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Over the past four weeks, we have showcased some of the U:K.'s most


promising than talent. We've seen some excellent performances and all


categories have been closely contested. For the five dancers who


have gone through to the Grand Final, one of the biggest stages in


the dance world awaits. It will be brilliant for them to dance at


Sadlers Wells. It is an amazing opportunity to shine on stage and


show their qualities, versatility, abilities. To be seen by so many


people in the dance world raises their game. It will change lives. It


is a huge opportunity to bring all the forms together, create more


audience and to let them find out more. Once in a lifetime opportunity


to showcase talents. What they are able to achieve is dead exciting.


All the arrows of rehearsal for those few minutes of time in front


of a global audience. I am so excited to see them. The winners of


South Asian, ballet, street and contemporary dance class a wild card


will perform again. All of them will be looking to impress a panel of


leading dance figures and at the end of the evening one of them will lift


the BBC Young dancer trophy. I am so honoured to be in this competition


at this stage. Performing on Sadlers Wells stage is going to be


incredible. I'm just going to swallow it up and do my thing and


have fun. It's incredible to go out on this stage and perform alongside


people who are driven and love the art form as much as I do. More than


winning this, it is about the experience, the journey. I'm really


nervous but if I'm honest, it is an honour and I want to do it again,


knowing that I will get this far. Enjoy it. I don't want to look back


and have any regrets. Welcome to the Grand Final of BBC Young Dancer


2017. Good evening. Very warm welcome to


Sadlers Wells for the Grand Final of BBC Young Dancer 2017. If you've


been following the series you will know that we are in for something


special. Absolutely. It is only the second time this competition has


been held and we are thrilled to be back in one of the great dance


houses in the world. Over the past couple of years we have had a taste


of what it is like to take part in a televised dance competition. We had


a couple of weeks of training but for them this is the result of years


of training. It is embarrassing that you brought that up considering the


level we will see tonight. This has the potential to change their lives


but first, it is a celebration of dance and a showcase for five


exciting new talent. 21-year-old Jodelle Douglas was first to book


his place after winning streak dance. It feels great to be given


the platform to dance and express myself. To be in the Grand Final is


the cherry on top, I guess. In his final year at English National


Ballet School, Rhys Antoni Yeomans is the winner of the ballet


category. I've worked my hardest and done my best so now I've got to go


and perform and enjoy the moment. Shyam Dattani one through from a


competitive South Asian dance final. I hope I can represent it in the


right light. Nafisah Baba Is 20 and from London. She won the


contemporary category. If you can take something valuable from the


competition that is much more valuable than having the title,


though that would be really nice. Completing the line-up is


John-William Watson, who's been selected as the wild card. Going to


be incredible because it has been such a long and wonderful journey.


So talented, so dedicated and so young. I'm sure they will all have


very exciting careers ahead of them. No doubt. Before we get started


there are some further introductions. One of the questions,


how do you choose a winner? Especially when the dancers are from


four different worlds. It is for the best that we have nothing to do with


that position. Tonight are some of the biggest names in dance. Marc


Brew is an award-winning choreographer and has been working


with companies as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. I know what it


takes to be a dancer and to have that drive and passion. I will be


looking for someone who is committed to what they do. All those elements.


Kate Prince is a pioneer of dance theatre. Any dance, no matter what


the style, as an audience member, how does it make you feel? Does it


make you want to dance, ring you joy, make you cry? It can make you


feel anything and everything. Kenneth Tharp is a leading figure on


the UK dance scene. He has worked as a choreographer. If it makes your


heart beat fast and hold your attention, when you don't want it to


end, when they've got you write with them, that is a top performance.


Nahid Siddiqui has received awards worldwide. Whether it is street


dancing or ballet, technique or precision, athletics, drama, that


magic that somebody carries. Jasmin Vardimon has been creating


challenging, exciting and visually stunning dance for 20 years. It is


important that it is only a tool to articulate the in a world who


communicates through that. Kevin O'Hare is director of the Royal


Ballet. As soon as somebody comes on stage we make an opinion about who


they are do they have that extra thing that grabs your attention. For


me it is about that person that just smashes it on the night. Welcome our


judges. Jasmin, for the young dancers taking


to the stage, the tests do not get much bigger. It is the final. There


is a TV audience. How do they content with it? It is a big night


for them, of course, being associate artist here, I present most of my


work here and I know how special it feels to perform on that stage.


