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Tuesday, 7th February 2012
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Japanese ballet prodigy wins coveted competition

A teenage ballet prodigy in Japan has picked up a prestigious prize that has set her on the road to stardom.

Madoka Sugai returned to Japan from the coveted Prix de Lausanne ballet competition in Geneva, Switzerland with the top prize in her hands, the Mainichi Daily reported.

Offering her thanks to supporters when she arrived at Narita airport, the 17-year-old ballerina told the news provider: "I want to become a dancer who can move audiences."

Sugai, who is part of the Sasaki Ballet Academy at Yamato in Kanagawa Prefecture, was one of 79 candidates from 19 different countries who made it through to the competition after an initial 226 submitted video applications.

Having won the coveted competition in its 40th anniversary year in front of the celebratory "all prize winner" jury, Sugai has now set her sights on the Birmingham Royal Ballet in England, the news provider said.

The Prix de Lausanne was established in 1973 and is open to dancers aged between 15 and 18.

Written by Susan Ballion