Eurovision Young Dancers

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Eurovision Young Dancers
Eurovision Young Dancers generic logo.svg
Genre Dance contest
Theme music composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Opening theme Te Deum: Marche en rondeau (prelude)
Ending theme Te Deum: Marche en rondeau (prelude)
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 15 contests
Running time 90 minutes (2011–present)
Production company(s) European Broadcasting Union
Distributor Eurovision
Original release 16 June 1985; 33 years ago (1985-06-16) – present
Related shows Eurovision Song Contest (1956–)
Eurovision Young Musicians (1982–)
Junior Eurovision Song Contest (2003–)
Eurovision Dance Contest (2007–2008)
Eurovision Choir of the Year (2017–)
External links
Official website

The Eurovision Young Dancers (French: L'Eurovision des Jeunes Danseurs), often shortened to EYD, or Young Dancers, is a biennial dance competition, organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and is broadcast on television throughout Europe. Thirty-seven countries have taken part since the inauguration of the contest in 1985; including Kosovo (non-EBU member) and Canada (North American continent). Performers between the ages of 16 and 21, from member countries of the European Broadcasting Union, compete as solo of couples to dance routines of their choice. Professional jury members each representing the elements of ballet, contemporary, and modern dancing, score each of the performances. The two participants which receive the most overall points advance forward to a televised 'dance-off' final, where the winner is decided by the jury.

The 2007 Young Dancers contest was cancelled in a mutual decision between the EBU and Swiss broadcaster SRG SSR idée suisse, to allow the Prix de Lausanne, a similar event organised by the host broadcaster, to take place. Spain is the most successful country in the Young Dancers contest, having won five times 1985, 1991, 1993, 1995, and 1997 respectively. The Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 event took place in Prague, Czech Republic, on 16 December 2017.


Young Dancers takes place every two-years, in parallel to its successful counterpart, Eurovision Young Musicians (another of the EBU's biennial youth competitions).[1] The inaugural Eurovision Young Dancers contest, then known as Eurovision Competition for Young Dancers, took place in Reggio Emilia, Italy, on 16 June 1985.[2] Eleven countries who are members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) competed in the début contest. Spain won the first edition in 1985, represented by Arantxa Argüelles. Norway, represented by Arne Fagerholt, and Sweden, represented by Mia Stagh and Göran Svalberg, came second and third respectively.[3]

A total of thirty-seven countries having competed at least once since 1985.[4] Canada is the only non-European country to have taken part in the contest, although their broadcaster, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), are an associate member of the EBU.[5]

In the entire history of the event, only two contests (2007 and 2009) have never occurred. The 2007 Eurovision Young Dancers was cancelled to allow the Prix de Lausanne, a similar event organised by Swiss broadcaster SRG SSR idée suisse to take place at the same venue. The decision to cancel the contest was mutually agreed between the host broadcaster and the EBU.[6] The following contest was due to be held on 19 June 2009 at the Dance House in Oslo, however was eventually cancelled due to a lack of interest from broadcasters.[7]

On 23 January 2017 the EBU announced that Maltese broadcaster Public Broadcasting Services (PBS), who agreed to host the event in July 2015, had due to circumstances beyond their control been forced to cancel their staging of the competition. The EBU also stated they were looking for another host broadcaster but should one not be found in time the competition would not take place this year and is expected to return in 2019.[8] On 18 May 2017, Czech broadcaster Česká televize (ČT) confirmed that they would host the contest for a second time.[9]


The generic logo used for the 2011, 2013 and 2015 editions of the contest.

