Denise Buttigieg who will represent Malta at Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 has met with Justyna Caruana, the Minister for Gozo, this week.
Denise Buttigiege the Maltese entrant in Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 has formally met with the Minister for Gozo. The young dancer from the island of just under 7,000 people met with the Minister for the island to talk about her upcoming participation in the international contest. Mrs Caruana congratulated Denise on being selected to represent Malta in the Czech Republic and reminded her that she should be proud to represent Malta on an international level. The Minister added;
Gozo and Gozitans are proud that Denise will be the country’s ambassador in Eurovision Young Dancers
Joe Bundy, the Chief Executive of PBS, stated that Eurovision Young Dancers is not just a platform for the talent of the dancers taking part. But that it is also a way for different cultures and countries to integrate together.
Denise was selected to represent Malta at Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic following an open call for dancers. In total 18 dancers from across the country applied to take part in the contest, with ten shortlisted to take part in a selection show. Denise who is just 16 years old will be one of eight young dancers from across Europe competing in the contest this December.
Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 will take place on December 16 at the Forum Hall of Prague Congress Centre. Libor Bouček returns as the host of the competition, having host Eurovision Young Dancers the last time it was held in 2015. While, Petr Zuska has been confirmed as the choreographer of this years competition. Mr Zuska is the artistic director of The Czech National Ballet in Prague.
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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.