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This coming Tuesday the 10th annual Sharp Short Dance festival will kickoff at the Riverside Theatres in Parramatta.

Rapidly becoming one of the highlights of FORM Dance Projects’ annual calendar, Sharp Short Dance is growing year by year and unearthing Sydney’s finest young dance talent.

A competitive dance festival, Sharp Short Dance will see young dancers and choreographers (aged 21 years and under), compete for awards and a share in prizes and highly-sought after industry secondments with major professional dance companies such as The Dream Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Year, Legs On The Wall and Dance Makers Collective.

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.

“What I love about Sharp Short Dance is the unique environment it provides for young aspiring choreographers and performers,” said Sharp Short Dance producer Carl Sciberras, “Unlike other performance environments such as eisteddfods and local festivals, Sharp Short Dance encourages young people to take control of their creative visions, under the guidance and mentorship of professionals.”

This years contestants will compete over three rounds of heats which will be judged by Thomas Egan (The Boy From Oz, Fame The Musical and Tap Dogs), Catherine Goss (Academy of Music and Performing Arts, prev. Assoc. Artistic Director for West Australian Ballet, Rehearsal Director for Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre) and Lee-Anne Litton (Co-Artistic Director for Legs On The Wall).

Nov 14-18. Riverside Theatres, Corner Market and Church Street, Parramatta. $12-$25+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.riversideparramatta.com.au or Ph. (02) 8839 3399