Beside that there is the process that brought them here. Through the


mentoring, the sessions that they had, the feedback, the exposure,


that journey is something they will have to reflect on and reflect on


the experiences they got and carried into their professional life.


Kenneth, if I can come to you next, I love the blazer. These guys are on


the stage, if you could give them some words of advice. Forget the


judges, forget us, remember to breathe every now and then. It does


help when you're nervous. They've worked so hard to get to this


moment. One that stage, now the huge pleasure you are bringing to the


people here. All looking forward to it. Judges, you are not off the


hook. We will be speaking to you throughout the programme. Our


judges. I would like to introduce you to


someone else. She knows about judging dance competitions. She was


the principal at the Royal Ballet and is the president of the Royal


Academy, please welcome Darcey Bussell.


Always an absolute pleasure to see you. You are on this stage two years


ago for the inaugural competition. We've seen these guys rehearsing and


I know that you are excited. It is so great to be back. I've had the


chance to meet them, see them in rehearsal, beautiful dancers, very


talented, very mature. What an opportunity for them, to be


performing here. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for them. It will be


a wonderful showcase. For the audience, it is quite a unique


showcase because we have these dance styles coming together on one night


on the stage. Yes. I love it. To see these disciplines performing


together. To see the relationships and the things that bring them


together. They are here for the same goal. They've worked incredibly


hard. They are inspired by each other and they are here to perform


together. This is what it is about. Performing to a great public that


cannot wait to see them perform. It's a dream come true. What a


performance we are going to see. You get to sit back and relax. We are


looking forward to it. Thank you very much. Off she goes. My


co-presenter has gone. Anita is very thing -- is in one of the best seats


in the house. And she is with one of them right now. Thank you. I look to


think of this as my post-match then. Welcome. You cheered the judging


panel. You hand-picked the finalists. Put into perspective the


level of talent we will see. We had an amazing and difficult claim. We


look at five brilliant dancers and choose one. Despite the fact only


one person walked away with the trophy I kind of feel they were all


winners. To make it to that stage, especially here, it is an amazing


challenge. How do you charge for such different dance styles?


Specially choreographed for them. Let's meet the first answer in this


young dancer grand final. John-William Watson. John-William


Watson started dancing ages 14, joining Phoenix dance Academy youth


academy a few years later. He is now in his first year of dance studies


at the Royal Conservatory in Belgium. Having impressed the judges


of the Contemporary final with his strong storytelling skills and


ability to connect with the audience, John William was selected


as the wild card for this grand final. Darcey Bussell spoke to him


between rehearsals. Congratulations. On being the wild card entry. Was


that the surprise? I was so excited to receive the news. I see it as


another chance to perform again and a great opportunity I have been


given so I'm going to embrace it. How have you found getting to know


the other disciplines, has it been inspiring? We are all passionate


about using our bodies to tell a story and that is what connects us.


There is a common thread between everything and that is what is


wonderful about this competition. Tell is the bit about your first


piece that you will be performing. It is entitled if not now then when.


I was inspired by nostalgia and how it can be a contrasting experience,


it can be beautiful and also quite sad. Thinking about things or people


you have lost so I channelled back into creating this solo and I am


excited to perform it. What a way to kick off the


competition. Amazing. Think of the pressure on that young man with the


John-William Watson opening up this BBC Young Dancer grand final with


herself choreographed piece. Next up 21-year-old Jodelle Douglas is the


winner of the street dance final. Jodelle Douglas grew up in Bristol


and developed his passion for Street Dance there. Now he lives in Cardiff


where a youth representative of jukebox collective company.


