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Past and Present, Retired, and Active

Competitions

in our Middle Eastern Music and Dance Community

last updated January 2014
Special thanks to Sa'diyya!

 

The First Five , Europe-The Middle East-Africa, Asia,

US-West of the Missippi, US-East of the Missippi, Online, Articles on Competition, Notes,
List is organized by region and then by time of year

 

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The First Five

#1
Belly Dancer of the Yearad 4 Belly Dancer of the Year Contest
Producer’s name: Sula (founder passed in 1978) , Leea, Jasmine (since 2013)
Producers Address: Walnut Creek, San Francisco Bay Area
Locations: venues held: high school and college theaters with raised stage, Moraga, Danville, and El Cerrito, CA
1st year held:1973
Usual Date of Event: Memorial Day weekend in May
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter: $100 - $120
Divisions: Solo, Duet, Troupe
Live Music: No
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note: Aziza 2002, Judeen-1993, Alexandra King-1988
Notes: minimum of 10 judges that are kept anonymous.
Website URL: http://www.bellydanceroftheyear.net/

Article on Gilded Serpent regarding this contest:

#2 -
Bellydancer USA
Producer’s name: Mezdelene
Producers Address: Oregon
Locations: Seven Feathers Casino and Hotel Resort 146 Chief Miwaleta Ln, Canyonville, OR
1st year held:1978, took over by Mez in 1981
Usual Date of Event: June
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter: $35 - $60
Divisions: Soloist, Seven Veils, Duet, Troupe, Professional, Non-Professional
Live Music? No live music except for troupe members who are actually dancing while playing an instrument.
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note: Natalie Mae 2013, Violetta 2013, Roxy 2013, Natika 2013, Al Farashat 2013, Jennifer 2013, Nafiah 2013, Sidonia Om Dunia 2013, Sirens Belly Dance 2013
Notes:
Website URL: http://www.bellydancerusa.com/

Article on Gilded Serpent regarding this contest

 

#3 -no longer active
Mr. and Miss America of the Belly Dance Contest and Festival in San Francisco
Producer’s name: Magana Baptiste and  Devi Baptiste 
Producers Address: San Francisco Calif. 94118 
Locations: venues held: San Francisco- Bimbo's, Crown Plaza Hotel Union Square, Sir Francis Drake Hotel, Crystal ballroom Ramada Hotel, U.S.F.Lone Mt., Holiday Inn Union Square.
1st year held:1984- 2000 (2000- Dancer of the Milleneum)
Usual Date of Event: August
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter: Solo $75, Duo $50 per person, Troupe $25 per person.
Divisions: Solo, Duo, Troupe
Live Music: Not for contestants
Judges of note: Bobby Farah, Dr Mo Geddawi
Previous winners of note:Una and Horacio Cifuentes won in 1984
Notes:
Website URL: http://www.maganabaptiste.com/festival/info1.htm

Article on Gilded Serpent regarding this contest

 

#4
Belly Dancer of the Universe
Producer’s name: Tonya and Atlantis
Producers Address: PMB 343, 5318 East Second St. Long Beach, CA 90803-5354
Locations: Long Beach Convention Center 300 East Ocean Boulevard Long Beach, CA
1st year held: 1991
Usual Date of Event: President’s Day Weekend in February
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter: Solo $78 to $98. Group $160 for two members then $50 for each additional
Divisions: Solo, Group, Duet
Live Music: Finals- yes
Judges of note: Aziza, Marta, Helena, Mesmera, Angelika
Previous winners of note: Jamilah 2013, Ashmina 2012, Rachel George 2010, Guzel Gilmeeva 2009
Notes:
Website URL: http://www.bellydanceroftheuniverse.com/
Article on Gilded Serpent regarding this contest

#5
Wiggles of the West Belly Dance Competition -no longer active-
Producer’s name:Janie, The Two Old Bags
Producers Address: Nevada (Reno and Las Vegas)
Locations: Sam's Town Hotel and Casino 5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, Nevada 89122
1st year held: 1996
Usual Date of Event: 2nd weekend in July
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter:
Divisions: Entertainer, Headliner, Alternative Wiggles, Ensemble, and Rising Star
Live Music: No
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note: Yeli - Entertainer 2011, Yasmina - Headliner 2011, Samantha - Rising Star 2011, Cabernet Dance - Alternative 2011, Latin Mirage - Ensemble 2011
Notes- Retired in 2011
Website URL- http://www.wigglesofthewest.com/
Article on Gilded Serpent regarding this contest

Europe,  Mid East, Africa


International Raqs Sharqi Contest- Oriental-Fantasy Summer Festival
Producer’s name: Horacio and Beata
Producers Address-
Locations- Berlin, Germany
1st year held- 2006
Usual Date of Event- January or June?
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter-
Divisions-
Live Music?
Judges of note: Tito, Doni, Malika, Horacio, Beata
Previous winners of note: Jamilah 2010, Antje 2007, Manolya 2007, Lolie 2007,
Notes-
Website URL : http://oriental-fantasy.com/TanzakademieCifuentes/sommerfestival-2013/
Article on Gilded Serpent regarding this contest

 

