Sharp Short Dance 2022

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 15 November - 19 November 2022
Category Dance Competition

FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres present

Sharp Short Dance unearths the finest young dancers from Sydney and beyond.

The festival provides a rare opportunity for aspiring choreographers and dancers to display their talents in a supportive environment.  Sharp Short Dance inspires young performers to strive for their own artistic excellence and encourages active youth participation in all genres and traditions of dance and media.

Sharp Short Dance LIVE
Over the season more than fifty dance works will be created and performed by young dancers and choreographers 21 years and under.

Entries can be up to 5 minutes in length. Entrants perform in a heat and a panel of industry professionals invite the best works to perform in the final.  Winning performances are eligible for awards such as Most Innovative Choreography, Most Outstanding Male and Female Dancer and the Audience Choice Award. Finalists are also eligible for valuable industry secondment opportunities with leading dance companies.

Sharp Short Dance FILM
Sharp Short Dance festival expands with exciting dance film content and digital media.

The festival features dance films created by young dancers and choreographers 21 years and under. All works are presented on FORM’s website where audiences are invited to participate in voting for their favourite work.

Films can be up to 5 minutes in length. Winning films are eligible for the Best Film Award and Audience Choice Award presented at the livestreamed final.

Suitable for students 21 years or under, entries open 18 July 2022. 

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Riverside Theatres requires anyone aged 16 years and over to be fully vaccinated unless lawfully exempt.

Masks are mandatory – please bring and wear a mask. Patrons aged 12 and over attending performances are required to wear a mask in all indoor settings.

QR code check-in – all patrons and their guests must check-in upon entry.

Riverside Theatres is operating at 100% capacity across all our seated venues, with no physical distancing between seats.

If you have any questions and would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please contact our Box Office staff on 02 8839 3399 or email

Thank you for keeping our community safe.

Photo: Carmen Yih

Sharp Short Dance 2022 is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1

(Stages 4 – 6)

According to the exemption under the public health order (COVID 19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 7) 2020 (NSW) under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW), issued on February 1 2021, organised groups who enter a premises as part of a school, child care, aged care or disability group are not required to provide the premises with contact details of every person in their group. This is subject to the following conditions:

  • It is duty of the group organiser (teacher or carer) to keep an electronic record of the entire group and their contact details for 28 days after the event.
  • The group organiser must provide the premises (Riverside Theatres) with at least two contacts to make available to NSW Health.

Curriculum Links and Resources
Download the Curriculum Links here: Sharp Short Dance Curriculum Links

Schools Bookings
For further information and to book please contact our Education Booking Coordinator on 02 8839 3308 or email, or fill in our Schools Bookings Form here.

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“Form Dance continues to excel – Sharp Short Dance is an important part of so many things it has done for dance over so many years. Thanks Form Dance and Congratulations to Sally Dashwood.” Robert Love AM 2021

“Thank you so much, it’s such an amazing platform for young artists and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it.” Participant 2021

“Congratulations on a brilliant and wonderful event over the weekend, and the past few weeks. It has been such a pleasure joining you all once again.” Judge 2021

“Thank you, Thank you! What an amazing competition. I really appreciate the supportive environment and the amazing watch party tonight and I honestly can’t believe the prizes! WOW.” Participant 2021

“I am so excited and so appreciative. Sharp Short Dance Festival was my first time putting my choreography out there. I have come away very inspired and can’t wait to sink my teeth into new work!”
  Participant 2020

I really enjoyed the whole experience for Sharp Short Dance this year. Congratulations for successfully delivering the event with such flying colours.” Judge 2020

​‘Awesome performances tonight everyone. Well done such a great night.” Clr Bill Tyrrell, City of Parramatta 2020

“As always outstanding dance and now looking new and sharp via a livestream. Enjoying it immensely. So diverse – the dance world and the world through dance before our eyes. Congratulations.” Robert Love AM, Director Riverside Theatres 2020 

“Exciting to see dance in our living rooms.” Online Audience 2020

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Dates and Times:

Tuesday 15 November 2022 at 7:30pm
Wednesday 16 November 2022 at 7:30pm
Thursday 17 November 2022 at 7:30pm

Saturday 19 November 2022 at 7:30pm

Entries open 18 July 2022
Entries close 20 October 2022


Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with a 20 minute interval

Approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes with a 20 minute interval

Ticket Prices

Concession $12
18 & Under $12
All Tickets
Per Work

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