Categories

Professional Oriental Solo:
This category is for professional bellydancers. Turkish, Egyptian, Lebanese, Gulf, and/or American cabaret style performance. The use of props is optional. Props are welcome but limited to two types. Use of props should be limited to 50% of the total performance time. Musicality and technique points could be affected by the proper or improper use of props such as cane, sword, zills, shamedan, Turkish spoons, veil, etc. Music should be of Middle Eastern origin. Contestant should wear professional costume and it should be appropriate for chosen music and style.

Professional Oriental Ensemble:
This category is for professional bellydancers. Turkish, Egyptian, Lebanese, Gulf, and/or American cabaret style performance. Up to 8 eight members are allowed in the group. All members of the group should be dancing at all times during the performance. Music should be of Middle Eastern origin. Props are optional. Musicality and technique points could be affected by the proper or improper use of props. Use of props should be limited to 50% of the total performance time. Props are welcome but limited to two. All dancers need not use the props. Costuming does not need to match but should adequately represent the style of dance being performed.

Fusion Solo:
Dance should be a blend of bellydance with other forms of dance. 50% of the performance should use movement from the bellydance vocabulary. Middle Eastern music is not required for this genre.  Nor does the dance need to traditionally reflect the music if Middle Eastern rhythms or instruments are present. Dancers should be judged on their ability to execute bellydance movement, cleverly blend bellydance with other types of dance, choreograph and express the music of their choice adequately.  Props are optional.Musicality and technique points could be affected by the proper or improper use of props. Use of props should be limited to 50% of the total performance time. Props are welcome but limited to two.

Fusion Ensemble:
Dance should be a blend of bellydance with other forms of dance. 50% of the performance should use movement from the bellydance vocabulary. Up to 8 eight members are allowed in the group. All members of the group should be dancing at all times during the performance.  Music does not need to be of Middle Eastern origin.  Nor does the dance need to traditionally reflect the music if Middle Eastern rhythms or instruments are present. Props are welcome but limited to two types per performance. All dancers need not use the props. Use of props should be limited to 50% of the total performance time.  Musicality and technique points could be affected by the proper or improper use of props. Costuming does not need to match but should adequately represent the music.

Non-professional Oriental Solo:
This category is for non-professional bellydancers. Turkish, Egyptian, Lebanese, Gulf, and/or American cabaret style performance. The use of props is optional. Props are welcome but limited to two. Use of props should be limited to 50% of the total performance time. Musicality and technique points could be affected by the proper or improper use of props such as cane, sword, zills, shamedan, Turkish spoons, veil, etc. Music should be of Middle Eastern origin. Contestant should wear professional costume and it should be appropriate for chosen music and style.

Non-professional Oriental Ensemble:
This category is for non-professional bellydancers.  Turkish, Egyptian, Lebanese, Gulf, and/or American cabaret style performance. Up to 8 eight members are allowed in the group. All members of the group should be dancing at all times during the performance.  Music should be of Middle Eastern origin. Props are welcome but limited to two types per performance. All dancers need not use the props. Use of props should be limited to 50% of the total performance time.  Musicality and technique points could be affected by the proper or improper use of props. Costuming does not need to match but should adequately represent the style of dance being performed.

JUDGING CRITERIA

1. Ability & Technique:
Execution of bellydance movements including isolations, shimmies, footwork, arms and hands, frame, grace and fluidity.

2. Musicality & Rhythm:
How well the dancer expresses the music’s rhythm, melody, and mood in the dance. Clear understanding of Middle Eastern rhythms and instrumentation (if applicable).

3. Personality & Stage Presence:
Facial expression, gestures, audience engagement, star quality onstage.

4. Costuming & Appearance:
Appropriateness of costuming as related to the music and style of bellydance performed.

5. Creativity & Originality:
Clever or interesting use of movement, timing, mood, props.  Overall impact of choreography.

6. Choreography:
Use of the stage as related to the music, variety of movement and footwork.

Video submissions start: July 16, 2015
Deadline for video submission: August 16, 2015
Top finalists will be announced on the website and through email on: August 22, 2015
TIBC Live Finals: Sept 12, 2015