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Throwback Thursday: Valeria Staskova (Slovakia 2015)

Throwback Thursday: Valeria Staskova (Slovakia 2015)
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Valéria Stašková represented Slovakia at Eurovision Young Dancers in 2015. With just weeks to go until the 2017 edition of the competition, we caught up with her to find out more about her career since she participated in the contest.

Valeria started dancing at the age of six in a children’s dance group in her hometown of Prešov, Slovakia. As a child, she was successful in her dance group and attracted the attention of professionals. Her dance teachers recommended that she study dance at a professional dance school in Slovakia. The rest, as they say, is history.

What are Valéria's favourite memories of the 2015 competition? "I have so many amazing memories and it's really hard to choose just one favourite. I remember a funny moment with Viktoria, who won, we were on a bus when we just started to laughing about nothing and we couldn't stop!"

Since the 2015 edition of Eurovision Young Dancers Valeria has continued to be busy. She started working as a member of the ballet company at the Slovak National Theatre and is now in her third season there.

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Whilst it's still too early to say whether Eurovision Young Dancers will help Valeria's career in the long-run, she gained many experiences and learned a lot. "The most important thing is to enjoy it and be happy," she said. Valeria is still in contact with many of the dancers from the 2015 competition. "I am in contact with them on social media, I see where they dance and how they are. I wish them all the best in the life and career."

Does Valeria have any advice for young dancers participating in the contest this year? "Don't be afraid, just go for your dream. It really doesn't matter if you win or not, you'll have so many new experiences and friendships that you'll never forget it!"

Check out Valeria's performance at Eurovision Young Dancers 2015:

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Thank you to Valeria for taking the time to speak with YoungDancers.tv!

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Eurovision Young Dancers 2017

Where?

Prague Congress Centre, Czech Republic

Visit the press page for details about tickets.

When?

Saturday 16th December 2017

Who is organising the event?

EBUHost BroadcasterSteering Group