Harrison Lee on stage in the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WikiPoP Media.
On Saturday, 15-year-old Harrison Lee, one of the most promising dancers to rise from the Sydney Eisteddfod platform in recent years, won the Prix de Lausanne, the world’s most prestigious youth award for developing dancers. A South Korean claimed second place, Japanese dancers finished third and fifth, a Portuguese fourth and an American sixth. After a week of preliminary tests, nine girls and 11 boys were selected to appear in the final, and once again males dominated the contest by winning four of the six major prizes.
Of the seven Australians who were selected by video to compete in the semi final in Lausanne, four including Harrison progressed into the deciding round. The others, Victorian Rebecca Blenkinsop and Queenslanders Bianca Scudamore and Navrin Turnbull were finalists in the Sydney Eisteddfod Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship last year, an event Harrison won in 2013.
Harrison, who studies with Josephine Jason and Jane Kesby at the McDonald College, has been collecting prizes at Sydney Eisteddfod platform since he was eight. In 2014, he made headlines in the international dance press by adding a victory in the junior section of Youth of America Grand Prix to his laurels.
Bravo Harrison, Sydney Eisteddfod is proud of you!