For those of you who are not in the know, the BBC launched the first Young Dancer of the Year award this year. This brand new award showcases the very best of young British dance talent between the ages of 16-20. The programmes have certainly highlighted that the UK can boast of many talented dancers in that age group.

Over the last four weeks we have watched, no … we have been riveted to the TV watching performances by young dancers in the finals of four dance categories, ballet, contemporary, hip hop and South Asian Dance on BBC 4.

The Ballet Finalists 2015 - Archie Sullivan far left won
The Ballet Finalists 2015 – Archie Sullivan – far left – will be in the final at Sadler’s Wells tonight

Tonight – can’t wait – the BBC Young Dancer 2015 draws to a close with the grand final at Sadler’s Wells, when the best dancers in each category will dance against each other for the title and the finalist are:

BBC Young Dancer of the Year 2015 Finalists with presenter and former Royal Ballet Principal Darcey Bussell
BBC Young Dancer of the Year 2015 Finalists with former Royal Ballet Principal Darcey Bussell

HARRY BARNES is from the Wirral, Merseyside began attending street dance classes at the age of 12.

JACOB O’CONNELL started contemporary dance at Swindon Dance CAT scheme when he was 11.

KIERAN LAI is from Essex and started learning to dance at the age of 13 from YouTube dance videos that inspired him.

VIDYA PATEL is from Birmingham, where she participated in classical Indian dance styles from an early age with the support of her parents and two older sisters.

Vidya Patel, a Yuva Gati Graduate won BBC Young Dancer 2015 South Asian Final  - No pressure as the only girl Vidya!
Vidya Patel, a Yuva Gati Graduate won BBC Young Dancer 2015 South Asian Final – No pressure as the only girl in the final then Vidya?!

CONNOR SCOTT – from Northumberland started dancing Latin and Ballroom when he was three but moved on to other styles including break dancing, street, house and locking.

ARCHIE SULLIVAN is from Streatham in London. He attended the Arts Educational School in London where he learned tap, modern/jazz, hip hop and musical theatre.

Archie Sullivan
Archie Sullivan – Finalist from the Ballet Category

The final will be hosted by Zoe Ball,  Clemency Burton-Hill and Darcey Bussell at 19.00hrs tonight and the judges will be:

Judge  Matthew Bourne – Artistic Director of New Adventures, Choreographer and Director
Judge Mavin Khoo – Artistic Director of ZFin Malta Dance Ensemble

Mavin Khoo
Mavin Khoo
Judge Wayne McGregor – Choreographer and Director
Judge Tamara Rojo – English National Ballet Artistic DirectorTamara Rojo
Judge Kenrick Sandy – Dancer and ChoreographerKENRICK SANDY
Judge Alistair Spalding – Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Sadler’s Wells

And what an extraordinarily difficult job it is going to be for them.

Written by Tessa Barrie

Writer and blogger from Jersey in the Channel Islands UK who believes life is too short to be niche. 🙃 Currently working on her first novel.

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