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Bettes the favorite at Prix de Lausanne

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Hannah Bettes, the 16-year-old ballet phenom from Tampa, placed second in the prestigious Prix de Lausanne international competition in Switzerland and was voted to receive the "Prix du Public" (audience favorite) award.

Hannah Bettes / Photo courtesy of Visual Arts Masters

Bettes, a student of Peter Stark at the Patel Conservatory for the Performing Arts and a member of the Next Generation Dance company, was invited to attend the competition along with other top-tier pre-professionals from around the world. She was topped only by Sugai Modoka from Japan, who placed first both in the "Bourse" (Scholarship) category and in the contemporary dance category.

Bettes is eligible to receive a full-ride scholarship, plus a stipend, at any of the top 30 ballet schools in the world. Bettes recently placed second at the Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals competition in Tampa and will go on to the finals, the world's largest competition, in New York City in April.

 

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Carrie Seidman

Dance/arts critic, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Last modified: February 5, 2012
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