Local Ballerina Earns Rare Opportunity to Dance at Prix de Lausanne

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Jordan De Pina recently won first place in the senior classical division at the Youth America Grand Prix San Diego regional competition. She heads to Switzerland this month.

Jordan De Pina recently won first place in the senior classical division at the Youth America Grand Prix San Diego regional competition. She heads to Switzerland this month.

Long Beach Ballet Academy is proud to announce that Senior Company Dancer Jordan De Pina has been accepted as one of seven American female ballet dancers to compete at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland February 1-8, 2015.

“This is the second dancer from Long Beach Ballet to be accepted,” said the Academy’s Artistic Director David Wilcox. “Another student of ours was one of six U.S. dancers two years ago.” Long Beach Ballet is the only ballet school in the U.S. that has had two dancers to be accepted to the Prix de Lausanne in a three-year period. 

“Hundreds of dancers from around the world sent videos to Lausanne in order to qualify,” Wilcox said. “A qualifying panel that included artistic directors from major companies screened the videos and selected the competitors.”

De Pina, a 17-year-old senior at Los Alamitos High School, stands to win a year’s tuition at one of the major company ballet schools around the world, including the Royal Ballet in London, the Zurich Ballet, American Ballet Theatre (ABT), National Ballet of Canada, and more.

“Representatives from those schools select their scholarship recipient from watching the competition and a special selection class,” Wilcox explained.

DePina has trained at Long Beach Ballet since the age of nine. She is traveling to Switzerland having just won first place in the senior classical division at the Youth America Grand Prix San Diego regional competition.

The mission of Long Beach Ballet is to enhance the lives of children and the community through the beauty and discipline of classical ballet. Long Beach Ballet is the only studio in the area focused solely on ballet. The school produces the annual Nutcracker at the Long Beach Terrace Theatre and a spring show at the Carpenter Center. For information, visit http://www.longbeachballet.com.

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