausanne, in the Romandy region of Switzerland, to be assessed during eight gruelling days of classes, workshops and performances.
Lee was selected to compete in the finals after sending a film of himself performing a solo from the ballet classic Flames of Paris. A film posted on YouTube of his award-winning performance at Prix de Lausanne final has received over 46,000 views since it was first published last week. This extraordinary win is not the only major competition the young Sydney talent has to his name. Lee also took the top prize at the Youth America Grand Prix last year. This winning streak places Lee among the most talented young dancers in the world – a fact that has not gone unnoticed by some of the planet’s most revered dance institutions.
Lee is currently a student at The McDonald College, one of Australia’s most respected elite performing arts colleges, but several international dance schools have extended invitations for Lee to attend, including the American Ballet Theatre School in New York, and the Royal Ballet School in London. Exactly where Lee will study he is yet to decide, but wherever he lands it seems a bright future in dance is assured.