If you looks familiar it is because he made it to the category final


back in 2015. This time around his unique style and energy made him the


winner of the street dance final. What drew you back to come and


perform again in this competition? Just the fun that I had and the


experience, I wanted to do it again. And it will be my last time doing it


so I want to give it one more blow. You seem relaxed but the nerves must


be there. How do you work with that? I'm a freestyle dancer and it is


just on the spot. That is where it gets rid of my nerves but if I have


to think about something I get nervous. So I have just been going


over it in my head and I'm more comfortable when I do it. And


hopefully the nerves will just wash away. When I'm on the stage I will


fine. Tell us about this with your first piece. It is called art


within. That is just my own kind of brand, I'm constantly evolving and


learning so work I have previously done I look back on and think I wish


I'd done that. But in the meantime I'm just constantly wanting to tweak


and evolve to make it the best. What about that for storytelling.


Let alone all those body contortions, it gives you shivers.


Jodelle Douglas there. Art within. Next up for body popping to belly,


category winner Rhys Antoni Yeomans, aged 19. From Manchester, risk was


introduced to belly aged ten when he saw the musical Billy Elliot. In


less than two years he was performing the lead role in the


show. Rhys is now in his third and final year at the English National


Ballet School in London. He was the winner of the Ballet


final with a well chosen programme showing off his broad range, his


stage charm and presence. On the stage at Sadler's Wells there has


been so many great dancers performing here and now it is your


turn. Could you ever believe you would be here? I cannot believe I'm


performing by myself on the stage at Sadler's Wells, but many people can


say they are there just for them so I'm ecstatic to have been given the


opportunity. Obviously you have performed before but this is a


different pressure being part of a competition. I've had that challenge


of becoming a character and portraying that role but here I am


kind of expressing myself as a dancer. I just have to take that on


board and revised it is a competition. A very different


pressure. Your first piece, tell us about that. It is very technically


demanding. A lot of jumps and battery. But I want to get across


the sense of freedom and passion. And the kind of playful character


behind it. APPLAUSE. Beautifully done. This


final is well and truly under way. That is one man who knows how to use


a kilt. Performed by Rhys Antoni Yeomans. Next up it is the winner of


the contemporary category, 20-year-old Nafisah Baba. Nafisah


started ballet classes when she was three years old, going on to other


styles including contemporary, jazz and. She is preparing for a career


in dance, training with Chrysalis London. In the contemporary final,


Nafisah gave a performance to win the title. I felt amazing hearing my


name. I kept replaying it, thinking, that is actually me. Your experience


watching these other dances and talent, has inspired you?


Definitely. Especially the street dance. It is something I would love


to do. I love to incorporate things like that into my contemporary.


Could you tell us a bit about what it means to you. It is called in its


capable. When I was younger I was part of the netball Association so


it was between doing that at weekends and then my mum said it is


either that or you dance. When I was doing it, I was trying to imagine


it, I do still miss it. Absolutely captivating by Nafisah


there. Sportswoman turned dancer. You can see where the athleticism


comes from. That is a piece called Inescapable. We now turn to South


Asian dance with 19-year-old category winner Shyam Dattani. Shyam


began his journey at the age of two and his love of performing led him


to take up full-time training. It was his passion for dance and


technique that shone through in the South Asian dance final and won him


the title. I'm really excited to present my dance on the stage but


also it makes me mindful because I've watched some of my inspirations


in dance perform on this stage and to be able to perform on the same


turf is something I never imagined. It gives meet singles. What is


wonderful as how you tell a story. Tell us about that. My first solo is


a descriptive piece. Kathak is a storytelling art that uses


expression with hand gestures and in this piece I will be surrendering to


a Lord, the elephant headed god, who is a remover of obstacles. Kathak


grew from this as a temple art, so I want to share my devotion through


this piece. Captivating, absolutely captivating.


Delicate and thorough fully equal measure. The first round of solos is


brought to a close. I'm sure you will all want to give Shyam and all


the five finalists a massive round of applause.


We've seen them all perform once and whilst we give them a couple of


minutes to catch their breath let's handover to Anita who is with the


judges. Beauty, brains, footwork, enough about you. Let's talk to the


dance experts. We've seen the first performances. Initial thoughts? It


is their focus, how they engage with the public. Telling that story


through their movements. The strength of skill was outstanding. I


could not take my eyes off any of them. I suppose one of the


surprising ones was the street dancer, because it is such a


different forum, to be in the theatre, the lighting, the stage,


playing with that. It is so unusual for young dancers to be so exposed


on a stage performing. Have they risen to the occasion? The


absolutely have. Must be incredibly challenging to be on the stage. You


have the production values, the wonderful set and the lighting. What


I found really touching is each one of them was incredibly emotional.


