Eurovision Young Dancers 2011

The Eurovision Young Dancers 2011 was the twelfth edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers, held at the Dance House in Oslo, Norway on 24 June 2011.[1] Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), dancers from ten countries participated in the televised final. Croatia and Kosovo made their début while Germany and Portugal returned. Seven countries withdrew from the contest.[1] This was the first edition to be successfully held since 2005, following cancellations in 2009 and 2007.

Eurovision Young Dancers 2011
Eurovision Young Dancers 2011 logo.jpg
Final24 June 2011
VenueDance House, Oslo, Norway
Presenter(s)Erik Solbakken
Directed byErik Conders
Executive supervisorVladislav Yakovlev
Executive producerArild Erikstad
Host broadcasterNorwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries10
Debuting countries
Returning countries
Non-returning countries
  • SpainGermanyPolandArmeniaKosovoBelarusSloveniaNorwayNetherlandsCzech RepublicSwedenUkrainePortugalFranceItalyBelgiumUnited KingdomDenmarkSwitzerlandAustriaSlovakiaCroatiaRomaniaGreeceBulgariaHungaryCyprusRussiaFinlandLatviaEstoniaCanadaframeless}}
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         Participating countries     Did not qualify to the final round     Countries that participated in the past but not in 2011
Voting systemThree professional juries choose the top 2 performances, and after the final battle, they choose the winner dancer
Winning dancers Norway
Daniel Sarr
2005 ← Eurovision Young Dancers → 2013

The event was aimed at young dancers aged between 15 and 21, competing in modern dances, be it solo or in couples, as long as they were not professionally engaged.[1] Daniel Sarr of Norway won the contest, with Petra Zupančić of Slovenia placing second (runner-up).[2]


Entrance to Dansens Hus (2018)

Dansens Hus (English: Dance House) in Oslo, Norway was the host venue for the 2011 edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers.[1]


The format is revamped in 2011 to include a 'final duel' round, with the semi-finals removed due to the low number of participating countries.[3] The televised prime time show 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 of the acts then take part in a choreographed group dance during 'Young Dancers Week'.[4]


Erik Solbakken was the host of the 2011 contest. Solbakken previously hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo, alongside Haddy Jatou N'jie and Nadia Hasnaoui.[5]

Jury panelEdit

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. Once all the jury votes have been counted, the two participants which received the highest total of points progress to a final round. The final round consists of a 90-second 'dual', were each of the finalists perform a 45-second random dance-off routine. The overall winner upon completion of the final dances is chosen by the professional jury members.[4]

The jury members consisted of the following:[1]



Draw Country Participant Dance Choreographer Result
01   Sweden Louise Lind "Oya" Mauro Rojas Out
02   Croatia Grigor Bazdar "Under the Skin" Valentina Ivankovic Pelikan Out
03   Germany Joy Kammin "Change Your Levels" Joy Kammin & Erika Winkler Out
04   Norway Daniel Sarr "Full Force" Daniel Sarr & Maria Karlsen Advanced
05   Kosovo Tringa Hysa "Rebirth" Rudina Berdynaj Out
06   Netherlands Floor Eimers "Dutch Breeze" Floor Eimers Out
07   Poland Adam Myslinski "Mania - C" Katarzyna Kmiec Out
08   Slovenia Petra Zupančić "On the Edge" Mitja Popovski Advanced
09   Portugal Ricardo Macedo "Todos Os Ais São Meus" Catarina Moreira Out
10   Greece Spiridoula Magouritsa "Ultima Carta" Katerina Sarri Out

Final duelEdit

Country Participant Result
  Norway Daniel Sarr Winner
  Slovenia Petra Zupančić Runner Up


The contest was broadcast by the following broadcasters:[6]

Date of broadcast[6] Country[6][3] Station[6]
24 June 2011   Greece ERT1
  Kosovo RTK
  Norway NRK1
  Poland TVP Kultura
25 June 2011   Portugal RTP1
  Sweden SVT2
2 July 2011   Slovenia RTVSLO2
3 July 2011   Netherlands NTR2
9 July 2011   Croatia HRT 2
10 July 2011   Germany WDR Fernsehen

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Eurovision Young Dancers 2011: About the show". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Eurovision Young Dancers 2011: Participants". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Eurovision Young Dancers revamped for prime time". 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  4. ^ a b "Eurovision Young Dancers - Format". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 11 February 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Erik Solbakken to host Eurovision Young Dancers". 2011-06-20. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  6. ^ a b c d "Norway wins 2011 Eurovision Young Dancers". EBU. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2018.

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