COMPETITION


"Some believe to compete is only to win; we believe competitions can help us uncover our weakness and lead us to a path of self-discovery.
Our true opponents are but ourselves. Setting a goal will help you grow and enrich your skill level through preparing and vigorous training”

Queen Star

NYCairo Queen

Professional Category
TWO ROUNDS

Age: 15 years or older 5 or more years or experience in Oriental Dance.
Finalists will compete with NYCairo live Orchestra!
Cost: $80.00
Limited to: 22 Competitors

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Rissing Star

NYCairo Rising Star

Intermediate Category
ONE ROUND

Age: 14 years or older Less than 5 years of dance experience in Oriental Dance.


Cost: $65.00
Limited to: 15 Competitors

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Group Star

NYCairo Group

Group Category
ONE ROUND

Two or more dancers Maximum 8 dancers/group.

Cost: $80.00 first two, $25.00 each additional dancer
Limited to: 6 Groups

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Junnior Star

NYCairo Junior

Junior Category
ONE ROUND





Cost: $65.00
Limited to: 10 competidors

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Watch Competition

Cost: $15.00
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Information, Requirements and Policy

For Solo Competitions:

Eligibility: To Qualify to enter any of the solo competitions you must have signed up to partake either the Full or Half package in the festival workshops.
In these competitions you are allowed to dance to only one of these three styles; Oriental (Modern or Classic), Shaabi or Baladi, these three styles are not separate categories. Our judges will judge you based on your own interpretation of the style you picked against the other dancers with the style they picked.
Props: The only prop will be allowed is Veil.
Time: 3.5 minutes maximum 4 munites.


NYCairo QUEEN (Two Rounds)

First Round Friday April 17th: A song of your choice; the song must follow the Competition Guidelines regarding timing and style.
Second Round Saturday April 18th: The second round will be with NYCairo Live Orchestra, our esteemed Orchestra will play for you as professional finalists one of the following 10 songs. Familiarize yourself with these songs, if you happen to be one of the finalist, the song will be chosen for you in a random lottery and will be given to you right after you have been announced as a finalist on Friday April 17th The finalists’ performance will be just prior to our Superstars Gala Show on Saturday April 18th, 2020 at 8:30pm.
Once you registered to compete, we will send you a link to upload your music and photo, this link will be emailed to you about two month prior to the opening day of the festival.

Here are the Classic Song Titiles:
  1. Fi Youm W Layla - Warda
  2. Seiret Elhub -Oum Kulthoum
  3. Mawoud – Abd El Haleem Hafiz
  4. Baed Annak - Oum Kulthoum
  5. Ana Bastanak - Nagat Esaghira
  6. Enta Omri - Oum Kulthoum
  7. Lissa Fakir- Um Kalthoum
  8. Esmaouni - Warda
  9. El Eih Besalouni - Warda
  10. Wana Mali - Warda

These songs will be performed by our live orchestra and it is anticipated that no two live orchestras will play the same song exactly the same, therefore, with that in mind it is also important that you anticipate that the song will not be played exactly as any recorded version you may have practice to, it is your responsibility to adjust to our orchestra and let your expertise and professionalism shine through. As a professional your entire performance will be studied by our judges, in addition to the criteria mentioned bellow, there is also major emphasize on how you interact with the musicians and live music.


NYCairo Rising Star - One Round

Friday April 17th

Music: A song of your choice; the song must follow the Competition Guidelines regarding timing and style.
Time: 3.5 munites maximum 4 Minutes.
Once you registered to compete, we will send you a link to upload your music and photo, this link will be emailed to you about two month prior to the opening day of the festival.
Winners Announcement: The announcement will take place the same night of the competition.


NYCairo Junior - One Round

Thursday April 16th

Music: A song of your choice; the song must follow the Competition Guidelines regarding timing and style.
Time: 3.5 munites maximum 4 Minutes.
Once you registered to compete, we will send you a link to upload your music and photo, this link will be emailed to you about two month prior to the opening day of the festival.
Winners Announcement: The announcement will take place the same night of the competition.
Attention Parents and Guardians: Make sure your kid is dressed age appropriate, two piece costume is ok but please be mindful of the costuming choices.


NYCairo Group - One Round

Thursday April 16th

Must consist of Two or more dancers, and no more than 8 dancers. There is no time experience required. Free Style as long as related to Oriental Dance, This could be Oriental, Folklore or Oriental Fusion.
Participants in the groups of Two Dancers only, each dancer must have signed to partake in a Full or 1⁄2 package at the festival.
Participants in the Group competition of Three or more dancers, each dancer must have signed up for at least Two workshops in order for the group to be qualified to enter the competition.
Free Style as long as related to Oriental Dance, This could be Oriental, Folklore or Oriental Fusion.
Props: All allowed
Time: 3.5 munites maximum 4 Minutes


Soloist Judging Criteria:
  • Choreography / Musical interpretation.
  • Technique / use of stage.
  • Stage presence / Make up / Hair.
  • Appropriate costuming / style.
  • Feelings and expression.
Group Judging Criteria:
  • Choreography / Musical interpretation.
  • Synchronization.
  • Technique / use of stage.
  • Stage presence / Make up / Hair.
  • Appropriate costuming / style.
  • Feelings and expression

General Conduct:


Important Notice to Soloists:

The organizers hold each competitor responsible for the information they provide. Organizers are not obligated to check the background of any competitor, therefore, please take note that failure to adhere to the above requirements and at the discretion of the organizers only, participant may disqualify to be permitted into the competition and any winnings and title may be stripped at any time during or after the festival.

