Sharp Short Dance 2019

Sharp Short Dance hero image (credit - Dom O'Donnell)
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Discovering Talented Young Dancers & Choreographers

Applications Open June 24

One of Sydney’s most exciting, competitive dance festivals, Sharp Short Dance, is back for its 12th year to unearth the country’s best young dancers and choreographers. The festival, presented by FORM Dance Projects, will be held at Riverside Theatres from November 12-16.

Sharp Short Dance aims to encourage youth participation in all genres of dance, and provide a platform for choreographers and dancers to showcase their talent and network with peers and industry experts.

With more than 150 participants taking part in 2018, this year’s Sharp Short Dance is set to be even bigger as some of the nation’s most exciting young dancers and choreographers battle it out for top honours across all genres of dance.

From tap to Bollywood, indigenous to hip hop, classical to contemporary, participants will present their short, new works to a panel of renowned industry judges. They will also have the unique opportunity to network with peers and industry experts throughout the festival.

Up-for-grabs will be a plethora of awards including Outstanding Male and Female Performers, Most Innovative Choreography, Outstanding Solo, Duet and Ensemble Performances, and the Audience Choice Award. In addition, highly sought after industry secondments with major professional dance companies such as Sydney Dance Company will be in popular demand.

Aspiring dancers and choreographers, aged 21 years and under, are invited to submit works of five minutes or less. Entrants will perform in the heats from November 12-14, with the best works selected for the final on November 16.

Sharp Short Dance Artistic Producer Maya Gavish said, “Sharp Short Dance is a one of a kind event, a vibrant celebration of diversity, whereby young dancers from different backgrounds and dance training have the opportunity to showcase their performance and choreographic skills. This is your chance to pull your ideas from the back burner and give them life, share them with the world, and be creative and expressive.”

Applications: To download a 2019 application form visit the FORM Dance Projects website:


  • Registrations: Open from Monday June 24 and close Monday October 31
  • Heats: Tuesday November 12 to Thursday November 14
  • Final: Saturday November 17