Eurovision Young Dancers 2001

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Eurovision Young Dancers 2001
Eurovision Young Dancers 2001 logo.png
Semi-final18 June 2001
Final23 June 2001
VenueLinbury Studio Theatre, London, United Kingdom
Presenter(s)Deborah Bull
Directed byRoss MacGibbon
Executive producerBob Lockyer
Host broadcasterBritish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Interval actSymbiont(s) by Wayne McGregor
Number of entries18
Debuting countries
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries
Voting systemA professional jury chose the finalists and the top 3 performances
Winning dancers Poland David & Marcin Kupinski

The Eurovision Young Dancers 2001 was the eighth edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers, held at the Linbury Studio Theatre of the Royal Opera House in London, United Kingdom between 18 and 23 June 2001.[1] Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), dancers from eleven countries participated in the televised final. A total of eighteen countries took part in the competition. Ireland and Ukraine made their début while Austria, Estonia and Norway returned. Hungary and Spain withdrew from the contest, along with France who broadcast the event.[1]

The semi-final that took place five days before the final (18 June 2001). Each country could send one or two performers, male and female, not older than 20, who could perform one or two dances. The dancers could choose between classical and contemporary dance.[1]

The non-qualified countries were Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Slovenia and Ukraine. David and Marcin Kupinski of Poland won the contest, with Belgium and Netherlands placing second and third respectively.[2]


The Linbury Studio Theatre of the Royal Opera House in London, United Kingdom was the host venue for the 2001 edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers.[1]

The Linbury is most notable for hosting performances of experimental and independent dance and music, by independent companies and as part of the ROH2, the contemporary producing arm of the Royal Opera House. The Linbury Studio Theatre regularly stages performances by the Royal Ballet School and also hosts the Young British Dancer of the Year competition.


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. 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.[3]


Preliminary round[edit]

A total of eighteen countries took part in the preliminary round of the 2001 contest, of which eleven qualified to the televised grand final.[1]

Country Name Result
 Germany Thiago Bordin Qualified
 Belgium Jeroen Verbruggen Qualified
 Cyprus Marina Kyriakidou Failed to qualify
 Austria Rainer Krenstetter Failed to qualify
 Finland Johanna Nuutinen Qualified
 Ireland Sarah Reynolds Failed to qualify
 United Kingdom Jamie Bond Qualified
 Greece Olga Tsimourta & Tina Nassika Failed to qualify
 Estonia Sergei Upkin Qualified
 Latvia Anna Novikova Qualified
 Netherlands Golan Yosef & Maartje Hermans Qualified
 Poland David & Marcin Kupinski Qualified
 Czech Republic Marek Kašparovský & Jiří Pokorný Qualified
 Norway Tale Dolven Failed to qualify
 Slovenia Eva Gasparic Failed to qualify
 Sweden Johan Thelander & Elizaveta Penkova Qualified
  Switzerland Sarah Kora Dayanova Qualified
 Ukraine Leonid Sarafanov Failed to qualify


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
04  Poland Dawid Kupinski & Marcin Kupinski "Brothers" E. Wesolowski 1
01  Belgium Jeroen Verbruggen "Hyperballad" J. Verbruggen & G. Egilsson 2
11  Netherlands Maartje Hermans & Golan Yosef "Perfect Skin" E. Wubbe 3
10  Latvia Anna Novikova "Solo from Act 3 of Le Corsaire" M. Petipa -
08  Czech Republic Marek Kasparovsky & Jiri Pokorny "Alterego" T. Rychetsky & D. Stransky -
09  Estonia Sergei Upkin "Franz Variation from Coppelia" A. Saint-Leon -
03  Finland Johanna Nuutinen "Angels Fly Low" M. Rouhiainen -
02  Germany Thiago Bordin "Tchaikovsky Variation - Pas de Deux" G. Balanchine -
06  Sweden Johan Thelander & Elizaveta Penkóva "At This Point" J. Thelander & E. Penkova -
07   Switzerland Sarah Kora Dayanova "Tango Te Amo" L. Smeak -
05  United Kingdom Jamie Bond "Seigfried Solo from Act 3 Swan Lake" M. Petipa -

Jury members[edit]

The jury members consisted of the following:[1]


A total of 19 countries broadcast the 2001 event.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Eurovision Young Dancers 2001: About the show". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Eurovision Young Dancers 2001: Participants". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Eurovision Young Dancers - Format". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Eyd 2001 official booklet". Issuu. Retrieved 2 May 2018.

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