Competition

Registrations for Danish Open Bellydance 2017 open 1 Marts.
Registrations closes 1 September 2017 at midnight.

There are five competition categories in Danish Open Bellydance:

  • Oriental Fusion (Professionel and semi-professionel level /Friday show)
  • Group (Professionel and semi-professionel level / Saturday show)
  • Tomorrow’s Stars (Professionel and semi-professionel level / Saturday show)
  • Soloist (Professionel level / Sunday show)
  • Grand Diva (Professionel and semi-professionel level / Sunday show)

The winners of each category will be announced at the end of the show after the category is conducted.Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Rules and scoring – Soloist, Grand Divas and Tomorrow’s Stars: 

Judges 2017: Mercedes Nieto, Khaled Mahmoud, Azad Kaan, Dominika Suchecka and Benedikte Solberg.

Rules and scoring – Group: 

This is an all-encompassing category for Middle Eastern belly dance styles (baladi, saidi, classical oriental, maleya, khaleegi, shaarbi etc.) but not tribal, fusion, or gothic. Regardless of the chosen style, the groups will be scored on the basis of the same criteria. Correct costumes for folklore style.

Judges 2017: Mercedes Nieto, Khaled Mahmoud, Azad Kaan, Dominika Suchecka and Benedikte Solberg.

Rules and scoring – Oriental fusion: 

Both solo dancers, duos and groups are allowed in the category. It is expected that the dancer(s) will perform a routine. The routine must have elements from oriental belly dance. Either/or in the form of movements, music, costumes ect. Examples of fusions could be Spanish/Arabic dance, Gothic, Belly Funk and much more. As long there are elements of oriental belly dance you are welcome to combine all sorts of styles.

Judges 2017: John Rinaldo Jonassen, Inessa Nicolajsen, Benedikte Solberg

Fees and other practical information

  • It is required that all participants who have not entered the competition before send a link to a video (YouTube etc.) or send a Video via e-mail with a small clip of a dance to mail@danishopenbellydance.dk. Shortly after you will receive an e-mail with a notice if you are to enter the competition and in which category. The video can be from a show or a short intro taped in your living room :-). Please notice: If you have competed in the competition before we will use your rank to guide you to the best category (Tomorrow’s Stars/Soloist).
  • A minimum of 3 dancers/groups is required before each category is conducted.
  • Entry fee per person in the Grand Diva, Soloist, Tomorrow Stars and Oriental Fusion category is: DKK 200 / €27.
  • The entry fee for one Group is DKK 200 / €27 per Group member. Also groups in Oriental fusion category.
  • If a dancer enters two categories (Soloist/Grand Diva/Tomorrow Stars and Group) the entry fee is DKK 300 / €40.
  • If a dancer enters three categories (as listed above plus Oriental Fusion) the entry fee is DKK 400 / €55.
  • Entry spots will not be guaranteed until all registration forms and fees are received.
  • Contestants may enter in more than one category if they fit the criteria.
    No entries will be accepted at the door. Pre-registration is required.
    Categories with too few entries may be cancelled.
  • All amounts will be charged in DKK.
  • If you have participated in Danish Open Bellydance before, please be aware that we will use a photo of you on Facebook taken at the competition.
    If you wish us to use another photo please feel free to send us the photo via mail@DanishOpenBellydance no later than 7 days after your initial registration.

When you send the registration form you accept that

  • The photos shot at the competition can be used by Danish Open Bellydance.
  • That you have read the PDF concerning scoring and rules.
  • Registration is binding, no refund should you choose later on not to participate.

Registration all competitions

 

Judging
The judges at the Danish Open Bellydance competition are typically professional dancers. They sit at the front of the audience, facing the stage, and observe all of the dances. Each judge completes a score sheet for each routine by awarding points for various categories. Judges may also write comments on their score sheets or, in some cases, record audio comments, for the benefit of the dancers and their choreographers.

Subjectivity
As in many other dance styles, judging in belly dance is inherently subjective. Although there may be a general consensus that one dancer “looks better” than another, it can be difficult to agree on what makes one dancer a 7 and another a 9 in a particular routine component. Over time, as judges, instructors, and dancers become more experienced with our scoring system, more consensus may emerge.

Therefore the dancer must expect differences in marks from different judges. This range of differences implies that “observer bias” determines some of the marks given by a judge. However, averaging over a number of scores from different judges will reduce the effect of this bias in the final score.

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