Shelly Power leads class at Houston Ballet Academy.

Houston Ballet Academy’s director of 11 years, Shelly Power, will be leaving to take on a new position: artistic director and CEO of the international ballet competition Prix de Lausanne, effective in September. She is the first in the annual competition’s history to become both the artistic and business leader. She succeeds current artistic director Amanda Bennett, who has held the position since 2012.

The Prix de Lausanne has been showcasing the ballet world’s top young talent, ages 15 to 18, for the past 44 years. The competition takes place each January and February in Lausanne, Switzerland. Prize winners receive ballet school scholarships and company apprenticeships. Past winners include First Position star Miko Fogarty, ballet renegade Sergei Polunin, “So You Think You Can Dance” competitor Alex Wong and American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet principal Maria Kochetkova.

Photo: by Amitava Sarkar, courtesy of Houston Ballet

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In our December issue, we hear what professional dancers have to say about their go-to teachers.

Miko Fogarty

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham, UK

“I loved learning from Marilyn ‘Marny’ Trounson at Zohar School of Dance. Her class was always well-structured: We’d have the same combinations for two weeks and then change them. That way, I’d work on something consistently and then move onto new things, and she guided us through that. It’d sometimes be hard waking up to go to ballet in the morning, but as soon as you walked into the bright studio and started her warm-ups, it was refreshing and wonderful. I go back to take her classes whenever I can.”

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