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Sweden's Sebastian Michanek: "We did everything we could to win"

Sebastian Michanek won Eurovision Young Dancers in 2003
Sebastian Michanek won Eurovision Young Dancers in 2003
Photo by: Sebastian Michanek
Posted 15 December 2017 at 17:19

Sebastian Michanek was one of the winners of Eurovision Young Dancers for Sweden in 2003. He participated together with Kristina Oom in Amsterdam, where they performed two duets together. We caught up with him prior to the dress rehearsal of Eurovision Young Dancers 2017.

Sebastian and Kristina (who now goes by the name Ninna) won the national selection for Eurovision Young Dancers in Sweden where ten dancers competed for the honour of representing their country. They didn't expect to win however, as Sebastian explained: "We did everything we could to win. There were seventeen participating countries in 2003, so chances of winning were limited. It was fantastic to win."
"The first person I called was my mother I think, and Kristina and me even screamed 'Hello mother' in the camera," Sebastian admitted laughing.
Sebastian Michanek and Ninna Oom perform Light Beeings, created by Mats Ek in 2003
Sebastian Michanek and Ninna Oom perform Light Beeings, created by Mats Ek in 2003 © Sebastian Michanek

Life after Young Dancers

We asked Sebastian if Eurovision Young Dancers helped him in his career, and he said it did: "It really helped me and after the event I even received a lot of phone calls from choreographers with job offers. Eurovision Young Dancers is great to show yourself in front of a live audience but you also get to meet a lot of people."
It's been 14 years since Sebastian participated in Young Dancers, what has he been up to since? Sebastian said: "I'm the artistic director of the Swedish National Ballet School. I have the opportunity to help the next generation of dancers to develop and grow and maybe become a participant of this amazing experience."

Last-minute advice?

Does Sebastian have some last-minute advice for this year's participants? "Actually, I have three tips for the participants. First is to follow your dream. The second one is to be a broad dancer; don't limit yourself. Do as many different things as possible. The third tip is to really be dedicated. If you want to achieve something, you have to give all your energy, all the time," he explained.
We would like to thank Sebastian Michanek for taking the time to talk to YoungDancers.tv. Look out for the video on YouTube coming soon!
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Sebastian Michanek won Eurovision Young Dancers in 2003
Photo by: Sebastian Michanek
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