2014 Rules, Regulations, and Guidelines


Schedule

Saturday, May 24
11am - BDOY Workshop at Radiance
6:30pm - Belly Dancer of the Year and Tribal Soloist of the Year

Sunday, May 25
12:30pm - Duet, Grand Dancer, Tribal Ensemble, and Troupe
7pm - Gala Show & Celebration at Radiance


General Guidelines

Acknowledgment, Liability, and Release
Please take some time to read the General Liability, Acknowledgement, and Releases before registering to compete. All competitors, including each member of every duet, trio, troupe, and ensemble, will be required to sign a hard copy upon checking in at the competition.

Notice to All Participants:
Please be advised that you are participating in the 2014 Belly Dancer of the Year Competition (hereinafter, “BDOY”) at your own risk. You are solely responsible for any and all expenses related to injuries and/or loss or damage of personal property incurred in connection with your participation in BDOY.

Acknowledgement and Releases:
By signing this document, I acknowledge that I am participating in BDOY at my own will and at my own risk.

I represent that I am in good health and am physically able to participate in BDOY. Should I be injured during BDOY, I hereby grant permission to BDOY and its officials to arrange for my transportation to a hospital and/or administer immediate first aid as deemed necessary.

I agree to hold El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Center, West Contra Costa Unified School District, Belly Dancer of the Year, its directors, officers, employees, representatives, and agents harmless from and against any and all claims, losses, damages, expenses (including attorneys’ fees and all court and litigation costs) and liability resulting from injury of any person or damage to or loss of any property arising out of my participation, or lack thereof, in BDOY.

I hereby authorize Belly Dancer of the Year to use my name and/or likeness, by way of photograph and/or résumé, to publicize BDOY in any manner deemed appropriate by BDOY officials.

I acknowledge and agree that any videos and/or motion pictures taken of me by BDOY officials during or in connection with BDOY, whether captured by way of film, or digital media, are the irrevocable and exclusive property of Belly Dancer of the Year. I agree that digital photographs taken of me by the authorized BDOY photographer will be non-exclusively licensed to both me and to Belly Dancer of the Year. I further consent that the scope of allowed uses is limited to no use whatsoever involving the slandering of any person or party.


Age & Gender
There are no gender restrictions. At the time of performance, competitors in the Grand Dancer category must be 50 years of age. At the time of performance, competitors in all other categories must be 16 years of age. There is no age maximum.

Competition Entry Fees
Entry fees must be paid through PayPal. Please note that we no longer accept checks for entry fees. Please see the category descriptions below for entry fee amounts. If you are unable to pay the entry fees via PayPal, please email us to make other arrangements. Competitors may withdraw within seven (7) days after registering and receive a full refund of entry fees. After seven (7) days, there will be no refunds of entry fees, however, you may apply your fees to another category.

Judges
A panel of distinguished judges (10 minimum) is selected by BDOY Officials and includes solo dancers, troupe dancers, and musicians. Judges are selected to reflect the style of dance that they are judging. We do not allow competitors to sit on the judging panel for categories they are not competing in. All BDOY judges remain anonymous. This is critical to maintaining the fairness and integrity of the competition. If you approach a judge, score keeper, or BDOY volunteer and request information regarding the identity of the judges, you will be disqualified and/or stripped of your title. Decisions made by the judging panel are final and may not be appealed. The judging panel is announced on or before April 1 and listed on the Judges page.

Scoring
Each judge will be score each performance on six different criteria on a scale of 1-10. There are only whole points, no half points. The highest and lowest overall scores will be dropped. The judges also have the opportunity to provide comments about each performance.

Music: Technical Requirements
All competitors must bring their music on a CD with a second back-up CD. Flash drives and mp3 players will not be accepted. Any fading of music must be done on the CD. Please remember to "normalize" all tracks and "finalize" your CDs.

Music: Genre Requirements
Music genre requirements are now based on the style you are performing. Please see the requirements in the category descriptions below and read the judging guidelines carefully. The guidelines are listed on the Judges page. All categories will be judges on music choice.

Performance Standard
All performances must be family and child appropriate. If your performance is deemed inappropriate, the lights and your music will be faded out. You will be disqualified and we will introduce the next competitor.

Photos & DVD of Your Performance
The authorized BDOY photographer will take multiple photos of each performance and you may obtain a copy of your photos on disk. Each performance will also be recorded on DVD by an authorized BDOY videographer. We will send you details about ordering photos and DVDs closer to the event. No additional photography or videography is allowed during the event.

Props
No fire or incense is allowed in the theater or building. Solo categories may not include a second person. Musical instruments may be used, however, the musician(s) must also dance. Belly Dancer of the Year Pageant, Belly Dance!, Leea Aziz, El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Center, The West Contra Costa county Unified School District, and the City of El Cerrito are not responsible for personal items that may be lost or stolen.

Stage Dimensions & Layout
Dimensions and details about the theater stage: ECHS Stage Layout (pdf)

Tickets
Competitors are not required to purchase a ticket for the segment of the show in which they are performing but will need to purchase tickets for any other segments.

