Austen Acevedo and Gabriella Stilo will dance at the prestigious 2015 Prix de Lausanne
December 10, 2014
[Orlando, Florida, USA] – Talented Orlando Ballet School students Austen Acevedo and Gabriella Stilo have been selected to compete at the prestigious 2015 Prix de Lausanne from February 1-8, 2015, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Acevedo and Stilo received the coveted designation, and are two of the 67 students from among 300 worldwide applicants to be accepted to the competition. Prix De Lausanne is the most exclusive student ballet dance competition in the world.
Now 15, Acevedo has been training with Orlando Ballet School since age 10. He is the only United States junior male to place in the top three at YAGP 2014 in NYC. Acevedo has won the Junior Grand Prix at the YAGP Tampa regional semi-finals and the Bronze at World Ballet Competition 2014. He is an American Ballet Theatre Merit Scholar for 2013 and 2014. Acevedo has danced in several Orlando Ballet professional productions including Carmen and Vampire’s Ball. Acevedo is only one of seven American male dancers selected to compete at the 2015 Prix de Lausanne.
Also 15, Stilo is originally from Tampa and relocated to Orlando in August 2014 specifically to train at Orlando Ballet School. Stilo has won the YAGP Grishko Model Search 2014, placed first in the pas de deux category at YAGP NY Finals 2014, won the Junior Grand at the YAGP Atlanta regional semi-finals and won the Junior American Dance Competition Grand Prize in 2013.
“We are extremely proud of Austen and Gabriella,” said Dierdre Miles Burger, director of the Orlando Ballet School. “Being selected to participate in the prestigious Prix De Lausanne is a tremendous honor. We look forward to them representing Orlando Ballet School, which provides the high caliber of training that has allowed these dancers to excel.”
Both Acevedo and Stilo are raising funds for their trip to Switzerland for the competition. If you’d like to support Acevedo on his journey to compete in Switzerland, please visit www.gofundme.com/austenacevedo. If you’d like to support Stilo on her journey to the 2015 Prix de Lausanne, please visit her site at www.gofundme.com/ids1i4.
For more information on the 2015 Prix De Lausanne, please visit www.prixdelausanne.org.
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