Push yourself to the next level – experience the thrill of having gone beyond your comfort zone and enjoy the ride.

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

Submit your votes for People’s Choice on the voting page.

Competition entry closed as of  September 18, 2021.

Registration for workshops is open. 

2021 Competition

About the Online Competition

Due to COVID-19 hitting us in early 2020, the competition became an online experience via Zoom and Facebook live. It was a brand new way to experience the excitement and exhilaration of Heart of America Belly Dance competition. Dancers from all over the world were able to participate in our online edition without having to travel or gather in large crowds.

The Experience

For 2021, we will again have an online competition.

    • Video Entries will be accepted until September 18, 2021.
    • The Online Competition show will be shown October 8, 2021. (Show broadcast times TBA)

How to Register

Step 1 Register for your category on our shop page.
Step 2 Send your photo and Bio as soon as possible to theresa@hoabellydance.com the number of words for your bio should be around 80 words.  Your photo will be used for the promotion graphic and it will also appear in the online version of the HOA Program Booklet along with your bio. 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 September 18, 2021

RULES & GUIDELINES

Categories

People’s Choice

–  People’s Choice will be awarded to each category: Oriental Star, Rising Star, Troupe, and Fantasy Star.  The same video submitted for each of category will automatically be entered into the People’s Choice Competition.
Cast your vote for your favorite performers

Oriental Star

Register with payment of $40 Oriental Star Entry Fee.
Soloist Professional with five or more years experience performing.
– Video will be adjudicated by a professional panel of judges and feedback and critique will be provided. High Scores will ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and receive awards.
Style: Oriental
Music: Must be Middle Eastern music such as North African, Turkish, Greek.
Length: Shall not exceed 5 minutes.

Rising Star

Register with payment of $40 Rising Star Entry Fee.
– Soloist Amateur with less than five years experience performing.
– Video will be adjudicated by a professional panel of judges and feedback and critique will be provided. High Scores will ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and receive awards.
Style: Oriental
Music: Must be Middle Eastern music such as North African, Turkish, Greek.
Length: Shall not exceed 4 minutes.

Troupe

Register with payment of $45 Troupe Entry Fee.
– Two or more dancers. All experience levels.
– Video will be adjudicated by a professional panel of judges and provide feedback and critique. High Scores will ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and receive awards.
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.
Length: Video shall not exceed 5 minutes.

Fantasy Star

Register with payment of $25 Fantasy Star Entry Fee.
– Soloist, all experience levels.
– Video performance will receive feedback and critique from a professional panel of judges, but will not be ranked.
– Video will entered into People’s Choice Fantasy Star for online voting.
Style: Open to all Belly Dance styles.
Music: Music must match style of dance.
Length: Shall not exceed 4 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).

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.

2021 Judges

Vanessa of Cairo

Vanessa of Cairo

Teaching Online & In-Person, Judge, & Show
Jillina Carlano

Jillina Carlano

Teaching Online & Judge
Chudney Raks

Chudney Raks

Teaching Online & Judge

Q&As

Q. Can I submit a video recorded from my last festival performance?
A. For Oriental Star and Rising Star you will need to make a video that is fresh for our 2021 competition. 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 Oriental Star, 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 Oriental Star, 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. You can enter both Oriental Star 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 few purposes for dancers:
–  does not want to be ranked by judges, but does want feedback and critique from the judges.
–  wants to enter People’s Choice only.
–  wants to submit a performance that does not meet the requirement of Oriental style.