NATIKA, 2017 Fusion Dancer of the Year. Photo by Michael Baxter.
Please complete the form below and pay the entry fee through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to pay through PayPal. Just follow the instructions for entering your credit card information. Please be sure to read all competition rules before entering. Registration will remain open until spots are filled. If a category fills, you will have the option to register for the waiting list.
Available Spots Belly Dancer of the Year - 15 Duet of the Year - 5 Fusion Dancer of the Year - 5 Fusion Troupe of the Year - 5 Grand Dancer of the Year - 5 Troupe of the Year - 5
The registration from asks you to submit an optional promotional photo. Requirements are listed. For some helpful information about image resolution and file size, please visit this Adobe Community page.
Getting to the Competition and Checking In The Hillside Club is located at 2286 Cedar Street in Berkeley, California. A map and directions are posted at http://www.bellydanceroftheyear.net/location.html. There is also information about local accommodations and restaurants. Photos of the venue are posted as well. Volunteers will direct you to check in when you arrive. Please check in at least one hour prior to your performance. A detailed schedule will be sent to you the week of the event. Be prepared to hand in to dressing room staff your music on CD, plus a back-up copy. If you emailed your music ahead of time, please bring a back up CD. Please label your CDs and CD covers with your stage name. Flash drives and mp3 players will not be accepted. Please contact us if you have any unusually large props. If you are selected as a Belly Dancer of the Year Finalist, please check in at El Morocco 6:00-6:30pm.
Stage & Prop Instructions Please submit your instructions via online: http://www.bellydanceroftheyear.net/instructions.html. If you are competing in more than one category, please fill out the form for each category separately. Once you click "submit" you're all set. You will not receive a confirmation email. The deadline for submitting instructions is Wednesday May 23. No instructions will be accepted after May 23. Dressing room staff will not accept any last minute changes when you check in. No exceptions.
Checking Out the Stage You will have an opportunity to check out the stage and block your performance before the competition. The stage manager and assistants will facilitate this. It will be first-come, first-served. Important Details
Please be back stage or in the dressing room, in full costume and make up, and ready to perform with three competitors before you. For example, if you are 6th in the line-up, please be ready when the 3rd competitor starts. If you are one of the first few competitors, please be ready 30 minutes before the competition begins. Please don't make us come look for you. ;-)
Please be backstage at the end of the competition. We will introduce the competitors before announcing the awards/finalists.
Do not appear in the theater, lobby, or restrooms in costume or wrapped in a veil/fabric. You must wear a caftan.
Performances must be appropriate for families and children.
If you would like to run through your set, please do so outside the dressing rooms, use headphones/earbuds, and use minimal space.
Please be courteous. DO NOT PLAY FINGER CYMBALS ANYWHERE INSIDE THE BUILDING EXCEPT ON STAGE.
No smoking or alcohol.
Dressing Rooms Dressing room space is limited. Please be respectful of each other. There are lighted make up mirrors downstairs and a green room at stage right. Backstage staff will direct you when you arrive. We recommend that competitors arrive in full or nearly-full make up. You are welcome to bring snacks, however, this is a leave no trace event. Please keep the dressing room space clean an organized. Bring your own water bottle - there is a kitchen on site and you can refill it is needed.
Cancellations If you need to cancel your spot in the competition, please notify me as soon as possible via email.
Music, Scores, and Comments Please pick up your music at the end of the competition. If you do not pick it up, it will not be returned to you after the competition. Your scores will be placed in a white envelope with your stage name and will be available after the finalists/winners are announced. A BDOY volunteer will have them in hand. If you do not pick up your scores, they will be emailed to you after the competition. All comments will be emailed within two weeks after the competition. It takes some time to type them up and make sure they are accurate, so your patience is appreciated.
Video of Your Performance Esther Andrews of Newman Media will film all stage performances at The Hillside Club. An order form will be emailed to you before the competition. You have two options: a DVD for $45.00 or a digital download for $35.00. You can submit the order form directly to Esther and PayPal her before the competition, or bring it to the competition with cash (exact change) or a check payable to Esther Andrews. If you forget the day of, no worries - please try to submit your order no later than Tuesday May 29.
Photos of Your Performance Michael Baxter is the official 2018 photographer. Michael offers BDOY photos on a donation basis. Rather than pay him for your photos, he asks that you make a donation to an organization of your choice. Some suggestions: BreastCancer.org, The Women's Daytime Drop In Center, and ItGetsBetter.org. There is a space on the instructions form to include information about your donation. I would love to track donations and let Michael know how much he has helped raise!
Workshop with KATA MAYA, 2017 Belly Dancer of the Year, and AHAVA, 2008 Belly Dancer of the Year - Sunday May 27, 11am Study with Kata Maya, the reigning Belly Dancer of the Year, and Ahava, 2008 Belly Dancer of the Year! There will be plenty of time after the workshop for a break before the Live Music Finals. The workshop will be at the legendary Belly Dance! Studio in Walnut Creek, California. Workshop time includes a 30 minute break. Bring your lunch or favorite snacks. Complete details and tickets available on the website.
Event Promotion Please help us build a strong supportive audience for you! If you're active on Facebook, please share event details and invite your family, friends, colleagues, and fellow dancers. Here is the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2075740272637818/. Tickets to the competition are available for purchase online via PayPal. BDOY features some of the best belly dance artists in the country, so it's sure to be a fantastic show! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thanks again for participating this year!