BBC Young Dancer 2019 Street Dance and 'Wildcard' finalists announced

Twenty two year-old Thomas Carsley from Neath has been announced as the winner of the Street Dance Final of BBC Young Dancer 2019, and will go on to represent the category at the Grand Final next week.

Published: 10 May 2019
It feels amazing to get this far in the competition, I feel as though I've been building up to this all my life and throughout my dance journey.
— Thomas Carsley, winner
  • Twenty two year-old Thomas Carsley from Neath has been announced as the winner of the Street Dance Final of BBC Young Dancer 2019, and will go on to represent the category at the Grand Final next week.
  • Thomas will perform a brand new work in the Grand Final choreographed especially for him by Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy, Dancer and Artistic Director of Boy Blue.
  • Fellow Street Dance finalist, 20 year-old Max Revell from Cornwall, will be joining Thomas in the Grand Final, selected as this year’s ‘wildcard’ entry, selected by the judges from across all four category finals.
  • Max will also perform a brand new work in the Grand Final choreographed especially for him by dancer and choreographer Dickson Mbi.
  • The Grand Final will be broadcast on BBC Two on Saturday 18 May.

The Street Dance finalists of BBC Young Dancer 2019 were Thomas Carsley (22), Neath, Louie Juster (21), Derbyshire, Christian Griffin (20), Birmingham, Kate Morris (20), Mid-Glamorgan and Max Revell (20), Cornwall.

Highlights from the Street Dance Final were broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 10 May and will be available to watch again on BBC iPlayer for 30 days.

All five of the category finalists performed in front of a judging panel comprised of leading experts from the dance sector. The Street Dance final was judged by choreographer, performer and founder of the The Arts Hub and CEO for social enterprise I M Power, Rhimes Lecointe, award-winning choreographer and Olivier Award-winner Botis Seva and Jonzi D - Artistic Director of Jonzi D Projects and Breakin’ Convention, who is chair of the judging panel across all four category finals.

Thomas and Max will join South Asian Dance category winner Shree Savani, Contemporary category winner Matthew Rawcliffe and Ballet category winner Chloe Keneally in the Grand Final.

The Grand Final will see each dancer perform three works; these include the premiere of a brand new solo created for each of them for the final by a leading choreographer, along with a solo from their repertoire and a duet.

The judges for the Grand Final are:

  • Emma Gladstone - Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella
  • Wayne McGregor - Founder of Studio Wayne McGregor and Resident Choreographer at the Royal Ballet
  • Shobana Jeyasingh - Founder of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance
  • Junior Bosila Banya - Dancer, teacher and member of Wanted Posse crew
  • Chitra Sundaram - Dance and Theatre Choreographer, performer and educator
  • Christopher Hampson - Artistic Director and Chief Executive at Scottish Ballet


Thomas Carsley, Winner of the Street Dance Final says: “It feels amazing to get this far in the competition. I feel as though I’ve been building up to this all my life and throughout my dance journey.”

Max Revell, the judges’ ‘wildcard’ entry to the Grand Final says: “I’m really excited and grateful for the opportunity to perform in the BBC Young Dancer Grand Final. It’s something I didn’t expect!”


Notes to Editors

Thomas Carsley biography
Thomas started dancing at the age of 11, training in popping, locking, breaking, house and street choreography. He danced in street crews and battles until he was 19, when Thomas began a BA Honours Dance course at Liverpool Institution for Performing Arts. He now trains in ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap along with street styles. The main goal for Thomas is to have a successful company of his own in the future and to keep evolving throughout his career.

Max Revell biography
Max started dancing when he was nine, going to break dancing and popping classes at Street Factory in Plymouth. When he was a teenager he began travelling to battles and competitions all around the country. After working with various theatre companies, Max decided he wanted to learn contemporary and auditioned for contemporary dance conservatoires in the UK. He now attends the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Max’s goal is to continue battling and competing but also to create and perform in both contemporary and hip hop theatre shows around the world.

TV Broadcast Dates

  • Friday 19 April, BBC Four - South Asian Category Final
  • Friday 26 April, BBC Four - Contemporary Category Final
  • Friday 3 May, BBC Four - Ballet Category Final
  • Friday 10 May, BBC Four - Street Dance Category Final
  • Saturday 18 May, BBC Two - LIVE GRAND FINAL

The BBC Young Dancer 2019 overall winner will receive a specially commissioned trophy and a £3,000 cash prize to help further their dance studies. 

BBC Young Dancer is managed and produced by BBC Studios, Entertainment & Music Wales.

The series executive editor is Paul Bullock, the competition manager is Kerry Clark, the series was ordered by Emma Cahusac, BBC Commissioning Editor, Arts and Music Television. Dance Consultants are Sadler’s Wells.

After care
The BBC has partnered with Dancers’ Career Development to provide confidential, bespoke career transition support to the finalists of the BBC Young Dancer Competition. This continues from the aftercare support package Dancers’ Career Development provided for the previous two BBC Young Dancer competitions.

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