COMPETE ON THE
WORLD STAGE.






Wang Ji
World Champion 2013.

World Belly Dance Awards 2014

Belly dance’s biggest competition of the year just got better. With a new state of the art stage, world-renowned judges, more challenging format, and bigger prizes, only the world’s top dancer will be crowned World Champion Queen or King. It’s simple, win at the World Belly Dance Awards and you become a superstar.

New 2014 Adult Amateur Competition

Solo amateur dancers can now compete at the World Belly Dance Awards! Dancers must choose to compete in either the Oriental or Fusion Category. From the auditions five dancers in each category will move on to the Semi-Finals. At the Amateur Competition Finals the WBDA will crown 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in both Oriental Amateur and the Fusion Amateur categories. See below for the "Roadmap."

Choose Your Category


Professional Oriental
(traditional and modern)
(Ages 16+)
A professional level category focusing on Classical Belly Dance including Raks Sharki and folkloric Arabic dance styles as well as Cabaret belly dance styles. Needs to be paired to Arabic music.
Professional Fusion
(Ages 16+)
A professional level category focusing on Tribal fusion or fusion belly dance with any other dance form - ethnic or contemporary. Can be paired to any type of music.
Amateur Oriental
(traditional and modern)
(Ages 16+)
An open category for amateur level dancers focusing on Classical Belly Dance including Raks Sharki and folkloric Arabic dance styles as well as Cabaret belly dance styles. Needs to be paired to Arabic music.
Amateur Fusion
(traditional and modern)
(Ages 16+)
An open category for amateur level dancers focusing on Tribal fusion or fusion belly dance with any other dance form - ethnic or contemporary. Can be paired to any type of music.
Group
(Ages 16+)
3+ participants Any style of belly dance including traditional and fusion.
Juniors
(Ages 7-15)
Contenders need parent accompaniment. Dancers 16 or above need to compete at the adult level.


World’s Biggest Prizes


Every World Belly Dance Award contestant will receive:
(1) A formal WBDA2014 certificate signed by the top Master Judges.
(2) Top of the line professional video of their performance.
(3) Invaluable feedback from the Professional Master Judges panel.


"BDC World Champion King or Queen"

Professional Grand Prize Winner

  • $12,000 cash prize*
  • World-wide promotion by Belly Dance China
  • Invitation to teach BDC workshops throughout the next 2 years**
  • Your dance performance broadcasted around the world and your video on our website
  • Invitation to teach as an Expert Teacher at the Dance for Unity 2015 conference
  • Grand Prize trophy

* The $12,000 is the total amount given to the Grand Prize Winner. This includes $1,000 won for the first place category finals. The winner may elect to receive Chinese RMB or US Dollars.
** This includes a mandatory two-year contract with BDC with an option to extend to three years that accepts BDC as your Global Exclusive Agent/Sole Manager and Representative.

Oriental and Fusion Awards for Professional Categories

1st Place

  • $1,000 cash prize
  • Invitation to perform in a gala show at Dance for Unity 2015 (if you register for event)
  • 1st Place trophy

2nd & 3rd Place

  • 2nd Place: $750 cash prize & Second place trophy
  • 3rd Place: $500 cash prize & Third place trophy

Group Awards (3+ dancers)

1st Place

  • $2,000 cash prize
  • Invitation to perform in a gala show at Dance for Unity 2015 (if you register for event)
  • 1st Place trophy
  • Your dance performance broadcasted around the world

2nd & 3rd Place

  • 2nd Place: $1,500 cash prize & Second place trophy
  • 3rd Place: $1,000 cash prize & Third place trophy
  • Your dance performance broadcasted around the world
New 2014
"Audience Choice Award"
At the 2014 World Belly Dance Awards, our worldwide audience will be able to crown their very own favorite dancer. With a downloaded internet application and the live streaming of semi-final and final events, people around the globe will be able to vote for the top 3 dancers of each category and then again on their favorite out of all four category winners.

