Eurovision Young Dancers
|Eurovision Young Dancers|
The logo of the 2013 Eurovision Young Dancers competition
|Theme music composer||Marc-Antoine Charpentier|
|Opening theme||Te Deum (Prelude (Marche en rondeau))|
|No. of episodes||13 contests|
|Production company(s)||European Broadcasting Union|
|Original run||16 June 1985– present|
|Related shows||Eurovision Song Contest (1956–)
Eurovision Young Musicians (1982–)
Junior Eurovision Song Contest (2003–)
Eurovision Dance Contest (2007–2008)
The Eurovision Young Dancers is a biennial dance showcase broadcast on television throughout Europe. Since 1985, using a format similar to the Eurovision Song Contest, every country that is a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has had the opportunity to send a dance act to compete for the title of "Eurovision Young Dancer".
The act could be either a solo act or a dance couple, and all contestants must be between the ages of 16 and 21 years during the year of the contest and not professionally engaged. The winner is chosen by television viewers across the EBU through a real-time, electronic and onscreen voting mechanism.
In 1989 and 2003, the competition awarded separate prizes for classical and contemporary dance.
The 2007 edition of the contest did not take place in Lausanne, Switzerland due to internal reasons and the EBU introduced a new teleshow the "Eurovision Dance Contest". It was originally planned that this show would return in 2009 taking place on 19 June 2009, in Dance House, Oslo, Norway, however, as Director of Eurovision TV, Mr. Bjørn Erichsen informed during an EBU press-conference in May 2009 "it has been cancelled again due to the low number of countries subscribed".
However, the competition returned in 2011 at the proposed venue (Dance House in Oslo) and the 12th edition of the competition took place on 24 June 2011. A total of 10 countries took part and the success of this edition leaded to the celebration of another edition of the competition in Gdansk, Poland in 2013. In the new format of the competition, only one dancer per country is allowed and the jury picks up the winner without making any distinction between classical or contemporary dance.
Listed are all the countries that have ever taken part in the competition alongside the year in which they made their debut:
|1985||Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom|
|1987||Austria, Canada, Denmark, Yugoslavia|
|1993||Estonia, Greece, Poland, Slovenia|
|2003||Czech Republic, Romania, Ukraine|
List of contests
|1985||Spain||Arantxa Arguelles||Overall||16 June||Teatro Municipale||Reggio Emilia|
|1987||Denmark||Rose Gad Poulsen & Nikolaj Hübbe||Overall||31 May||Schlosstheater Schwetzingen||Schwetzingen|
|1989||France||Agnès Letestu||Contemporary||28 June||Palais des Congrès||Paris|
|United Kingdom||Tetsuya Kumakawa||Classical|
|1991||Spain||Amaya Iglesias||Overall||5 June||Helsinki City Theatre||Helsinki|
|1993||Spain||Zenaida Yanowsky||Overall||15 June||Dansens Hus||Stockholm|
|1995||Spain||Jesus Pastor Sauquillo & Ruth Miro||Overall||6 June||Palais de Beaulieu||Lausanne|
|1997||Spain||Antonio Carmena||Overall||17 June||Teatr Muzyczny||Gdynia|
|1999||Germany||Katja Wünsche & Yohan Stegli||Overall||10 July||Opéra de Lyon||Lyon|
|2001||Poland||Dawid & Marcin Kupinski||Overall||23 June||Linbury Studio Theatre||London|
|2003||Ukraine||Jerlin Ndudi||Classical||4 July||Stadsschouwburg Theatre||Amsterdam|
|Sweden||Kristina Oom & Sebastian Michanek||Contemporary|
|Czech Republic||Monika Hejduková & Viktor Konvalinka||Young Jury|
|2005||Netherlands||Milou Nuyens||Overall||24 June||National Theatre||Warsaw|
|2011||Norway||Daniel Sarr||Contemporary/Hip-Hop||24 June||Dansens Hus||Oslo|
|2013||Netherlands||Sedrig Verwoert||Contemporary||14 June||Baltic Opera House||Gdansk|