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REMEMBER:  There is *NO* workshop requirement to compete at Bellydancer of the Universe Competition!


If you are entering a 2022 Regional Event,
or the 2023 Virtual Global Event,
you may select any of the categories on this page!



       

See you next year for the 33rd Virtual Global Bellydancer of the Universe ®!

In the meantime, enjoy our LIVE competitive performance events!

Join the Global Experience. One video can change your life!


Instructions below pertain to the 2023 Competition.

You can enter the competition with ANY performance you wish, but, your video is NOT to contain any business logo or visual promotional material, or verbal announcement during the performance.

You may use videos from a stage show, private party, showcase, etc ... it must be edited to the proper time and submitted to the proper category. Your video will be submitted in the category *you* are requesting. Video must be a recent video, and not more than one year old.

Please, you *must* register, pay, and confirm receipt of the rules and important video information in your welcome packet, before your video will be accepted.


       ~ Category Information ~


Applies to Virtual and Live Events!   All categories are open to *ALL*!

To register: please send an email with your legal name, dance name, email address, phone number *and* proof of purchase with your categories and/or style of dance you will be competing in, to: BDUCVideos@gmail.com.

Regional Competition pricing listed on the flyer above.   Global Pricing TBA.

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EGYPTIAN SOLO: ADULT

  2:30 - 2:45 minute routine

Enter to any song you wish, Egyptian Cabaret, Raqs Sharqi, or Megance ; you may use veil as a prop only for the entrance in the Egyptian category. No Props, just bring your soul to the stage!

Choose your own music!!!

No separate drum solo is required....however, it is acceptable to have a drum solo if it is within the musical piece.

This is a BDUC original signature copyright format.
Workshop and Performance opportunities in Southwest Region of USA ; Northern California/San Francisco Bay Area ; Southern California/Los Angeles Area ; plus Global Opportunities pending mutual agreement.


UNIVERSAL AMERICAN CABARET SOLO, THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE: ADULT

  2:30 - 2:45 minute routine

Choose your own music!!!  

NOTE: You *must* follow this sequence in your dance:

1) Enter with a 2/4 or 4/4 rhythm.

2) Go into any slow veil song. Floor work is welcome, but not required.
(No props other than zils and one veil of any kind (rectangular or circular) allowed in this category.)

3) Choose a spicy Persion 6/8 *OR* a hot Turkish 9/8 to add to your routine.

4) Add a Drum Solo.

5) Finish with a Finale!


*YOU MUST USE VEIL AND PLAY ZILS DURING SOME PORTION OF YOUR ROUTINE OR YOU WILL NOT QUALIFY TO WIN THIS CATEGORY!


Floorwork is welcome, but not mandatory.

* Please, NO OTHER PROPS ALLOWED in this category!

If you are finding it difficult to find a 6/8 or 9/8 rhythm, please check out our Music Library.

This is a BDUC original signature copyright format.

Workshop and Performance opportunities in Southwest Region of USA ; Northern California/San Francisco Bay Area ; Southern California/Los Angeles Area ; plus Global Opportunities pending mutual agreement.


GROUP - ALL AGES, ANY STYLE / Group Props Allowed

ALL AGES and STYLE GROUP, 3 or more.

3:30 - 4:00 minutes max. (3 or more people, all ages, any style)

That means ALL ages...! Kids group, Teen groups, Adult Groups welcome in this category, or combine all ages into one group.

Props acceptable.

*REMEMBER: this is a belly dancing competition so you must belly dance during some portion of the routine. Everyone must dance during some portion of the routine, and all enter and remain on stage during entire routine. You may have musicians, but they must participate in Choreography. Props welcome. Open to your creative ideas and efforts.

Workshop and Performance opportunities in Southwest Region of USA ; Northern California/San Francisco Bay Area ; Southern California/Los Angeles Area ; plus Global Opportunities pending mutual agreement.


DUET - ALL AGES, ANY STYLE

ALL AGES - any 2 people of any age.

2:30 - 2:45 minutes max.

Any 2 people of any age doing any style that we offer.

Props acceptable.

*REMEMBER: this is a belly dancing competition so you must belly dance during some portion of the routine. Everyone must dance during some portion of the routine, and all enter and remain on stage during entire routine. Props welcome. Open to your creative ideas and efforts.

Workshop and Performance opportunities in Southwest Region of USA ; Northern California/San Francisco Bay Area ; Southern California/Los Angeles Area ; plus Global Opportunities pending mutual agreement.


DRUM SOLO: ADULT 

2:30 to 2:45 minute routine.

Choose your own music!!!

REMEMBER: this is a bellydancing Competition so please mix Bellydance rhythms and movement with any other rhythms you choose.

This is a BDUC original signature copyright format.

Workshop and Performance opportunities in Southwest Region of USA ; Northern California/San Francisco Bay Area ; Southern California/Los Angeles Area ; plus Global Opportunities pending mutual agreement.


TAXSIM or BELADI TAQSIM SOLO: ADULT

2:30 to 2:45 minute routine.

Choose your own music!!!     ~ Do NOT include a drum solo! ~

This is a BDUC original signature copyright format.

Workshop and Performance opportunities in Southwest Region of USA ; Northern California/San Francisco Bay Area ; Southern California/Los Angeles Area ; plus Global Opportunities pending mutual agreement.


GOD/GODDESS OF THE UNIVERSE SOLO: ADULT

No one under 45 yrs old.   

2:30 to 2:45 minute routine, any style we offer.   

*REMEMBER: this is a belly dancing competition so you must belly dance during some portion of the routine.

