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Category Descriptions, BDUC 2017

NOTE: Contestants get in FREE the day of their category competition all day, but cannot check in for competition till the assigned time.

The Bellydancer of the Universe® Signature Copyright Categories are as follows, AFTER you enter you will receive a detailed packet with Vital information such as check-in times, rules and regulations so ENTER NOW! Good Luck!

Stage Dimensions
Side A:
203 = 32 feet length x 12 feet deep x 32 inches high.
Side B: 202 = 32 feet length X 12 feet deep X 24 inches high
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NOTE: The Drum Solo, Egyptian, and Universal Prelim music.

PRIZE INCREASE: We have a $1500 prize for the Egyptian Category for 2017!


EGYPTIAN SOLO - ADULT: $1,500.00 cash prize - 3 to 3:15 min routine

International seminar and performance opportunities pending mutual agreement.

Egyptian Cabaret routine including a short drum solo. No zil requirement.

* THE FINALS WILL PERFORM TO A DIFFERENT ROUTINE CHOREOGRAPHED BY YOU, THE 4  FINALISTS.

++ A SPONTANEOUS DRUM SOLO NEVER BEFORE HEARD BY ANY CONTESTANT.

An original BDUC copyright format.

*Clarification: You enter to any music routine of YOUR choice. It must include a drum solo. Finals all perform to the same piece of musical routine, plus spontaneous drum solo.

($100 each)


NOTE: Changes to All Ages Group Category:

ALL AGES GROUP, 2 or more, ANY STYLE - $1000.00 CASH prize - 5 min to 5 1/2 Max Routine.

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

ALL STYLES, CABARET, FUSION, TRIBAL- FUSION, FOLKLORIC, $1,000.00 cash prize and international seminar and performance opportunities pending mutual agreement.

*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. There will be 4 finalists. Re-enact your original routine FOR THE FINALS.

($160 for 2 persons {$160 minimum} PLUS $50 for each additional person.)


UNIVERSAL CLASSIC CABARET SOLO - THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE: ADULT: $1,000.00 cash prize 
(Music Download Available, See Above)

International seminar and performance opportunities pending mutual agreement.

ALL contestants will dance to the same piece of music for the  PRELIMINARY round.

It will include the 2/4, 4/4, 6/8, 9/8 rhythms. VEIL and ZILS (finger cymbals) ARE required and should be played very well during SOME PORTION OF THE ROUTINE but  NOT necessarily the 6/8 & 9/8 rhythms!

*YOU MUST USE VEIL AND PLAY ZILS DURING SOME PORTION OF ROUTINE OR YOU WILL NOT ADVANCE TO THE FINALS.* Please, NO OTHER PROPS ALLOWED in this category! (See SPECIALTY CATEGORY for props only). This format does not necessarily dictate a cabaret performance. It also will lend itself to folkloric interpretation. 

FOUR FINALISTS WILL PERFORM TO LIVE MUSIC NEVER BEFORE HEARD BY THE FINALIST - Improvisational

Finals music will include 2/4,  4/4,  6/8 & 9/8 rhythms PLUS SPONTANEOUS LIVE DRUM SOLO, Never before heard by any contestant.

This is a BDUC original signature copyright format.

($100 each)


CHAMPION OF THE UNIVERSE - $1,000.00 - OPEN TO ALL CHAMPIONS OF ALL CATEGORIES (no fee).

Duplicate your ORIGINAL routine in a championship dance off for an EXTRA $1,000.00 GRAND PRIZE!!!!!


DRUM SOLO - ADULT: $600 cash prize - NEW FORMAT
(Music Download Available)

PRELIMINARY ROUND will take place. NOTE: We are adding a Semi-final round in which 8 of the best performers will get a SECOND chance to impress the judges by duplicating their original routine. In the Preliminary and Semi-Final rounds, you will all perform to the SAME drum solo available online for download. The top 4 scores advance to the Finals with the Improv Drum Solo.

