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The Grand Final

London's Sadler's Wells hosts the grand final of BBC Young Dancer 2017, as five outstanding young performers compete for the overall title.


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

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

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categories have been closely contested. For the five dancers who

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2017. Good evening. Very warm welcome to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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contemporary category. If you can take something valuable from the

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competition that is much more valuable than having the title,

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

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

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

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

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

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there are some further introductions. One of the questions,

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

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

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

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Brew is an award-winning choreographer and has been working

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nahid Siddiqui has received awards worldwide. Whether it is street

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

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magic that somebody carries. Jasmin Vardimon has been creating

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

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

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

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

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

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

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judges. Jasmin, for the young dancers taking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the experiences they got and carried into their professional life.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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judges. I would like to introduce you to

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

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

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Academy, please welcome Darcey Bussell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Watson started dancing ages 14, joining Phoenix dance Academy youth

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

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at the Royal Conservatory in Belgium. Having impressed the judges

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of the Contemporary final with his strong storytelling skills and

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ability to connect with the audience, John William was selected

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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where a youth representative of jukebox collective company.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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opportunity. Obviously you have performed before but this is a

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

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

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

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board and revised it is a competition. A very different

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

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

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

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behind it. APPLAUSE. Beautifully done. This

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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watching these other dances and talent, has inspired you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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a descriptive piece. Kathak is a storytelling art that uses

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

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

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

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this piece. Captivating, absolutely captivating.

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

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

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the five finalists a massive round of applause.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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about the commitment. They are incredibly young to perform their

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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different skill set with a partnership dance. Doing the duet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Deliverance is the title of this piece.

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

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

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duet section to a close we bring you Shyam Dattani.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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classical ballet where the male supporter is making sure she looks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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boundaries. APPLAUSE.

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How impressive was that! Choreographed by Caroline

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

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

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

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

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

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you have enjoyed it. Congratulations, go and relax.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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changes their perspective. We stormed through the start. Just

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

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

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

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the willingness to incorporate different styles into the dance.

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Jodelle Douglas is much more liquid and flexible with his movements

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

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

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

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

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

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everything, I'm really excited to see that.

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Absolute magic. Choreography by Nicolas Marvel and premiered by this

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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complex phrasing. The dynamics constantly changed so it is dynamic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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foreground. Commanding the stage, Rhys Antoni

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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this guy some water! Waiting in the wings is Nafisah

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Baba. The first thing we did was falling,

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

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letting my body fall, letting my head go.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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outside her habitual patterns of moving. It was incredible.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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yourself. He struggled with understanding what I wanted until he

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:46:44.:46:48.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:47:29.:53:17.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:57:34.:57:36.

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

:57:37.:57:42.

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

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

:57:46.:57:52.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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myself and my fellow judges in thanking these astonishing young

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

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

:59:22.:59:26.

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

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opportunity to share their talent and their expertise and discipline.

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

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

:59:43.:59:48.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:01:50.:01:55.

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

:01:56.:02:06.

audience, thank you for making us feel something wonderful.

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

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winner of BBC Young dancer 2017, Nafisah Baba.

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

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our fantastic finalists. That brings to an end our Grand

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

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

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

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night. Our crack team of experts

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use pioneering research

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London's Sadler's Wells hosts the grand final of BBC Young Dancer 2017, as five outstanding young performers compete for the overall title.

Presented by Anita Rani and Ore Oduba with legendary ballerina Darcey Bussell, the evening is a unique opportunity for these young dancers to perform in front many of the UK's leading dance figures. To reach the final, all of them have already won through three selection rounds in either ballet, contemporary, South Asian or street dance. Alongside the winners of those four categories, there is also a place for an additional wildcard.

Judging the final are a formidable panel of dance experts - Kevin O'Hare, director of The Royal Ballet, Jasmin Vardimon, choreographer and artistic director of the Jasmin Vardimon Company, Marc Brew, artistic director and choreographer, Kate Prince, choreographer and director of ZooNation, Kenneth Tharp, choreographer, director and former chief executive of The Place, and Nahid Siddiqui, one of the world's finest Kathak dancers and choreographers.

For the grand final, each of the dancers has been teamed up with a leading choreographer who has created a brand new solo for them for the occasion. They will also dance a solo from their repertoire and a duet or pas de deux. At the end of the final, one will be named BBC Young Dancer 2017. To date, only one person knows exactly how that feels and he is back to perform a new solo - BBC Young Dancer 2015 Connor Scott.

Special guests joining Anita and Darcey for the evening include artistic director of New Adventures, Matthew Bourne, Kenrick Sandy, artistic director of Boy Blue Entertainment, and Shobana Jeyasingh, artistic director of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, who was also the chair of the judging panels for the category finals.


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