- The Competition!

 

Pro Soloist - Cabaret

$1500 Cash Prize

For the dancer of the "sparkly" variety (Cabaret/Oriental/Raqs Sharqi) with at least 5 years experience under the hipbelt. If you promote yourself as a professional performer and receive standard professional fees then we want you to challenge yourself to 2 rounds of competition including the LIVE music finals where the top 4 can show off improvisational skills and knowledge of the Raqs Sharqi art form.


Preliminary round will be Saturday April 22, 2017. Your set should be no longer than 5 minutes in length. Music should be Middle Eastern/North African/Turkish/Greek in origin. Modern arrangements ok. Zills and veil optional according to the dancer’s style. Note that playing zills will not necessarily get you a higher score, however you may be scored down if not played well. Any other props should not be used for more than half of the set. No Fire. No Nudity. No explicit lyrics. Final round an approximately 10 minute set to live music on Sunday April 23, 2017 including a mejance, taqsim, drum solo, and outro.


*All performers to receive a private review/critique of your performance with Andalee

registration and rules

 

Pro Soloist - Fusion

$1000 Cash Prize

"Belly Dance Fusion" For the dancer interested in Fusion styles of Belly Dance. There is room for many types of Belly Dance Fusion but should have some clear roots in Belly Dance by way of styling and technique. There are no music style restrictions but the music and performance must be appropriate for all ages in the audience. Set length needs to be no longer than 5 minutes. Drum solo optional and Zills are optional. Note that playing zills will not necessarily get you a higher score, however you may be scored down if not played well. Props are ok. No Fire. No Nudity. No explicit lyrics. If you enjoy Fusing Bely Dance with other styles such as (but not limited to) Indian, Flamenco, Samba, Tribal, Hip Hop, etc. then this is the challenge for you!


*All performers to receive a private review/critique of your performance with Andalee

registration and rules

 

Oriental or Tribal - Troupe

$1000 Cash Prize

Open to both Oriental and Tribal style troupes and also troupes that are a fusion of either or straight forward ATS. We are looking forward to seeing dynamic groups of 3 dancers or more that have put together a routine that showcases the groups cohesiveness and and unique flavor. Troupes will have up to 7 minutes to show the audience and judges what makes them the Best in the West! Music should have some Middle Eastern/North African/Turkish/Greek/Balkan influence (can include more contemporary Western influences/arrangements as well with a Middle Eastern Re-mix). For example no *completely* Western or *completely* South Asian music. Modern arrangements ok. Zills, veil, and other props are optional according to the troupe’s style. Note that playing zills will not necessarily get you a higher score, however you may be scored down if not played well. Props are ok but should not take up the entire length of the routine so the judges can have some clear visual access to technical ability. No Fire. No Nudity. No explicit lyrics.



*All performers to receive a private review/critique of your performance with Andalee

registration and rules

 

Apprentice Soloist

$500 Cash Prize

The "Apprenticeship" category is open to both Raqs Sharqi "Cabaret" style and Tribal style belly dancers not yet considered professional and still under the mentorship of an instructor. If you are working on your art while performing at community events and haflas but don’t regularly perform and do not accept performance fees or gig, then this is the category for you! So take this opportunity to challenge your self and receive invaluable feedback! Your set should be no more than 4 minutes and should include a short drum solo. Zills and veil are optional. Any other props should not be used for more than half of you set. No Fire. No Nudity. No explicit lyrics.

*All performers to receive a private review/critique of your performance with Andalee

registration and rules

 

Derbekki Soloist

$500 Cash Prize

Whether you are a professional touring musician or your bellydance partner has talked you into picking up the Derbekki, now it's your turn to shine and have them carry your bags.

is a Belly Dance event that recognizes the "Drummers" are a vital aspect of the Belly Dance community and we want to show them our support.

This is open to both Turkish and Arabic style of drumming. You will have two minutes to perform a solo to a pre recorded track that will be available to dowload after you register. There is a 15 person cap for this event and the winner will recieve a $500 cash prize.


registration and rules

 

Non-Competitive Soloist

Are you curious about being in a competition but not sure you want to be rated against other performers? Would you like to have the opportunity to go through the same experiences as a competitor including invaluable feedback from judges and a 30 minute critique and review with Andalee? This is a unique option for the performers in our community that are not interested in placing in a competition but would still like the experience of putting together a fantastic routine within the guidelines of the competition. Bring your best show, costume, hair, make up, stage personality, and technique to the stage and find out what the audience and professional judges really think.


*All performers to receive a private review/critique of your performance with Andalee

registration and rules