Most of the solos they choreographed themselves, and there was a real


attempt to have a story, the narrative, use lyrics. I phoned it


incredibly moving. You feel incredibly supportive. Let's talk


about the commitment. They are incredibly young to perform their


artform to this level. Yes, the time that would have gone into rehearsing


this. They've been doing this since the beginning of the competition,


perfecting these solos. It is ours and aisles of training. -- it is


lots of training. I know exactly what they've been under, the


pressure they've been under. It is something they would not want to


miss. It is televised and are therefore a life. There is a lot


more dancing to come. Let's bring in the judges before we


move on to the duets. And for a dancer like Jodelle Douglas in


Street Dance we are more likely to see the guys doing battle but right


here on stage we are going to see them doing the Gillette. How


difficult will that be. It is a different skill and different


mentality vote up the brilliant thing about Street Dance, it has


evolved so much especially in the last 15 years. You're just as likely


to see Street Dance on stage in the Sadler's Wells as in a battle and


the good things about being a straight answer is that you can


choose. You can battle against each other, you can do a duet with each


other or do both. We are finding out so much and I think when we see


these dancers doing the Gillette we will find out even more. What is the


different skill set with a partnership dance. Doing the duet


work and the partnership is about to people instead of one and it is


about the connections they make between each other. They need to


build trust, and there is commitment between them. Sensitivity and also


the timing. How the weight is shared between them and also the chemistry


that they can have an share with us as the audience. Thank you both. So


first to dance is John-William Watson joined by Beth Emerson. They


choreographed the peace together. Oh, my goodness. The level of


maturity by these young dancers is astounding. John-William Watson with


dance partner Beth Emerson. Next to perform Jodelle Douglas and someone


that you may recognise. This guy was the winner of the street dance final


two years ago but he lost out this time around. To prove there are no


hard feelings he's except the invitation to be Jodelle Douglas's


partner here. Channing rivalry into friendship. They have created a


brand new piece. Mass effect. You can see the camaraderie between


the dancers. Jodelle Douglas and Harry Barnes. You would almost say


they are enjoying it! Next Rhys Antoni Yeomans partnered by Masato


is a Grammy. They are dancing a pas de deux.


Oh, my goodness. They make it look so easy. That beautiful display of


control and strength was the pas de deux performed by Rhys Antoni


Youmans with his partner Masato. Now we return to the Contemporary dance.


Deliverance is the title of this piece.


You cannot help but be impressed by these young performers. You're


watching the stars of the future. Incredible synergy. To bring this


duet section to a close we bring you Shyam Dattani.


Yes. Shyam Dattani bringing the duet section to a close. Two down, one to


go. We will give them one more round of applause.


Fen-3-mac impressive stuff. We are about to have a dance battle. To my


left I have a ballet heavyweight. To my right, we have one of the leading


figures in the world of street dance. I think street dance in this


competition is a renegade. It is always evolving and it is one of the


newest dance forms. It is amazing to see Jodelle Douglas and Harry dance


together. What did you make of that? It was very humorous and


entertaining. I grew by three key rules, education, entertainment and


enlightenment. I felt that showed all three things. You are right. We


did feel those things. How difficult is it to work as a couple? It is


that trust. You've got to be as good as each other. That enjoyment that


they have. It is about trust and strength, the skills being matched.


