3 Japanese Dancers Win Prizes at Lausanne Ballet Competition

Society Culture

Lausanne, Switzerland, Feb. 9 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Sumina Sasaki won the third prize at this year's Prix de Lausanne, a prestigious international competition for young ballet dancers, on Saturday.

Two other Japanese dancers, Yu Wakizuka and Mio Sumiyama, came to fourth and eighth, respectively, at the 47th annual competition in the Swiss city of Lausanne.

Sasaki, 18, from the city of Higashiosaka in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, started to attend a ballet school run by her grandmother at the age of 3. She now learns ballet in Zurich, Switzerland.

"I didn't expect to win a prize. It's just like a dream," Sasaki told reporters.

"With the award, I've taken a step to become a professional ballet dancer," said Sasaki, who aims to perform at a European ballet troupe. "This is my starting point."

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