School Buzz: Houston Ballet Student Wins Top Honors At Prix de Lausanne

What did you get for your last birthday? The week that Houston Ballet II dancer Emanuel Amuchastegui turned 19, he took first place and the “audience favorite” award at the 38th Prix de Lausanne ballet competition!

“I was surprised because I didn’t think I would win,” says Emanuel, a student at the company’s Ben Stevenson Academy. “I was happy when I got the audience award because I feel that my purpose is to reach people and get my feelings out on the stage. When I got that award, I felt like my mission was complete.”

The Prix was Emanuel’s first international competition. He was one of 81 dancers selected to compete from a pool of 226 applicants from 36 countries. Emanuel, a native of Argentina, is also the first of the school’s students to win the event.

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About Colleen Bohen

I’m proud of my “comp kid” past! Dance meant everything to me when I was a kid, and I spent my happiest hours studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop for 15 years at my local Long Island studio, L.A. Dance Studio, and competing with its company. I majored in journalism at Hofstra University, and save for an early stint with the student-run organization Danceworks, my dance career wound down just as my journalism career ramped up. Most of my attention was soon diverted to my work with the school’s newspaper, student magazine and an internship in NYC. After college, I spent a few years as a business journalist covering the toy and consumer electronics industries and now I’m ecstatic that I’ve found a way back to my first love—dance!
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