On June 14 the 2013 edition of Eurovision Young Dancers will take place in Gdansk, Poland. One of the features of the show is the three membered jury which will decide the ultimate winner. We present you the jury members as texted by the official website.
Krzysztof Pastor: this is his second time at the Young Dancers competition after his first experience in 2005. He has a long career as choreographer and dancer and is happy to be in Gdańsk, a city that is “in his heart” for its dance traditions. Krzysztof Pastor has spent more than half his life abroad, having left Poland in the 1980s, at the age of 25. He used to be a dancer and choreographer at Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam, with whom he has collaborated since 1985, but before he finally settled in the Netherlands, he was a soloist of the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon (France). Since 2009, Pastor has stood at the helm of the Polish National Ballet, en ensemble operating within the structures of the Wielki Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw. He is also the artistic director of the Lithuanian National Ballet.
Νext member of the jury emphasises that her love for music made her become an artist and sends a message to our dancers: “There is no right or wrong in dance, as long as it feels good on the music and its authentic joy of the moment.” Nadia Espiritu started her artistic education as a singer, yet finally she opted for dance. She made her first contact with hip-hop culture in 1992, during a prolonged visit to the United States. Six years later she started her own adventure with Urban Dance, becoming an expert in many styles, including hip-hop, soul dance, punkin’, wackin’, electric boogaloo, lockin’, poppin’, and house.
The next member of the jury originally comes from New Zealand. The Observer found him “one of the most compelling and intelligent dancers on the world stage”. He is also a talented choreographer and this year he will be part of the jury of the 2013 Young Dancers Contest for the first time. Cameron McMillan is a versatile dancer with a classical education. In 1997, he graduated from the Australian School of Ballet in Melbourne, and a year later he was awarded the Bronze Medal at the Adeline Genée Awards competition at the Royal Dance Academy, and began his career with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. In the same year, as a representative of his company, he claimed the First Prize of the Asian Pacific International Ballet Competition in Tokyo.