Explain the ballet duet. It was a complete contrast. That was a


traditional pure classic. Even though Rhys is the one we're meant


to be viewing, it is showing her off and that is the tradition in


classical ballet where the male supporter is making sure she looks


best. The one that is unusual in classical ballet is a male dancer at


the top of his game is not always a great partner. It did show that


skill. They had no problem there. How exciting is it for street dance


to be here on the stage? It is not just this thing that you do on the


streets. It is something that you work hard for. You've got to put


blood, sweat and tears into it. It is something we push our bodies to


do. To have that respect and appreciation and affirmation is very


good. From a duet points of view, it is how classical ballet works. With


all the solos that we seem today, I've seen these variants. Only one


more dance. It is the final round from the final five coming. It is a


rare opportunity for a dancer to have a new work created especially


for them. Are finalists are going to premiere the solos on the stage. To


begin it is John-William Watson. He's been working with Caroline


Finnan. They've created a solo. At the first meeting, Caroline was


keen to draw on a variety of experiences. Some paintings from


Francis Bacon inspired me. There are ideas of assumed identities that you


try to break out of. Thoughts about the subconscious. More delicate.


There is something similar with our styles and approaches so it is nice


to work with someone on the same wavelength. He's very good to give


ideas. I would love for him to take it somewhere I've not thought of. It


feels like a lovely collaboration. A few days later and with the


structure and choreography taking place, they start to focus on the


detail of the solo. I want to push him to find new ways of finding the


weight and the bones for that momentum. He has a lot of strength


in his body and what interests me is that as much as vulnerable moment so


you can be passive and then explode again. You can see contrast with


these small, intricate movements. Big, contrasting physicality. It


would be nice if the audience went away. You can push outside


boundaries. APPLAUSE.


How impressive was that! Choreographed by Caroline


Flint and premiered by John-William Watson. Incredible. Catch your


breath. You were the wild card. Just one week ago we knew that you would


be competing. How are you feeling now having performed three dancers?


It is hard to put into words. It has been such a wonderful experience. It


is just over so quickly. You have done everything you can. I'm sure


you have enjoyed it. Congratulations, go and relax.


Outstanding. Our next performer has given him the kudos and well done to


that men. Next up we have Jodelle Douglas who has been war working


alongside Nicolas Marvel. Unknown is the name of this piece.


We were listening to music first and trying to get a feel of a story we


could build together. Just trying to get him to adapt to my style of


choreography. You're just kind of moving, just looking at it, really.


I always get worried when I am creating a piece. I always find that


is the hardest. When we were rehearsing we were trying to build a


story and came up with a few options. We were going down the


theme of someone walking and they are lost and a bit scared and not


sure where they are. They get into contact with something and it


changes their perspective. We stormed through the start. Just


started connecting and licking and understanding each other. I feel he


took on board what I wanted to get out of this piece. After several


days work shopping, they're excited by the way the pieces developing and


the willingness to incorporate different styles into the dance.


Jodelle Douglas is much more liquid and flexible with his movements


whereas I'm more robotic so it is combining these styles together that


makes it such an interesting performance. He pushed me in styles


are not so comfortable with. His animation is perfect, so replicating


that was so hard. It was physical and mental, a challenge. Just to be


able to see our collaboration on the stage with the lighting and


everything, I'm really excited to see that.


Absolute magic. Choreography by Nicolas Marvel and premiered by this


guy, Jodelle Douglas. So cool, unbelievable. It is all a front. As


we know you applied in 2015 and got to the category finals. Can you


describe what the experience has been like to be in the final. Last


time I just missed out but it was still an honour to be able to


express myself on that platform. But to win the category and perform at


the grand final, I do not know, just overwhelming. We all enjoyed that.


Not a bead of sweat on the guy. Wait until I take my hat off! Well done,


all three performances complete. Give him a round of applause. Next


to perform is Rhys Antoni Yeomans. Rees was teamed with Morgan and she


has chosen music by John Adams. Short ride in a fast machine. I


first played it to him and he was, I love it and really exciting. Then as


we started to work with it, it was one, two, three, four, five. Very


complex phrasing. The dynamics constantly changed so it is dynamic


for my body to keep maintaining the power. I've got to balance out and


be clever. A lot of the movement and the coordination is different from


the work he normally does training. So he is learning new movement


pathways. Then he is able to play with that which is nice. Taking on


the material himself. It is looking good but we still need to put in the


correction of the timings because of such a confusing piece. You think


you've done it all because all the corn coffee is made to the music and


you realise there is a whole new layer of work starting. That is


putting in the light and shade to make it interesting to watch.


