Eurovision Young Dancers

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Eurovision Young Dancers
The logo of the 2013 Eurovision Young Dancers competition
Genre Dance contest
Theme music composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Opening theme Te Deum (Prelude (Marche en rondeau))
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 13 contests
Production company(s) European Broadcasting Union
Distributor Eurovision
Original run 16 June 1985 (1985-06-16) – present
Related shows Eurovision Song Contest (1956–)
Eurovision Young Musicians (1982–)
Junior Eurovision Song Contest (2003–)
Eurovision Dance Contest (2007–2008)
External links
Official website

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.

The current Executive Supervisor of this competition, on behalf of the EBU, is Vladislav Yakovlev.[1]


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[2] 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.[3]


Listed are all the countries that have ever taken part in the competition alongside the year in which they made their debut:

Year Debuting countries
1985  Belgium,  Finland,  France,  Germany,  Italy,  Norway,  Netherlands,  Spain,  Sweden,   Switzerland,  United Kingdom
1987  Austria,  Canada,  Denmark,  Yugoslavia
1989  Cyprus,  Portugal
1991  Bulgaria
1993  Estonia,  Greece,  Poland,  Slovenia
1995  Hungary,  Russia
1997  Latvia,  Slovakia
2001  Ireland
2003  Czech Republic,  Romania,  Ukraine
2011  Croatia,  Kosovo
2013  Armenia,  Belarus

List of contests[edit]

Year Winner(s) Performer(s) Award Date Venue Host city
1985  Spain Arantxa Arguelles Overall 16 June Teatro Municipale Italy Reggio Emilia
1987  Denmark Rose Gad Poulsen & Nikolaj Hübbe Overall 31 May Schlosstheater Schwetzingen West Germany Schwetzingen
1989  France Agnès Letestu Contemporary 28 June Palais des Congrès France Paris
 United Kingdom Tetsuya Kumakawa Classical
1991  Spain Amaya Iglesias Overall 5 June Helsinki City Theatre Finland Helsinki
1993  Spain Zenaida Yanowsky Overall 15 June Dansens Hus Sweden Stockholm
1995  Spain Jesus Pastor Sauquillo & Ruth Miro Overall 6 June Palais de Beaulieu Switzerland Lausanne
1997  Spain Antonio Carmena Overall 17 June Teatr Muzyczny Poland Gdynia
1999  Germany Katja Wünsche & Yohan Stegli Overall 10 July Opéra de Lyon France Lyon
2001  Poland Dawid & Marcin Kupinski Overall 23 June Linbury Studio Theatre United Kingdom London
2003  Ukraine Jerlin Ndudi Classical 4 July Stadsschouwburg Theatre Netherlands Amsterdam
 Sweden Kristina Oom & Sebastian Michanek Contemporary
 Czech Republic Monika Hejduková & Viktor Konvalinka Young Jury
2005  Netherlands Milou Nuyens Overall 24 June National Theatre Poland Warsaw
2011  Norway Daniel Sarr Contemporary/Hip-Hop 24 June Dansens Hus Norway Oslo
2013  Netherlands Sedrig Verwoert Contemporary 14 June Baltic Opera House Poland Gdansk
2015 19 June TBC Czech Republic Plzeň[4]

Medal list[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Spain 5 0 1 6
2  Netherlands 2 0 1 3
3  Sweden 1 2 2 5
4  Germany 1 1 1 3
4  France 1 1 1 3
6  Poland 1 1 0 2
7  Norway 1 1 0 2
8  Denmark 1 0 1 2
11  United Kingdom 1 0 0 1
12  Ukraine 1 0 0 1
13  Belgium 0 2 2 4
13   Switzerland 0 2 0 2
14  Slovenia 0 1 0 1
14  Austria 0 0 1 1


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