Whichever dancer gets the highest ratings will be awarded the "Audience Choice Award" and will win:
  • $1,000 cash prize
  • Ticket to Dance for Unity Conference 2015 (Two per room event ticket only)
  • Invitation to perform in a gala show at Dance for Unity 2015
  • 2014 "Audience Choice Award" Trophy

Junior Awards

For Unity, Fun and love of dance


BDC developed the junior's competition to create a positive environment where young dancers can grow as performers and teammates, as well as increase their self-esteem, self-discipline and pride in their accomplishments.

Junior contenders will be performing on the same stage and at the same time as the adult competition.

Dance for Unity Junior Prince/Princess

  • $200 cash prize
  • Junior Prince/Princess certification signed by world-renowned judges
  • Invitation to perform Solo on the DANCE FOR UNITY 2014 conference closing Gala show
  • Your dance performance broadcasted around the world
  • Junior Star Trophy

Top 9 Runner-Ups

  • $100 cash prize
  • Top 10 winner Certification signed by World Renowned Judges
  • Invitation to participate at the Junior Group Dance at the 2015 closing Gala show
  • Top 10 winner Trophy

All Junior Stars are Winners

  • Certifications signed by World Renowned Judges
  • Dancing Star trophy

Fair & Famous Judges



NATALIE BECKER

RUSSIA

PETITE JAMILLA

USA

KARIM NAGI

EGYPT

Scoring

Just. Transparent. Professional.

All contestants will have equal opportunity and be judged with fairness. Dancers will be scored on the following:

Creativity in Choreography

Use of the stage and incorporation of different dynamics in dancing, the story, sentiment or attitude of the routine.

Musicality

Ability to express music in the body.

Core Belly Dance Technique

The execution of belly dance movements with precision and power.

Full Body Technique

Overall dance lines, postures and movements (turns, leg and arm work, traveling steps, poses and postures)

Stage Presence/Appearance

The ability to captivate the viewers with show personality and fill the stage with presence. it is also the coordination between the costume, make-up and hair with the music and dance routine.

A Road Map to Stardom

Live Audition and Competition Schedule

Live Auditions (Adult Professionals / Amateurs)
August 11
Categories
Oriental
Fusion
Judges 3 BDC Expert Judges
Check-in time: 8:00am | Start Time: 10:00am
Music Please bring your own music on both CD and MP3 player
Dance Length Maximum of 1.5 minutes

Live Auditions (Adult Professionals / Amateurs Troupes & Juniors )
August 12
Categories
Oriental
Fusion
Groups
Junior
Judges 3 BDC Expert Judges
Check-in time: 8:00am | Start Time: 10:00am
Music Please bring your own music on both CD and MP3 player
Dance Length Maximum of 1.5 minutes

At the end of the Opening Gala, BDC will announce who moves on to the World Belly Dance Awards where10 Professional participants from each category will move on to quarter-final and 5 Amateur participants from each category will move on to the semi-final.

Adult Professionals (Quarter Finals) and Amateurs (Semi Finals)
August 13
Categories
Oriental
Fusion
Groups
Junior
Judges Karim Nagi, Natalie Becker, Moria Chappell, Petite Jamilla, Ice Cream (Jay Chou choreographer and leading dancer)
Check-in time: 4:15pm | Start Time: 5:00pm
Music Please bring your own music on both CD and MP3 player
Dance Length Maximum of 2-2.5 min

5 Professional participants from each category move on to semi-final 3 Amateur participants from each category move on to final

Adult Professionals (Semi-Finals)
August 14
Categories
Oriental
Fusion
Groups
Junior
Judges Karim Nagi, Natalie Becker, Moria Chappell, Petite Jamilla, Ice Cream (Jay Chou choreographer and leading dancer)
Check-in time: 5:00pm | Start Time: 9:00pm
Music Please bring your own music on both CD and MP3 player
Dance Length Maximum of 2-2.5 min

3 Professional participants from each category move on to the final. Winners of the Amateur Oriental and Fusion category will be announced.

