Jillina Presents The Bellydance Evolution Casting Competition!
This is an exciting competition to cast supporting and featured dancers for the Bellydance Evolution Show.
- Twelve (12) Female Oriental dancers
- Four (4) Female Tribal Fusion dancers
- One 1 (Male) Tribal Fusion dancer
to perform in the BDE Show. Contestants will learn either an “Oriental” or “Tribal” choreography that will be submitted to BDE. If you feel you are good at both Oriental and Tribal and want to compete in both categories you can learn both choreography’s and upload both an Oriental and Tribal video.
Once you learn the choreography, you will need to film yourself performing a 2-3 minute solo routine of your own style, followed by the BDE choreography.
- Solo performance must NOT exceed 3 minutes (This can be any footage you want to use)
- BDE choreography must be on the same video clip directly after the solo performance
You can use any footage for your solo performance, but you must be able to edit your separate videos into one (1) complete video clip. If you compete in both categories, then you will upload two (2) competition videos (Oriental & Tribal)
All dancers (including non-local dancers) are also welcome to audition, but they will be responsible for their own airfare/travel and accommodations.
Winners MUST be available for a week of intensive training – 8 hours per day (Usually 1 week before the 1st performance). In addition to being part of the BDE Show, the Winners will also be invited to attend any of the workshops during the festival week as Bellydance Evolution’s guest.
All submitted videos will be privately uploaded to the Bellydance Evolution website. Only the Bellydance Evolution directors will be able to view the videos to make their selections. Once the winners are chosen, their videos will be posted publicly on the Bellydance Evolution website.
After the winners are chosen, viewers will be able to vote for 1 week for their favorite. Whichever “winner” receives the most votes when the poll closes will be the “People’s Choice Winner” and receive a special solo performance in the pre-show.
How voting works: Once the general competition closes and the BDE Competition Winners are announced, a “VOTING POLL” will be posted on the website for 1 week with the competition winners names. People vote for their favorite and after the voting ends the dancer with the most votes wins People’s Choice.
- Must be at least 18 years old to enter.
- Must submit your video before the competition closing date.
- Competition video must be one video clip with both performances edited together.
- Personal solo performance clip must be less then 3 minutes and be edited into one clip the BDE Competition choreography.
- Chosen dancers are responsible for all their own travel and accommodation expenses.
- Chosen dancers will receive free tuition to all festival workshops not conflicting with scheduled rehearsals.
- Chosen dancers must be available for scheduled rehearsals the week prior to the 1st performance. Rehearsal week will consist of intensive training of at least 8 hours per day.
- Bellydance Evolution will provide all the troupe costumes for cast. You may be asked to provide certain items for the show and a solo costume for your solo in the Pre-show.
- Chosen dancers will be responsible for all alterations (i.e. adding hooks and snaps) to their troupe costumes.
- There will be no monetary compensation for rehearsals but you will receive $75 for the 1st performance and $50 for each additional performance (If there are more then one).
- The casting is for the local festival only, not for the permanent touring company.
- Rehearsal videos of the show choreography will be provided to you before rehearsals start. Participants must learn all choreography material provided to them via video PRIOR to rehearsal week.
- Chosen dancers must be willing to perform as a supporting member of the troupe, even if they are not cast as a soloist.
- Due to the high physical & mental demand for this production and rehearsal schedule, dancers may be cut from all or part of the show if they are not capable of executing the choreography to the standards of Bellydance Evolution.
- *The People’s Choice Award – Once the winners are announced, there will be a 2nd competition where people can vote for their favorite dancer out of the COMPETITION WINNERS. The dancer who receives the most votes at the end of the voting will be the People’s Choice winner and will be given a special solo performance spot in the pre-show. Winner will need to provide her own costume & music for that solo.
- Cash compensation for each performance
- International exposure on the Bellydance Evolution website/s and publications
- Opportunity for future involvement in Bellydance Evolution shows & festivals
- Free tuition for Bellydance Evolution workshops
- Intensive training Jillina & the BDE cast.
- The opportunity to perform with some of the top artists in the field of Middle Eastern dance & music.
We are excited to have you as part of this great experience. We appreciate your enthusiasm & positive attitude. We want to keep this a safe & positive environment, so please understand that any negative talk, gossip or other unprofessional behavior will not be tolerated and will result in elimination from the contest and show.
BDE choreography is not allowed to be performed/filmed/posted online outside of the BDE show, unless approved in advance by Jillina.
Submission fee is $35 & nonrefundable.
(You will have 60 days from the time you pay the fee to compete in any competition. But you must upload your video before the competition deadlines)