Workshop and Performance opportunities in Southwest Region of USA ; Northern California/San Francisco Bay Area ; Southern California/Los Angeles Area ; plus Global Opportunities pending mutual agreement.


PRINCE / PRINCESS: SOLO

17 years old and under.   

2:30 to 2:45 minute routine, any style we offer, and you must follow the same rules as the adults.    You must specify on the Registration Form what *category style* you are doing, and follow those rules.

Example: If you want to use a prop, you must specify on the Registration Form that you are doing Speciality Props under the "Style" field.

*REMEMBER: this is a belly dancing competition so you must belly dance during some portion of the routine.

Workshop and Performance opportunities in Southwest Region of USA ; Northern California/San Francisco Bay Area ; Southern California/Los Angeles Area ; plus Global Opportunities pending mutual agreement.


FUSION SOLO: ADULT

2:30 to 2:45 minute routine.

Fusing Bellydance music and movement with any other legitimate dance form and music.

Fusion Solo = belly dance blended with other traditional or authentic dance styles, tribal-fusion, poly-belly, Flamenco, East Indian, Modern, Improv etc....

Fusion props are allowed if related to the performance piece.

*REMEMBER: this is a belly dancing competition so you must belly dance during some portion of the routine.

This is a BDUC original signature copyright format.

Workshop and Performance opportunities in Southwest Region of USA ; Northern California/San Francisco Bay Area ; Southern California/Los Angeles Area ; plus Global Opportunities pending mutual agreement.


FOLKLORIC SOLO: ADULT

2:30 to 2:45 minute routine. You must choose one of the dances below for your performance. Please do not combine dances

Ghawazi:   Zils Allowed
Maleya Lef:   Maleya is Required.
Tahtib / Assaya:   Multiples Allowed.
Traditional Shaabi
Mahraganat
Baladi Taqsim

Traditional music and costuming are required in this category.

You must focus on the one style you have chosen. Music, Costuming, and Choreography *must* reflect the style chosen.

~ * Authentic Music Requested. * ~

This is a BDUC original signature copyright format.

Workshop and Performance opportunities in Southwest Region of USA ; Northern California/San Francisco Bay Area ; Southern California/Los Angeles Area ; plus Global Opportunities pending mutual agreement.


SPECIALTY PROP SOLO

2:30 to 2:45 minute routine.

This category is to show proficiently and continuously with ONE OR MORE PROPS, same or different type of prop. Props should be used proficiently and continuously throughout the routine in a *seamless* 2:30 - 2:45 solo.

It can include veil (s) (circular, double, rectangular) ; Poi ; Capes ; Isis Wings ; Fans ; Sword (single or double) ; Shamadan ; Tray ; Cane ; Stick, etc.

Can include balancing, flipping quarters, dancing on glasses, etc.

Please specify type of prop you will be using. Any questions, please email us.

This is a BDUC original signature copyright format.

*REMEMBER: this is a belly dancing competition so you must belly dance during some portion of the routine.

Workshop and Performance opportunities in Southwest Region of USA ; Northern California/San Francisco Bay Area ; Southern California/Los Angeles Area ; plus Global Opportunities pending mutual agreement.


CREATIVE CHOREOGRAPHY: SOLO - Open to all ages: Prince/Princess to God/Goddess

This category is open to All Ages.   Everyone must dance to this performance piece. This music *may not* be used for any other category. It is strictly for use for those competing in the Creative Choregoraphy Category.  

2:30 to 2:35 minute routine.   

Let this piece transport you to the movies of the golden era, 1001 Arabian nights, Cleopatra and Kismet.....

Encompassing an oriental fusion feel by blending a melody of old, spiced up with world beat and contemporary techno, this piece allows you to reflect on Bellydance glamour and style of the past with a twist .......or project bellydancing style of the future by blending all of its world Beats.

Open your dance spirit and your mind and embrace this opportunity to express yourself -- it is your creative choice to combine one or all of these ideas and more!

Empower your dance by creating your very own original routine to this beautiful piece of music to present to our Bellydance Universe for all to see.

Note: Arabic Dance™ liscenced by Bellydancer of the Universe® Competition.

ALL Creative Choreography Contestants *must* perform to the same piece of music, to be announced.


Rules for Creative Category 2022:

Props are allowed to set the mood or to enter with.   Props must not dominate the choreography.  Props may not be used during the entire routine.

Costuming must reflect the tone or the mood of your peace and be tasteful and unique.

The choreography must be your original choreography and reflect your interpretation of the music.

This is an exercise in: 1) your creativity ; 2) your self expression as an artist ; 3) your originality in staging and creating a routine.

These are all must haves in the entertainment industry which is where the dance needs to go to maintain relevance in the future.

The most complex creative choreographic, and well-orchestrated piece performed will win.

Props are allowed and there are no restrictions on style ; *however*, it must reflect the fact this is still a belly dance competition.

This is a BDUC original signature copyright format.

Workshop and Performance opportunities in Southwest Region of USA ; Northern California/San Francisco Bay Area ; Southern California/Los Angeles Area ; plus Global Opportunities pending mutual agreement.


HALL OF FAME:   Any 3 solo wins in any category, any year, at any time.

TRIPLE THREAT:   Win any 3 categories at any one event.


PLEASE!! NO FLAME OR NUDITY and NO LIVE ANIMALS IN ANY CATEGORY!
YOU MUST REMAIN ON STAGE DURING YOUR ENTIRE PERFORMANCE!

Good Luck and remember........

"Reach for the moon... if you miss you will still be among the stars!"- Les Brown



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