Professionals (FINALS)
August 15
Categories
Oriental
Fusion
Groups
Junior
Judges Karim Nagi, Natalie Becker, Moria Chappell, Petite Jamilla, Ice Cream (Jay Chou choreographer and leading dancer)
Check-in time: 5:00pm | Start Time: 9:00pm
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place category winners as well as the 2014 “Audience Choice Award” will be announced.
Category Winner from Oriental and Fusion advance to the King/Queen duel.

Music Please bring your own music on both CD and MP3 player
Dance Length Maximum of 2-2.5 min

KING OR QUEEN FACE-OFF
August 15
Categories
Oriental
Fusion
Check-in time: 5:00pm | Start Time: 9:00pm
Both first place winners of Oriental and Fusion categories will each improvise to live music.
The Oriental first place winner will be dancing to Saleh Heby’s Live Arabic Band, and the Fusion first place winner will be dancing to Beats Antique Live Music.
The crowned winner King/Queen of “World Belly Dance Awards 2014 will perform at the Closing Gala Show.

Dance Length Maximum of 2.5-3 min

Register Now for the Live Auditions!

First 30 to register in each oriental and fusion category win the option to audition on the 12th of August!

1. Register for Dance for Unity 2014 conference by visiting www.bellydancechina.com or contact one of our representatives.

2. Sign up for the auditions online with your newly created user profile. The World Belly Dance Awards will only be accepting applications online until August 1st, 2014. Registering online is advised so you can receive updated information and details sooner. Also if you are one of the first 30 oriental or fusion applicants you win the option to audition on August 12th, all other oriental and fusion dancers MUST audition on the 11th of August. Dancers can also sign up in person on August 11th beginning at 08:00AM.

Prices and dates are as below:
Online Registration Audition Fee (before August 1st, 2014): $33/200 RMB
In-person Registration Audition Fee (on August 11th, 2014): $55/350 RMB

3. If you pass the auditions, you will be required then register for the World Belly Dance Awards. It is an additional 600 RMB to participate in the actual competition, which includes: (A) 2014 World Belly Dance Award Certification signed by all Five Master Judges, (B) live dance feedback from master judges, (C) high quality video of your performance , the chance to be seen around the globe and become a superstar.
*Contestants must register at the DFU registration desk (second floor of the Kerry Hotel) before 10:00 AM on August 13th or they will be eliminated from the competition.

Can’t make it?

View the 2014

World Belly Dance Awards LIVE

on www.bellydancechina.com
And cast your vote LIVE for the BDC "Audience Choice Award."
Stay tuned for more information!

FAQ’S

You got questions, we have answers.

Do I have to improvise to live music?

If you win first place in the Fusion or Oriental category, then you will be expected to improvise to Saleh’s Arabic Band or Beats Antique (depending on your particular category). Your opponent will also improvise to their music genre. The best performer will then be awarded King or Queen of Dance for Unity 2014.

Can I send a video to audition?

No. We’re only accepting live auditions this year. Please register early, first 30 contenders will be auditioned on August 12th. Please advise if you elect to audition on August 11th. Contender number 31+ will be auditioned on August 11th on a “first come first serve” basis. SIGN UP NOW. * DFU will not provide accommodation for the night of August 11th as part of the conference package.

How many routines do I need to have prepared?

Every contestant should have three (3) different routines prepared. A contender may repeat the Audition routine at anytime. However, the allowed duration is longer, so you will be required to adjust your performance. Please check above for length requirements. In the event of a contestant making it to the King/Queen duel, then he/she will need to improvise one more number. Whoever wins the duel will be asked to perform in the closing gala (a routine of their choice where the music is three minutes or less - this can be the same number from one of the competition rounds or something new). See below for details on “how many times will I be performing?

