Japan's Tanaka Wins 2nd Prize at Lausanne Ballet Competition

Society Culture

Montreux, Switzerland, Feb. 5 (Jiji Press)--Japanese dancer Tsukino Tanaka won the second prize at this year's Prix de Lausanne, a prestigious international competition for young ballet dancers, in Montreux, Switzerland, on Saturday.

"It's unbelievable. It's like a dream," Tanaka, a 17-year-old from Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, said while wiping away tears. "It was not perfect, but dancing at this dream stage gave me a lot of fun."

Tanaka started dancing ballet at age 4 and has been studying at a school in Zurich since August 2020.

She has been forced to practice at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "It was difficult because I couldn't move as I wanted, but I did all kinds of things such as using sound-proof sheets," she said of her practice.

Japanese dancer Sachiya Takata, an 18-year-old from Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, and one of the finalists who failed to win prizes, said, "Becoming a finalist gave me confidence."

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