The national dance centres for advanced training are proud to announce that 17 year old Connor Scott from Blyth has won the first ever BBC Young Dancer 2015 - a new national dance award run by the BBC.

The Grand Final of BBC Young Dancer 2015, hosted by Zoe Ball and Darcey Bussell was broadcast live on BBC Two on Saturday evening.

Shining the spotlight on the next generation of British dance talent, BBC Young Dancer 2015 was launched last year by BBC Director General, Tony Hall as part of his ‘greatest commitment to arts for a generation’. He announced this will be the first of many years of the award.

Connor started training in ballet and contemporary four years ago after gaining a place on the Dance City Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme. Connor is currently studying both on the CAT and on the Level 3 Dance Programme delivered jointly by Dance City and Gateshead College. Since then he has worked alongside choreographers such as Bawren Tavaziva, Renaud Wiser and this year Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui after gaining a place in the National Youth Dance Company. He has just auditioned successfully for a major London school and will start full-time training in September.

 Anthony Baker, Dance City Artistic Director and Joint CEO said:
“We are incredibly proud of Connor for winning this prestigious award – an incredible achievement both at such a young age and such an early stage in his dance development. He’s he an exceptionally gifted and talented individual. It’s also a great testament to the high quality dance training he has received at Dance City and Gateshead College and his incredibly dedicated and talented tutors who have supported him. His dancing on the night was absolutely stunning and he is a most deserving winner. Connor is a truly unique and beautiful dancer who has an incredible career ahead of him and we couldn’t be happier for him.”

We are also proud of our past alumni from other Centres of Advanced Training who gained places in the semi - finals in Contemporary: Kasichana Okene-Jameson (Trinity Laban) and Hip Hop: Jodelle Douglas (Swindon) and the finals South Asian: Vidya Patel (DanceXchange) and Contemporary: Jacob O’Connell (Swindon) alongside Connor Scott.

Fact: ¼ of the semi-finalists, ½ of the finalists and the winner of BBC Young Dancer 2015 have participated on one of our national Centres for Advanced Training in Dance.