Q. Does it cost anything to join?
A. Yes, it is $35 to register. You now have 60 days from the time you register to apply in as many castings as you want. But you have to still upload your video(s) by the individual casting deadlines. If you want to apply again after the 60 days you will have to sign up and pay the fee again.
Q. Can anyone apply for a upcoming Bellydance Evolution casting?
A. Yes of course! However, you have to learn the choreography in a very short period of time, so we look for dancers that can adapt well to our choreography and style. If you are considering entering for an online casting that is not in your local area, keep in mind that selected dancers will be responsible for ALL of your travel and accommodation expenses. Please review the TERMS & CONDITIONS page for details.
Q. Are males allowed to compete?
A. Yes! Although we don’t have a specific male role for our newest production, we are definitely open to casting a male dancer.
Q. Can I apply in both the Oriental and Tribal categories?
A. YES. You are welcome to submit both an Oriental and Tribal video if you feel you are strong in both areas and want to increase your chances of winning.
Q. How do I sign up for a BDE online casting?
Q. How can I view/download the audition videos and music?
A. You have to sign up for the online casting FIRST before you can view or download the instructional videos and music. Once you have signed up, you will need to log on to your account and you will automatically be taken to the video download page. You can either stream the videos via the internet or you can download them onto your computer and watch them offline.
Q. How do I upload my video?
A. There are two places you can upload your video.
1. Log on to your account and you will be taken to the video download page and at the bottom is an UPLOAD VIDEO link.
2. Go to the VIDEOS page and click the Upload Casting Video link.
You will attach the video file you want to upload, then select the casting location you are applying for and the style (Oriental or Tribal) you are submitting for. If you are applying for multiple styles or locations you will just repeat this for each video you want to upload.
NOTE: Please use only US characters on your video files in order for them to upload properly. Please do not use any foreign characters on your video file names.
Q. Can I use any solo performance video for my audition video?
A. Yes. You can use any solo performance footage for your solo clip. But it needs to be no longer then 3 minutes. You also need to make sure it is the first video clip on your audition video. You will edit our BDE choreography second.
Q. How are the winners chosen?
A. Jillina and Heather review all the videos submitted and select 8-16 dancers to be cast in that local show. They look for dancers that can capture the style of dance and can perform all the details of her choreography. In the solo performance they look for something unique that showcases your performance strengths and personality.
Q. When will I know if I was selected as a winner?
A. Each online casting usually ends 2-3 months prior to the first rehearsal, so the winners will have time to make any travel arrangements if needed and will have plenty of time to learn the show choreography we send them.
Check the calendar for the location you are applying for to see the deadlines.
Q. If I am selected do I have to attend ALL rehearsal days?
A. YES! If you are selected as one of the winners you must be able to attend ALL rehearsals during the rehearsal week. There are many choreographies, formations and details that need all dancers to be there. If you are not able to attend all rehearsals you will not be selected.
Q. What do I receive if I am selected?
A. There are a few things selected dancers will receive.
- Cash compensation for each performance ($75 for the first performance and $50 for each additional performance (if there are more then one).)
- 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 main cast.
- The opportunity to perform with some of the top artists in the field of Middle Eastern dance & music.
For more details please read the TERMS & CONDITIONS page.
Q. If I sign up in advance for a BDE workshop and am later chosen as one of the dancers, do I still have to pay for the workshop?
A. It is BDE’s policy that all selected dancers receive free tuition to the workshops. If you wish to register for the workshops before the casting closes, to guarantee your spot, you will be refunded for your workshop fees after being selected as one of the dancers (minus any credit card or PayPal processing fees).