Participants must be aged between 16 and 21 years old in the year of the competition, and not be professionally engaged. They may be soloists or couples.
Each act performs a solo act that they have prepared in advance of the competition in any style they choose. In addition, each act is part of a group dance which is choreographed during 'Young Dancers Week' by an independent, professional choreographer.
A professional jury representing the three elements of dance (ballet, contemporary, and modern) scores each individual performance, and the group dances.
Two acts are selected to the final round by the jury, where they must perform a spontaneous dance during a 90-second ‘dual’. Both dancers have 45 seconds each during the dual, and take it un turns to ‘dace off’ against each other.
The jury chooses a winner from the final two, who is crowned Eurovision Young Dancer.