    Cash plus International seminar and performance opportunities pending mutual agreement.

NOTE: There WILL be finals, no zils required.

This is a BDUC original signature copyright format.

($90 each)


TAKSIM SOLO Improvisational category - ADULT: $600 Cash Prize - NEW FORMAT

PRELIMINARIES take place. NOTE: We are adding a semi-final round in which the best 8 performers will get a SECOND chance to impress the judges with their original routine. In the Preliminary and Semi-Final rounds, you will all perform to the SAME improv piece selected by BDUC. The top 4 scores proceed to Finals with a NEW and different Improv piece to perform.

Prizes: Cash and international seminar and performance opportunities pending mutual agreement.

Improvisational category. All contestants will dance to the same piece of music never before heard by the contestant, selected by the BDUC executive panel. (NO VEIL, SWORD, ETC. NO BALANCING, PLEASE in this category).

NOTE: There WILL be finals, no zils required.

Can include belly rolls and floor work. This is a BDUC original signature copyright format.

($90 each)


NEW CATEGORY FOR 2017: 
GOD/GODDESS OF THE UNIVERSE; SOLO
, No one under 45 yrs old, 
$300 cash prize. 3:00 to 3:15 minute routine, any style, props welcome.

($80 each)


NEW CATEGORY FOR 2017:
DESIGNER OF THE UNIVERSE+ $300 cash prize

Bellydance Costuming - Create for ANY of these BDUC Categories: Prince/Princess of the Universe/Egyptian/Universal/Fusion 
(Tribal fusion, poly-belly, flamenco-fusion, etc). More than one design can be entered, provided each design you enter is for a different category. You provide 1:30 to 1:45 minute musical background to show the movement of the garment during performance, with a 25-word max. length description, including name of designer / country / model / and description of design. The description will be read during the performance. You can model the costume yourself or provide your own model. If you have purchased or created a costume of award-winning beauty of any style you could win Designer of the Universe. 

Note: The $300.00 cash prize will be awarded to the person whose name appears on the PayPal Registration.

($80 registration fee per category.)
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FUSION SOLO - ADULT: $300.00 cash prize. 3 to 3:15 min routine

Cash plus international seminar and performance opportunities pending mutual agreement. - 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.

No zils req. No finals. This is a BDUC original signature copyright format.

($80 each)


SPECIALTY PROP SOLO - ADULT: $300.00 cash prize. 3 to 3:15 min routine

Cash and international seminar and performance opportunities pending mutual agreement. 

This category is to show proficiency with ONE PROP. It can include veil (s) (circular, double, rectangular, Poi,  Capes, Isis wings, fans, Sword, Shamadan, Tray, Cane, etc. Can include balancing, quarters, dancing on glasses, etc)

No zils. No finals. This is a BDUC original signature copyright format. Please specify type of prop you will be using. Any questions, please email us.

($80 each)


PRINCE/PRINCESS OF THE UNIVERSE 17 & under, Any style, props allowed, No zil requirement. 3 min minimum to 3:15 max 

$300.00 cash prize
and international seminar and performance opportunities pending mutual agreement

($80 each)


PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD: Vote for YOUR personal favorite by ballot during the preliminary round in all adult categories. 


CONGENIALITY Competition all adult categories.


HALL OF FAME - 3 wins in any category, any year.


PLEASE!! NO FLAME OR NUDITY and NO LIVE ANIMALS IN ANY CATEGORY! YOU MUST REMAIN ON STAGE DURING YOUR ENTIRE PERFORMANCE! YOU MUST PARTICIPATE IN THE CHAMPION OF THE UNIVERSE CATEGORY TO OBTAIN YOUR PRIZE MONEY FROM YOUR PREVIOUS CATEGORY AS WELL AS THE ADDITIONAL CHAMPION OF THE UNIVERSE $1000 PRIZE.

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

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

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