Participating in the competition does not mean you need a strong desire to compete, win, and beat other dancers.  You’re ultimately only competing against your own best efforts.  Push yourself to the next level – experience the thrill of having gone beyond your comfort zone and enjoy the ride.

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The competition has three judges panel categories, Queen, Rising Star, and Group.  People’s Choice is open to Queen and Rising Star Categories.

THE COMPETITION WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY EVENING. The entry fee for all categories is $70. All competitors must be registered for a minimum of three classes at time of entry.


GUIDELINES/RULES

  • Entrants are not eligible for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place soloist if their current teacher or “mentor” is judging the competition, but they are eligible the People’s Choice Award and will receive feedback from the judges. No other prizes will be awarded
  • Music must be a single track in mp3 format
  • If music exceeds the specified time limit, it will be cut off when the time limit is reached
  • Music, bio and high-res photo are due by July 1, 2018

PEOPLE’S CHOICE

  • Each audience member may vote for one soloist

QUEEN

  • Professional performer with over five years stage experience
  • Must register for a minimum of three workshops
  • The queen competition consists of two (2) rounds*
  • Time: Length of music shall not exceed 3:30 minutes for round 1 and shall not exceed 3:59 minutes for round 2.  *Contestant must be prepared for both live band and recorded music for Round 2. 
    Style: Egyptian Oriental or Shaabi or Baladi.
    Music: Your music shall match your style of dance. (Pleased be advised that the judges are Egyptian style).

RISING STAR

  • Five years or less experience stage experience
  • Dancers that perform on an infrequent basis in restaurants or at haflas qualify Rising Star
  • Has not won first place in any belly dance competition
  • Must register for a minimum of three workshops
  • Rising Star is one (1) Round
  • Time: Length of music shall not exceed 3:59 minutes.
    Style: Egyptian Oriental or Shaabi or Baladi
    Music: Your music shall match your style of dance. (Pleased be advised that the judges are Egyptian style)

GROUP

  • Two or more dancers
  • Each group member must register for a minimum of three workshops
  • Group is one (1) Round
  • Time: Length of music shall not exceed 3:59 minutes.
  • Style: Egyptian Oriental or Shaabi or Baladi.
    Music: Your music shall match your style of dance. (Pleased be advised that the judges are Egyptian style).


JUDGING CRITERIA

QUEEN

  • Musical interpretation
  • Technique
  • Facial Expressions
  • Appearance
  • Connection with audience

RISING STAR

  • Musical interpretation
  • Technique
  • Facial Expressions
  • Appearance
  • Connection with audience

GROUP

  • Choreography
  • Patterns and Use of Space
  • Connection between group members
  • Execution of movement
  • Appearance


INSTRUCTIONS

Music, bio and high-res photo are due by July 1, 2018

QUEEN

  • mp3 music files named with your stage name. For example, dancernameRound1.mp3 and dancernameRound2.mp3
  • High resolution photos (file size of photos 1.5 MB or higher)
  • Short bio (90 words or less)

RISING STAR

  • mp3 music file named with your stage name. For example, dancernameRisingStar.mp3
  • High resolution photos (file size of photos 1.5 MB or higher)
  • Short bio (90 words or less)

GROUP

  • mp3 music file named with your group’s name. For example, GroupName.mp3)
  • High resolution photos (file size of photos 1.5 MB or higher)
  • Short bio (90 words or less).


SPONSORS

EXTRAVAGANT PRIZES
Dahlal Sponsor logo

AWARDS/PRIZES

EXTRAVAGANT PRIZES

QUEEN

First Place
  • Cash Prize
  • Crown
  • Trophy
  • Sash
  • Costume from Aida Style boutique USA
  • Competition performance video published on our website
  • Full Workshop Pass to the 2019 edition of the Al Hayat festival – Keiv Ukraine
Second Place
  • Tiara
  • Trophy
  • Sash
  • Prize Bag from Dahlal International Inc
  • Competition performance video published on the our website
Thrid Place
  • Tiara
  • Trophy
  • Sash
  • Prize Bag from Dahlal International Inc
  • Competition performance video published on the our website

RISING STAR

First Place
  • Cash Prize
  • Crown
  • Trophy
  • Sash
  • Prizes from Dahlal International Inc
  • Competition performance video published on our website
Second Place
  • Tiara
  • Trophy
  • Sash
  • Prize Bag from Dahlal International Inc
  • Competition performance video published on the our website
Thrid Place
  • Tiara
  • Trophy
  • Sash
  • Prize Bag from Dahlal International Inc
  • Competition performance video published on the our website

GROUP

First Place
  • Cash Prize
  • Trophy
  • Prize Bag from Dahlal International Inc
  • Competition performance video published on our website
Second Place
  • Trophy
  • Prize Bag from Dahlal International Inc
  • Competition performance video published on the our website
Thrid Place
  • Trophy
  • Prize Bag from Dahlal International Inc
  • Competition performance video published on the our website


PEOPLE’S CHOICE

  • Trophy
  • Sash
  • Performance video featured on the HOA website