17-year-old Michal Vach has been selected to represent the Czech Republic on home soil at Eurovision Young Dancers 2017.
Michal Vach will represent the Czech Republic this December in Prague, following the young dancers victory in the Czech selection process on the weekend. Dancers between the ages of 16 and 22 years, were invited by Czech Television to apply to take part in this years contest, with the best taking part in a national selection on Friday night in Prague. Michal is currently studying at the Prague Dance Conservatory.
The winner was selected by a jury of dance professionals formed of;
- Angeé Svobodové – Choreographer
- Aleny Peškové – Choreographer
- Martina Šintáka – Dancer and soloist of JK Tyl Theater Ballet in Pilsen
Creative Producer for Eurovision Young Dancers 2017, Vítězslav Sýkora added;
The Eurovision Young Dancers competition is especially specific to its basic concept – it is not divided into any category – stylish or ageless. The victory was not only decided at the technical and interpretative level of competitive performance but also the overall artistic impression and nature of stage performance.
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.