Eilat Festival Competition
Producer’s name- Orit Maftsir and Yael Moav
Producers Address-contact info- Eilat, Israel
Locations: The Club Hotel suites resort, on the Red Sea acriss from Jordon and Egypt
1st year held- 2006
Usual Date of Event-January (2014- Feb 12-15, 2014- says this is number 10)
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter-
Divisions: Raqs Sharki and Show bellydance
Live Music?
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note: 2013 winner was Valeria Putitskaya from Russia 
Notes: The winner in Raqs Sharki category will be invited to teach and perform in Eilat festival 2015 and have a full hospitality for free, also a designer costume with full accessorize!
Website URL: http://www.eilatfestival.com/en/competition
Article on Gilded Serpent regarding this contest

Miss Belly Dance South Africa
Producer’s name- Angela
Producers Address- Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Locations-  100 Christiaan de Wet Road Roodepoort, South Africa
1st year held- 2009
Usual Date of Event- April
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter- For title R 500, Non-title R 120
Divisions- Solo divisions- Solo Divine: Modern Belly Dance, Veil / Wings performance, Folkloric performance, Divine Drum Solo, Balancing, Tribal. Duo/Group- similar divisions
Live Music?
Judges of note: Kami Liddle, Michelle Joyce, Anne, Nix, Natalie
Previous winners of note: Saret Steyn 2012, Kyati Naidoo 2010
Notes-  6 – 7 minute routine
Website URL- http://www.missbellydancesa.com/ , most recent date on website is April 2013,
Article on Gilded Serpent regarding this contest

Stars of Bellydance Competition
Producer’s name- Sakinah Yanara
Producers Address-
Locations- A.Rodenbachstraat, 8020 Oostkamp, Belgium
1st year held:
Usual Date of Event- April
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter- 20 euro, Rising Stars - 10 Euro per person. Stars - 15 Euro per person
Divisions-: Little Star (age 4-9), Junior Stare (10-16), Becoming Star, Becoming, Fusion Star, Rising Star, Star of Bellydance, Fusion Star of Bellydance, Folkloric Star Solo, Duo,Groups
Live Music?
Judges of note: Leyla Jouvana & Roland , Khalida, Amirah, Ketty, Sakinah Yanara, Mercedes Nieto, Queenie, Amira Shahzadi, Amirah, Saïda, Samyra,
Previous winners of note:
Notes: Last date on front page is April 12-14, 2013, Prizes are: Chance to perform in professional bellydance-show the day after, Vouchers for a holiday, Bellydance Costumes, photoshoot, make-up, Bellydance workshops, Bellydance-dvd’s and cd’s. 1-22-14- notes sent to producer asking from more info and this event is active or retired.
Website URL-http://www.buikdans-sakinah.be/sob2013-comp.htm
Article on Gilded Serpent regarding this contest

Miss Belly Dance UK
Producer’s name: Shona Hagan 
Producers Address-contact info: England, south coast in Christchurch
Locations- type of venues held: "The venue can be found just off Belle Vue Road at St Catherines Road."
1st year held: November 9, 2013
Usual Date of Event: April
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter: Oriental Solo competition - £30, Groups- £25
Divisions:
Live Music:
Judges of note: Jo Wise, Galit Mersand, Gwen Booth
Previous winners of note:
Notes: 1-22-14 note from producer, "I have no plans to run the competition this year and am unsure about the future at present but thank you for considering a listing. "
1st prize – Miss Bellydance UK title, winners sash, tiara ,one free holiday at Shona and Jan's Luxury Bellydance Spa Break 2014. 2nd and 3rd place- trophies. Must live in the UK, surrender rights to video and still coverage. Must choose from a list of 5 minute songs, only props allow- veil, sagat, stick, melaya. Guy Schaloms' band featured.
Website URL:http://www.shonahagan.com/mbdukcompetitions.html
Article on Gilded Serpent regarding this contest

Miss Orient Express
Producer’s name: Nelly and Deniz
Producers Address-contact info:Vienna, Austria
Locations- type of venues held:
1st year held-
Usual Date of Event: May
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter:
Divisions: Professional, Rising Stars, Juniors Stars, Group Stars, Tribal Solo Star, Tribal Group Stars, Miss Austrian Star
Live Music:
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note:
Notes: Solo Categories music limit: 3:30 minutes max, Group Category music limit: 4:30 minutes max, 1st prize- full pkg at Eilat fest, Eman Zaki costume, video, full pkg at next fest. Website shows info for 2013 and not this year 2014
Website URL: http://nelly-dance.com/Orientexpressfestival/competition.html
Article on Gilded Serpent regarding this contest

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Belly Dance Trophies Contest
Producer’s name:
Producers Address-contact info: England
Locations- type of venues held:
1st year held-
Usual Date of Event: May
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter:
Divisions:
Live Music:
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note:
Notes: Website strange, no info just links to videos, dates for 2012, maybe just held one year?
Website URL: http://www.bellydance-trophies.com/#!home
Article on Gilded Serpent regarding this contest

