Sharp Short Dance 2020

Due to COVID-19 circumstances, Sharp Short Dance entries will open on Monday 20 July 2020. Be ready!

Sharp Short Dance unearths the finest young dancers from Sydney and beyond.

The festival provides a rare opportunity for aspiring choreographers and dancers to display their talents in a supportive environment. Sharp Short Dance inspires young performers to strive for their own artistic excellence and encourages active youth participation in all genres of dance from tap to Bollywood, from indigenous to hip hop, from classical to contemporary.

Over the season more than fifty dance works will be created and performed by young dancers and choreographers 21 years and under.

Entries can be up to 5 minutes in length. Entrants perform in a heat and a panel of industry professionals invite the best works to perform in the final. Winning performances are eligible for awards such as Most Innovative Choreography, Most Outstanding Male and Female Dancer and the Audience Choice Award. Finalists are also eligible for valuable industry secondment opportunities with leading dance companies.

YouTube and Vimeo Submissions preferred

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Suitable for students 21 years or Under

Dates and Times
Entries closing date to be advised

Price $20 per work

Audience members
Heats Tuesday 17-Thursday 19 November at 7.15pm
Final Saturday 21 November at 7.15pm

HEATS: Adult: $18 Concession/student $12
FINAL: All Tickets $25
NSW STATE CURRICULUM LINKS (see 2019 brochure)

Produced and presented by FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres.


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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