London Contemporary Dance School

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Students announced as Category Finalists for BBC Young Dancer 2019

We are delighted that six Conservatoire dance students have been announced as category finalists for BBC Young Dancer 2019. The prestigious competition searches for the country’s most talented dancers aged 16-21, and twenty contestants now remain to compete in the four Category Finals; Ballet, Contemporary, South Asian Dance and Street Dance.

Keiko Tsuchiya, a second year student at Central School of Ballet, has been shortlisted as a Finalist in the Ballet Category.


Max Revell, a second year student at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, has been shortlisted as a Finalist in the Street Dance Category.

Courtesy of BBC Young Dancer. L-R: Max Revell (NSCD), Christian Griffin, Kate Morris, Louie Juster and Thomas Carsley.


In the Contemporary Dance category, four of the five Finalists are currently training at Conservatoire schools: first year student Hana Kato at London Contemporary Dance School, second year student Adanna Lawrence at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and third year student Max Cookward and second year student Matthew Rawcliffe at Rambert School.

Courtesy of BBC Young Dancer. L-R: Max Cookward (Rambert School), Hana Kato (LCDS), Adanna Lawrence (NSCD), Hannah Connor, and Matthew Rawcliffe (Rambert School)


All of the students will be mentored by leading dance professionals in preparation for the BBC Young Dancer 2019 Category Finals.


Category Finals and Grand Final

The Category Finals will be broadcast on BBC Four weekly from the 19 April. These episodes follow the young dancers behind the scenes as they prepare for their performances with the help of teachers and mentors.

Presented by Ore Oduba and Anita Rani, the Grand Final will be broadcast on BBC Two on the 18 May live from Birmingham Hippodrome. The overall winner of the competition receives a trophy and a £3,000 cash prize to help further their dance education. Finalists also receive confidential, bespoke career transition support and aftercare courtesy of Sadler’s Wells.

BBC Young Dancer 2019: TV Broadcast Dates

  • Friday 19 April, BBC Four – South Asian Category Final
  • Friday 26 April, BBC Four – Contemporary Category Final
  • Friday 3 May, BBC Four – Ballet Category Final
  • Friday 10 May, BBC Four – Street Dance Category Final
  • Saturday 18 May, BBC Two – LIVE GRAND FINAL