The Prizes

Some of the top cash prizes in the industry will be awarded totaling $4500. Along with every competitor receiving a complimentery 30 minute review and critique by Andalee at a later date in person or via Skype!

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Festival Schedule

June 28 - June 30, 2019, this Festival is an exciting 3 day event stacked with competitions, workshops, shows, vendors, games, and more!

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The Clovis Veterans Memorial Building was completed in 1951 and recently underwent extensive remodeling and renovation, transforming it into the modern conference center it is today.

- Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!!!


Paradise Vintage Jewelry is sponsoring Hot Raqs 2018 with unique handcrafted gifts.


Innah is sponsoring Hot Raqs 2018 with a full weekend workshop pass to the 2019 Queen of the Praire Bellydance festival event in Iowa, for one of our fabulous winners!


Talia Soleil is sponsoring Hot Raqs 2018 with a full weekend workshop pass to the 2019 RaqsTiki event in Hawaii, for one of our fabulous winners!


Roxy Stimpson at Oriental Bliss is sponsoring Hot Raqs 2018 with a full weekend workshop pass to the Madam Raqia Hassan & Nourhan Sharif event in Seattle November 2-4, 2018, for one of our fabulous winners!

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- LANA Couture

Lana is a professional visual artist ( painter/ sculptor) and belly dancer, originally from Ukraine. She utilizes her extensive background in visual arts to design one of a kind courture costumes for Belly Dancers who appreciate the originality of her designs, high quality of materials, and extensive time/ labor involved in creating such stunning pieces..

- Rene & Michelle

Generous friends and active supporters of everything belly dance!!!

- What we are about

is a competition with a vision founded by Season 1 winner of Project Belly Dance, Andalee. The intention of is to create a competition with a purpose: a meaningful community event, where participants are encourage to challenge themselves and grow as performing artists within a supportive environment.

After participating in many competitions over the years as both participant and judge, Andalee has developed what she thinks is the perfect balance between friendly competition and personal advancement. Hot Raqs is designed to promote education by offering varied level workshops by skilled instructors; and growth through positive competition and comprehensive constructive feedback provided by Andalee.

- Thank you to all of our 2017 Sponsors!!!

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Al Wadi is a world fusion music and dance ensemble. We are the river that flows through our great Mother Earth and we are guided by the heartbeat of the drum. We draw our inspiration from cultures across the world and blend their exotic sounds into a modern expression. Our music is infused with energy designed to inspire movement in all who hear us.

Michelle Joyce, M.S., is a certified Posturist and Ergonomist, with a rich background in helping people to achieve good health. She was a professional dancer for 15 years, but her terrible back pain began to interfere with her career. After trying every imaginable remedy, she finally discovered Posture Therapy and has since devoted herself to spreading the word about the health benefits of healthy posture.

Michelle’s unique approach addresses the emotional aspects of posture, and believes that stress and unhealthy posture are strongly connected. She uses her Master’s in Counseling to help clients break old habits and create sustainable new ones.

preschool-classShe is particularly passionate about teaching children healthy posture habits, and believes that early intervention will prevent pain, increase their ability to learn and pay attention, give them confidence, and help them to succeed in life. She is also the author of the children’s book Posture Posey and the Slumpyback Goblins, and has recently released a book for adults called Posture Makeover. She currently runs a private practice in Eugene, Oregon, dedicated to giving posture makeovers to people of all ages.

Generous friends and active supporters of everything belly dance!!!

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2018 Registration now open!!!

2018 Registration is now live!!! - Andalee


Scheldule and Workshops!!!

You can now sign up for festival dancing and workshops!!! - Andalee



Registration is now live!!! - Andalee


New Event to start in 2017!

My hubby and I are working on our newest project... Hot Raqs an event with a focus on community, high professional standards and fun! - Andalee



Hot Raqs... It's Coming!!!

Something we've talked about forever!!! Can't wait!!!