Sharp Short Dance celebrates the sheer joy of dance in all its forms including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and cultural dance. Since its launch, the event has hosted hundreds of entrants, with many returning each year, to strive for artistic excellence, develop their choreographic and performance skills, meet like-minded artists, and network with peers and industry experts.
And it's back for its 11th year to unearth the country’s best young dancers and choreographers. Presented by FORM Dance Projects, Sharp Short Dance will be held at Riverside Theatres from Tuesday 13 to Saturday 17 November.
Dancers and choreographers aged 21 years and under will compete for awards and highly-sought after industry secondments with major professional dance companies such as Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Year, Catapult Dance, Stalker Theatre, Phly Crew and Dance Makers Collective.
This year’s judging panel is comprised of esteemed members of the industry including Adam Blanch (former Sydney Dance Company and Australian Dance Theatre dancer), Katina Olsen (former Bangarra Dance Theatre dancer), Jake Murray (Sydney Tap Festival) and Claire Gammon (Ausdance NSW). The judging panel will be looking for excellence in performance and innovative choreography to determine the following award winners - Outstanding Male and Female Performers, Most Innovative Choreography, Outstanding Solo, Duet and Ensemble Performances, and the Audience Choice Award.
“Sharp Short Dance is a unique opportunity in Sydney where – no matter what background in dance you may have – you get the opportunity to share your choreographic and creative skills. It’s a remarkable opportunity to cultivate, explore and engage with skills and experiences from professional artists within many different genres of dance. Every aspect of Short Sharp Dance is a celebration of the young dancers: it's their ideas, their creativity, their artistry, their dance,” advised Jamie Winbank, Sharp Short Dance Artistic Producer.
WHAT: Sharp Short Dance
WHEN: 13 to 17 November 2018
Heat One: 7.30pm on Tuesday 13 November
Heat Two: 7.30pm on Wednesday 14 November
Heat Three: 7.30pm on Thursday 15 November
Final: Saturday 17 November
WHERE: Riverside Theatres – Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
TICKETS: Heats – Adult $18, Concession $12; Final – all tickets $25.
Pictured: Alexander Borg