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BBC Young Dancer Award 2017: Ore Oduba, Anita Rani, Kate Prince, Nahid Siddiqui, Nafisah Baba, Kenneth Tharp, Jasmin Vardimon, Kevin O'Hare, Marc Brew, Darcey Bussell.© BBC/Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

BBC Young Dancer Award 2017

★★★★✰   Nafisah Baba is the BBC Young Dancer for 2017. The 20 year-old contemporary dancer from West London won the award with a diverse trio of dances that grew stronger through the rounds.

Theo Clinkard dancers in Ordinary Courage.© Pari Naderi. (Click image for larger version)

Theo Clinkard – Accumulation, Ordinary Courage – London

Clinkard’s ability to draw together an integrated theatrical experience that engages bespoke live music and a clever lighting design shows a sure touch of class.

ROH2 New Dance Commissions – Diallo, Dowling, Opoku-Addaie – London

They all get a grade A pass from the ROH2 finishing school; with a little more attention to the fine detail, tightening up the concept and allowing more dance to flow, it would have been a full house of A stars.

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