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2018 Belly Dancer USA™ Rules and Information

NOTES:

Please take note of possible music penalties. 

A veil is NOT considered a prop.

Zills are not required, but suggested.

Bollywood music is NOT Middle Eastern music.  India is in Asia, not the Middle East.

If you question your music, please contact Mezdulene@mezdulene.com

Competition Categories:

NEW!! Kooky Spooky Improvisation-Any experience allowed. This category is another one for fun. Dancers will draw their music right before they step on the stage. Music will be a mixture of approximately 3-5 minute pieces of Halloween-themed music, and dancers will improvise. Halloween-themed costuming isn't required, but it is suggested. $35 Entry.

NEW!! Professional Live Music Improvisation-Dancers will draw their music right before they step on the stage. Joumana of Arabesque will be putting together several sets of music which will include an entrance, veil, drum solo and exit. Music will be Middle Eastern, and dancers will improvise. $50 Entry.

CD Improvisation- Any experience allowed. This category is for fun. Dancers will draw their music right before they step on the stage. Music will be a mixture of approximately 3 minute pieces of Middle Eastern Music, and dancers will improvise. $35 Entry.

Apprentice-2 yrs or less exp. and has not performed for money or taught. 5 min. Middle Eastern music only. NOTE! There is a 50 point penalty if you use non-Middle Eastern Music in this category. $35 Entry.


Hobbyist-2 or more yrs. exp. Does not perform for money on a regular basis and does not teach. Non-professionals. Middle Eastern music only. NOTE! There is a 50 point penalty if you use non-Middle Eastern Music in this category. 5 min. $35 Entry (Props OK)


Goddess-45 years or older, any exp. 5 min. Middle Eastern music only. NOTE! There is a 50 point penalty if you use non-Middle Eastern Music in this category. $35 Entry (Props OK)

Golden Girls-55 years or older, any exp. 5 min. Middle Eastern music only. NOTE! There is a 50 point penalty if you use non-Middle Eastern Music in this category. $35 Entry (Props OK)

Alternative Music Non-Professional- Open to all dancers from beginner to hobbyist to use music other than Middle Eastern.  NOTE! There is a 50 point penalty if you use Middle Eastern Music in this category.  Dance should consist of mostly Middle Eastern dance movements, but movements from other dance forms can also be used. NOTE! : I suggest you use obviously non-Middle Eastern Music or non-Middle Eastern influenced music.  If you have questions about your music choices, please contact me at mezdulene@mezdulene.com. Props allowed. 5 min. $35 Entry

Alternative Music Professional- For teachers and professionals to use music other than Middle Eastern. NOTE! There is a 50 point penalty if you use Middle Eastern Music in this category. Dance should consist of mostly Middle Eastern movements, but movements from other dance forms can also be used. NOTE! : I suggest you use obviously non-Middle Eastern Music or non-Middle Eastern influenced music.  If you have questions about your music choices, please contact me at mezdulene@mezdulene.com. Props allowed. 6 min $40 Entry


Seven Veils- any experience. Open to all dancers. Any style of music allowed. 7 veils must be used during performance. Veils must be 2.5-3 yds long or longer and at least 36” wide. 6 min. $35 Entry

2018 Bellydance Duet USA- 8 min. For all levels of dancers performing as a duet. Both dancers must be dancing through entire performance except for short transitions. Middle Eastern Music w/some “alternative music ” allowed. $50.00 entry

2018 Bellydance Troupe USA- 10 min. For all levels of dancers performing as a troupe/group (three or more performers). All dancers must be dancing through entire performance except for short transitions. Middle Eastern Music with short “alternative” music allowed. Middle Eastern Music w/some “alternative” allowed. $50.00 1st member and $10 each additional member.

2018 Belly Dancer USA™- Professional Category (male or female) 8 min. Middle Eastern music only. Promotes or advertises self as a teacher or professional performer. NOTE! There is a 50 point penalty if you use non-Middle Eastern Music in this category. $60.00 Entry

2018 Belly Dancer USA
Rules and information

ENTRIES
1. Deadline is May 25, 2018.
2. Entries accepted on first come first serve basis until category is full.
3. Dancers may enter more than one category.
4. Categories with less than 3 entries, may be canceled.
5. There will be no refunds after March 1, 2018.
6. All applications, forms, contracts, releases, monies, etc. must be signed by competitor and received by The Belly Dancer U.S.A. Competition or its staff, before being accepted into any category in the Competition.

7. You can register on-line, but a hard copy of registration must also be mailed.

MUSIC
1. Two CDs with only competition music on them, labeled with name and category.

                        No ipods or phones, CDs only!
2. There will be no live music except for troupe members who are actually dancing while playing an instrument.
3. Time limits for each category are the maximum allowed. A 10 second grace period will be given, after which the contestant’s music will be faded out.
4. If a contestant exceeds the time limit and grace period, she/he will be fined 20 points.
5. Music must be Middle Eastern except in Alternative music categories & some of Troupe/Duet or 50 point penalty will be fined.

DANCE POSITIONS
1. Dancers must check in with contest staff at least one hour prior to their category. A confirmation letter will give the approximate times.  (Remember times are approximate.)
2. Dancers will draw numbers for their dance position prior to their category.
3. If a dancer is not present at the time of the drawing, she/he will go first.
4. If a dancer is not ready to perform in his/her designated time slot, they will be fined 50 pts.


COMPETING

1. Dancer may start on or off the stage.
2. Dance will be performed entirely on stage. If a dancer leaves the stage, he/she will be fined 50 points.
3. Sponsors will disqualify with no refund any contestant who appears intoxicated or is behaving in a manner that may be harmful to other contestants or contest staff.
4. Sponsors will disqualify with no refund any contestant who mistreats staff or others involved in the competition. Bad behavior will not be tolerated.
5. All participants of the Belly Dancer U.S.A. 2017 Competition authorize the use of photos and video for educational and promotional purposes.
6. Winning competitors agree to use the title of their category correctly for publicity purposes.
7. Competitors assume all responsibility and liability for themselves and all personal property.


JUDGING
1. Contestants will be given their scoresheets after awards have been presented in their category.

2. Scoresheets are available for review before competing.


VENDORS - VENDING SPACE IS AVAILABLE TO NEW VENDORS!!
1. 10x12 space $125. One table $75.
2. Deadline for vendors is May 1, 2018 or until full whichever comes first. Space is limited so contact sponsor asap to be put on waiting list.

PRIZES
Over $2,500 in prizes will be awarded. Prizes will be a variety of belly dance supplies, including costuming, music, gift certificates, etc.

VIDEOS: No recording of dancers is allowed by private parties.  People caught recording/videotaping will be asked to either surrender camera or to leave.  This is the rule, and it will be enforced.

LODGING: Seven Feathers Casino and Hotel Resort in Canyonville, Oregon.  Special rates are available for our group. 

AIRPORT and transportation: The nearest airport is Medford, Oregon. It is approximately 45-60 minutes away from Seven Feathers. Portland is about 4 hours away.

DIRECTIONS: Seven Feathers is at Exit 99 on I-5. Please see www.sevenfeathers.com for complete driving directions.

 

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