When entering

This page is information for our participants, should you choose to join one of our competitions. You will not receive further information besides what we have written below before the festival weekend, but should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at mail@DanishOpenBellydance.dk  and we will do our best to help you.

Please make sure you have read and understood the rules and categories including time limits.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Danish Open Bellydance and we will do our very best to give you the best possible experience.

Even though you are competitors during Danish Open Bellydance, please remember that you are also colleagues. Please take good care of each other backstage, lend a helping hand, and endeavour to maintain a friendly and supportive atmosphere throughout.

Good luck to you all and remember to have fun on stage as well as backstage 🙂

Shimmies

Noura and Merrild
Organizers

COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION 

  • Pay the invoice for the entry fee(s). It will be enclosed in the e-mail you will receive from us shortly after you have sent the registration.
    You have the option to pay via bank transfer or PayPal/credit card. All fees must be paid by the sender for any type of payment.
    If we do not receive the full
     amount your registration will not be approved.
    If you later choose to add e.g. workshops, dormitory, photos, video etc. to your order, a new invoice will be sent. But it will help the process a lot if your order everything together (workshops, pictures etc.)
  • Send us your photos
    – One photo in costume (full figure facing the camera),
    – One photo in half figure or portrait of your choice (facing the camera),
    – Groups will of course need to send a group photo with all the participants visible (please stand as close as possible).
    Pictures must be emailed as an attached jpg-file with a resolution of 300 dpi. Please state the photographer’s name or if the picture is private. Please note that it is your responsibility that you have the full rights to the pictures and that Danish Open Bellydance are free to use the photos for promotion.
  • Send us a short biography/presentation (only for participants residing in Denmark – this will be used in e.g. press releases). The biography/presentation must be written in Danish and be between 500 and 800 characters.

Pictures, biography etc. can be sent to: mail@DanishOpenBellydance.dk

If you have participated in the competition before we will find and use a picture of you from a prior competition unless you send us a new one within 7 days after you have sent your registration.

DEADLINES  – PLEASE REMEMBER THEM!

31 August 2022

  • Registration for the competition closes. Registration fees etc. must be paid by this date and are NOT refundble after deadline.
  • Spots that have not been paid for will be open to dancers on our waiting list.
  • Deadline for early-bird prices!!!

20 September 2022 (No later than)

  • Competition participants and dance order will be published on our webpage.

1 October 2022

  • Send your music and information about your music – the name of the piece you have chosen and the artist’s name
  • Name of choreographer if you have not made the choreography yourself.
  • What prop you have chosen.
  • Whether you will be starting your performance on stage or off stage.

Any other information which the organizers should know.

For other relevant deadlines see the full list here

MUSIC
Make sure the music is within the time limit stipulated in the rules. If you exceed the time limit, your music will be stopped.

Please send your music as an mp3. Subject in e-mail should be: Music_category (eg. Grand Diva)_artist name. The e-mail must not contain anything else than the mp3 and the information about the music.

The music file must be named with your name (artist name) and category. To make sure the right music is played when you go on stage, it is very important that you remember to name your music correctly before you send it.

Remember to bring your music on a device for backup.

PHOTO / PROFESSIONAL VIDEO
Please see price list enclosed in the email you get when you enter for prices for photos, professional videos etc. Pre-order can be made to the organizers via e-mail.
If purchased during the competition weekend, the payment must be made in Danish kroner or Euro (if you pay with Euro only notes are accepted and no change will be given back).

Photos
A photographer hired by the organizers will be present.
You can pre-order your pictures, buy them at the venue or order after the festival.
– Please note that the pre-order price is lower than if you buy at the venue or after the festival.
Still photos taken by the audience during the competition will be allowed, though only with the camera flash turned off.

Professional video
A professional video photographer hired by the organizers will be present during the festival.
You can pre-order your video, buy it at the venue or order after the festival
– Please note that the pre-order price is lower than if you buy at the venue or after the festival.
The video photographer is only guaranteed to film the dancers who have pre-ordered.
Video taken by the audience during the competition will be allowed, though only from their seats – they are not alloved to stand up or move closer to the stage for a better recording.

THE STAGE
Pictures can be seen in our Facebook album ‘Venue’.

The stage measures 6x10x1 meters. You can enter the stage from both sides. There will be a fairly steep staircase up before you enter the stage – there will be a railing to hold on to. On top of the staircase you walk straight onto the stage.

The stage floor is wooden – painted black. The stage curtain (background) will be black with the Danish Open Bellydance logo in the middle.
Stage light will be standard for all participants – white front light to illuminate dancers.

The judging panel will be placed in front of the stage for best and full view of the participants when performing.

VENUE and check in
The competition, workshops and Gala show, Open Stage, Bazar etc. take place at Glostrup Hallen: Stadionvej 80, 2600 Glostrup.

Please arrive well before the time you are due to go on stage. Time listed in the time schedule are estimates only and might be changed.

