Connor wins BBC dance competition

Connor Scott. Picture by Crest Photography.
Connor Scott. Picture by Crest Photography.

A youngster from south east Northumberland has won the first BBC Young Dancer competition.

Connor Scott, from Blyth, who is currently studying at Dance City and Gateshead College, won the competition on Saturday night, which is a new national award run by the BBC for young dancers aged 16 to 20.

The award was broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Two and showcased the best of British dance talent.

Dancers entered in one of four categories: ballet, contemporary, hip hop and south Asian, and seventeen-year-old Connor was the youngest of those nominated in the contemporary category.

Connor joined Dance City’s Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) in 2011 and is also studying on the Level 3 Dance Programme delivered jointly by Dance City and Gateshead College.

BBC Young Dancer 2015 culminated in a grand final at Sadler’s Wells in London on Saturday night, where the winning dancers in each category and two wildcard places competed for the title.

The grand final was judged by a panel of dance experts.

Connor performed three pieces to impress the judges, and he received his award from Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta..

Zoe Ball and Clemency Burton-Hill presented the evening with ex-Royal Ballet Principal Darcey Bussell providing her dance expertise.

Connor has just auditioned successfully for a major London school and will start full-time training there in September.