Sharp Short Dance 2018, Dancer: Opal Russel, Photographer: Dominic O’Donnell

“This is where you want to be if you are keen to spot the dancers who are going to be the familiar faces of the future.” Vicki Van Hout, Dancer/Choreographer

“The most appealing part was being able to showcase my choreography” Participant 2019

“Such a great festival with a very warm and inclusive vibe.” Judge 2019

Calling dancers, choreographers and dance filmmakers 21 & under to register for FORM Dance Projects annual youth festival Sharp Short Dance. 

Sharp Short Dance unearths the finest young dance artists from NSW and beyond. The festival provides a rare opportunity for aspiring choreographers and dancers, filmmakers and music creators to display their talents in a supportive environment. Young performers are inspired to strive for their own artistic excellence and encouraged to actively participate in all genres and traditions of dance from tap to jazz, flamenco to Bollywood, classical to contemporary.

This year Cowra Civic Centre has partnered with FORM Dance Projects to increase access to this festival to dancers in regional NSW.

Applicants are invited to enter a dance film or a recorded performance (about 3 minutes long). Mentorship sessions with film and dance experts will be offered, providing professional advice as to the technicalities involved in making a dance film, recording a performance on video as well as producing an effective dance work. General Public will have the option to vote for their favourite work over a month of online engagement from October 26, 2020. A panel of industry professionals will invite the best works to perform in the live-streamed Final.

Winning performances will be eligible for awards including Most Innovative Choreography, Most Outstanding Male and Female Dancers, Most Outstanding Solo, Duet and Ensemble performances, Audience Choice Award, Outstanding Dance Film and Best Original Music Score. Finalists are offered a variety of prizes as well as valuable industry secondment opportunities with leading dance companies such as Shaun Parker & Company and Twisted Elements.

To support our regional entrants, Cowra Civic Centre will be made available for 1-hour blocks for entries to be filmed if required. Bookings are essential and Covid-19 Safe Guidelines must be followed. Conditions apply. 


Registrations close: Monday 14 September ($15 per work)
Webinar and Q&A: Thursday 24 September 5-6pm via ZOOM
Submission of final work: Monday 19 October, 2020 

Registering as a school? Complete this online registration
Registering as an individual? Complete this online registration 

Email Cowra Civic Centre with your request - include your name and a contact number. 
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