All participants MUST check in backstage no later than 30 minutes before the competition starts.

BACKSTAGE
There will be mirrors backstage, but not enough for everyone to have their own for a longer period of time. We therefore encourage participants to do some of their make-up before arrival.

Backstage there will be tables and chairs for your comfort as well as a cloakroom area with hangers for your costumes and full size mirrors.

Make-up mirrors you will need to bring yourself.

Toilets are available in the backstage area.

Only participants and staff are allowed backstage at any and all times. NO family, friends etc. at any time during the festival.

If you have any special needs, our support staff will do their best to assist you. There will be support staff to guide you and answer any questions you might have at all times during the competition.

When your category is not on stage, we kindly ask you to leave the backstage area. Your bags and jackets can be deposited in the cloakroom. Participants are only allowed access to the backstage area on the day they are participating.

Pictures of the backstage area can be seen in our Facebook album ‘Venue’.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION 

Food 
During both Saturday and Sunday, competing participants will be provided with coffee, tea and water, fruit and sweets in the backstage area. Please note that this is available to participants ONLY on days when they are competing (as they are not allowed in the backstage area on any other days).

You are also allowed to bring your own food and drink backstage.

A buffet dinner can be ordered by participants for both Friday and Saturday evening via the registration form or via email to the organizers. The deadline for ordering the buffet is November 1.

It is also possible to buy snacks and drinks in the café area located at the venue throughout the weekend.  Here you can see the selection and price list.

Participant tickets 
You are allowed to watch the other participants on the day you participate free of charge.

Tables will be reserved at the venue for participants. If you wish to be seated somewhere else, you must buy a ticket at full price via billet.dk.

Participants who wish to watch the competitions or Gala show on the days they are not participating can purchase an entry ticket from the organizers when they sign up .
Please see price list on the entry form or enclosed in the email you get when you enter for the full details.
If you buy a ticket in advance for more shows you will get a special price.
If bought during the competition weekend, the payment must be made in Danish Kroner or Euro (if you pay with Euro only notes are accepted and no change will be given) – no discount will be given.

Accommodation
If you are looking for a hotel near the venue or want to stay at our venue, a dormitory is created especially for participants, please click here for more info.

We have a special deal with Glostrup Park Hotel where you can book your stay at a special price if you mention Danish Open Bellydance when you make your reservation.

PRESS
It is our hope that Danish Open Bellydance will create a lot of positive publicity and the press will be invited to the event, of course.

Please note that it is important for us that it is the participants who are in “the spotlight” and we ask you to participate in any way possible should we be contacted by the media (TV appearances, magazines etc.).

Several press releases will be issued by the organizers before, during and after the competition.

Should you be contacted by the press, we ask you to be helpful – participate in interviews, TV spots and answer any questions they might have about belly dance and the competition. We wish to make belly dancing more popular and get as much positive focus on the dance as possible.

For the Danish participants, a press release to your local media will be sent out containing information based on your biography.

Social media

Facebook 

Instagram: @DanishOpenBellydance

Snapchat: @danishopenbelly

Twitter: @DOBellydance

FAQ

Below you can find the answers to many of your questions. But if you can’t, please do not hesitate to write us an e-mail: mail@DanishOpenBellydance.dk

What is my time limit?
For exact time limits please read the rules for your category.
Short grace periods are given (we will not stop your music if it is e.g. 3.03 and the limit is 3.00 etc.).

Can I get someone to film my own performance?
Audience members are allowed to film the shows during the weekend provided it is done from their seat. It is NOT allowed to stand up and move closer for a better view.
This applies to all competition categories and shows.
Participants can book a professional video and photos from the organizers. The price can be found at the page ‘prices and payment’.

Still photos can be taken by the audiens throughout the shows.

Do we enter on the right or on the left side of the stage (from the audience’s point of view)?
The stage is built especially for Danish Open Bellydance and it will be possible to enter from both sides of the stage. Of course you can also start on stage if you wish.
You can find pictures of the stage on the festival Facebook in the photo-album ‘venue’ and a venue drawing on the page ‘venue’

Can I change the number I go on stage?
No. The dance order is decided by a draw and we do not change that order.

Can I bring a prop on stage during my improvisation round?
No – you will not know the type of music which will be played so it would not be nice to go on stage for your impro to a saidi with your fan veils.

If I participate in more than one category do I then pay entry fee for both?
Yes, you have to pay an entry fee for each of the categories in which you are competing.
The prices and discounts can be found here.

Is the entry fee for groups per group or per person?
The entry fee is per person. E.g. if there are four dancers in a group the entry fee you need to pay is 4 x DKK XX,-

Can I participate in both Tomorrow’s Stars, Grand Divas and Soloists live?
No, depending on your level (and placement in previous DOBD competitions) you will be directed to one of the three categories. You can combine the categories with other solos e.g. Fusion og Tabla solo live.

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