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Stockholm Bellydance Festival
Producer’s name: Nile group? Zeina and Mohamed
Producers Address-contact info:Stockholm, Sweden
Locations- type of venues held:
1st year held:
Usual Date of Event:May
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter: 10-15 euro
Divisions: Solo Raks Sharqie Non Professional, Solo Raks Sharqie Advanced/Professional, Solo Raks Sharqie Advanced/Professional -Male dancers, Folklore Group Categorie
Live Music:
Judges of note: Will contain minimum 4 international master teachers chosen from the current years festival teachers.
Previous winners of note:
Notes: dates for 2013 on site. 1-21-14 email sent to Zeina requesting more information
Website URL: http://www.bellydancefestival.se/sbdf-festival/competition-3444310
Article on Gilded Serpent regarding this contest

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Nile Group Competition
Producer’s name: Zeina?
Producers Address-contact info: Cairo, Egypt
Locations- type of venues held:
1st year held-
Usual Date of Event:June
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter:
Divisions:
Live Music: no, CD only
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note:
Notes: 1-21-14 email sent to Zeina requesting more information. All participants in the competiton will receive a diploma signed by the Nile Group judges. The winner in Solo raks Sharki Competition will be our Guest Star in an up coming Nile Group Festival Opening or Closing party with live band. 
Website URL: http://www.nilegroup.net/competition.htm
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Star of the Orient
Producer’s name:Simone?
Producers Address-contact info: Greece
Locations- type of venues held:
1st year held-
Usual Date of Event:June , June 6th, 2014
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter: 50 euro, must attend 1 full day or workshop and nightly show.
Divisions: Classic Oriental Category, "Beyond Oriental", Group Category 
Live Music:
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note:
Notes: registration fee of 50 Euro, prizes include trips to fest in Israel, Las Vegas, Italy, but do not include airfare.
Website URL: http://www.bellydancefestival.net/competinfo/eng/
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Ahlan wa Sahlan
Producer’s name: Raqia Hassan
Producers Address- Mailing address and contact info
Locations- venues held Cairo, Mena House
1st year held-
Usual Date of Event- June or July
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter-
Divisions-
Live Music?
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note:
Notes-
Website URL; http://www.raqiahassan.net/#!awsfestival --requires log in
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ISBF Contest (need full name) Part of the Summer Bellydance FEstival
Producer’s name: Anusch
Producers Address-
Locations- "Het Leidse Volkshuis", Apothekersdijk 33A in Leiden, Netherlands
1st year held- 2011
Usual Date of Event- End of August
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter- 50 Euro for Soloist and 20 Euro per person for groups.
Divisions- Solo, Groups
Live Music?
Judges of note: Judged by all the teachers of the ISBF 2014
Previous winners of note: Ravilya 2013, Michelle 2012, Izida 2011
Notes- Oriental Belly dance. 3 minute limit for solo and 4 minutes for group. Music must be on a WAV or WMA formate. 1st place prize- Full fest pkg at Isadora Cup 2014 in Ukraine and this fest in 2015, costume, crown
Website URL- http://www.summerbellydancefestival.com/competition/
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Miss Bellydance Competition
Producer’s name-
Producers Address- Mailing address and contact info
Locations- Budapest, Hungary
1st year held- 10-28-2012 (11th annual)
Usual Date of Event- End of October
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter-
Divisions- Solo
Live Music?
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note: Lia Lebenszky 2012
Notes: youtube video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wReAX7VeEHM
Website URL
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European Belly Dance Championship -not currently active?-
Producer’s name:
Producers Address-contact info: Brussels, Belgium and Germany?
Locations- type of venues held:
1st year held-
Usual Date of Event:October 12-14, 2012 ("12th International Festival for Middle Eastern Dances")
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter:
Divisions: Raks Sharki, Folklore, Fusion
Live Music:
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note:
Notes: Dates on site for 2012 and 2013, not 2014, 1st prize is cost to go to final in Germany
Website URL:http://www.yasalamfestival.org/bellydancechampionship.htm
posed photo on site includes- Mohamed El Hosseny, Hassan, Khalil, Anusch, Nuriyya, Aleya, Hosseny El Masry, Raed Abdel Ghany, Stella Zahir, Naila, Jacy, Elissa, Farah, Kayla, Fedra, Bex Priest

Article on Gilded Serpent regarding this contest

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Leyla JouvanaBelly dancer of the World
Producer’s name: Leyla Jouvana and Roland
Producers Address: Germany
Locations- Rheinhausenhalle, Beethoven Str. 20, 47226 Duisburg
1st year held: 2006
Usual Date of Event: November
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter: Group and Formation 22 Euros per person. Solo and Duet 26 Euros per person.
Divisions: Solo, Duet, Group, Formation
Live Music:
Judges of note: Madame Raqia Hassan, Ma Shuqa, Nika Mlakar, Havva, Mayyadah, Sara, Lei The Night, Esmii, Helen Saida, Leyla Jouvana
Previous winners of note: Halil Kikez 2013, Lejla Mehmedovic 2013, Mia Sha´uri 2012, Lei The Night 2012
Notes:
Website URL:http://leyla-jouvana.de/index.php/en/contest-info-menu-engl
Article on Gilded Serpent regarding this contest

