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The Grand Final of the first ever BBC Young Dancer was held at Sadler’s Wells on 9 May 2015. It followed a nine month search to find the UK’s most gifted and dedicated dancers aged 16-20 in four categories; Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop and South Asian Dance.

At the Final the winners from each category performed alongside two additional ‘wild cards’ for the overall title in front of a judging panel made up of some of the biggest names from the dance world: Artistic Director of New Adventures, Choreographer and Director Matthew Bourne, Artistic Director of ZFin Malta Mavin Khoo, Choreographer and Director Wayne McGregor, English National Ballet Artistic Director Tamara Rojo, Dancer and Choreographer Kenrick Sandy, and Alistair Spalding, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Sadler's Wells.

Following memorable performances by all six finalists, 17-year-old contemporary dancer Connor Scott was named BBC Young Dancer 2015 by the competition’s ambassador Carlos Acosta.

Connor is now training full time at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

BBC Young Dancer, along with BBC Young Musician, is central to the BBC’s support of the arts and its commitment to the development of new talent.

The Category Winners at BBC Young Dancer 2015 were:

Name Style
Archie Sullivan Ballet
Jacob O’Connell Contemporary
Harry Barnes Hip Hop
Vidya Patel South Asian Dance

Wildcard places at the Grand Final were awarded to:

Name Style
Connor Scott Contemporary
Kieran Lai Hip Hop