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Nafisah Baba wins BBC Young Dancer 2017 prize

Nafisah Baba wins BBC Young Dancer 2017 prize

  • 23 April 2017
  • From the section UK

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Media captionNafisah Baba performs “Inescapable” in the grand final

Nafisah Baba has won the BBC’s Young Dancer 2017 prize, beating four other finalists.

Baba, 20, a contemporary dancer from London, was crowned at Sadler’s Wells theatre in the capital by ex-Royal Ballet star Darcey Bussell.

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Baba – who started ballet aged three – is a company member with post-graduate dance company Chrysalis London.

The competition, shown on BBC2, saw non-professional dancers aged 16 to 21 receive coaching and mentoring.

Entrants were chosen last year after submitting a video of two solo pieces. A range of dance styles were represented, from South Asian to ballet.

The mentors included former Royal Ballet principal ballerina Viviana Durante and dancer DJ Renegade.

Baba received a trophy and £3,000 to help support her dance studies.

The final and each performance from the category final are available to watch online.

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