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2020 Competition

Online Competition will be held December 4 – 6, 2020.

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. Best of all, anyone can view the competition for free!

Your photo and bio will appear in the online version of the HOA Program Booklet. Check out past programs on our History page.

How to Register

Step 1 Register on our shop page.
Step 2 Send your photo to info@hoabellydance.com
Step 3 Send your Bio (80 words or less) to info@hoabellydance.com
Step 4 Send your video to info@hoabellydance.com via wetransfer, dropbox, google drive, or OneDrive.

Complete the Competitor Form after registering. See Competition Page for rules and guidelines.  Competitors review the performer information page to get information about the stage and other helpful details.

Categories & Criteria

QUEEN

  • Professional performer with over five years stage experience
  • The queen competition is one (1) Round
  • Time: Length of music shall not exceed 5 minutes
  • Style: Oriental
  • Music: Must be Middle Eastern music. Your music must match your style of dance

RISING STAR

  • Armature with experience performing less than five years.
  • Time: Length of music shall not exceed 5 minutes
    Style: Oriental
  • Music: Must be Middle Eastern music. Your music must match your style of dance

TROUPE

  • Two or more dancers
  • Time: Length of music shall not exceed 5 minutes.
  • Style: Open to any Middle Eastern style.
  • Music: Must be Middle Eastern music. Music must match style of dance.


PEOPLE’S CHOICE

  • The same video submitted to each category will automatically be entered into the People’s Choice.

Rules & Guidelines

– Deadline to submit video is November 24, 2020
– Soloists must create a video specifically for HOA 2020 Competition.
– Troupes can either submit a video from a past performance or create a new video specifically for HOA 2020 Competition. Providing troupes with a choice will help with social distancing.
– Length of performance/music shall not exceed 5 minutes.
– Music must be Middle Eastern.

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. Tripods help to ensure no movement of the camera during filming.
– Make sure your video has good lighting to clearly showcases the dancers.

Judging & Awards

– Queen, Rising Star, and Troupe will be adjudicated by a professional panel of three predetermined judges. Judges are TBA.
– People’s Choice will be selected by popular vote from viewers.
– Awards such as a Crown, Tiara, Sash, Trophy, and Certificate will be shipped to the winner.

JUDGING CRITERIA

QUEEN

  • Musical interpretation
  • Technique
  • Facial Expressions
  • Appearance

RISING STAR

  • Musical interpretation
  • Technique
  • Facial Expressions
  • Appearance

GROUP

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


PEOPLE’S CHOICE

  • People’s Choice for each category will be selected by popular vote from viewers.