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 is FORM Dance Projects annual youth dance festival featuring short works by choreographers and dancers under the age of 21.

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. This year the festival expands with exciting dance film content and digital media.

Sharp Short Dance is a Western Sydney-based event that celebrates young talent. Entries however will be accepted from across Australia. Regional NSW young artists are encouraged to apply, notably from the Central West region with our partner Cowra Civic Centre hosting a regional heat.

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, Outstanding Performer Junior and Senior 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. 3 finalist films will be chosen and eligible for the Best Film Award and Audience Choice Award presented at the livestreamed final. Finalists are also eligible for valuable industry secondment opportunities with leading dance companies.

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

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Photo credit: WITHIN, Taiga Kita-Leong

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

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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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Dates and Times
Registration open                 Monday 18 July
Registration close                Thursday 20 October
Registration Confirmation   Thursday 27 October

Cowra Civic Centre
Regional Heat                         Saturday 12 November (time tbc)
(Up to 2 works will be selected to participate in the Final at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta)

Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
Heats                                       Tuesday 15 -Thursday 17 November 7.30pm
Final (live and livestreamed)  Saturday 19 November 7.30pm

FORM website On View       Tuesday 15 – Saturday 19 November
Audience vote close             Thursday 17 November @ 5pm
(3 films will be selected to reach the Final including the Audience vote winner and will be screened in the theatre as part of the Final on Saturday 19 November at Riverside Theatres)

A live performance means the work will be presented on stage in the theatre. Live performances are considered for all the Awards except Outstanding Dance Film Award.

A dance film involves the usage of multiple filming and editing techniques to convey a particular concept. Dance films are considered for Outstanding Dance Film Award, Audience Choice Award in the dance film category (online voting).

A recorded performance is a straight forward recording of choreographed movement, it involves quite simple filming and editing techniques. Recorded performances will NOT be eligible for entry in the festival.


  • Works must be original (created in 2022) and choreographed and performed by persons aged 21 and under.
  • Works must be 5 minutes or less in length.


  • You have the choice to register your work either as a live performance or a dance film.
  • We highly recommend to include in your registration the optional video link to your work in progress, whether a live performance or a dance film.
  • Final Dance film submissions will be due by Thursday 3 November and should be submitted as an MP4 video file – Link to upload your film with program notes will be provided upon confirmation of registration. We will ask to ensure the quality of videos is high, that you use a wide horizontal frame for filming (as opposed to vertical) and DO NOT include in your video any title or credit.

Geographical scope

SHARP SHORT DANCE is a Western Sydney-based event that celebrates young talent. Entries however will be accepted from across Australia. Regional NSW young artists are encouraged to apply, notably from the Central West region with our partner Cowra Civic Centre.


SHARP SHORT DANCE is an inclusive youth dance festival with a diverse range of genres, abilities and ages. Our aim is to provide all participants with an equal opportunity to participate. Whilst Sharp Short Dance is a youth festival, it is also a family event, and as such, choreography and music must be appropriate for this audience. Please note that lyrics will be checked, and any dance moves deemed unsafe or inappropriate by the Artistic Producer or FORM Dance Projects team may be amended.


  • The judges will be looking for innovative, newly choreographed dance films and performances.
  • Schools may submit up to five works and individuals up to two works of a different style, however with no guarantee that all works will be accepted, pending on registrations numbers.
  • FORM encourages entries from a diversity of techniques and practices. All dance styles will be considered as long as the choreography is original.
  • Each work submitted must be accompanied by a registration fee ($20 per dance film, $25 per live performance) payable as part of the online registration process on Riverside Theatres website. Submissions not accepted in the festival will be refunded. All submissions once confirmed will be due, regardless of cancellation by the participant afterwards.


  • FORM engages a Creative Producer throughout the Festival, who will mentor participants in the theatre as part of their 15mins tech run. A How to Make a Dance Film guide created by videographer Samuel James is also available on demand following registration (please email

Finalists will be eligible for the following Awards:

Most Innovative Choreography
Outstanding Performer Junior (16 and under)
Outstanding Performer Senior (17 and over)
Outstanding Solo Performance
Outstanding Duet Performance
Outstanding Ensemble Performance
Audience Choice Awards  (Live and Film)
Oustanding Dance Film
Regional Award
School Prize

Finalists will also be eligible for secondment placements with partnering dance companies (one week) and sponsored prizes.

Heats and Final


  • Works may contain movable props however, the performer/s is/are responsible for taking the props on and off stage during a performance. Transport and storage of props will not be provided by the venue.
  • The appropriately cut music will need to be emailed to FORM the week prior to the heats as well as brought on a USB at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the technical rehearsal for the performance.  USBs will be returned after the performance to the entrant.
  • FORM Dance Projects will provide a stage manager and a lighting and sound operator.
  • There will be a technical run on the day of the heat for each participant of up to 15 mins. Participants must come prepared in full costume with clear notes regarding lighting. If selected for the Final, finalists will attend another technical run on Final day. Technical runs must be attended to be part of the evening performance.
  • Performances are in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. Audiences are invited to vote for a work to go through the Final at the end of each Heat in addition to works selected by the panel of judges. Selected finalists will be announced at the end of each Heat. Awards and prizes will be announced during the Final directly after the performance.


  • Confirmed works will be presented in full on FORM’s website. The films will be live for viewing on FORM’ s website for the length of the festival. However voting for the Audience choice Award will be open during the 3-day Live Heat period only.
  • A panel of judges will decide which of all the works will be presented during the final and which of the works will be nominated for the Outstanding Dance Film Award.


  • The Final will be livestreamed and will include finalist live performances, finalist dance films and the announcement of Award winners, secondments and prizes.

For any questions, please contact FORM Dance Projects on: or call 9806 5609/9806 5672

“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 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

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