Eurovision Young Dancers 1995

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Eurovision Young Dancers 1995
Semi-final 3 June 1995
Final 6 June 1995
Venue Palais de Beaulieu, Lausanne, Switzerland
Host broadcaster Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR)
Interval act "Moments in a garden of Spain": Flamenco show by Nina Corti and her musicians
Number of entries 15
Debuting countries
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries
Voting system A professional jury chose the finalists and the top 3 performances
Winning dancers  Spain
Jesús Pastor Sauquillo & Ruth Miró Salvador

The Eurovision Young Dancers 1995 was the sixth edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers, held at the Palais de Beaulieu in Lausanne, Switzerland on 6 June 1995.[1] Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR), dancers from nine countries participated in the televised final. A total of fifteen countries took part in the competition. Hungary and Russia made their début while Denmark and Estonia withdrew.[1] However, the Danish broadcaster DR broadcast the event as did Bulgaria and Romania.[1]

The semifinal took place days 3 before the final (3 June 1995). Like in the previous contests, each country could participate with one or two dancers, male or female, not older than 19, that could perform one or two different dances: either a 2 variations (individual) no longer than 5 minutes each or a "pas de deux" (couples) no longer than 10 minutes.[1]

The disqualified countries were, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Norway and Slovenia. Spain, with Jesús Pastor Sahuquillo and Ruth Miró Salvador, won the contest for 4th time (3rd in a row) with Sweden and Belgium placing second and third respectively.[2]


Palais de Beaulieu

Palais de Beaulieu, a convention centre in Lausanne, Switzerland, was the host venue for the 1995 edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers.[1]

The centre includes the Théâtre de Beaulieu concert, dance and theatre hall and hosted the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest. With 1,850 seats, the Théâtre de Beaulieu is the biggest theatre in Switzerland.[3] The Prix de Lausanne, an international ballet competition, is hosted at the centre.


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'.[4]

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.[4]


Preliminary round[edit]

A total of fifteen countries took part in the preliminary round of the 1995 contest, of which eight qualified to the televised grand final.[1]

Country Name Result
 Finland Janna Eklund Failed to qualify
 Belgium Jeroen Hofmans Qualified
 Germany Irina Schlaht Failed to qualify
 Russia Maria Alexandrova Qualified
 Slovenia Damjan Mohorko Failed to qualify
 Norway Maria Mikalsen Failed to qualify
 Austria Oliver Preiss Qualified
 Greece Franghiskos Toumbakaris Qualified
 Cyprus Carolina Constadinou Failed to qualify
 Hungary Sara Weisz Failed to qualify
 Poland Filip Barankiewicz Qualified
  Switzerland Anne-Catherine Haller Qualified
 Sweden Nadja Sellrup Qualified
 France Karl Paquette Qualified
 Spain Jesús Pastor Sahuquillo & Ruth Miró Salvador Qualified


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
09  Spain Jesús Pastor Sahuquillo & Ruth Miró Salvador “Arrayan Daraxa” V. Ullate 1
08  Sweden Nadja Sellrup “Grand pas classique” Gsovsky 2
06  Belgium Jeroen Hofmans “Giselle: variation du paysan” M. Petipa, J. Coralli & J. Perrot 3
04  Austria Oliver Preiss “Taras Bulba: Gopak” R. Zakharov -
07  France Karl Paquette “La Bayadère” R. Noureev -
01  Greece Franghiskos Toumbakaris “Ondine: variation acte II” J. Neumeier -
02  Poland Filip Barankiewicz “Paquita” M. Petipa -
05  Russia Maria Alexandrova “Coppélia: variation de Swanilda” M. Petipa -
03   Switzerland Anne-Catherine Haller “Raymonda” M. Petipa -

Jury members[edit]

The jury members consisted of the following:[1]

  •   Switzerland – Heinz Spoerli (Head of Jury)
  •  France/  Switzerland – Maurice Béjart (Honorary guest of the Jury)
  •  Argentina/  Switzerland – Oscar Araiz
  •  Romania/ France – Gigi Caciuleanu
  •  Italy – Paola Cantalupo
  •  Germany – Peter Van Dyk
  •  Brazil/  Switzerland – Beatriz Consuelo
  •  Spain – Víctor Ullate
  •   Switzerland – Gilbert Mayer
  •  France – Pierre Lacotte
  •  Hungary – Youri Vámos
  •  Finland – Jorma Uotinen

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Eurovision Young Dancers 1995: About the show". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Eurovision Young Dancers 1995: Participants". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  3. ^ (in French) Mathieu Signorell, "Beaulieu lâche les congrès pour les infirmiers après l'échec de Taoua", 24 heures, Saturday 14 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Eurovision Young Dancers - Format". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 8 March 2015.