Sharp Short Dance 2023

Sharp Short Dance 2023


Sharp Short Dance is a one-of-a-kind Australian youth dance festival unearthing the finest young dancers and choreographers from Sydney and beyond.

The festival provides a rare platform for aspiring choreographers and dancers, 21 years and under to display their works in a supportive environment. Sharp Short Dance inspires young performers to strive for artistic excellence and actively engages dance artists in all genres and media of dance.

Over three heats entrants perform in a professional theatre setting mentored by FORM’s artistic producer. A panel of industry professionals invite the best works to participate in the final, vying for valuable industry awards and secondments.

Since 2020 dance films have become a key feature of Sharp Short Dance. Dance films are presented on FORM’s website where audiences are invited to vote for their favourite work. Films selected for the final are equally eligible for industry awards and secondments.

Watch Finalist Films Here

Audience Choice Award
Have your say as you vote for your favourite film to win the Audience Choice Film Award.

Most Innovative Choreography: Shifted by Hayley Corderoy, Hannah Mansfield and Zia Husbands
Outstanding Dance Film: Empty Your Plate by Carmen Yih
Outstanding Performer 17 & Under: Wulminda by Hayley Crisp
Outstanding Performer 18+: Searching Inside by  Jannah Allen
Outstanding Solo Performance: Your Interpretation by Andie French
Outstanding Ensemble Performance: Disposition by Kate Armour, Estelle Bloomfield, Spencer Bloomfield, Jazmyn Haksteeg, Calliope Hurford, Caitlin McCarthy and Laura Wilcher
Regional Award: Rhythmic Polarity by Alfie Tait
Audience Choice Live: Uninvited by Lilly Jackson
Audience Choice Film: RUN by Jade Howe
Dancenorth Australia Secondment: Kate Merrick
Bangarra Dance Theatre Secondment:  Harlisha Newie
Critical Path Residency:  Carmen Yih
Dance Makers Collective Secondment:  Zia Husbands
Catapult Dance Secondment:  Phillipa Keogh
AUSTI Dance & Physical Theatre Secondment:  Jannah Allen
Sydney Dance Company PPY Secondment:  Andie French
AMPA Secondment: Charlie Bernice-Yu and Aurielle Smith
Brent Street Secondment: Hayley Crisp

Film Heat Online Friday 10 – Tuesday 14 November
Parramatta Heats
at Riverside Theatres,  Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 November at 7pm
Final at Riverside Theatres, Saturday 18 November at 7pm

HEATS: Adult: $20 Concession/student $12
FINAL: All Tickets $25


Company Secondments
Dancenorth Australia, 5 day secondment and $1000 for travel and accomodation
Bangarra Dance Theatre, 3 day secondment
Dance Makers Collective, 1 week Connect Program
AUSTI Dance and Physical Theatre, 1 week secondment
Catapult Choreographic Hub, 1 week secondment

Residency, Space Grant
Critical Path, 3 Day Space Grant

Full-Time Secondments
Sydney Dance Company Pre Professional Year, 1 week
Academy of Music and Performing Arts, 1 week
Brent Street, $500 scholarship to take class for 1 week

3x Bloch gift cards, $100 each
3x Bloch gift bags
2x Sydney Dance Company, 10 Class Pass
2x DUTI, 5 Class Pass
10x Dance Australia magazine subscriptions
10x FORM Dance Projects, perFORM double season passes
2x Ausdance NSW memberships
2x Dirtyfeet memberships


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