Adhya Shastry - Winner of BBC Young Dancer 2022

Huge congratulations to Adhya Shastry Year 12 who won BBC Young Dancer of the Year 2022.  The grand final for BBC Young Dancer 2022 saw 10 talented dancers between the ages of 17 and 24 compete for the coveted title at London’s iconic Roundhouse.

Adhya started dancing Bharatanatyam, the classical Indian dance form, from when she was nine years old at the performing arts group Kalakunj in Reading. She has also trained in contemporary and ballet since 2019 at The Place CAT scheme, attended the Yuva Gati CAT scheme in 2016, and is a member of the 2021-22 National Youth Dance Company. 

Adhya, currently studying A Level Chemistry, Maths and Art, says: "I am honoured to have won BBC Young Dancer 2022. I have learnt so much, and I now have a better understanding of who I am, what I stand for and how I like to dance."  Her dance her aims are to work with and learn from a range of different artists, as well as creating her own work and exploring her way of movement.  

The series comprises 4 episodes, and here is a link to the FINAL which was aired on Saturday 7th May on BBC2. Well worth a watch!