Eurovision Young Dancers 1989

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Eurovision Young Dancers 1989
Eurovision Young Dancers 1989 logo.png
Final28 June 1989
VenuePalais des Congrès, Paris, France
Presenter(s)Zizi Jeanmaire
Alain Duault
Directed byDirk Sanders
Executive supervisorFrank Naef
Executive producerJosette Affergan
Host broadcasterFrance Régions 3 (FR3)
Interval act"Concerto en Ré" by L'École du Ballet de l'Ópera de Paris
Number of entries17
Debuting countries
Returning countriesNone
Withdrawing countriesNone
Voting systemA professional jury awarded 2 prizes and 2 special prices for classical dance and contemporary dance
Winning dancers

The Eurovision Young Dancers 1989 was the third edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers, held at Palais des Congrès, in Paris, France on 28 June 1989.[1] Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster France Régions 3 (FR3), dancers from ten countries participated in the televised final. A total of seventeen countries took part in the competition. Cyprus and Portugal made their début at the contest.[1]

The participant countries could send one or two dancers, male or female, that could not be older than 19. Each dancer was free to participate in any of these 2 categories: classical dancing or contemporary, modern or jazz dancing.The Pas de Deux performances could not be longer than ten minutes, while the Variations could not be longer than five minutes. This year there were 4 awards: contemporary dancing prize, classical dancing prize and 2 jury's special prizes (for contemporary and classical dance).[1]

The non-qualified countries were Austria, Canada, Cyprus, Italy, Norway, Portugal and Yugoslavia. Agnès Letestu of France won the contemporary dance prize, with Tetsuya Kumakawa of United Kingdom winning the classical ballet prize.[2]


Palais des congrès de Paris, a concert venue, convention centre and shopping mall in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, France, was the host venue for the 1989 edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers.[1]

The venue was built by French architect Guillaume Gillet, and was inaugurated in 1974. Nearby the venue are Bois de Boulogne and the affluent neighbourhood of Neuilly-sur-Seine. The closest métro and RER stations are Porte Maillot and Neuilly – Porte Maillot, accessible via the lower levels of the building.


The format consists of dancers who are non-professional and between the ages of 16–21, competing in a performance of dance routines 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'.[3]

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. The overall winner upon completion of the final dances is chosen by the professional jury members.[3]

Participating countries[edit]

Due to time restrictions, a semi-final was held to select the ten performers for the final.[1]

Prize Country Name
Contemporary Dance Prize  France Agnès Letestu
Classical Ballet Prize  United Kingdom Tetsuya Kumakawa
Jury's special prize (Classical)   Switzerland Christina McDermott
Jury's special prize (Contemporary)  Spain María Giménez & Igor Yebra
-  Belgium Géraldine Boussart
-  Denmark Rachel Hester & Martin Vedel
-  Finland Petri Toivanen
-  Netherlands Gaby Baars & Léon Pronk
-  Sweden Marie Lindqvist
-  West Germany Patrick Becker
DNQ  Italy Danilo Mazzota
DNQ  Cyprus Hélène O'Keefe
DNQ  Canada Cherice Barton
DNQ  Yugoslavia Dino Baksa
DNQ  Portugal Ana Lacerda
DNQ  Norway Hilde Olsen
DNQ  Austria Jürgen Wagner

Jury members[edit]

The jury members consisted of the following:[1]


The 1989 Young Dancers competition was broadcast in 20 countries including Jordan and Bulgaria.[1][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Eurovision Young Dancers 1989: About the show". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Eurovision Young Dancers 1989: Participants". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Eurovision Young Dancers - Format". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 11 February 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Eurovision Young Dancers 1989". Issuu. Retrieved 2 May 2018.

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