Sharp Short Dance 2020-Registration Closed!


Calling all dancers, choreographers and dance film makers 21 & under to register for FORM’s annual youth festival.

Sharp Short Dance unearths the finest young dance artists from Sydney and beyond. The festival provides a rare opportunity for aspiring choreographers and dancers, film makers and music creators to display their talents in a supportive environment. Young performers are inspired to strive for their own artistic excellence and encouraged to actively participate in all genres and traditions of dance from tap to jazz, flamenco to Bollywood, classical to contemporary.

This year applicants will be invited to enter a dance film or a recorded performance (approx. 3 mins long). Mentorship sessions with film and dance experts will be offered, providing professional advice as to the technicalities involved in making a dance film, recording a performance on video as well as in producing an effective dance work. General Public will have the option to vote for their favourite work over a month of online engagement from the 26th of October. A panel of industry professionals will invite the best works to perform in the live streamed Final.

Winning performances will be eligible for awards including Most Innovative Choreography, Most Outstanding Male and Female Dancers, Most Outstanding Solo, Duet and Ensemble performances, Audience Choice Award, Outstanding Dance Film and Best Original Music Score. Finalists are offered a variety of prizes as well as valuable industry secondment opportunities with leading dance companies such as Shaun Parker & Company and Twisted Elements.



Dates and Times

  • Registrations close: Monday 14 September ($15 per work)
  • Webinar and Q&A: Thursday 24 September 5-6pm via ZOOM
  • Submission of final work: Monday 19 October

Contact: or 02-98065672



On View (FORM Website)
Heat 1                         
Monday 26 -Thursday 29 October
Heat 2                         Monday 2 – Thursday 5 November
Heat 3                         Monday 9 – Thursday 12 November
Heat Finalists          Monday 16 – Tuesday 17 November
Live Stream Final   Saturday 21 November at 7.00pm
& Award Ceremony

Livestream Ticket Price
From $10

Emma Saunders, FORM’s 2020 Associate Artist, WE ARE HERE Company

Jamie Winbank, Artistic Producer of Sharp Short Dance 2018

Jo Clancy, Founder and Director of the Wagana Dancers

Melissa Ramos, Founder, Director and Curator of Dance Cinema

Omer Backley-Astrachan, Course Coordinator Sydney Dance Company PPY

Shaun Parker, Artistic Director of Shaun Parker & Company

Aruna Gandhi, Bharatanatyam artist and Founder-Director of Silambam-Sydney


This is where you want to be if you are keen to spot the dancers who are going to be the familiar faces of the future.”
Vicki Van Hout, FORM’s Resident Blogger 2019

The most appealing part was being able to showcase my choreography in front of an audience as well as making new friends with the same passions as me!”
Participant 2019

“Such a great festival with a very warm and inclusive vibe. The participants will remember this occasion for life!”
Judge 2019

“Not only are the performances of the young people awesome, but you always ensure that the production is not just city, state, Australian but a world class production that we can all be proud to be from Western Sydney. You and the performers do this city proud.”
Clr Bill Tyrrell, City of Parramatta 2019

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