Eurovision Young Dancers 1999

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Eurovision Young Dancers 1999
Eurovision Young Dancers 1999 logo.png
Semi-final4 July 1999
Final10 July 1999
VenueOpéra de Lyon, Lyon, France
Presenter(s)Alex Taylor
Directed byGuy Darmet
Executive producer
  • Gilbert Plique
  • Michele Banaletti
Host broadcasterFrance 3
Interval actPerformance of the hip-hop dance group "Kä-fig"
Number of entries16
Debuting countries Czech Republic
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries
Voting systemA professional jury chose the finalists and the top 3 performances
Winning dancers Germany
Stegli Yohan & Katja Wünsche

The Eurovision Young Dancers 1999 was the eighth edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers, held at the Opéra de Lyon, in Lyon, France on 10 July 1999.[1] Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster France 3, dancers from ten countries participated in the televised final. A total of sixteen countries took part in the competition. Czech Republic made their début while host country France, Netherlands, Switzerland and United Kingdom returned. Estonia and Slovakia withdrew from the contest.[1]

Both single dancers and couples younger than 20 could enter the competition, male or female. Single dancers had to perform 2 pieces of maximum 10 minutes in total, while couples could choose to perform 1 or 2 dances, but in total no longer than 10 minutes as well. The semi-final that took place in the same venue 6 days before the final (4 July 1999).[1]

The non-qualified countries were Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Switzerland and United Kingdom. Katja Wünsche and Stegli Yohan of Germany won the contest, with Sweden and Spain placing second and joint third respectively.[2]


Opéra de Lyon

Opéra de Lyon, in Lyon, France was the host venue for the 1999 edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers.[1]

The Opéra Nouvel (Nouvel Opera House) in Lyon, France is the home of the Opéra National de Lyon. The original opera house was re-designed by the distinguished French architect, Jean Nouvel between 1985 and 1993 in association with the agency of scenography dUCKS scéno and the acoustician Peutz. Serge Dorny was appointed general director in 2003.


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]


Preliminary round[edit]

A total of sixteen countries took part in the preliminary round of the 1999 contest, of which ten qualified to the televised grand final. The following countries failed to qualify.[1]

Country Participant Dance Choreographer
 Cyprus Dafni Mouyiassi "The Sleeping Beauty" M. Petipa
 United Kingdom Lara Glew "La Bayadère" M. Petipa
 Hungary Attila Bongar "Le Corsaire" M. Petipa
 Czech Republic Lukas Slavicky and Zuzana Zahradnikova "Don Quixote" M. Petipa
 Slovenia Ana Klasnja "Variation of Giselle" J. Coralli and J. Perrot
  Switzerland Laetitia Guggi "La Bayadère" M. Petipa


Awards were given to the top three countries. The table below highlights these using gold, silver, and bronze. The placing results of the remaining participants is unknown and never made public by the European Broadcasting Union.[2]

Draw Country Participant Dance Choreographer Result
08  Germany Katja Wünsche and Stegli Yohan "Cinderella" J. Neumeier 1
10  Sweden Nathalie Nordquist "Flower Festival in Genzano" A. Bournonville 2
03  Spain Clara Blanco "Variation of Giselle" J. Coralli and J. Perrot 3
09  Belgium Frederik Deberdt "La Sylphide" A. Bournonville -
07  Finland Aarne Ruutu "La Sylphide" (James variation) A. Bournonville -
04  France Emmanuel Eggermont and Juliette Roudet "Les Chiens" J. Bouvier and R. Obadia -
01  Greece Maria Boubouli "Don Quixote" M. Petipa -
06  Latvia Elza Leimane "Esmeralda" J. Perrot -
02  Netherlands Ernst Meisner "La fille mal gardée" J. Dauberval -
05  Poland Marta Wojtaszewska and Marcin Krajewski "Stars & Stripes" G. Balanchine -

Jury members[edit]

The jury members consisted of the following:[1]

  •  Russia – Boris Eifman (Head of Jury)
  •  France – Maguy Marin
  •  Australia – Meryl Tankard
  •  France/ Monaco – Jean-Christophe Maillot
  •  Finland – Tero Saarinen
  •  Spain – Vicente Sáez
  •  Greece – Victoria Maragopoulou


A total of 20 countries broadcast the 1999 event, including Croatia, Ireland, Norway and Russia.[4] Agnes Letestu, the 1989 Eurovision Young Dancers winner, commented on this year's contest for the host broadcaster France 3.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Eurovision Young Dancers 1999: About the show". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Eurovision Young Dancers 1999: 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 1999". Issuu. Retrieved 2 May 2018.

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