Timing
Each performance will be timed by stopwatch. Any dancer(s) not ready to perform when announced will be disqualified. Time commences with the start of the music and ends when the dancer(s) exits the stage or the music stops, whichever comes last. There is a penalty for every second a performance exceeds the time limits.


Categories

Belly Dancer of the Year
Time Limits: 7 minutes maximum
Entry Fee: $100.00

This is a solo category open to dancers whose work is rooted in dances from the countries and regions belly dance is from. This includes, but is not limited to, Egypt, Lebanon, and Turkey, as well as American cabaret styles developed in the United States. Folkloric forms from these regions also fall into this category. Competitors must use Middle Eastern or North African music, or music that is clearly inspired by the region. The winner is required to dance in the BDOY Gala at Radiance on Sunday evening. The length of performance is the winner's choice. The winner is also invited to return the following year to judge the competition and teach in the BDOY Workshop. There is no longer a preliminaries round for this category.

Duet of the Year
Time Limit: 8 minutes maximum
Entry Fee: $120.00

This category is open to duets whose work is rooted in dances from the countries and regions belly dance is from. This includes, but is not limited to, Egypt, Lebanon, and Turkey, as well as American cabaret styles developed in the United States. Folkloric forms from these regions also fall into this category. Two dancers must be dancing at all times. Normal breaks between dance numbers are permitted. Solos are not permitted in this category. Competitors must use Middle Eastern or North African music, or music that is clearly inspired by the region.

Grand Dancer of the Year
Time Limit: 6 minutes maximum
Entry Fee: $100.00
Age Requirement : at least 50 years of age at the time of performance

This is a solo category open to dancers whose work is rooted in dances from the countries and regions belly dance is from. This includes, but is not limited to, Egypt, Lebanon, and Turkey, as well as American cabaret styles developed in the United States. Folkloric forms from these regions also fall into this category. This category is also open to dancers who perform American Tribal Style, Improvisational Tribal Style, and Tribal Fusion belly dance. Dancers who perform cabaret, folkloric, raks sharki, etc., must use Middle Eastern or North African music, or music that is clearly inspired by the region. Competitors who perform ATS, ITS, and Tribal Fusion may use any music they deem appropriate to their performance.

Troupe of the Year
Time Limit: 9 minutes maximum
Entry Fee: $140.00 for the first 3 dancers and $20 for each additional dancer

This category is open to troupes whose work is rooted in dances from the countries and regions belly dance is from. This includes, but is not limited to, Egypt, Lebanon, and Turkey, as well as American cabaret styles developed in the United States. Folkloric forms from these regions also fall into this category. At least three dancers must be on stage at all times during the performance. No solos or duets are permitted in this category. Not all the dancers on the stage must be dancing at any given time. Normal breaks between dance numbers are permitted. Musical instruments may be played, but musicians must also perform as dancers. Competitors must use Middle Eastern or North African music, or music that is clearly inspired by the region.

Tribal Soloist of the Year
Time Limit: 7 minutes maximum
Entry Fee: $100.00

This is a new solo category open to dancers who perform American Tribal Style, Improvisational Tribal Style, and Tribal Fusion belly dance. Competitors may use any music they deem appropriate to their performance.The winner is required to dance in the BDOY Gala Show at Radiance on Sunday evening. The length of performance is the winner's choice. The winner is also invited to return the following year to judge the competition.

Tribal Ensemble of the Year
Time Limit: 9 minutes maximum
Entry Fee: $120.00 for the first 2 dancers and $20 for each additional dancer

This is a new group category open to dancers who perform American Tribal Style, Improvisational Tribal Style, and Tribal Fusion belly dance. At least two dancers must be on stage at all times. No solos are permitted in this category. Not all dancers must be dancing on stage at any given time. Normal breaks between dance numbers are permitted. Musical instruments may be played, but musicians must also perform as dancers. Competitors may use any music they deem appropriate to their performance.


Awards

Belly Dancer of the Year
Winner - $500, Trophy, Invited to Judge* and Teach a Workshop at 2015 BDOY
1st Runner Up - Trophy
2nd Runner Up - Trophy
3rd RunnerUp - Trophy
4th Runner Up - Trophy

Tribal Soloist of the Year
Winner - $500, Trophy, Invited to Judge* at 2015 BDOY
1st Runner Up - Trophy
2nd Runner Up - Trophy

Troupe of the Year
Winner - $250, Trophy, Invited to Perform at 2015 BDOY
1st Runner Up - Trophy
2nd Runner Up - Trophy

Tribal Ensemble of the Year
Winner - $250 and Trophy
1st Runner Up - Trophy
2nd Runner Up - Trophy

Duo/Trio of the Year
Winner - $250 and Trophy
1st Runner Up - Trophy
2nd Runner Up - Trophy

Grand Dancer of the Year
Winner - $250 and Trophy
1st Runner Up - Trophy
2nd Runner Up - Trophy



* In the interest of fairness and integrity, dancers will not be accepted as judges for some categories if they are competing in others.