The format has been the same since the 1985 inauguration of the competition. All competing dancers are to be non-professional and between the ages of 16–21. Participants may consist of solo or couples, with each performing a dance routine of their choice, which they have prepared in advance of the competition. All of the acts then take part in a choreographed group dance during 'Young Dancers Week'.[10]

Jury members of a professional aspect and representing the elements of ballet, contemporary, and modern dancing styles, score each of the competing individual and group dance routines. Once all the jury votes have been counted, the two participants which received the highest total of points progress to a final round. The final round consists of a 90-second 'dual', were each of the finalists perform a 45-second random dance-off routine. The overall winner upon completion of the final dances is chosen by the professional jury members.[10]


Eligible participants include primarily Active Members (as opposed to Associate Members) of the EBU. Active members are those who are located in states that fall within the European Broadcasting Area, or are member states of the Council of Europe.[11]

The European Broadcasting Area is defined by the International Telecommunication Union:[12]

The "European Broadcasting Area" is bounded on the west by the western boundary of Region 1, on the east by the meridian 40° East of Greenwich and on the south by the parallel 30° North so as to include the northern part of Saudi Arabia and that part of those countries bordering the Mediterranean within these limits. In addition, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and those parts of the territories of Iraq, Jordan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey and Ukraine lying outside the above limits are included in the European Broadcasting Area.[a]

The western boundary of Region 1 is defined by a line running from the North Pole along meridian 10° West of Greenwich to its intersection with parallel 72° North; thence by great circle arc to the intersection of meridian 50° West and parallel 40° North; thence by great circle arc to the intersection of meridian 20° West and parallel 10° South; thence along meridian 20° West to the South Pole.[13]

Active members include broadcasting organisations whose transmissions are made available to at least 98% of households in their own country which are equipped to receive such transmissions. If an EBU Active Member wishes to participate, they must fulfil conditions as laid down by the rules of the contest (of which a separate copy is drafted annually).[11]

Eligibility to participate is not determined by geographic inclusion within the continent of Europe, despite the "Euro" in "Eurovision" – nor does it have any relation to the European Union. Kosovo, a partially recognised state in Southeastern Europe, is the only country in Europe who does not yet have EBU members, but has participated once in 2011.[14] Several countries geographically outside the boundaries of Europe have competed: Cyprus and Armenia, in Western Asia (both are members of the Council of Europe with Cyprus as a member state of the European Union). Each made their début at Young Dancers in 1989 and 2013 respectively.[15][16] In addition, several transcontinental countries with only part of their territory in Europe have competed: Russia, since 1995;[17] Canada in the North America continent, despite only being an associate member of the EBU, have competed twice, in 1987 and 1989.[5]

Participation since 1985:
  Entered at least once
  Never entered, although eligible to do so
  Competed as a part of another country (Yugoslavia), but never as a sovereign nation

Thirty-seven countries have participated at least once. These are listed here alongside the year in which they made their début:[4]

Year Country making its début entry


Host cities of the Eurovision Young Dancers

Most of the expense of the contest is covered by commercial sponsors and contributions from the other participating nations. The contest is considered to be a unique opportunity for promoting the host country as a tourist destination. The table below shows a list of cities and venues that have hosted the Eurovision Young Dancers, one or more times. Future venues are shown in italics. With 3 contests, Poland is the country having hosted the most contests, albeit in different cities.[18]

Contests Country City Venue Years
3  Poland Gdynia Teatr Muzyczny 1997
Warsaw National Theatre 2005
Gdańsk Baltic State Opera 2013
2  Czech Republic Plzeň New Theatre 2015
Prague Congress Centre 2017
 France Paris Palais des Congrès 1989
Lyon Opéra de Lyon 1999
1  Italy Reggio Emilia Teatro Municipale 1985
 Germany Schwetzingen Schwetzingen Palace Theatre 1987
 Finland Helsinki Helsinki City Theatre 1991
 Sweden Stockholm Dance House 1993
  Switzerland[b] Lausanne[b] Palais de Beaulieu 1995
 United Kingdom London Linbury Studio Theatre 2001
 Netherlands Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg 2003
 Norway Oslo Dance House 2011


Sixteen performances have won the Eurovision Young Dancers competition, a biennial dance contest organised by member countries of the European Broadcasting Union. There have been fourteen contest, with each having a winner, second, and third places for all dance styles combined, with exception to the 1989 Contest which awarded first place for contemporary and classical dance categories; and the 2003 Contest which gave first place prizes for ballet, modern dance, and a 'Youth Jury Choice' categories. From 2011 onwards, there have only been prizes awarded to the winner and runner-up.[4] Below is a break-down of all those winners by each individual event and by number of wins per country.

