2014 So, You Think You Can Belly Dance? Contest!
Ultimate Belly Dance Artist, 2014
It's a unique competitive experience for the discriminating dancer. This contest is not for the faint of heart! You will be expected to excel in a wide range of styles, dress to impress no matter what style of belly dance is thrown at you, learn new choreography and perform it live on a professional stage, possibly perform with props or improv to live music, and do it all while expressing your charm, charisma, and talent. Are you up to the task?
Auditions for this contest will take place in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino on Thursday September 4, 2014. There is a $50 audition fee that goes to cover the expense of the audition (paying the choreographers & the ballroom).
Twelve lucky finalists will be chosen to compete in the contest (which starts bright and early on Friday morning). These 12 competitors will secure their spot in the competition by paying the $50 entry fee before attending the choreography session at 7am (yes, we said 7am).
The 12 competitors will perform the new choreography on stage in the Friday night show "A Night in the City of Riches." There will be a panel of celebrity judges and an audience vote that will determine the 6 contestants who will proceed to the Saturday portion of the contest.
The 6 contestants chosen to move forward in the contest will be up bright and early on Saturday to learn a new and different choreography (in a completely different style) to perform during the Saturday night in the "Viva RAKS Vegas" show. Again, there will be a panel of celebrity judges and an audience vote that will determine the final winner, The winner will earn the title "Ultimate Belly Dance Artist, 2014" and will receive $500 cash as a prize, a solo dance spot in the Sunday Night Cocktail Party, and other sponsored prizes.
READY TO ENTER?
This contest is open to anyone daring enough to enter, including professionals. Please read the following and then send us your audition fee by clicking on the button below:
- Audition & Contest--Agreement and Release (you will receive a pdf version of this form to sign once you have paid your audition fees)
- Policies and Procedures
- Judging Criteria
Click here for Flamingo Hotel Reservations.
2014 Contest Sponsors
We are so very grateful for the financial and in-kind donations we receive in order to make this contest possible. Please visit our sponsor's websites. And if you are inclined, show them your gratitude by making a purchase. There is so much more we can do together than we can do alone.
- Dr. Samy Farag & Sphinx Records is donating music, prize money, and financial contributions to help cover the contest expenses.
- Candlelight Productions is giving the winner a professionally edited promotional video.
- Raq N Monkeys is donating a custom handmade belly dance sock monkey.
- Stellar Advantage/Shimmy Stuff is donating the tiara for the SYTYCBD contest winner and the Margie Peters Congeniality Award winner.
The following events have offered to let one of our top 3 winners receive a full package to their event.
--Amaya; Albuquerque, New Mexico "Roll your unwrinkled and pressed precious silk veil onto a gift wrap cardboard roll. Once you arrive at your gig, you simply unroll your veil and it will not be a typical wrinkled mess at all! Other dancers will be in awe.."
--Vanessa; Cairo, Egypt When competing, or dancing on a stage area (rather than around tables) utilize the space--but when you do stop in one place, keep it back slightly behind or in the center of the stage. Do not dance on top of the audience... Make then lean in to you. Make them actively engaged, and come to you.