Pyramid Awards Competition -not currently active?-
Producer’s name: Fereshteh
Producers Address-contact info: Edinburgh, Scotland
Locations- type of venues held: The Minto Hotel 
1st year held- 2012
Usual Date of Event:November 10, 2012
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter: £20
Divisions: Oriental and Tribal Style (Solo Acts Only, No Groups)
Live Music:
Judges of note: panal of four
Previous winners of note:
Notes: Part 1- Competitors will all improvise to a piece of music chosen by the judges. This will be for both categories. Then top ten performers of each category will go to part 2. Part 2- This is where the top ten competitors of each category perform their solo piece. Music max 5 mins. (if longer the music will be stopped). 1st place winner- cash prize, designer costume, trophy, tiara, and a free workshop of their choice on sunday 11th Nov with a guest teacher.
Website URL:http://www.facebook.com/events/365530333480231/ , http://www.fereshteh.co.uk/Fereshteh%20Bellydance%20Pyramid%20Awards.html. Names on site Fereshteh, Saida, Tigerlily, Rhythmic Ginger

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Danish Open
Producer’s name: Merrild and Noura
Producers Address-contact info: Roskilde near Copenhagen, Denmark
Locations- type of venues held: Glostrup Hallen, Stadionvej 80, 2600 Glostrup.
1st year held: November 2012
Usual Date of Event: November
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter: DKK 200 / €26
Divisions: Grand Diva, Solist, Duo/Group
Live Music:
Judges of note: Mahdy Emara, Sirke Seppänen, Hilde Lund, Lena Astrid,
Previous winners of note: Maizena won Grand Diva, Inessa wond 1st place soloist, Oriental Hype won group category
Notes: From info on video it appears most contestants are from Scandinavia, appears there is improv section where all participants are on stage together. Sites has dates for Nov 14-16, 2014
room set with round tables, portable raised stage.
Website URL: http://danishopenbellydance.wordpress.com/om
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Asia


World Belly Dance Convention Competition
Producer’s name:
Producers Address-contact info:Korea
Locations- type of venues held:
1st year held-
Usual Date of Event:May
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter:
Divisions:
Live Music:
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note:
Notes:
Website URL:http://www.worldbellyinfo.com/sc_competition.php?ffid=02-02  website not working
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Asia Global Bellydance Singapore League
Producer’s name: Singapore Street Festival
Producers Address:
Locations: Singapore Street Festival Bugis + Singapore
1st year held: 2013
Usual Date of Event: July
Mission Statement: To achieve unanimous acknowledgement of the strength of youth talents, their passionate energies driving towards excellence through various new social
media and platforms channels.
Cost to Enter:
Divisions: Amateur and Professional Solo and Groups Amateur Solo - One dance either Fusion or Traditional (2mins)
Amateur Group - One dance either Fusion or Traditional (3mins)
Professional Solo - One Fusion and One Traditional (3mins each)
Professional Group - One Fusion and One Traditional (4mins each)
Live Music?
Judges of note: Anastasia, Arina, Lee Min Sun
Previous winners of note: Darren Ho 2013, Al-Mawara 2013, Arjae Vitug 2013, Le’Mirage
Notes: From webiste: "The all-stars Bellydance Master Anastasia Biserova; Arina Firsoval; from Russia, also Sujee from Korea".
Website URL: http://www.singaporestreetfestival.com/bellydance_competition_2013.php
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Tokyo International Bellydance Competition
Producer’s name: Deseos Inc. Farasha? (just MC)
Producers Address:contact info:Tokyo, Japan
Locations: type of venues held:
1st year held: 2013? "She has been hosting TIBC for 5 years" 2008?
Usual Date of Event: August
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter: "Registration fee for video submission is 2,000 yen" Video?
Divisions:
Live Music:
Judges of note: Suraiya, Ianako Jill Parker
Previous winners of note: Prefessional Oriental Solo 2013- 1st Place: Marumo Ria “Rhia”
Notes: Date of event on website- 9.22.2013
Website URL: http://www.tibc-deseos.com/
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West of the Missippi

 

