Sharp Short Dance 2021 – DIGITAL

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 17 October - 30 October 2021
Category Digital Event

FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres present


Suitable for students 21 years or under

Sydney’s beloved youth dance festival expands with exciting dance film content unearthing the finest young dance artists from Sydney and beyond. The festival provides a rare opportunity for aspiring choreographers, dancers and film makers to display their talents and creativity in a supportive environment. Active youth participation is encouraged in all genres and traditions of dance and media.
The festival features more than fifty 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.

Winning works are eligible for awards including Most Innovative Choreography, Outstanding Male and Female Dancer, Outstanding Solo Performance, Outstanding Duet Performance, Outstanding Ensemble Performance, Audience Choice Award, Outstanding Dance Film Award sponsored by AFTRS and for the first time the Regional Dance Film Award sponsored by Cowra Civic Centre.
Finalists are also eligible for valuable industry secondment with Legs on the Wall, Sydney Dance Company PPY, Catapult Dance, Austinmer Dance Theatre and Academy of Music and Performing Arts.


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* Transaction fees will not be charged for registrations to Sharp Short Dance.

Please Note:

Patrons will be seated in line with NSW Public Health Order and/or Guidelines in place at the time of the performance occurs.

NSW Health regularly updates areas where there may be concerns regarding potential case transmission of COVID-19.  Prior to attending your performance, we suggest patrons check the latest Case Alert Updates from Health NSW and follow the instructions regarding Close Contacts and requirements for self-isolation and/or COVID testing as stipulated by Health NSW and the current NSW Public Health Orders. Please note that patrons who have visited any identified alert area must NOT attend public performances or gatherings of any type. 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

Riverside Theatres is registered with the NSW Government as a COVID Safe venue. Our COVID Safe plan was developed in line with federal and state government health guidelines, and following consultation with Live Performance Australia, other NSW venues, and various government bodies, on enhanced health, hygiene and safety measures. These measures include: defined audience capacity; social distancing; wearing face masks; mandatory Service NSW QR code registration check in; extra cleaning; increased sanitisation of high-touch surfaces; the provision of hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and hand washing facilities throughout the venue; traffic management plans to alleviate congestion in public spaces.

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This project has been supported through a City of Parramatta Creative Economy Grant.

Photo: Sharp Short Dance 2020Al Mal Tiempo – Yerko Leiva courtesy of Pepa Molina Flamenco Dance Academy featuring Amari Leiva Urzua


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.

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30 October 2021 at 7:30pm


Works must be 5 minutes or less in length. The judges will be looking for innovative, newly choreographed dance works.

Dance films will be live on FORM’s website during the festival competing for the Outstanding Dance Film Award which will be announced on the Final Online Watch Party on 30 October 2021 at 7:30pm on Youtube. 

The piece must be an original work choreographed and performed by persons aged 21 and under.

  • Entrants can submit more than one work for consideration in different genres. Entrants must complete and submit an application for a total of up to two works per individual and five works per school. Submit as many times as necessary. Each submission requires its own form and registration fee.
  • All styles of dance will be considered, so long as the choreography is original and the participants meet the entry criteria. The entrant must indicate which heat they would prefer to participate in, however it will not be guaranteed that the work will be selected for the heat of choice.
  • 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.
  • Submissions for dance films will need to provide a vimeo or Youtube video link of the final work.
  • Each submission must be accompanied by a non-refundable $20 registration fee per work payable on the Riverside website.


“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:

For applicants 21 years or under

Dates & Times:
Entries open on Monday 5 July 2021
Entries close on Friday 24 September 2021


Saturday 30 October 2021 at 7:30pm


Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with a 20 minute interval

Ticket Prices

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

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $4.60
Counter $4.60
School Bookings $4.60

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