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Patel Conservatory student competing in Switzerland
Patel Conservatory student competing in Switzerland

Next Generation Ballet (NGB) student William Dugan, of Pasco County, has been selected to compete in one of the world’s most prestigious dance competitions – the Prix de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Nearly 300 young dancers auditioned and out of the 84 candidates chosen to compete, 16-year-old Dugan is one of just 10 selected from the United States.

“William’s acceptance into this competition is a tremendous accomplishment. All participating students are offered scholarships to the world’s best ballet schools,” said Peter Stark, artistic director of NGB and Patel Conservatory dance chair. “Last year, NGB student Hannah Bettes won the title of ‘audience favorite’ at the Prix de Lausanne and the staff couldn’t be more proud of sending students in two consecutive years.”

The Prix de Lausanne, Jan. 27 through Feb. 3, offers young dancers pursuing professional careers in classical ballet the chance to compete for scholarships and job offers. More information about the Prix de Lausanne can be found at www.prixdelausanne.org.

Dugan also competed internationally last June, when he was chosen to compete in the Beijing International Dance Competition. Earlier this month, he placed third in the regional Youth America Grand Prix, the largest student ballet competition in the world. That win earned him a place to compete in the YAGP nationals this April in New York City.

Dugan is a New Artist for the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Art’s Next Generation Ballet. The not-for-profit Straz Center is committed to arts education as an essential part of its mission, and the fully accredited Patel Conservatory makes it all happen. Each year, the lives of more than 50,000 children are enriched in classrooms, on stages and through outreach programs. The conservatory offers classes in dance, music and theater for students of all experience levels. Registration, tour scheduling and more information are available at www.patelconservatory.org and by calling 813.222.1002.

Next Generation Ballet (NGB) student William Dugan, of Pasco County, has been selected to compete in one of the world’s most prestigious dance competitions – the Prix de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Nearly 300 young dancers auditioned and out of the 84 candidates chosen to compete, 16-year-old Dugan is one of just 10 selected from the United States.

“William’s acceptance into this competition is a tremendous accomplishment. All participating students are offered scholarships to the world’s best ballet schools,” said Peter Stark, artistic director of NGB and Patel Conservatory dance chair. “Last year, NGB student Hannah Bettes won the title of ‘audience favorite’ at the Prix de Lausanne and the staff couldn’t be more proud of sending students in two consecutive years.”

The Prix de Lausanne, Jan. 27 through Feb. 3, offers young dancers pursuing professional careers in classical ballet the chance to compete for scholarships and job offers. More information about the Prix de Lausanne can be found at www.prixdelausanne.org.

Dugan also competed internationally last June, when he was chosen to compete in the Beijing International Dance Competition. Earlier this month, he placed third in the regional Youth America Grand Prix, the largest student ballet competition in the world. That win earned him a place to compete in the YAGP nationals this April in New York City.

Dugan is a New Artist for the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Art’s Next Generation Ballet. The not-for-profit Straz Center is committed to arts education as an essential part of its mission, and the fully accredited Patel Conservatory makes it all happen. Each year, the lives of more than 50,000 children are enriched in classrooms, on stages and through outreach programs. The conservatory offers classes in dance, music and theater for students of all experience levels. Registration, tour scheduling and more information are available at www.patelconservatory.org and by calling 813-222-1002.

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