The BBC is to turn the spotlight on the UK’s best young dancers with the launch of the first ever BBC Young Dancer 2015. The nationwide award will invite young dancers to submit entries to compete for one of six places in a televised Grand Final to be shown on BBC Two in May 2015.
The first ever BBC Young Dancer will provide a platform for UK dancers aged 16-20 to demonstrate their dancing abilities through three competitive rounds designed to highlight their technical command, creative and expressive ability, as they compete to win the BBC Young Dancer 2015 title.
In this first year, entries are open to performers in four categories: Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-Hop and South Asian Dance, with the winners from each category (and two wild card places) earning a position in the Grand Final at Sadler’s Wells, London, on Saturday 9 May which will be televised live on BBC Two.
In the lead up to the Grand Final, the four Category Finals will be broadcast on BBC Four, following the five semi-finalists in each category as they focus and prepare themselves to compete for the title of Category Winner. All of the Category Finalists will receive one-to-one mentoring from some of the UK’s leading dance experts and practitioners.
Internationally renowned Ballet star Carlos Acosta has agreed to take on an ambassadorial role for BBC Young Dancer 2015.
BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Asian Network will also broadcast complementary programming around the time of the Grand Final.
BBC Young Dancer 2015 is for dancers in the following dance styles:
- Hip Hop
- South Asian Dance
- You must be aged 16-20 on 1st September 2014.
- You must be a resident of the United Kingdom (including the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) and have been a resident of the UK since 1st September 2011.
- You must not be – and nor should you ever have been – employed on a professional, full-time contract as a dancer.
- Entrants aged under 18 will require the signed consent of their parent or guardian.
- Applications are welcome from talented young dancers of all backgrounds and abilities, providing additional support to enable each dancer to fulfil their potential.
For further information / to Apply go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/