Sharp Short Dance 2017

Cassandra Spilling and Sophie Carter in Sharp Short Dance 2016. Photo Dom O’Donnell

Sharp Short Dance 2017 | Close 16th October

10 Year Anniversary Celebrating Young Dancers & Choreographers

Registrations are now open for the tenth annual Sharp Short Dance presented by FORM Dance Projects from 14 – 18 November 2017. Aspiring choreographers and dancers aged 21 years and under, are invited to take part in the competitive dance festival for a share in awards, secondments and prizes.
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 on Saturday evening at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta. 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,’ said Sharp Short Dance Producer 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.”
Sharp Short Dance 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,” said Co-Artistic Director of Legs On The Wall, Joshua Thomson.
Applications: To download a 2017 application form, visit the FORM Dance Projects website:

Click here >> For details on last year’s winners.



  • Registrations: Close Monday 16th October 

  • Heat One: Jazz, tap and lyrical dance works. 7.30pm on Tuesday 14th November

  • Heat Two: Classical and contemporary dance works. 7.30pm on Wednesday 15th November

  • Heat Three: Cultural, hip-hop and street dance works. 7.30pm on Thursday 16th November

  • Final: Saturday 18th November

Venue: Riverside Theatres – Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta

Tickets: Heats, Adult $18 and Conc $12. Final, all tickets $25.