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Competition

ESSENCE OF BELLY DANCE 8! CABARET MEETS FUSION COMPETITION

EMAIL: competition@essenceofbellydance.com

Join us for our annual Essence of Belly Dance competition, judged by some of the amazing instructors of 2018! 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! 

Competition registration opens in December and categories will remain open until August 21, 2018 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.  All dancers who have registered in full will compete on Friday September 21, 2018

STYLIZATIONS:

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.

CATEGORIES

Essence Soaring (Professional/Advanced) - Belly Dancers with proficiency in Middle Eastern Dance (choose between the stylizations above)

Essence Rising (Advanced Beginner/Intermediate)- We are putting together the details for our first ever advanced beginner/intermediate category! Stay tuned for more!

Interested in competing in more than 1 category? You must choose between Essence Pro (Professional Dancer) or Essence Rising (Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Dancer) and you are welcome to compete in both styles within that category (Oriental/Cabaret or Fusion) ! You must register for each style and pay a soloist fee of $50 for each competition spot. Troupe fee is $20 per troupe member. Competition registration opens in December. More details about the competition rules will be posted over the next few weeks.

Questions? Please email us at competition@essenceofbellydance.com

 

Soloists:

Soloists from each category will perform their own unique 3 minute choreography on stage Friday 9/21/18.   Soloist participants will be scored on their performance from 0-100 points. The winner of the solo category will be the dancer who 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 8 workshop.

Troupes:

Troupes from each category will perform their own unique 3.5 minute (3 minute 30 second) choreography on stage Friday 9/21/18. 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 8 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 8 workshop.  

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.

Any questions? Email us at competition@essenceofbellydance.com

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.

Any questions? Email us at competition@essenceofbellydance.com

PRIZES:

ESSENCE SOARING (PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY):

First Place Essence Soaring Oriental Soloist– Mr. or Ms. Essence Oriental $1000, Crown, Full weekend pass to Essence 9, Essence Swag Bag

First Place Essence Soaring Fusion Soloists – Mr. or Ms. Essence Fusion $1000, Crown, Full weekend pass to Essence 9, Essence Swag Bag

Second Place Essence Soaring Oriental Soloist– 1 Day Pass of your choice to Essence 9, Trophy, Essence Swag Bag

Second Place Essence Soaring Fusion Soloists – 1 Day Pass of your choice to Essence 9, Trophy,  Essence Swag Bag

Third Place Essence Soaring Oriental Soloists - Trophy and Essence Swag Bag

Third Place Essence Soaring Fusion Soloists - Trophy and Essence Swag Bag

 

ESSENCE RISING (ADVANCED BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE) CATEGORY:

First Place Essence Rising– $ 200, Tiara, Full weekend pass to Essence 9, Essence Swag Bag

Second Place Essence Rising – 1 Day Pass of your choice to Essence 9, Trophy,  Essence Swag Bag

Third Place Essence Rising - Trophy and Essence Swag Bag

TROUPE CATEGORY: *ALL LEVELS*

First Place Fusion Troupe - $1000,  Trophy, Full weekend pass  (for each performer) to Essence 9, Essence Swag Bag

First Place Oriental Troupe- $1000, Trophy, Full weekend pass  (for each performer) to Essence 9, Essence Swag Bag

Second Place Oriental Troupe– 1 Day Pass of your choice to Essence 9 (for each performer) , Trophy, Essence Swag Bag

Second Place Fusion Troupe – 1 Day Pass of your choice to Essence 9 (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) 

 

 

PEOPLES CHOICE:

The audience will have a chance to vote for their favorite performers who will win a $100 cash prize and swag bag! 

 

WEEKEND & COMPETITION SCHEDULE:

Essence of Belly Dance 8 Competition! Oriental meets Tribal Fusion Workshops  September 21 – September 23, 2018
Competition will take place September 21, 2018 only. 

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

6:00PM – Check in at Competition Desk – Your music must be submitted by August 21, 2018.  No last minute music submission or changes allowed. 
7:00PM – Call Time For competitors. Doors open for audience

7:30PM – Show time (Competition)

10:30PM –Winners crowned  

*Full weekend schedule will be posted soon*

COMPETITION MUSIC SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 1, 2018- 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 – AUGUST 21, 2018 - (Or until maximum # of registrations received in per category)

Any questions? Email us at competition@essenceofbellydance.com