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Reggio Emilia 1985

Reggio Emilia 1985

The first edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers, which originally took place under the name 'Eurovision Competition for Young Dancers', took place in the Italian city of Reggio Emilia on the 16th of June, 1985.

In 1982, after decades of success for the Eurovision Song Contest, the EBU held the first International Competition for Young Musicians. After its successful launch, the EBU Working Party for Television Music Programmes decided to organise a similar event for young dancers. The Eurovision Competition for Young Dancers, later Eurovision Young Dancers, was born.
Dancers from 11 countries competed in the first edition of the competition. The winner was the Spanish dancer Arantxa Argüelles, followed by the Norwegian dancer Arne Fagerholt, who came second, and the Swedish couple formed by Mia Stagh and Göran Svalberg, who came third.
Just like the Eurovision Song Contest, the Young Musicians and Young Dancers contests were supervised by Frank Naef.

The show

Sunday, 16 June, 1985, 0:00
Teatro Municipale, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Host broadcaster

The contest

Number of participants