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Young Dancers’17: Daria Klimentová Revealed as Judge

Czech prima ballerina Daria Klimentová, has been revealed as the first judge at Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 in Prague.

Daria Klimentová has announced as one of the three judges for Eurovision Young Dancers 2017, next month in Prague. Daria is known as one of the most famous, prima ballerina’s from the Czech Republic and has traveled the world performing in ballet’s across the globe. Having trained at the Dance Conservatory Prague she went on to join the National Theatre in Prague in 1989, swiftly becoming the principal dancer.

Through the 1990s, Daria Klimentová progressed through the Ballet world, moving to South Africa in 1993 to join the Cape Town City Ballet. In 1993 she joined the Scottish Ballet as principal dancer, before moving in 1996 to the English National Ballet as principal dancer. She remained at the English National Ballet for a further 18 years before retiring in 2014.

In 2003 Daria created the Prague International Ballet Masterclasses, helping work with the next generation of ballet stars in the Czech Republic. She continues to this day to work on the Masterclasses alongside colleagues from the world of ballet.


Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 will be held on 16 December at the Congress Centre in Prague. A total of eight countries will take part in this years contest, with Portugal returning to the contest after a six-year break from the competition.

To date the following countries have selected their participant:

  • Czech Republic – Michal Vach
  • Malta – Denise Buttigieg
  • Poland – Paulina Bidzińska
  • Slovenia – Patricija Crnkovič
  • Sweden – Christoffer Collins

Germany, Norway and Portugal are yet to announce their participants for the competition. Germany which held an open call for dancers, has shortlisted two possible dancers for the competition, with Petr Zuska the choreographer of the contest selecting the dancer who will represent Germany in Prague.

Source: Eurovision Young Dancers

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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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