Nice and relaxed, that was good. I've had to not remove the classical


training but have it in the background and the four grand needs


to be something new and just more organic as a way of moving. --


foreground. Commanding the stage, Rhys Antoni


Yeomans. Created by Morgann Runacre-Temple. You have done it!


You can take a breather. It will may not be lost on you that some of the


greatest names in Ballet are in this room. Did that come into your


thinking on stage? Slightly! It must've been a little bit


intimidating but it did not show at all. Just being on stage is what I


love to do. I just had to forget about what was happening, who was


watching and just do me. Beautifully done. Well done, have a breeder. Get


this guy some water! Waiting in the wings is Nafisah


Baba. The first thing we did was falling,


not catching yourself but letting your body fault. You will see me


letting my body fall, letting my head go.


I'm being pushed out of my comfort zone, trying things I've not done


before. I'm pushing through with it rather than being like, I will do it


later. We can go before we fall. That is what we are partly trained


to do. She said, don't go to a position you know, don't analyse


things, it was difficult to just let my head go and let my body fall and


not get in a position. When they meet again a few days later the


piece had started to take shape. I could not have asked for more in


terms of the commitment and the readiness to try things which were


outside her habitual patterns of moving. It was incredible.


Just the way that she holds herself takes your breath away. Performed by


Nafisah Baba. Glad you did not leave your shoes behind. They will be


relief. You said there were no regrets. Surely you cannot have any


after that. S I don't. It is an honour to dance on that stage. Look


at the smile. You are phenomenal. Your job is done. Great effort. Just


one more dance in this Grand Final. To begin the process, Shyam is


trained to think outside his training. She gave me this piece of


paper and put it in front of me and said to make a shape with it. At


first I was quite thrown back and she said, take all the Kathak out of


yourself. He struggled with understanding what I wanted until he


could see for real but he needs to replicate that or use that to inform


the way my body is on the ground. She taught me to remove each


movement. Every limb seemed to be engaged in this movement. A week


later and things have moved on. The piece has evolved and changed. My


body has been manipulated into forming this piece and it is quite


amazing. He has embraced it and I respect that. He is likely, you can


mould him into shapes and he's ready for it. I'm excited for him. She's


focused on the technique of Kathak, but also will be moulding it in this


contemporary, more urban aspect. It is quite eccentric and I can feel


the buzz when I'm performing it. That is how you do it. Five


finalists. I know you've brought a huge contingent with you tonight. We


can hear them, we've been hearing them all night. What is the


overriding emotion for you? I feel like all my hard work, the


dedication of all those who put so much into my dance, I hope I


showcased it well on stage. I feel so grateful to be part of the


atmosphere. Well done. You take your place. Time to take a bow. Didn't


they do well? Give it up for John-William Watson, Jodelle


Douglas, Rhys Antoni Yeomans, Nafisah Baba, and Shyam Dattani.


Sadly, we cannot have everyone because she is actually performing,


but they deserve our applause. APPLAUSE. Well done. That brings us


to the end of the competition. Before the judges head off and make


a difficult decision, some difficult questions. Just before we talk about


this night as a whole, 15 premiers. How exciting to see brand-new work


by such dances on the stage. It is brilliant and energising and


beautiful. I congratulate the BBC for introducing this. It is so


heartening. It is great to be part of this. I think everybody would


echo this in the theatre. You've got to make a big decision. Sum up what


we've seen. It is wonderful to see them giving their best and having


the opportunity to perform on this stage. Be fascinating to see what we


come up with. Close competition. Let us see who wins. Before you make


that call, I'm sure you have some final thoughts. Yes. We've been


joined by a choreographer and director described as the world's


most popular living dance maker. Sir Matthew. You are a huge


supporter of this competition and a huge promoter of dance. What did you


make of what you've seeing this evening. I was adjudged to years ago


and thought it was something that the dance world should support. And


we all did. And we continue to do that. It is wonderful to see young


dancers promoted in this way. And having an audience they could not


dream of in the theatre, a television audience with so many


more people. An incredible thing for them and also in terms of the


choreography, we are seeing new choreography, I find that exciting.


