NSCD is exceptionally proud of second year student Nora Monsecour who skilfully secured her place in the contemporary category final of the prestigious BBC Young Dancer, 2017 competition. Peers Diogo Santos and Sean Moss succeeded in reaching the contemporary semi-finals.

BBC Young Dancer is a biennial competition for young dancers aged 16-21 across four categories of dance: Ballet, Contemporary, Street Dance and South Asian dance. The contemporary category final took place on Friday 14 April at The Lowry, Salford, where Nora competed against Jacob Lang, John-William Watson, Nafisah Baba and Joshua Attwood. All performed in front of a judging panel comprising Sharon Watson, artistic director of Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Theatre; Mark Bruce, award-winning dancer and choreographer and artistic director of the Mark Bruce Company, and critically acclaimed choreographer and dance producer, Shobana Jeyasingh.

NSCD is delighted for Nora whose determination and hard work were recognised throughout the gruelling competition stages. As part of the category final process, Nora received mentoring from Miguel Altunaga, and performed two self-choreographed solos and a duet with Cameron Stamper, a fellow student here at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Unfortunately Nora did not progress to the Grand Final but we are delighted for Nora and proud of the journey she took throughout her 6-month experience, one which she said she would treasure.

Talking of Nora’s performances in the final, Sharon Watson said “I thought Nora was incredibly graceful and elegant. I think she has a real skill of articulating a really sophisticated lower half of the body with a contrasting movement to her upper body and I thought she delivered that incredibly well”

Watch Nora perform her first solo ‘What Happens Inside Stays Inside’ for the BBC Young Dancer Contemporary Final

Watch Nora perform her second solo ‘Ian’

You can watch the whole contemporary category final here.

The Grand Final

The BBC Young Dancer 2017 Grand Final took place at Sadler’s Wells in London on 22 April 2017, where the top dancers from each category competed for the overall title.

Grand finalists Jodelle Douglas (Street Dance), John-William Watson (Contemporary -wildcard), Nafisah Baba (Contemporary), Rhys Antoni Yeomans (Ballet) and Shyam Dattani (South Asian) performed to a panel of judges including 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. Contemporary dancer Nafisah Baba was chosen as this year’s overall winner.

Alistair Spalding, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells, said: “BBC Young Dancer is an excellent platform for talented young dancers of different backgrounds to showcase their abilities, and for audiences to enjoy a wide range of performances and find out more about dance styles they may be less familiar with.”

Watch the Grand Final here