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If you have any questions check our Q&As section below or contact theresa@hoabellydance.com.

2020 Competition - Virtual Edition

THANK YOU!

Sending out a big thank you to all the dancers, judges, sponsors, audience & fans for making the 2020 online Heart of America Raks competition a success!

The full length videos of the Competition shows are posted on Our History page and you can watch each dancers video on the People’s Choice page.

The Experience

It’s a brand new way to experience the excitement and exhilaration of Heart of America Belly Dance competition. Dancers can participate in our virtual edition without having to travel or gather in large crowds.
Videos will be adjudicated by a professional panel of judges with the exception of People’s Choice which will be selected by popular vote from viewers.

    • Video Entries will be accepted until November 24, 2020.
    • The Online Competition show will be shown December 4-5, 2020. (Show broadcast times TBA)
    • Winners will be announced at the end of the show

How to Register

Step 1   Register for your category on our shop page. Fee is $25 for each category.
Step 2   Send your photo and Bio as soon as possible to theresa@hoabellydance.com  Bio should be around 80 words. (Your photo and bio will appear in the online version of the HOA Program Booklet. Check out past programs on our History page.
Step 3   Send your video to theresa@hoabellydance.com via wetransfer, dropbox, google drive, or OneDrive.  as soon as possible.   – Deadline to submit video is November 24, 2020

RULES & GUIDELINES

Categories

Each category is limited to 15 entrees and must have a minimum number of 3 entrees to proceed.

Queen 

Soloist Professional with five or more years experience performing.
Style: Oriental
Music: Must be Middle Eastern music such as North African, Turkish, Greek. Your music must match your style of dance.
Video: must create a video specifically for 2020 Competition.
Length: Video shall not exceed 5 minutes.

Rising Star

– Soloist Amateur/Apprentice with less than five years experience performing.
Style: Oriental
Music: Must be Middle Eastern music such as North African, Turkish, Greek. Your music must match your style of dance.
Video: must create a video specifically for 2020 Competition.
Length: Video shall not exceed 5 minutes.

Troupe

– Two or more dancers. All experience levels.
Style: Open to any Middle Eastern style.
Music: Must be Middle Eastern music such as North African, Turkish, Greek. Music must match style of dance.
Video:  May create a new video specifically for 2020 Competition OR send a video from a past performance.
Length: Video shall not exceed 5 minutes.

Fantasy Star

– Soloist, all experience levels. Compete against yourself!   This  exciting category is perfect for dancers that want to experience the excitement of a competition without actually entering the competition.
Fantasy Star entries will be treated the same as competitors without being ranked.  Scores and feedback will be provided by judges.
Style: Open to all Belly Dance styles.
Music: Music must match style of dance.
Video:  May create a new video specifically for 2020 Competition OR send a video from a past performance.
Length: Video shall not exceed 5 minutes.

People’s Choice

– The same video submitted for each of the above categories will automatically be entered into the People’s Choice Competition.

Video Requirements

– Your video may be filmed in your home, a dance studio, outside, etc.
– Video may be recorded with any camera, phone, or device that can capture high-quality video.
– Orientation of your video must be wide-framed, horizontal, landscape.
– The music must be clearly heard in the recording of your video.
– Tripods are recommended, but not required as they ensure no movement of camera during filming.
– Video has good lighting to clearly showcases the dancer(s).
Length: Video shall not exceed 5 minutes.

Judging Criteria

People’s Choice will be selected by popular vote from viewers.

SOLOIST

  • Musical interpretation
  • Technique
  • Personality/Charisma/Feeling
  • Suitable Costuming

TROUPE

  • Choreography
  • Patterns and Use of Space
  • Execution of movement
  • Suitable Costuming


Awards

Prizes include Crown, Tiara, Sash, Trophy, and Certificates will be shipped to the winners.

The winners will be requested to take photos with prizes such as wearing the crown after they arrive for social media and posting on our website.

2020 Star Judges

Q&As

Q. As a competitor, will I get feedback from the Judges or do I need to sign up for the Fantasy Star category in addition to get the feedback?
A. Everyone that registers will get feedback from the Judges for all categories, Queen, Rising Star, Troupe, and Fantasy Star.

Q. Can I submit a video recorded from my last festival performance?
A.  For Queen and Rising Star we want dancers to make a video that is fresh for the competition made during the Covid.  You can enter the Fantasy Star Category with a video from a past performance and it can be any style of belly dance. In addition, Troupes can enter with a video from a past performance.

Q. How do I enter the People’s Choice category?
A.  You will automatically be entered into the People’s Choice. For example, if you enter Queen,  your same video will be automatically entered into people’s choice.

Q. Should I make a video to introduce myself with my video performance?
A.  No, a video introduction will not be used. Just send your bio of approx 80 words.

Q. Does the video need to be continuous or can it be edited?
A.  For Queen, Rising Star, and Troupe the video must be continuous and cannot be edited in the middle.

Q. Is the competition just the videos we send in or is it a live competition after we send the videos in?
A. The videos sent in is what will be used for the competition. The videos will be shown during the competition show. We chose to do it this way to try and reduce any technical and/or internet speed issues.

Q. Can I enter more than one Soloist category?
A. Yes, you can enter both Queen and Fantasy Star OR both Rising Star and Fantasy Star.

Q. If the category I enter does not get the 3 required entries, what are my options?
A. You will receive a refund if we cancel a category or you can transfer to another category if spots are available.

Q. Can you explain more about the Fantasy Star category?
A. Fantasy Star serves a couple of purposes for dancers:

1. The dancer does not want to compete, but does want feedback from the judges.
2. The dancer wants to compete, but also wants to receive feedback for a different video performance. This gives the dancer feedback for two different performances. The music and style for Fantasy Star can be any style and the video for Fantasy Star can be from a past performance.