There is another whole element to the competition. Completely and the


final performance, choreographed by someone else. I think we saw a


different side to them. I think what we want is to see the versatility of


these artists. Where they're going to go now. They are busy young and


raw talent and they're suddenly worked on and being tested out of


their comfort zone and whether they are capable of taking back on board.


Some of them really achieved that. It is interesting, certainly we saw


it with Shyam Dattani, pushing the boundaries of his dance form. This


is something you have done, to tear up the rule book. Is this the


future? I think is the job of a dancer to interpret the work of a


choreographer. I love to see them do their own work and you get a bonus


in some ways thing that come from them. But to work with the


choreographer is as Darcey Bussell will tell you, you must interpret


their work. And that is a challenge. It is a test. And that was a


challenge for him, a different style. To put you on the spot, or


would you give a job in your company. I was very drawn to


John-William Watson. I was drawn to the musicality and character, the


completeness of each piece. As a choreographer I was drawn to someone


doing their own work in that way. He's a talent to watch. Thank you


both. I have my fingers crossed for all of them.


While the judges are busy trying to choose a winner from those five


wonderful dancers we have a special treat just for you. Two years ago


17-year-old Connor Scott made quite an impression performing on this


very stage and he was named as the first-ever BBC Young Dancer


champion. Since then he is moved down to London from Northumberland


and he's in his second year of training at the School Ballet and


Contemporary dance. We are delighted to welcome them back here to perform


for you right now. Here is Connor Scott with an extract from a new


piece. Brave E is the title. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2015 BBC


Young Dancer, Connor Scott. The man they are all aspiring to tonight.


I'm just hearing that the judges have made their decision. The


anticipation, I know. I reckon we just have enough time for one more


performance. We have had solos and duets already this evening but


shoppers see all of our finalists on stage one more time? Performing from


Vivaldi 's four seasons, your 2017 BBC Young Dancer finalists.


I can speak I think on behalf of everyone in this room, we are in all


of your talent. Thank you to those wonderful dancers and their


dedication to their art. Truly an inspiring night. They are at the top


of their game and we have been mesmerised. But there can be only


one winner and that moment has arrived. Time to find out who will


be named the BBC Young Dancer 2017. John-William Watson. Jodelle


Douglas. Rhys Antoni Yeomans. Nafisah Baba. Shyam Dattani.


Please welcome to the stage the judges. Nahid Siddiqui, Kevin


O'Hare, Jasmin Vardimon, Kate Prince, Marc Brew and Kenneth Tharp.


And were joined onstage by Darcey Bussell who will make presentation.


But before she does they have had a very difficult decision to make.


Kenneth I'm sure would like to say word. Thank you very much. First I'm


sure all the audience here and those watching at home would like to join


myself and my fellow judges in thanking these astonishing young


dancers for an amazing evening of dancing. Thank you so much.


We also wanted to say what a brilliant opportunity this has been


and thank the BBC for giving these young dancers such a fantastic


opportunity to share their talent and their expertise and discipline.


We have had an interesting discussion but in the fight that we


thought something is cut through regardless. How a dancer makes you


feel. How they connect with the audience. And so even though we had


a lively discussion, from the discussions and scoring, one clear


winner emerged. It is down to me. It is inspiring to see such expressive


and dynamic performances from such young, talented British dancers. It


makes me so proud to be British. I am excited about this. The winner of


the BBC Young dancer 2017 is... Nafisah Baba.


Take it in. This is your moment. What is going through your mind? I


just want to say thank you so much to every single one of you. To my


friends and family for a never-ending support and making me


feel like I can be on top of the world. On behalf of everyone in the


audience, thank you for making us feel something wonderful.


Congratulations. All the hard work paid off. Please enjoy it. The


winner of BBC Young dancer 2017, Nafisah Baba.


I'm sure you will agree they were all phenomenal. Please welcome back


our fantastic finalists. That brings to an end our Grand


Final of the programme. A huge thank you to all our judges who have been


involved in every stage of the competition. Thank you to everybody


who looked after the dancers. Until next time, from all of us, good


night. Our crack team of experts


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