La Danse Orientale Belly Dance Competition
Producer’s name: Halima Designs and Gilana
Producers Address:contact info:Tacoma, WA
Locations: type of venues held: Grand Ballroom at Convention center
1st year held:
Usual Date of Event:January , LA DANSE ORIENTALE V, BELLY DANCE COMPETITION- MARCH 1, 2, 2014
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter: $35-85
Divisions: Horizon (new dancers) Rising Star semi pro, Alternative music solo, Alternative fusion, Proptacular, Grand Diva, Duet, Troupe....
Live Music: YES! Sunday Eve Live Music Pro Category
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note:
Notes:
Website URL: http://www.halimasdesigns.com/
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Breakthrough Fusion Competition -no longer active-
Producer’s name: Cera Byer
Producers Address:
Locations- Temple Nightclub, 540 Howard St., San Francisco CA
1st year held- 2009
Usual Date of Event- January
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter-
Divisions- Fusion
Live Music?
Judges of note: Amy Sigil, Ariellah Aflalo, Brad Dosland, Cera Byer, Meliza Wells
Previous winners of note:
Notes- Website URL- http://www.breakthroughdance.com/ not working
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USA Belly Dance Queen Competition
Producer’s name- Arab American Association
Producers Address- 202 E. McDowell Rd. Suite #131 Phoenix, AZ 85004
Locations- Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino 5040 Wild Horse Pass Boulevard Chandler, AZ 85226
1st year held- 2010
Usual Date of Event- between late January and early February
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter- $100.00
Divisions- Intermediate, Pro-Soloist, Troupes
Live Music?
Judges of note: Dr. Samy Farag, Amani Elsharkawi, Yasser Darwish, Shadia Beydoun, Vanessa Freedman, Samantha
Previous winners of note: Samantha 2013, Namira 2012, Makara 2010
Notes-
Website URL- http://www.usabellydance.com/
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Glitter and Shimmy Belly Dance Competition
Producer’s name:
Producers Address-contact info:Las Vegas, NV
Locations- type of venues held:
1st year held-
Usual Date of Event:May
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter:
Divisions:
Live Music:
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note:
Notes:
Website URL:http://glitterandshimmy.com/
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Best of the Best Belly Dance Competition
Producer’s name:
Producers Address-contact info: Allen, TX (DFW Area)
Locations- type of venues held:
1st year held-
Usual Date of Event:June
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter:
Divisions:
Live Music:
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note:
Notes:
Website URL:https://www.facebook.com/BestoftheBestBellydanceCompetition
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IBDC - International Belly Dance Convention-no longer active-
Producer’s name- Alex Hererra
Producers Address-
Locations- South Point Hotel and Casino, 9777 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89183
1st year held- 2007
Usual Date of Event- July
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter-
Divisions- Professional/Advanced/intermediate/novice Solo, Fusion, Troupe,
Live Music?
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note:
Notes- Last year held was 2007
Website URL-
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The Yellow Rose of Texas Belly Dance & Drum Competitions
Producer’s name-Isis
Producers Address-
Locations- The Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 South Main Street, Grapevine, TX 76051
1st year held- 2007
Usual Date of Event- August
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter- No entry fee but must complete one full day of dance workshops.
Divisions- Rising star solo, Duet/trio., Professional solo, Troupes, Drum groups
Live Music?
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note: Raks A Dive 2011, Kede 2011, Reed 2010, Iman and Majah 2010, Sa'diyya & The Danza della Luna Performance Company 2010, Kata Maya 2010
Notes-
Website URL- http://www.isisandthestardancers.com/YH2013/YH2013_Home.htm
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Queen of Raqs Sharqi
Producer’s name- Dee Dee Asad
Producers Address- Little Egypt 321 Valley Cove Drive Garland,  TX  75043
Locations- Radisson Hotel 1241 W Mockingbird Lane Dallas, TX 75247
1st year held- 2004
Usual Date of Event- August
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter- $125
Divisions-Solo
Live Music? CD only
Judges of note: Khaled Mahmoud, Tommy King, Lubna Emam, Camelia
Previous winners of note: Dalida 2010, Sehar 2009
Notes- 4 to 5 minute time limit
Website URL- http://www.littleegypt.com/caironights.htm
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So, you think you can dance?
Producer’s name- Samira Tu'Ala
Producers Address- Mailing address and contact info
Locations- The Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive & Festival at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino
1st year held- 2010
Usual Date of Event- September
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter- $50 Audition fee; $50 Entry fee
Divisions- Open to all.
Live Music? Yes
Judges of note: Panel of celebrity judges and an audience vote.
Previous winners of note: Aurora Ongaro 2010, Andalee Owens  2011, Regina Karimova 2012
Notes- $50 entry fee is to secure the spot of the 12 that is picked from the audition.
Website URL- http://www.bellydanceintensive.com/index.php?pag=cms&id=305&p=think-you-can-belly-dance-contest.html
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Jewel of the Sierra Belly Dancing Competition
Producer’s name- Namira
Producers Address-Lake Tahoe
Locations- Placerville Shakespeare Club 2940 Bedford Avenue Placerville, California 95667
1st year held- 2006
Usual Date of Event- Mid-September
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter- Professional, Live music professional, and Live music Diva have an entry fee of $100. Non-professional, Tribal/Fusion/Alternative, and Props have an entry fee of $80.Troupes have an entry fee of $120 for the first 4 dancers, $20 each additional dancer. Duets/Trios have an entry fee of $120.
Divisions- Professional, Live music professional, Live music diva, Non-professional, Troupes, Duets/Trios, Tribal/Fusion/Alternative, Props
Live Music? Yes
Judges of note: Ahava, Maria, Nadira, Mariah, Jennifer, Ayesha, Courtney, Khalilah, JR
Previous winners of note: Fernanda 2013, Tabitha 2012, Courtney 2011, Jewels 2010
Notes-Jewel of the Sierra (Lake Tahoe).  live music categories
Website URL- http://www.namiraproductions.com/
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Arabesque Belly Dancing Competition
Producer’s name- Tee Rose Productions
Producers Address- 1446 Front Street, Suite A San Diego, CA 92101
Locations- Oakland Scottish Rite Center 1547 Lakeside Dr, Oakland, CA 94612
1st year held- 2007
Usual Date of Event- Early to Mid-September
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter- Up-and-Coming $30, Veil Soloist, Soloist, Tribal, Soloist, Cabaret, Drum Soloist, Cabaret $60, Dance Troupe, Cabaret, $150
Divisions- Up-and-Coming, Veil Soloist, Soloist, Tribal, Soloist, Cabaret, Dance Troupe, Cabaret, Drum Soloist, Cabaret
Live Music?
Judges of note: Ana, Melanie Dellas, Tiffany Bisconer, Patrisha Gutierrez, Alexandra King, Julie Lively, Mariela, Harry Saroyan, and Heather Stants.
Previous winners of note: Maryam 2007, Dilek 2007, Steven 2007, Sabrina 2007, Knya 2007, Goddess Belly 2007, Cassia 2008, Carolina 2008, Sumaia 2008
Notes- Last competition was held in 2008
Website URL- http://www.arabesquebellydancingcompetition.com/
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Safar Dance Challenge
Producer’s name: Dream Team Productions Inc.
Producers Address-contact info: info: bookings@safarconference.com
Locations- type of venues held: Vancouver, Conference centre
1st year held- 2014 will be our first year
Usual Date of Event: last weekend of September
Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide a safe, fun environment for all styles of Middle Eastern Dancers to show their work in front of an expert panel of judges, obtain valuable feedback, make friends, and possibly even win a title! Open to women and men at any level of experience, in any style of Middle Eastern Dance.
Cost to Enter: Solo: $55 CAD, Group: $45 CAD (includes one dancer) + $15 CAD per additional dancer
Divisions: lo and Group
Live Music: None
Judges of note: Workshop teachers at associated weeklong seminar- 2014 Lulu Sabongi, DaVid of Scandinavia, Dr. George Sawa
Previous winners of note: new this year!
Notes:
Website URL: http://www.safarconference.com/Competition.html
Article on Gilded Serpent regarding this contest: Not yet!

