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Sharp Short Dance Festival Heats

Mon 26 October 2020, - Sat 21 November 2020,

Cowra Civic Centre has partnered with FORM Dance Projects to extend the Sharp Short Dance festival and encourage dance excellence in regional NSW. To foster participation, Cowra Civic Centre will make their spaces available for participants to film their entries.

Sharp Short Dance, Sydney’s most exciting youth dance festival, offers the best young dancers and choreographers from across NSW the opportunity to showcase their talent to a panel of industry professionals and compete for a variety of prizes and awards.

Registrations for the annual festival have opened, with the digital heats and final taking place from Monday 26 October to Saturday 21 November. Registrations are open to those aged 21 years and under.

Participants are asked to submit a dance film or recorded performance of up to three minutes in length. Mentorship sessions with film and dance experts will be offered to provide advice regarding the technicalities involved in producing an effective digital dance work. The general public will be able to vote for their favourite works across three online heats from Monday 26 October, and a panel of industry professionals will award the best works in a live streamed final held on Saturday 21 November.

“In our original planning Cowra Civic Centre was going to host a heat of regional entries,” said Venue Manager Jonathan Llewellyn, “but with the impact of Covid-19 that all changed. It’s exciting that the festival is still able to go ahead in a digital format.”

“If participants need a space to film their entry, Cowra Civic Centre has offered use of the venue to assist. We don’t want young dancers and choreographers to miss out if they don’t have a space,” Llewellyn said.

A panel of industry professionals will be judging the submitted works, seeking excellence in performance and innovative choreography. Awards to be won include Outstanding Performers, Outstanding Solo, Duet and Ensemble Performances, Outstanding Dance Film Production, Best Original Music Score, and the Audience Choice Award.

Sharp Short Dance participants are also eligible for highly sought-after industry secondment opportunities with professional dance companies such as the Sydney Dance Company PreProfessional Year.
For more information, contact Cowra Council Communications on: 02 6340 2087 or email: communications@cowra.nsw.gov.au

Applications to register can be downloaded from the Cowra Civic Centre website: https://cowraciviccentre.mailchimpsites.com/sharp-short-dance-2020.

To book the Civic Centre for your entry, email the Civic Centre at civiccentre@cowra.nsw.gov.au with your name and contact number. Bookings are essential and Covid-19 Safe Guidelines must be followed.

Key Dates:
 Registrations close: Monday 14 September  Submission of final work: 19 October  Heat One: Monday 26 to Thursday 29 October  Heat Two: Monday 2 to Thursday 5 November  Heat Three: Monday 9 to Thursday 12 November  Heat Finalists: Monday 16 to Tuesday 17 November  Live Streamed Final: Saturday 21 November at 7:00pm Final Tickets: From $15

Caption (Sharp Short Dance.jpg) Registrations for the annual Sharp Short Dance festival have opened with the Cowra Civic Centre inviting participants to use the centre for their entries.


Mon 26 October 2020,
Sat 21 November 2020,
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Cowra Civic Centre
Darling St
Cowra, NSW 2794 Australia


Cowra area

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