T & T Reader: Emilie Tendon from Prix de Lausanne

by Henrik on February 2, 2012

Ok, I’m going to do another reader feature now straight away, although it’s been just a couple of weeks since the first one. You see, the timing for featuring Emilie Tendon (how cool a name is that for someone in dance?! Tendon! Yeah!) is just perfect. She is the person in charge of organizing the superb ballet competition Prix de Lausanne, one of the leading competitions in the world, actually. And she’s a Tights and Tiaras reader! And the Prix is on right now!
So, hurry up and read about Ms. Tendon (Can’t stop loving that name!), and then run right off to the Prix’s excellent multimedia buffet of young dancers – they have a rocking YouTube channel, and if that wasn’t enough, they stream the finals live on Saturday, an event not-to-miss! You will be looking at the future stars of ballet!


Tell me a little about yourself – who are you? What do you do?

My name is Emilie Chavaillaz Tendon. I am the registrar and the person in charge of organising the Prix de Lausanne. Along with our Artistic Committee, I update the Rules and Regulations, follow up on candidate registration and pretty much make sure everything runs smoothly. Of course I couldn’t do any of this without my colleagues.

The poster of the Prix de Lausanne ballet competitionWhat is your connection to dance? (are you a dancer yourself, a part of the audience, just interested in dance or…?)

I have always been interested in dance, and I watch as much dance as possible. And of course, I deal with dance and dancers on a daily basis at work.

How did you find Tights and Tiaras? What was it about the blog that interested you?

I found Tights and Tiaras randomly, while researching ballet blogs in general. It has kept me interested because the articles are light and funny, but seem to really portray the world of ballet. Also, I never get spammed, and there is no aggressive advertising – both huge turnoffs for me.

Do you have a favorite TnT post?

It probably doesn’t qualify as a post, but I really like the Ballet Crash-course.

Are there anything you miss on the site? Anything you’d like to read about that isn’t there? Or a feature you miss? Don’t be afraid to criticize :)

Hmm, I’m not sure I feel that anything is missing… but sometimes your spelling is a little off.

(I know – I should get myself to a grammar-course or something in English soon. I’m trying, though..  Ah, well. I guess you’ll all have to deal with my mistakes for still a while… H)

How long have you been reading Tights and Tiaras?

Since the beginning of Summer 2011.

Anything you’d like to add? Something you want to tell the TnT audience? Front a blog or say hi to mom? Here’s your opportunity :)

Some shamless plugging: (I love shameless plugging! I always said, if you shall advertise something, do it shamelessly! In that way, people know what they are looking at. Not to mention, the plug is A-w-e-some! H)
Watch the Prix de Lausanne Finals online for free, commented in French, English, Japanese or Spanish, on our website www.prixdelausanne.org on Saturday February 4th at 3pm Swiss time.

Also, keep the funny posts coming and I hope you get better soon.

Thanks a lot to Ms Tendon (yeap!), for being our featured February reader. Make sure to check out the Prix, and see you ’round the blog for more articles and featured writers in the near future!


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Natalia February 3, 2012 at 10:56 pm

I do find these posts interesting… :)

Having said that, I do think Ms Tendon was a little harsh on your spelling. Given that you aren’t English (so assuming it’s your second language?) I think you do fantastically. Even better than half the younger generation in the UK… lol.

I am wondering when you are going to update us your goings on though; how’s your knee?


Henrik February 6, 2012 at 8:51 am

Hi Natalia!

I’m happy to hear you like the reader features, I’m going to put one up every month this year.
About my language, yes, it is my second language, and thanks for the nice words – but I still want to improve my english! If you read the first post I ever wrote on TnT, it was actually one of the reasons I started the whole thing :)
I will write a post on whats happened lately, how my knee is coming along and all that soon, I’ve just been really busy.. Today, I’m going to train full out for the first time since surgery. Doctor says it will hurt, but it’s necessary. So I’m going for it :)
Thanks for your comment!


Bri February 6, 2012 at 7:50 am

I can tell I’m going to like this blog. Your warped sense of humor resembles my own.


Henrik February 6, 2012 at 8:53 am

haha, I’m glad to hear that! Hope to ‘see’ you around :)


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