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Poland’s Viktoria Nowak, graduate of the Olga Sławska-Lipczyńska Ballet School in Poznań, has won the 14th Eurovision Young Dancers. The international finale of the contest was held on Friday, 19 June, at the New Theatre (Nové divadlo) in Pilsen, the Czech Republic. To win Victoria danced Piece in old style, a choreography created by Jacek Przybyłowicz especially for the occasion to music by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, performed in a group choreography, and came out victorious from a final face-off with Slovenia’s Staša Tušar. All in all, Victoria beat nine contestants from Slovenia, Norway, Slovakia, Malta, the Netherlands, Albania, Sweden, Germany, and the Czech Republic. The jury, including Zenaida Yanowsky, Jiří Bubeníček, and Alexandra “Spicey” Landé, awarded Viktoria the prize of 7000 euro. Moreover, thanks to the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw, she will participate in workshops at the Centre National de la Danse and L’École de Danse, a prestigious school operating at the Paris Opera.

 

Watch Vitoria’s finale dance:

http://www.youngdancers.tv/page/photo-and-video/videos?id=167073

Interview with the artist

 

About Viktoria Nowak:

 

Graduate of the Olga Sławska Ballet School in Poznań. She studied for her dance diploma with Mirosław Różalski and Krystyna Frąckowiak.

 

The highlights of her career and the main prizes the won are: 

 

– Eurovision Young Dancers international finals ? Pilsen 2015

– Young Dancer of the Year ? Eurovision Young Dancers national finals ? TVP Kultura, Warsaw 2015

– Institute of Music and Dance award for the visit at Ecole de Danse Op?ra de Paris and Centre National de la Danse, Paris, 2015

– Audience Award, Eurovision Young Dancers 2015

– Kielce Dance Theatre award ? dance workshops ? Kielce 2015  

– Golden Pointe Shoes ? International Ballet School Competition ? Szczecin 2015 

– The Best Ballet School Graduate in Poland ? Szczecin 2015

– Audience Award ? Szczecin 2015

– ZASP Award ? Szczecin 2015

– Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (Poland) scholarship (2010, 2015)                                        

– National Children Fund (Poland) scholarship (2011)

– Grand Prix of the 4th Polish National Young Dancers’ Meetings ? Warsaw 2010

– first prize of the 27th Polish National Dance Contest ? Gdańsk 2011

– third prize of the 28th Polish National Dance Contest ? Gdańsk 2013

– finals of the Chanson d?Or contest ? Paris 2012

–     participation in a competition in Beijing (2012)

 

Roles/performances:

 

– the role of Clara in The Nutcracker, Poznań Opera House (2010-13)

– solo part in La Sylphide, Poznań Opera House (2010)

– duet with W. Marinov, soloist with Deutch Oper, in Pan Twardowski, Berliner Philharmoniker with Berliner Symphoniker (2013) 

– solo part in Ein Wintermarchen,  Berliner Philharmoniker with Berliner Symphoniker (2014) 

– Kitri’s variation in Don Quixote ? concert with students of the Tichon Ironi Alef high school in Tel Aviv with Anna Komorowska, Poland’s then first lady, in attendance (2013)

– solo part in The Little Match Girl with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio (2011)

– solo part in Orawa with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio (2012) 

– duet of Odette and Siegfried in Sawn Lake with Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra (2013)

– leading role in the music video Laleczka z saskiej porcelany (2012)

 

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For more details, go to the website of Eurovision Young Dancers 2015:
http://www.youngdancers.tv/page/pilsen-2015

 

Eurovision Young Dancers is one of the most prestigious international dance events. Its history goes back to 1985. Poland has hosted the contest three times to-date: in 1997 the it took place at the Music Theatre in Gdaynia; in 2005 ? the Teatr Wielki ? Polish National Opera (Warsaw); and in 2013 ? the Baltic Opera and Baltic dance Theatre in Gdańsk.

 

The Institute of Music and Dance is a co-organiser of the Polish finals of Eurovision Young Dancers ? Young Dancer of the Year ? together with the Ministry of Culture and National heritage and TVP Kultura, Polish national broadcaster’s culture channel.

 

More about the Polish eliminations:

http://mlodytancerzroku.tvp.pl

https://www.facebook.com/mlodytancerzrokutvp

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