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North Bay Belly Dance Bazaar Competition
Producer’s name-TerriAnne Gutierrez and Jodi Wasseca
Producers Address- Mailing address and contact info
Locations- Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St  Sebastopol, CA 95472
1st year held-2013
Usual Date of Event-October
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter-$50 for solos, $100 for Troupes and Duets
Divisions-New Talent, Innovative Evolution, Theater, Fusion, Cabaret, Over 50 and Fab
Live Music? We may have live music in 2014,
Live Music?
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note:
Notes-
Website URLwww.northbaybellydancebazaar.com
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International Ambassador of Belly Dance Competition
Producer’s name- Saqra
Producers Address-
Locations- Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E Smith St in Kent, WA 98030
1st year held- 2013
Usual Date of Event- October
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter- $25 - $75
Divisions- Solo, Troupe
Live Music?
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note: Maia 2013, Jeweled Scarab American Chaos 2013, Kat Ross 2013, Michelle 2013, Carol 2013, Cassandra Rose 2013
Notes-
Website URL- http://www.bellydancecompetition.us/
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Jewel of the Redwoods
Producer’s name- Shoshanna
Producers Address-
Locations- Redwood Coast Belly Dance Festival at Old Creamery Building 824 L Street, Arcata, CA 95521
1st year held- 2013
Usual Date of Event- First weekend in October
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter- $25 entry fee
Divisions- All styles. Should be intermediate/advanced/professional.
Live Music?
Judges of note: Fatima Al Wahid, Ayesha Kamm, Ziva Emtiyaz, Sarah Adams of Origin Tribal, Karolina Lux, Deeta, Ruby Beh
Previous winners of note:
Notes- First 10 applicants then waiting list. 7 minutes time limit.
Website URL-http://www.redwoodcoastbellydance.com/jewelofredwoods.html
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Imagine - Belly Dance Challenge
Producer’s name- Ayre Briar and Daleela Morad
Producers Address-
Locations- Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop and Theater, 2720 Del Rio Pl, Davis, CA 95618
1st year held- 2013
Usual Date of Event- November
Mission Statement-
Cost to Enter- Pro soloists $40, Non-Pro soloist and Allure (45+) soloists pay $20, Troupe members pay $40 per dancer, with a maximum entry fee of $160 (so a duet would pay $80, a trio $120, and four or more dancers $160).
Divisions- Soloist Pro, Soloist Non-pro, Troupe, Soloist Allure (45+)
Live Music?
Judges of note: Heather Shoopman, Juliette Arroyo, Maria Sokolova, Pamela Trokanski, Majida Magdalena
Previous winners of note:
Notes-
Website URL- http://www.shupada.com/#!/imagine-belly-dance-challenge-ibdc-2013-info
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Choreography Project – Troupes Only
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Producers Address-contact info:Austin, TX
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Website URL:http://bellydancetroupes.eventbrite.com/ & http://www.zhelene.com/
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MidEast Feast Bellydance Competition
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Locations- MidEast Feast
1st year held-
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Live Music? Edric
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Notes-
Website URL- http://phoenix.tribe.net/event/MidEast-Feast-Bellydance-Competition/phoenix-az/1d2cfefa-e4c7-4d02-8eda-8a8449b71d1f
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Jodettes "Queen of the Nile" -no longer active-
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Live Music?
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A Night at Casablanca -no longer active-
Producer’s name- Siren In Sanity
Producers Address- Mailing address and contact info, Benicia, CA
Locations- venues held (High school gyms? theater? As part of a festival?)
1st year held- 2005?
Usual Date of Event-
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Live Music?
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North Valley Belly Dance Competition
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Locations- venues held- Feather Falls Casino Orovile, CA
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Live Music?
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Notes-2003
Website URL
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East Coast Classic!East Coast Classic and Competition
Producer’s name: Taaj Fi Galbi (2001 - 2007) and Zuleikha (2008) Nadira and Durrah (2014 -)
Producers Address: Williamsburg, VA
Locations: Holiday Inn Patriot 3032 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185
1st year held:
Usual Date of Event: January
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter: $75, $50
Divisions: Professional cabaret and tribal, Troupe, Amateur/junior professional cabaret and tribal
Live Music?
Judges of note: Petite Jamilla, Moria Chappell, Madame Onça, Ziah Ali, Kaitlyn, Ayascha, Taaj fi Qalbi
Previous winners of note:
Notes: Competition slots are 4 minutes in length
Website URL: http://www.eastcoastbellydance.com, Serenity Tribal Belly Dance.
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Gem's of the South Belly Dance Competition
Producer’s name: Mina and Mariana
Producers Address:
Locations: Wyndhm – 6345 Powers Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia
1st year held:
Usual Date of Event: April
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter: Professionals $75, Rising Stars $65, Alternative $70, Duet/Troupe $70 for the first three then $15 each additional.
Divisions: Soloist, Troupes, Rising Star and Professional
Live Music?
Judges of note: Alexandra, Fonda Lingue, Mandanah, Marya, Shakira al Fanninah
Previous winners of note:
Notes: Each Category has a time limit and a select number of slots.
Website URL: http://www.gemsofthesouth.com/
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Jewels of the Orient
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Producers Address:contact info: Dover, De,
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Website URL: www.jewelsoftheorient.com
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Personal Best
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Producers Address:contact info:Groveport, OH
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Website URL: http://www.freewebs.com/personal_best/
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Stellar Pro Challenge USA
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Producers Address:contact info:Orlando, FL
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Website URL: http://www.bellydancemasters.com/stellar-pro-challenge-usa.html
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World Champion Diva Crown
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Producers Address:Medford, MASS
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Notes: http://www.za-beth.com/_2012_World_Diva_Crown.html
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Miami Belly Dance Convention Competition
Producer’s name: Nathalie Zarate
Producers Address:
Locations: Intercontinental Miami Hotel 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL 33131
1st year held: 2008
Usual Date of Event:September
Mission Statement: The Miami Bellydance Convention is an event designed to unite dancers of different ethnicities, countries, and backgrounds under one common passion… Bellydance! The MBC embraces the belief that bellydance is a performing art with a legacy of grace, discipline, beauty, and creativity.
Cost to Enter: Soloist $115, Groups $155
Divisions: Soloist, Groups
Live Music? Live music and CD
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note:
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Website URL: http://www.miamibellydanceconvention.net/performances/competition.html
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Rak Star Competition
Producer’s name:Virginia
Producers Address:contact info:Miami, FL
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Website URL:http://rakstar.net/competition.html
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 Belly Dance Nationals Competition
Producer’s name: Lotus Niraja
Producers Address: P.O. Box 283 Dallastown, PA 17313
Locations:
1st year held: 2009
Usual Date of Event: November
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter:
Divisions:
Live Music?
Judges of note: Aradia, Michelle Joyce, Zahra Zuhair, Faten Salama
Previous winners of note:Alimah 2009, Belly Dance Soulfire 2009, Thalia 2009, Shems 2009, Naimah 2009, Gypsy Fusion 2009, Jaycie 2009
Notes:
Website URL:http://www.bellydancenationals.com
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The Belly-Off Competition
Producer’s name:
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Locations: Pittsburgh Bellydance Festival and Competion Pittsburgh Dance Center 4765 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15224
1st year held: 2011
Usual Date of Event: November
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter: $65 for soloist, $80 for groups
Divisions: Professional, Rising Star, Troupe, and Youth Bellydance
Live Music? Live and recorded music
Judges of note:
Previous winners of note: Heaven Johnson 2013, Raqs Saphire 2013, Maria Carroll 2013, SpiralSpiral 2013, Fairuza 2013, Zobeida 2013, Charlotte Louise 2013, Spiral 2013
Notes: 5 minutes in length max for soloists, 6 minutes for troupes, and 4 minutes max for Youth Division
Website URL:http://pghbellydancefestival.com/the-belly-off-competition/
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Queen of the Nile – Ahlan Cairo Nights Montreal
Producer’s name: Dee Dee Asad
Producers Address:contact info:Montreal, Canada
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Usual Date of Event:November
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Website URL:http://littleegypt.com/montreal.htm
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ONLINE