Winners by year[edit]

Year Date Host City Countries Winner Performer Runner-up Third place
1985 16 June Italy Reggio Emilia 11  Spain Arantxa Argüelles  Norway  Sweden
1987 31 May Germany Schwetzingen 14  Denmark Rose Gad Poulsen & Nikolaj Hübbe   Switzerland  Germany
1989 28 June France Paris 17  France[c] Agnès Letestu (Contemporary dance) No runner-up
 United Kingdom[c] Tetsuya Kumakawa (Classical ballet)
1991 5 June Finland Helsinki 15  Spain Amaya Iglesias  France  Denmark
1993 15 June Sweden Stockholm 15  Spain Zenaida Yanowsky   Switzerland  Austria
1995 6 June Switzerland Lausanne 15  Spain Jesús Pastor Sahuquillo & Ruth Miró Salvador  Sweden  Belgium
1997 17 June Poland Gdynia 13  Spain Antonio Carmena San José  Belgium  Sweden
1999 10 July France Lyon 16  Germany Stegli Yohan & Katja Wünsche  Sweden  Spain
2001 23 June United Kingdom London 18  Poland David Kupinski & Marcin Kupinski  Belgium  Netherlands
2003 4 July Netherlands Amsterdam 17  Ukraine[d] Jerlin Ndudi (Ballet) No runner-up
 Sweden[d] Kristina Oom & Sebastian Michanek (Modern dance)
 Czech Republic[d] Monika Hejduková & Viktor Konvalinka (Youth Jury Choice)
2005 24 June Poland Warsaw 13  Netherlands Milou Nuyens  Poland  Belgium
2011 24 June Norway Oslo 10  Norway Daniel Sarr  Slovenia No third place
2013 14 June Poland Gdańsk 10  Netherlands Sedrig Verwoert  Germany
2015 19 June Czech Republic Plzeň 10  Poland Viktoria Nowak  Slovenia
2017 16 December Czech Republic Prague 8  Poland Paulina Bidzinska  Slovenia

Winners by country[edit]

Map showing each country's number of Young Dancers wins up to and including 2017

The table below shows the top-three placings from each contest, along with the years that a country won the contest.

Country 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total Years won
 Spain 5 0 1 6
 Poland 3 1 0 4
 Netherlands 2 0 1 3
 Sweden 1 2 2 5
 France 1 1 1 3
 Germany 1 1 1 3
 Norway 1 1 0 2
 Denmark 1 0 1 2
 Czech Republic 1 0 0 1
 United Kingdom 1 0 0 1
 Ukraine 1 0 0 1
 Slovenia 0 3 0 3 N/A
 Belgium 0 2 2 4 N/A
  Switzerland 0 2 0 2 N/A
 Austria 0 0 1 1 N/A

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Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ The European Broadcasting Area was expanded in November 2007 by the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07), also to include Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.[12][19]
  2. ^ The Eurovision Young Dancers 2007 would have taken place in Lausanne on the 4 February 2007. However, the competition was cancelled in a mutual decision between the European Broadcasting Union and Swiss broadcaster SRG SSR idée suisse, who both collaborated on the production of a similar dance competition, Prix de Lausanne, held in Lausanne. If the contest had taken place, then Lausanne and Switzerland would have hosted twice.[6]
  3. ^ The Eurovision Young Dancers 1989 event had two sets of first prize, one for contemporary dance (awarded to France) and one for classical dance (awarded to United Kingdom).[20]
  4. ^ The Eurovision Young Dancers 2003 event had three sets of first prize, one for modern dance (awarded to Sweden), one for ballet (awarded to Ukraine), and the 'Youth Jury Choice' (awarded to Czech Republic).[21]


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