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.
LIVE 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.
FILM 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.
AWARDS 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
Prizes 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