NYCairo 2020 Winners Prizes

Queen Winner

Queen 1st Place Winner
- Original Mejanse Awarded by Bellydance America -

ONLY DONE AT NYCAIRO RAKS FESTIVAL!

The First-Place Winner Of Queen Category Competition
Incredible First Prize:

ORIGINAL MEJANSE

This Original Majanse will be composed and recorded in Cairo Egypt, especially for the winner, by some of the most talented musicians and singers the Arab world has to offer, under the watchful eyes of Master teacher Mohamed Shahin.

This music will have the Queen winner’s name mentioned in the song and will completely be owned by the winner with all Copy Right protections.

Queen of NYCairo Raks Festival 2020

1st Place
  • NYCairo Raks Festival Crown.
  • NYCairo Raks Festival Trophy.
  • Bronze Workshop Package to Raqs of Couse 2020, valued $300.00 Sponsored by Randa Kamel and Mohamed Shahin.
  • Queen of NYCairo Raks 2020 Sash.
  • Performance in NYCairo Superstars Gala Show 2021.
  • Certificate signed by all the judges.
  • Featured YouTube video on our website for the whole year.
  • NYCairo Swarovski Studded bag.

2nd Place
  • NYCairo Queen 2020 Second Place Sash.
  • Certificate signed by all the judges.
  • Half Package NYCairo 2021 valued $360.00, sponsored by Mohamed Shahin & Bellydance America.
  • NYCairo Swarovski Studded bag

3rd Place
  • Certificate signed by all the judges.
  • NYCairo Queen 2020 3rd Place Sash.
  • $100.00 Gift Certificate by Bellydance America.
  • Collection of CD's and DVD’s by Bellydancestore.com
  • NYCairo Swarovski Studded bag.

Rising Star of NYCairo Raks Festival 2020

1st Place
  • NYCairo Raks Festival Crown.
  • NYCairo Raks Festival Trophy.
  • Rising Star of NYCairo Raks 2020 Sash.
  • NYCairo Raks Festival Half Package 2021.
  • Bellydance costume provided by Mdm Eman Zaki.
  • Certificate signed by all the judges.
  • Featured YouTube video on our website for the whole year.
  • NYCairo Swarovski Studded bag.

2nd Place
  • Sash NYCairo Rising Star 2020 2nd Place.
  • Certificate signed by all the judges.
  • Class Package to NYCairo Raks 2021, valued $150.00, sponsored by Mohamed Shahin & Bellydance America.
  • Collection of Jehan Kamal and Mohamed Shahin DVD and CD set.
  • NYCairo Swarovski Studded bag.

3rd Place
  • Certificate signed by all the judges.
  • Sash NYCairo Rising Star 2020 3rd Place.
  • $100.00 Gift Certificate by Bellydance America.
  • Collection of CD's and DVD's by Mohamed Shahin.
  • NYCairo Swarovski Studded bag.

NYCairo Raks Festival Group 2020

1st Place
  • NYCairo Raks Festival Trophy
  • Sash NYCairo Group 2020 1st Place.
  • Saidi or Baladi costume dresses for each member.
  • One Certificate signed by all the judges to be given to group leader.
  • One free workshop for each dancer in NYCairo 2021.
  • NYCairo Swarovski Studded bag for each dancer.

2nd Place
  • One Certificate signed by all the judges to be given to group leader.
  • Sash NYCairo Group 2020 2nd Place.
  • NYCairo Swarovski studded bag for each dancer.
  • Vendor’s Gifts

3rd Place
  • One Certificate signed by all the judges to be given to group leader.
  • Sash NYCairo Group 2020 3rd Place.
  • NYCairo Swarovski studded bag for each dancer.

NYCairo Raks Festival Junior 2020

1st Place
  • NYCairo Raks Festival Crown.
  • NYCairo Raks Festival Trophy.
  • Junior of NYCairo Raks 2020 Sash.
  • Certificate signed by all the judges.
  • Vendors Gifts.
  • NYCairo Swarovski Studded bag

2nd Place
  • NYCairo Raks Festival 2020, 2nd Place Sash.
  • Certificate signed by all the judges.
  • Vendors Gifts.
  • NYCairo Swarovski Studded bag.

3rd Place
  • Certificate signed by all the judges.
  • NYCairo Raks Festival 2020, 3rd Place Sash.
  • Vendors Gifts.
  • NYCairo Swarovski Studded bag.

Constructive Criticism

Upon request contestants will be provided by the judges of their general comments regarding their show. These comments will highlight the good qualities as well as the qualities that need to be improved upon.

NYCairo Raks Festival 2020 Judges Panel

Randa Kamel

Randa Kamel

Khaled Mahmoud

Khaled Mahmoud

Mohamed Sahin

Mohamed SHahin

Sahar Samara

Sahar Samara

Oxana Bazaeva

Oxana Bazaeva

Jehan Kamal

Jehan Kamal

Pablo Acosta

Pablo Acosta

Alida Lin

Alida Lin

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