Eurovision Young Dancers 1989

The Eurovision Young Dancers 1989 was the third edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers held at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France on 28 June 1989.[1] Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster France Régions 3 (FR3), dancers from ten countries participated in the televised final. A total of seventeen countries took part in the competition. Cyprus and Portugal made their debut at the contest.[1]

Eurovision Young Dancers 1989
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Final28 June 1989
VenuePalais des Congrès, Paris, France
Presenter(s)Zizi Jeanmaire
Alain Duault
Directed byDirk Sanders
Executive supervisorFrank Naef
Executive producerJosette Affergan
Host broadcasterFrance Régions 3 (FR3)
Opening act"Mon truc en plumes" by Zizi Jeanmaire with her dancers
Interval act"Concerto en Ré" by L'École du Ballet de l'Ópera de Paris Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries17
Debuting countries
Returning countriesNone
Non-returning countriesNone
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         Participating countries     Did not qualify from the semi final
Voting systemA professional jury awarded 2 prizes and 2 special prices for classical dance and contemporary dance
Winning dancers
1987 ← Eurovision Young Dancers → 1991

The participant countries could send one or two dancers, male or female, that could not be older than 19. Each dancer was free to participate in any of these 2 categories: classical dancing or contemporary, modern or jazz dancing. The pas de deux performances could not be longer than ten minutes, while the variations could not be longer than five minutes. There were 4 awards that year: contemporary dancing prize, classical dancing prize and 2 jury's special prizes (for contemporary and classical dance).[1]

The non-qualified countries were Austria, Canada, Cyprus, Italy, Norway, Portugal and Yugoslavia. Agnès Letestu of France won the contemporary dance prize, with Tetsuya Kumakawa of United Kingdom winning the classical ballet prize.[2]


The Palais des congrès de Paris, a concert venue, convention centre and shopping mall in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, France, was the host venue for the 1989 edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers.[1]

The venue was built by French architect Guillaume Gillet, and was inaugurated in 1974. The venue hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 1978. Nearby the venue are Bois de Boulogne and the affluent neighbourhood of Neuilly-sur-Seine. The closest métro and RER stations are Porte Maillot and Neuilly – Porte Maillot, accessible via the lower levels of the building.


The format consists of dancers who are non-professional and between the ages of 16–21, competing in a performance of dance routines of their choice, which they have prepared in advance of the competition. All the dancers then take part in a choreographed group dance during 'Young Dancers Week'.[3]

Jury members of a professional aspect and representing the elements of ballet, contemporary, and modern dancing styles, score each of the competing individual and group dance routines. The overall winner upon completion of the final dances is chosen by the professional jury members.[3]


Due to time restrictions, a semi-final was held to select the ten performers for the final.[1]

Preliminary roundEdit

A total of sixteen countries took part in the preliminary semi-final round of the 1989 contest, of which ten qualified to the televised grand final. The following countries failed to qualify.[1]

Country Participant
  Italy Danilo Mazzota
  Cyprus Hélène O'Keefe
  Canada Cherice Barton
  Yugoslavia Dino Baksa
  Portugal Ana Lacerda
  Norway Hilde Olsen
  Austria Jürgen Wagner


Prize Country Participant(s)
Contemporary Dance Prize   France Agnès Letestu
Classical Ballet Prize   United Kingdom Tetsuya Kumakawa
Jury's special prize (Classical)    Switzerland Christina McDermott
Jury's special prize (Contemporary)   Spain María Giménez and Igor Yebra
-   Belgium Géraldine Boussart
-   Denmark Rachel Hester and Martin Vedel
-   Finland Petri Toivanen
-   Netherlands Gaby Baars and Léon Pronk
-   Sweden Marie Lindqvist
-   Germany Patrick Becker

Jury membersEdit

The jury members consisted of the following:[1]


The 1989 Young Dancers competition was broadcast in 20 countries including Jordan and Bulgaria.[1][4]

  •   Austria (ORF)
  •   Belgium (RTBF)
  •   Bulgaria (BNT)
  •   Canada (CBC)
  •   Cyprus (CyBC)
  •   Denmark (DR)
  •   Finland (Yle TV1)
  •   France (France 3)
  •   Germany (ZDF)
  •   Italy (Rai 3)
  •   Jordan (JRTV)
  •   Netherlands (NOS)
  •   Norway (NRK)
  •   Portugal (RTP)
  •   Spain (TVE)
  •   Sweden (SVT1)
  •    Switzerland (TSR)
  •   United Kingdom (BBC2)
  •   Yugoslavia (JRT)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Eurovision Young Dancers 1989: About the show". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Eurovision Young Dancers 1989: Participants". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Eurovision Young Dancers - Format". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 11 February 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Eurovision Young Dancers 1989". Issuu. Retrieved 2 May 2018.

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