Fairfield West resident Brittney Webb has capped her first year of dance teaching with success at this year’s Sharp Short Dance Festival.
The 19-year-old won the Audience Choice award and the Phly Crew Secondment for her work titled Afterglow.
Ms Webb choreographed the intrinsic three-minute routine which combines different forms of dance. It was performed by dancers Amelie Pritchard, Brooke Cutler, Jade Mai, Nataly Fellew and Samya Kerde – all members of her dance class at Canley Heights RSL.
“It was a very proud moment. The girls did such a good job. I was so proud of them,” she said.
“Afterglow refers to the moment when the sun sets and there is that glow in the sky that remains. I asked the girls to to interpret it in their own way.”
Ms Webb has been dancing hip-hop and jazz since she was 10 and next year will be studying at the Academy of Music And Performing Arts.
She said she enjoyed teaching and watching her students “grow and develop.”
A record number of 170 dancers competed in this year’s Sharp Short Dance presented by FORM Dance Projects at Riverside Theatres. The event aims to encourage youth participation in all genres of dance, and provide a platform for choreographers and dancers to showcase their talent and network with peers and industry experts.
The judging panel included members of the dance industry including Katina Olsen (former Bangarra Dance Theatre dancer), Cadi McCarthy (Catapult Dance), James Barry (Phly Crew), Omer Backley-Astrachan (coordinator of Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year) and Emma Saunders (Independent Artist).