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Contemporary Dance Final

The competition searching for the best of young British dance talent continues, with the spotlight firmly on contemporary dance. Anita Rani presents.

With the grand final of BBC Young Dancer just a week away, Anita Rani presents the last of the category finals, with the spotlight firmly on contemporary dance. Connor Scott, the first ever winner of this biennial competition, won through this category two years ago as a wildcard and the line-up promises to be just as strong this year.

BBC Young Dancer is for dancers aged 16-21 across four categories - ballet, contemporary, street dance and South Asian dance. In this contemporary final we follow five dancers as they progress through the competition with highlights of their performances at The Lowry, Salford, in front of a judging panel boasting three of the country's top dance experts: Sharon Watson, artistic director of Leeds-based Phoenix Dance; Mark Bruce, award-winning dancer and choreographer and artistic director of the Mark Bruce Company; and judging across all four BBC Young Dancer categories, the critically acclaimed choreographer and dance producer, Shobana Jeyasingh.

For one dancer a guaranteed place in the final at Sadler's Wells awaits. And at the end of the programme the name of the wildcard or wildcards who will join the four category winners in the series finale will also be announced.

Finalists are: Nora Monsecour, Jacob Lang, John-William Watson, Nafisah Baba and Joshua Attwood.

59 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:06


    Never Ending Circles

  • 00:17

    Lianne La Havas


  • 00:20

    Tom Rosenthal


  • 00:23

    Emeli Sandé

    Where I Sleep

  • 00:28

    Nana Mouskouri

    Que Je Sois Un Ange

  • 00:36

    The Ink Spots

    If I Didn't Care

  • 00:37

    Nina Simone

    Ne Me Quitte Pas

  • 00:46

    Emeli Sandé


  • 00:50


    Rockaway Beach

  • 00:52




Role Contributor
Presenter Anita Rani
Executive Producer Paul Bullock
Series Producer Martyn Stevens