Youth festival Fast+Fresh Dance 2013 opens next week
Fast+Fresh Dance presents short, new and innovative dance works that are up to five minutes in length. There will be three heats judged nightly by a panel of industry professionals. The renowned Performance Producer of The Voice, Marko Panzic, will be on the final panel of judges.
Fast+Fresh Dance cultivates talent and performance by choreographers and dancers under 21. The festival inspires and educates young performers to strive for their own artistic excellence and encourages active participation in dance at all levels and styles including contemporary dance, ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, krumping and cultural dance.
All participants in Fast+Fresh Dance are eligible for sponsored awards such as Most Outstanding Choreography, Best Male Dancer, Best Female Dancer and the Audience Choice Award. In 2013, additional awards will be offered for Best Solo, Best Duet and Best Group. There is a swag of industry sponsored awards and cash prizes to be won.
This year will see the return of previous sponsors Ausdance NSW, Ars Musica Australis and Sydney Dance Company, plus support from arts companies including Flatline, Anything Dance, Bloch, Dance Central, Urban Dance Centre, Brent Street, DirtyFeet and Dance Australia Magazine.
Many participants of 2012's season of Fast+Fresh Dance¬ are now training at elite institutions for dance, including the WA Academy of Performing Arts and the New Zealand School of Dance.
Among the returning competitors this year are Naomi Lum (below right), Lucy Reichelmann (above right) and Kei Ishii (above left). Naomi and Lucy won secondments with the Dance Makers Collective and have both created solos that they are dancing themselves. Kei is a choreographer who performed and choreographed a winning duet last year and was selected as a mentoree in the creative development of a new work Puncture by Legs on the Wall. Four African dancers - Susan Abau, Abuzar Abdelrahim, Anna Inyasio and Oboya Oboya- feature as well the return of Joseph Dufty the youngest competitor in 2012 ("Lil Joe").
This year will see more dancers and choreographers than ever before in Fast+Fresh Dance at Riverside, with nearly 40 works being performed throughout the festival! Schools and acts come from as far afield as Epping, Chain Valley Bay, Cronulla, Bondi, Pendle Hill, Bidwill, Menai, Yowie Bay, Colyton, Umina, Jannali, Dover Heights, Schofields, Gymea Bay, South Penrith, Drummoyne, Barden Ridge, Lake Innes, Thornton, Kurrajong, Five Dock, Oxley Park, Calwell and Narellan Vale.