Xara prepares for a short and sharp role

Feeling the beat: Xara Zaineddine and dance partner Amari Urzua are competing at Sharp Short Dance. Picture: Heidrun Lohr

Feeling the beat: Xara Zaineddine and dance partner Amari Urzua are competing at Sharp Short Dance. Picture: Heidrun Lohr

Xara Zaineddine has a passion for flamenco dancing – and she is not afraid of sharing it. 

The Abbotsbury resident is preparing to compete at Sydney’s most exciting competitive dance festival, Sharp Short Dance on Thursday.

Together with partner Amari Urzua, they will perform an “upbeat and happy” four-minute flamenco routine in heat three of the competition.

Presented by FORM Dance Projects, Sharp Short Dance aims to unearth the country’s best young dancers and choreographers under 21.

Xara, 10, said she is looking forward to competing.

“Our routine reflects the personalities of Amari and I,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to the competition. I use my expression and voice to tell a story. I am very passionate about it.”

The Cecil Hills Public School pupil has danced since she was four and will look to impress this year’s judging panel which includes Adam Blanch (former Sydney Dance Company and Australian Dance Theatre dancer), Katina Olsen (former Bangarra Dance Theatre dancer), Jake Murray (Sydney Tap Festival) and Claire Gammon (Ausdance NSW).

The judging panel will look for excellence in performance and innovative choreography to determine the following award winners;

  • Outstanding Male and Female Performers.
  • Most Innovative Choreography.
  • Outstanding Solo.
  • Duet and Ensemble Performances.
  • Audience Choice Award.  

Now in its 11th year, Sharp Short Dance celebrates all dance styles including classical ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, krumping and cultural dance.

Artistic producer Jamie Winbank said Sharp Short Dance is a “unique opportunity” for performers.

“No matter what background in dance you may have, you get the opportunity to share your choreographic and creative skills,” he said.

“It’s a remarkable opportunity to cultivate, explore and engage with skills and experiences from professional artists within many different genres of dance. Every aspect of Short Sharp Dance is a celebration of the young dancers: it's their ideas, their creativity, their artistry, their dance.”

Xara Zaineddine.

Xara Zaineddine.

Sharp Short Dance

Date: November 13 to 17

Location: Riverside Theatres

Tickets: Adults $18, concession $12

Time: Heats start at 7.30pm. The final is on Saturday, November 17