The Grand Prix de Paris

March 11th, 2017
Grande Halle de La Villette,

Up to
€ 20,000
prizes to be won

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The registration is open from the 15th of September 2016 till the 9th of February 2017

Final of the Grand Prix de Paris will be held during Let’sDANCE in France on Saturday the 11th of March 2017 at the Grande Halle de la Villette

Download the Grand Prix application form


The aims of
       the Grand Prix de Paris

Increase and improve dancers’ exposure and reveal young talents

Attract the attention of theaters company directors and choreographers for the new generation of dancers

Open the world of professional dance to all dancers and all dance styles

The Grand
Prix de Paris

Contest rules


Article 1 : Organization

    1. Grand Prize Let'sDANCE® 2017

You can submit your application in the following categories:

A / Young Professional: you must be between 18 and 26 years old in 2017. Your application is valid for a solo presentation in one of the following fields:

  • Ballet Style,
  • Contemporary style,
  • Modern and jazz style,
  • Urban style (street, lock, pop, break, ragga, dancehall, fusion).

B / Young Talent: you must be between 14 and 17 years old in 2017. This category allows you to present a solo in the style of your choice.

For each of the two categories: The choreographies should not exceed 4 minutes.

For candidates who could not be present during the preselection, we offer the possibility to compete via video. The choreography must be filmed in fixed-body camera with a wide angle, without light, without zoom effect, and without any retouching. In the event you choose to compete with this option you will need to register on-line and then send to the following address: the YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion link, pointing to your video. The video link should be sent no later than February 10th, 2017.

The application form must explicitly mention the candidate’s style of dance and category. Applications may be filed from this day until February 10th, 2017 included for candidates applying via video or to the preselection in Paris. Applications may be filed from this day until February 5th, 2017 included for the candidates that will physically present their solo during the preselection in Poland on February 11th & 12th, 2017.

The same candidate may submit several applications. Each application file shall relate to a class and style of dance for the Young Professional category.

All other candidates will perform in front of the Screening Committee on February 18th & 19th, 2017 or on February 11th &12th, 2017 for the candidates that will physically present their solo during the preselection in Poland.

The finalists will have the opportunity to perform during the Grand Prix de Paris Let'sDANCE® awards on the big stage of the fair. The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 during the Let'sDANCE® fair.

The Organizer is in charge of the administrative follow-up of the application. It ensures the reception and registration, the instruction and the technical selection of the candidates and their information on the outcome of the various stages of selection. The organizer has the right to constitute an interim screening jury and set other preselection dates.

The Grand Prix Jury will attribue 4 awards in the Young Professional category, 1 award in the Young Talent category, a Nureyev award and a Serge Lifar award. The Grand Prix Jury may also assign a Special Mention as well as a Grand Prix de Paris Let’sDANCE®.

    2. Nureyev and Serge Lifar awards

Candidates whose application file has been registered can compete the Nureyev or Serge Lifar prize, by filling out the registration conditions as listed below. The jury of Nureyev and Serge Lifar awards will be composed of Charles Jude, Attilio Labis, Noëlla Pontois, Thierry Malandain and Daniel Agésilas.

This jury will establish a shortlist of candidates. The selected candidates must perform their choreography during the fair:

For the Nureyev award, the candidate will necessarily present a ballet performance. The winner(s) will share a prize of a value of €6,000 only if the performance quality satisfies the members of the Jury. For the Serge Lifar award, the candidate will necessarily perform a choreography by Serge Lifar. The winner(s) will share a prize of a value of €4,000 only if the performance quality satisfies the members of the Jury.

The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 11th, 2017.

Article 2: Definitions

The "Organizer" is the Association for the Promotion of the Performing Arts (APAV). The "Candidate" is a person who applies within the limits of the application date. The "Winner" is anyone having been selected to participate in the finals of the 2017 Grand Prix de Paris Let'DANCE® as well as to the final Nureyev and Serge Lifar prizes.

The "Contest" is the 2017 Grand Prix de Paris Let'DANCE®.

Article 3: Applications and admissibility

The Grand Prix is opened to any person or legal entity (association or other). To each candidate that has applied following the Organizer instructions. The selected candidates must provide a medical certificate of dance practicing. Under-age candidates (applicant younger than 18) must provide an authorization letter from one of their parents or their legal guardian.

Section 4: Evaluation criteria

The candidates will be evaluated according to the following criteria: choreography, interpretation, music, and the costumes. The final score will be calculated from the total of the points obtained in each category. Candidates with the highest scores will participate in the Grand Prix finals. They will be awarded a prize. The selected candidates for the Grand Prix finals will be exempt from entrance fees on the Let’sDANCE® fair in Paris. The Grand Prix will take place from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, followed by the deliberation and the awards at 11:00 pm.

Article 5: Application

For video applications and candidates applying for the preselection in Paris, candidates must apply on the website Candidates applying for the preselection in Warsaw must apply on the website The registration process will take place online. The candidates are committed to complete the application form: Download the Grand Prix application form The application form can be filled out only in French, English or Polish. To complete the application, you must pay the fee of €89,00 Vat included. Exceptionally this year for the first preselection, the candidates presenting their solo in Poland get a 50% discount and must pay the fee of 180,00 PLN. The application deadline is February 10th, 2017 for all the canditates competing in Paris or by video and February 5th, 2017 for the candidates that will physically present their solo during the preselection in Poland. A confirmation notification will be sent to each candidate after completing the registration.

Article 6: Candidates obligations

Every candidate must commit and follow the contest regulation. Candidates must ensure that they have the necessary rights to exploit the choreography, music or any other intellectual creation. Any breach of the use of the rights protected by the Intellectual Property Code engages only the responsibility of the candidate. Candidates might accept the General Conditions of use made available by the host of the contest. Once the registration is completed, the candidate cannot request a refund.

Performance: 1. You will be informed of your performance passage starting from February 10th. The shortlisted candidates for the finals will be convened no later than March 5th, 2017.

2 - If you live abroad or in the province and you perform via video you will be contacted by February 10th, 2017. Please send us an e-mail confirmation detailing the category and style in which you are applying at

Article 7: Awards

The Organizer will inform the winners, at the end of the pre-selections deliberation, of their participation in the finals of the Grand Prix de Paris Let'DANCE®, which will take place on March 11th, 2017. The organizer reserves the right to change the location and winners performance time according to the needs of the organization. The Jury of the Grand Prix de Paris Let’sDANCE® will rewarded prizes with a value up to €20,000.

Article 8: Advertising and communication

The Organizer will ensure the Grand Prix radiance on its website, by its press relations, its media  partners as well as by any other communication support.

Article 9: Disputes

By applying to the Grand Prix, candidates accept the contest rules, without a claim possibility on the contest outcomes. The jury is sovereign. The winner's selection is a direct result of the scoring system as explained in article 4. For any dispute we will attempt first an amicable settlement between the Parties, if not the Paris Courts shall have sole jurisdiction.