How many times will I be performing?

How many times you perform depends on how well you do. However, Juniors and Groups should be prepared to perform four separate times (once in the auditions, three times in the official competition if they continue to advance to the next level). Professional Oriental and Professional Fusion competitors should be prepared to perform up to six times (once for the audition, three times for the main section of the competition, once for the Queen/King duel and one more time in the Closing Gala show. Please prepare accordingly.

What if someone wins the audience choice award and another award?

If a contestant wins the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD and another award, then they get all prizes involved for both awards.

Can I compete in more than one category?

No. Contestants must choose only one category.

How do I bring my performance music?

Please bring music on both MP3 player and CD for backup.

Do I have to sign up for Dance for Unity Conference in order to participate?

Yes.

Can I pay for the auditions the day of registration?

Yes, however, if you elect to pay the day of the audition the fee is 350RMB.

If I am late to register on the Audition day (August 11th or August 12th) and arrive after 10am, Could I still audition?

No, if the audition is paid for it will not be refunded.

What time the audition will be concluded on Aug 11th?

Auditions will go on until the last contestant will be concluded.

May I perform a solo at the “Dance For Unity” opening Gala and also compete in the competition?

No.

What is the Live Audition & the and professionals competition schedule?

August 11th and 12th – Live Auditions
August 12th at 11:00 PM (with the opening gala conclusion)
– Public posting of top ten in each category who on to the Quarter Finals
August 13th – Quarter Finals - Ten competitors in each category perform and five will advance on to the Semi-Finals
August 14th – Semi-Finals – Five competitors in each category perform and 3 will advance on to the Finals
August 15th – Finals –Top 3 competitors in each category will perform.
Audiences will vote for their favorite dancer for the Audience Choice Award and the Professional Master Judges will decide on the first, second and third place in each category. The first place Oriental and first place Fusion dancer will duel, improvising to live Arabic and live tribal fusion music. The top performer will be announced as Queen or King of Dance For Unity 2014.

Is there a category for children groups?

No. However, if they are at a professional level and chaperoned by legal guardians, select junior groups may compete with adults in the group category ONLY if they are approved at the auditions. However, be forewarned that they will be judged with the same criteria as adults. Juniors competing as a group may not compete as individuals in the Junior category.

Can my music be a different length?

Your music may not be any longer than the written requirements. It can be shorter if you desire. All music must be edited to the appropriate time by the contestant’s before submitting to the World Belly Dance Awards or will be disqualified. Please clearly label each song and which portion of the competition it is for (quarter final, semi-final, or final).

When does registration for the competition start?

Begin now by signing up for the DFU Conference online! Soon afterwards, you will be given a post registration link where you can sign up for the live audition.

Who will sign my certificates?

All five Professional Master Judges

If I don’t win, what do I get from participating in the World Belly Dance Awards?

Even if you don’t win a trophy, every contestant will gain a great amount from participating in the World Belly Dance Awards. All contestants will get feedback from top master judges to improve their dance, a beautiful video of their performance quality and the opportunity to perform on the most amazing stage with the highest production belly dance has ever seen. You also get a chance to be broadcasted on television and aired live on the internet around the world. Not only the winners but everyone is getting a real shot at stardom.

If I audition on August 11th, is Dance For Unity (DFU) going to provide hotel accommodations?

No. Contenders auditioning on August 11th may choose and arrange her/his own accommodation for the night of August 11th since DFU’s all inclusive conference packages begin on August 12th.
However, for your convenience, DFU will arrange special discounted rates (hotel + breakfast cost) at the Kerry Hotel, Pudong, Shanghai, China. These are the rates:
- 1 person (breakfast included) per room = 800 RMB
- 2 people (breakfast included) per room = 475 RMB per person
- 3 people (breakfast included) per room = 300 RMB per person
For your convenience you can reserve the hotel room online at www.bellydancechina.com’s post-registration page or consult your DFU sales associate.

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