Student from Murrieta’s Academy of Ballet Arts competes in Switzerland

Ivy Lanhardt of Corona, a 16-year-old who dances with the Academy of Ballet Arts in Murrieta, was one of 12 Americans who were accepted to compete in the 50th anniversary edition of the Prix de Lausanne, held Jan. 29-Feb. 5 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Lanhardt, daughter of Paul and Amy Lanhardt, is an online homeschool student of River Springs Charter School, in her junior year of high school.

Each year hundreds of dancers send videos to apply for the Prix de Lausanne, a competition for dancers ages 15 to 18. This year, there were 429 applicants from 39 countries, and of those applicants, 87 dancers from 18 countries were accepted, according to a news release.

At the event, directors from top ballet schools and companies evaluate the dancers, many of whom are offered scholarships or contracts at the end of the competition.

At this year’s competition, Lanhardt received offers from four schools, including the San Francisco Ballet School and the Royal Swedish Ballet School, according to the news release.

She was the second dancer from the Academy of Ballet Arts in Murrieta to be selected for the Prix de Lausanne in three years. The first was Keara Nichols, who participated in the competition in January 2020 and is now dancing as a studio company member with the Colorado Ballet.

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