Sydney's most exciting competitive dance festival, Sharp Short Dance, is 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 13th to Saturday 17th 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 celebrates the sheer joy of dance in all its forms including classical ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, krumping 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.
Sharp Short Dance Artistic Producer Jamie Winbank said, "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."
WHAT: Sharp Short Dance
WHEN: 13th to 17th November 2018
WHERE: Riverside Theatres – Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
TICKETS: Heats – Adult $18 and Conc $12. Final – all tickets $25.
To celebrate the Sharp Short Dance, WeekendNotes subscribers have the chance to win an in-season double pass to Heat One – Tuesday 13th November at 7:30pm.
To go into the draw, all you have to do is send an email titled 'Sharp Short Dance' to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know in 25 words or less what you want to see Sharp Short Dance! Please make sure to include your full name as it will be added to the door list on the event night!
2 lucky winners will be drawn on 8 November 2018.