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Germany: Launch Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 Search

WDR has launched their search for the German participant in Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 in Valletta, Malta.

Westdeutscher Rundfunk has launched their search for the German participant in the 15th edition of Eurovision Young Dancers in Malta next June. WDR will not be organising a televised selection process, instead selecting their entrant from those dancers who send in applications. As with previous years it is expected that two dancers will be shortlisted for the contest, with the Eurovision Young Dancers choreographer having the final say on who will make it to Malta.

Those wishing to represent Germany must meet the following criteria:

  • Dancers must be in advance, university education or similar.
  • Age: 16 to 21 years (as of 09 June 2017)
  • Nationality: German or has lived in Germany for at least two years
  • A solo piece of choreography must be prepared for the application, the performance may last no longer than 1 minute and 30 seconds.
  • For the application, the performance must be recorded on video (format: DVD or YouTube link) and submitted together with a short CV.

Applications can be sent via email to: katja.vossenberg@tu-dortmund.de

Or via post to:

Westdeutscher Rundfunk
Musikredaktion FS
Prof. Dr. Lothar Mattner
50600 Köln

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 10 February, after which stage all of the applications will be assessed.

Source: WDR

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First held in 1985 a total of 37 countries have competed at least once in the contest, including Canada in 1987. The competition is open to young dancers who are aged between 16 and 21 years old. Each country is represented by either a solo dancer or a couple, who perform a routine of their choosing for the jury. The jury will select two acts to go through to the final round which is a 90 second dance off. Each dancer is given 45 seconds to perform and impress the judges, at the end of the performances the judges select the winner.
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