Ultimate Bellydancer - International Online Bellydance Competition!-no longer active-
Producer’s name: Mher, Bellydance.com and Hollywood Music Center
Producers Address:1006 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205
Locations: Online
1st year held: 2012
Usual Date of Event: July 1st
Mission Statement:Ultimate Bellydancer is the world’s first online bellydance competition. We have made this competition free to enter and open to all so that everyone around the world can participate in one single event.
Cost to Enter: Free to enter
Divisions:six categories have been carefully created in order to include everyone in the global belly dance community.
Live Music? N/A
Judges of note: Round one: Online voters
Finals: Amar Gamal, Aubre, Ansuya, Ava Fleming, Aziza, Jillina, Kaeshi, Kajira, Karim Nagi, Leila Haddad, Leila of Cairo, Paulette, Princess Farhana, Sadie, and Virginia.
Previous winners of note:Previous winners of note  (category champions)
Rising Star Solo: Rosa Vasquez
Professional Solo: Laara Laaraisha
Troupe: Orlando Bellydance Performance Company
Fusion Troupe: Mandala DanceWorks
Fusion Solo: Michelle Sorensen
Juniors Solo: Biró Petra
People’s Choice: Kamilla & Kicsi Csongor
Notes: Competition was held one year only. Website no longer acetiv
Website URL:www.ultimatebellydancer.com
www.Bellydance.com
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Belly Dance Evolution Competition
Producer’s name: Jillina
Producers Address:
Locations: Online
1st year held: 2009
Usual Date of Event: Varies throughout the year.
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter: $25 to register for 60 days.
Divisions: Open to all.
Live Music? No
Judges of note: Jillina, Heather
Previous winners of note: Sarah Shahine (Italy), Badriyah (Czech Republic), Jamilah (Poland), Rin Ajna (USA), Sakura (Japan)
Notes: After 60 days another $25 fee to re-register
Website URL: http://www.bellydanceevolution.com/competition-pages/about-competition
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Project Belly Dance-no longer active-
Producer’s name: Cheeky Girl Productions (Michelle Joyce)
Producers Address: Mailing address and contact info
Locations: San Francisco Bay Area, Wash DC, Online
1st year held: 2010
Usual Date of Event:
Mission Statement:
Cost to Enter: None
Divisions: All
Live Music?
Judges of note: Lotus Niraja, Michelle Joyce, Aradia, Zahra Zuhair, Amustela, Makeda Maysá, Roxxanne Shelaby, Dr. Sunyatta Amen, Jahzaal, Rayna Renee
Previous winners of note:
Notes: held twice  in 2010 and 2012
Website URL: http://topbellydancer.com/
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Competition Articles on Gilded Serpent

