Sharp Short Dance celebrates 10 years

EXPRESS YOURSELF: Aspiring choreographers and dancers aged 21 years and under are invited to take part in the competitive dance festival for a share in awards and prizes. Picture: Dom O’Donnell

EXPRESS YOURSELF: Aspiring choreographers and dancers aged 21 years and under are invited to take part in the competitive dance festival for a share in awards and prizes. Picture: Dom O’Donnell

Aspiring choreographers and dancers aged 21 years and under are invited to take part in a competitive dance festival for a share in awards, secondments and prizes.

Registrations have now opened for the 10th annual Sharp Short Dance festival, presented by FORM Dance Projects from November 14-18.

Sharp Short Dance aims to encourage youth participation in all genres of dance, and provides a platform for choreographers and dancers to strive for artistic excellence, showcase their talent and network with peers and industry experts.

Submissions selected for Sharp Short Dance will compete in one of three rounds of heats, with winners progressing to the final at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres.

The judging panel for each round will be comprised of industry professionals who will be looking for excellence in performance and innovative choreography.

“What I love about Sharp Short Dance is the unique environment it provides for young aspiring choreographers and performers,” Sharp Short Dance producer Carl Sciberras said.

What I love about Sharp Short Dance is the unique environment it provides for young aspiring choreographers and performers. - Carl Sciberras

“Unlike other performance environments such as eisteddfods and local festivals, Sharp Short Dance encourages young people to take control of their creative visions, under the guidance and mentorship of professionals.”

Participants are eligible for the festival’s awards including Outstanding Male and Female Performers, Most Innovative Choreography, Outstanding Solo, Duet and Ensemble Performances, and the Audience Choice Award. 

Participants are also eligible for highly sought-after industry secondment opportunities with major professional dance companies such as The Dream Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Year, Dance Makers Collective and for the first time, Legs On The Wall.

“Legs on the Wall is super excited to offer a secondment this year! There’s great talent in the festival and we can’t wait to provide one young dancer with an opportunity to continue to grow their skills,” co-artistic director of Legs On The Wall, Joshua Thomson said.

To download a 2017 application form, visit: http://www.form.org.au/sharp-short-dance-2017/

  • Applications close Monday, October 16.
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