Competition

ESSENCE OF BELLY DANCE 7! CABARET MEETS FUSION COMPETITION

Join us for our annual Essence of Belly Dance competition, judged by some of the amazing instructors of 2017! Competition features both Oriental and Fusion styles of Belly Dance! In addition to the wonderful prizes listed below, competitors will receive written score sheets from the judges with feedback that we hope will help them develop into even stronger dancers! Judges include Randa Kamel, Mohamed Shahin, Mira Betz and Colleena Shakti. 

CHANGES TO 2017 COMPETITION!!

NO “PRELIMINARY” ROUND FOR 2017

The 2017 Essence of Belly Dance competition will have no preliminary elimination round! There will be no competition events on Thursday. All competition activities will take place on Friday evening and Saturday evening with winners being crowned each night at the end of the Gala! 

Competition registration is now open and categories will remain open until September 1, 2017 or until we reach the maximum number of registrations.  Each category will have a set number of spots open for registration and once they fill up, the category will be closed (number of open competition spots below).  All dancers who have registered in full will compete in either the Friday Show (Oriental Solo and Fusion Troupe Competition) or Saturday Show (Fusion Solo and Oriental Troupe Competition). 

CATEGORIES:

Oriental/Cabaret- Oriental/Cabaret is defined as traditional Belly Dance including Golden Era, American Fantasy, American Cabaret and earlier styles of Middle Eastern Dance.

Fusion - Fusion includes Tribal Fusion, Modern Fusion, Gothic Fusion, Hip Hop Fusion, Liquid Fusion, Spanish Fusion and any other fusion styles of Belly Dance from the 1990’s forward.

All dancers must be at least 18 years of age or older.

Interested in competing in both categories? Yes, You are more than welcome to! You must register for both categories and pay the $50 solo or $20 troupe fee (per troupe member) to compete in each category.

Soloists:

Soloists from each category will perform their own unique 3 minute choreography on stage Friday 9/15/17 (Oriental/Cabaret) or Saturday 9/16/17 (Fusion).   Soloist participants will be scored on their performance from 0-100 points. The winner of the solo category will be the dancer that has the highest average score from all the judges.  The maximum total points that a soloist can receive is 100 points based on their performance. All soloists must be registered for at least 1 full day of any Essence 7 workshops.

Troupes:

Troupes from each category will perform their own unique 3.5 minute (3 minute 30 second) choreography on stage Friday 9/15/17 (Fusion) or Saturday 9/16/17 (Oriental/Cabaret). A troupe is not considered registered until all performers have paid in full. If you are part of a troupe at least 80% of the troupe members must be registered for Essence 7 and have paid to compete ($20 fee per troupe member).  Each troupe member must take at least 8 hours or one full day of any Essence 7 workshops.  

Troupes will be scored on their performance from 0-100 points. The winning troupe will be crowned based on the highest score received. The maximum number of points that a troupe can receive is 100 points based on their performance.

 

TIME LIMITS:

Performance is limited to 3 minutes for solos, 3.5 minutes for troupes. YOUR Original choreography only! You will be disqualified for performing a choreography you learned from another artist at a workshop, festival, studio, etc.…!

REGISTRATION FEE:

A fee of $50 per soloists and $20 per troupe member is required to secure your performance spot. A troupe is not considered registered until all performers pay in full.

SCORING:

Show your range of dance proficiency! Judges will be looking for a range of skills: technique, musicality, costuming, stage presence and more!  All props welcome (except fire props!) Scoring sheet will be posted soon.

NUMBER OF OPEN COMPETITION SPOTS FOR 2017:

Oriental Solo – 8 Open Spots (Minimum # required to hold competition = 5 Dancers)

Fusion Solo – 8 Open Spots (Minimum # required to hold competition = 5 Dancers)

Fusion Troupe- 6 Spots - (Minimum # required To hold competition = 4 Troupes)

Oriental Troupe- 6 Spots -(Minimum # required to hold competition = 4 Troupes)

*Should any competition category be cancelled, registered dancers will be refunded immediately*

 

PRIZES:

SOLO CATEGORY:

First Place Oriental Soloist– Mr. or Ms. Essence Oriental $1000, Crown, Full weekend pass to Essence 8, Essence Swag Bag

First Place Fusion Soloists – Mr. or Ms. Essence Fusion $1000, Crown, Full weekend pass to Essence 8, Essence Swag Bag

Second Place Oriental Soloist– 1 Day Pass of your choice to Essence 8, Trophy, Essence Swag Bag

Second Place Fusion Soloists – 1 Day Pass of your choice to Essence 8, Trophy,  Essence Swag Bag

Third Place Oriental Soloists - Trophy and Essence Swag Bag

Third Place Fusion Soloists - Trophy and Essence Swag Bag

 

TROUPE CATEGORY:

First Place Fusion Troupe - $1000,  Trophy, Full weekend pass  (for each performer) to Essence 8, Essence Swag Bag

First Place Oriental Troupe- $1000, Trophy, Full weekend pass  (for each performer) to Essence 8, Essence Swag Bag

Second Place Oriental Troupe– 1 Day Pass of your choice to Essence 8 (for each performer) , Trophy, Essence Swag Bag

Second Place Fusion Troupe – 1 Day Pass of your choice to Essence 8 (for each performer) , Trophy,  Essence Swag Bag

Third Place Oriental Troupe - Trophy and Essence Swag Bag (for each performer) 

Third Place Fusion Troupe - Trophy and Essence Swag Bag (for each performer) 

The Essence 7 2017 competition will feature no competition events on Thursday!!

 

WEEKEND & COMPETITION SCHEDULE:

Essence of Belly Dance 7 Competition! Oriental meets Tribal Fusion Workshops  September 14 – September 17, 2017
Competition Days – Sept 15 and Sept 16
All events take place in Atlanta, GA

 

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
7:00PM – Check in at Competition Desk – Your music must be submitted by 9/1/2017.  No last minute music submission or changes allowed. 
7:30PM – Call Time For Dancers for Fusion Troupe and Oriental Soloists.  Doors open for audience

8:00PM – Show time (Competition and Guest performances)

10:30PM –Winners crowned  

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2017
7:00PM – Check in at Competition Desk – Your music must be submitted by 11:59PM EST 9/1/2017. No last minute music submission or changes allowed. 
7:30PM – Call Time For Dancers for Oriental Troupe and Fusion Soloists. Doors open for audience

8:00PM – Show time (Competition and Guest performances)
10:30PM –Winners crowned

COMPETITION MUSIC SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 1, 2017- NO EXCEPTIONS – all music must be submitted in MP3 format only and must be labeled correctly.  All tracks must be no longer than 3 minutes for soloists and 3 minutes and 30 seconds for troupes. Do not send multiple copies of music as we are unable to ensure that we have your “most recent” copy. Music must be sent via email to music@essenceofbellydance.com. Please use the following naming convention YOUR Name-Category-Music title

COMPETITION REGISTRATION FINAL DEADLINE – SEPTEMBER 1ST 2017- (Or until maximum # of registrations received in per category)

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