Eurovision Young Dancers



Produced in the UK in these years:

Deborah Bull and Wayne McGregor (2001)


Humphrey Burton (1985-7) Annette Page (1985)
Monica Mason (1987)
Judith Mackrell and Richard Alston (1989)
Deborah Bull (1999, 2003-5)


BBC2, 16 June 1985, 31 May 1987 and 1 July 1989

BBC Knowledge, 1999 and 24 June 2001

BBC Four, 12 July 2003 and 24 September 2005


Following the success of Eurovision Young Musicians, a parallel competition for young dancers was established in 1985. As with the music contest, some countries televise their national qualifiers.

The rules specified that all genres - classical, contemporary, jazz, hybrid, hip-hop - were allowed, with the exception of folk dance. The competition was open for solo performers and couples, with performances limited to seven minutes. All performers had to be 21 or younger. Novel choreographies were encouraged, and there was sometimes a prize for best new work. On two occasions, separate prizes were awarded for classical and contemporary pieces.

There was a week-long masterclass immediately before the contest, with the best twelve or so entrants progressing to the televised final. The winners were awarded prizes to benefit their future professional careers.

In the UK, the contest never enjoyed the kudos of Young Musician, and was often buried in a dark corner of the schedules. When the UK hosted the contest in 2001, the BBC was unable to transmit the programme live, and the 2005 competition was not broadcast until three months after it took place. Young Dancers was shelved from its scheduled 2007 edition, replaced it with a Eurovision Dance Contest; the prize was next awarded in 2011, and the BBC did not participate.


16 June 1985Reggio Emilia, ItalyArantxa ArgüellesSpain
31 May 1987Schwetzingen, SwitzerlandRose Gad PoulsenDenmark
28 June 1989Paris, FranceContemporary - Agnès Letestu
Classical - Tetsuya Kumakawa
United Kingdom
5 June 1991Helsinki, FinlandAmaya IglesiasSpain
15 June 1993Stockholm, SwedenZenaida YanowskySpain
6 June 1995Lausanne, SwitzerlandJesus Pastor Sauquillo and Ruth Miro SalvadorSpain
17 June 1997Gdynia, PolandAntonio Carmena San JoséSpain
10 July 1999Lyon, FranceKatja Wunsche
Yohan Stegli
(joint winners)
23 June 2001London, United KingdomDawid Kupinski and Marcin KupinskiPoland
4 July 2003Amsterdam, NetherlandsClassical - Jerlin Ndudi
Modern - Kristina Oom and Sebastian Michanek
24 June 2005Warsaw, PolandMilou NuyensNetherlands
24 June 2011Oslo, NorwayDaniel SarrNorway
14 June 2013Gdańsk, PolandSedrig VerwoertNetherlands
19 June 2015Plzeň, Czech RepublicViktoria NowakPoland
16 December 2017Prague, Czech RepublicPaulina BidzińskaPoland


The 1987 contest included an entry from a non-EBU member, Canada.

Web links

Official site

Wikipedia entry

See also

BBC Young Dancer, a domestic competition held in 2015.

Eurovision Dance Contest


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