Competition Strategies, A Judge's Suggestions
Choosing a costume that fits and flatters your choreography is equally important. If you want to highlight your amazing hip work, be sure to choose a costume with lots of fringe and tassels on the hips so the judges cannot fail to see that hip work.

Judging the Judges, Training Judges for Competitions
These are fine scoring points, but there are usually no detailed guidelines for each scoring section in each category, nor strict regulations for judges, which seem to cause some grey areas. Contestants have rules and regulations, why not the judges?

Challenging Hypocracry: A Response to Miles Copeland's Article
The ethical way has been to promote one’s own competition but not to degrade someone else’s.

A Dancer's Perspecitive: 2010 Yaa Halla Y'all Belly Dance Competition
Yaa Halla Y'all is an action-packed, four-day event for all styles of Belly dance: Tribal, Alternative, and Cabaret.

Our Rules: Beauty & Professionalism, Elena Ramazanova Speaks About the League of Bellydance Masters
We had the pleasure to meet with Elena Ramazanova, president of The League of Bellydance Masters in Russia, artistic director of “Ramiza Dance Group”, and a successful dancer and teacher at the open beach party of the Seventh International Belly Dance Festival titled “Expression of the East” in Berdyansk, Ukraine.

Wiggles of the West: One Dancer’s Foray into Competition
In the world of belly dancing lately, dance competitions seem to be the big thing. Love them or hate them, they are popping up all over the country, leaving one to wonder what benefit they add to our art form. In an art form as varied as Middle Eastern Dance, incorporating cultures crossing multiple borders and continents, to what standards do these competitions adhere?

My Winning Experience at Leyla Jouvana and Roland's 1st Bellydancer of the World
Author is winner of the 1st place in the Solo Raks Sharki and 3rd Place in the Solo - Fusion Fantasy Categories

Summer-1999 One Fan's Fun and Frustration with Competitive Belly Dancing
More photos

Judging in Germany, The Summer Festival and the International Raks Sharqi Contest 2006
"It is also an easy out for judges who need to find a reason to drop a dancer’s score…especially if the competition is tough."

An Opposing View, South Africa's Dance Community Thrives
Nonetheless, we are still a closely-knit group–with, perhaps, a handful of people who have decided to set themselves aside from the mainstream of our community. Unfortunately, we find that those are the same dancers who are giving their opinions and critiquing the rest of the community and its dancers.

It Wasn’t About the Trophy: The North Valley Belly Dance Competition in Oroville, Ca. 2006
I have done many things in my life and by forcing myself to have other performers judge my performance, I have motivated myself to step up to the plate and accomplish what I had set in my mind to do.

Notes

2010-La Danse Orientale
Belly Dancing Breakbeats- BDSS

 World Belly Dance Classic Championship
Different locations?
Different times?
http://www.ido-dance.com/ceis/ido/competitions/calendar/2012_366.html

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