Oslo, 24 June 2011 – Daniel Modou Sarr from Norway has won the 2011 Eurovision Young Dancers contest organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)*. A professional jury** selected the winner tonight in Oslo, who performed dance styles incorporating jazz, contemporary and hip hop. Viewers from across Europe watch the show either live or by deferred broadcast***. The competition is open to solo dancers aged between 15 and 20, from EBU Member broadcasters.
Daniel is 19 years old and from Oslo where he is in his second year at the Academy of Arts, specializing in jazz dance, contemporary and ballet. He has to date won numerous national dance contests and performed extensively mainly in Norway.
“After a break of four years, the EBU revamped the format of the show and together with host broadcaster, Norwegian Member NRK put together an entertaining production with a fusion of different dance styles and extremely high level of talent,” said Vladislav Yakovlev, Executive Supervisor of the 2011 Eurovision Young Dancers.
Erik Solbakken, the popular Norwegian TV host and co-host of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, hosted the show, which featured 10 dancers from the following countries and broadcasters: Norway (NRK), Germany (WDR), Sweden (SVT), The Netherlands (NPS), Croatia (HRT), Greece (ERT), Slovenia (RTVSLO), Portugal (RTP), Poland (TVP) and Kosovo (RTK).
The new format features solo performances by each participant, then a ‘group dance’, in which the dancers are divided into two groups. The jury then selects a finalist from each group and the two then perform a ‘dance-off’ dual to decide the winner.
The choreographer of the event is Ed Wubbe, one of Europe's finest artistic directors.
For further information on Eurovision Young Dancers: www.youngdancers.tv
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*About the EBU
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The honorary jury board included:
Ilze Liepa (Russia): Russian classical ballet dancer/choreographer;
Ballet Boyz (UK), Michael Nunn & William Trevitt (UK): modern dance;
Fredrik Rydman (Sweden): hip-hop choreographer.
More information about jury members
*** Broadcasting dates and times of show (live or deferred)
Country Broadcasting date and time Channel
Norway Live NRK
Poland Live TVP Kultura
Greece Live ERT 1
Kosovo Live RTK
Portugal 25.06.2011, 22.45 RTP 1
Sweden 25.06.2011, 20.00 SVT 2
Slovenia 02.07.2011, 20.00 RTVSLO 2
Netherlands 03.07.2011, 23.00 NTR 2
Croatia 09.07.2011, 20.00 HRT 2
Germany 10.07.2011, 11.00 WDR