Competition

NYCairo Queen

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NYCairo Rising Star

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NYCairo Group

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

NYCairo Rising Star
Intermediate Category
Age: 14 years or older
Less than 5 years of dance experience in Oriental Dance.
One Round
Cost: $65.00
Limited to: 15 Competitors.

 

NYCairo Group
Two or more dancers
Maximum 8 dancers/ group
One Round
Cost: $80.00 first two, $25.00 each additional dancer
Limited to: 6 Groups.

 

NYCairo Junior
Age: 13 years or less
One Round
Cost: $65.00
Limited to: 10 Competitors.

 

 

 

WATCH COMPETITION

$15.00

 

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: Maximum 3.5 minutes. (Our sound engineer will cut out any music that passes this limit)

NYCairo QUEEN (Two Rounds)
First Round Friday April 20th: A song of your choice; the song must follow the Competition Guidelines regarding timing and style.
Second Round Saturday April 21st: 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 20th The finalists’ performance will be just prior to our Masters Gala Show on Saturday April 21st, 2018.
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 songs:
01. Fi Youm W Layla - Warda
02. Seiret Elhub -Oum Kulthoum
03. Mawoud – Abd El Haleem Hafiz
04. Baed Annak - Oum Kulthoum
05. Ana Bastanak - Nagat Esaghira
06. Daret Elayam - Oum Kulthoum
07. Enta Omri - Oum Kulthoum
08. Esmaouni - Suaad Mohamed
09. Anssak - Oum Kulthoum
10. Akdeb Aleak – 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 20th
Music: A song of your choice; the song must follow the Competition Guidelines regarding timing and style. Song time limit: 4 Minutes (Our sound engineer will cut out any music that passes this limit)
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 Kids (One Round) Thursday April 19th
Music: A song of your choice; the song must follow the Competition Guidelines regarding timing and style. Song time limit: 4 Minutes (Our sound engineer will cut out any music that passes this limit)
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 19th
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: Maximum 4 minutes. (Our sound engineer will cut out any music that passes this limit)

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:

  • Participants must wear a proper dance garment, including under garment.
  • Participants must use cover-up before and after the competition.
  • Refrain from discussing the competition results with the judges, all rulings are final.
  • Contestants will conduct themselves at all times in a positive and professional manner.
  • The organizers reserve the right to disqualify any contestant whose behavior is intrusive or disruptive to other contestants, the judges or the audience.
  • Contestants agree to abide by all rules & procedures and accept the judging results as final.

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 2018 Winners Prizes

 

Queen 1st Place Winner
$1000.00 Cash Grand Prize From Bellydance America

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Queen of NYCairo Raks Festival 2018:
1st Place:

  • $1,000,00 Cash Prize from Bellydance America Store
  • NYCairo Raks Festival Crown
  • NYCairo Raks Festival Trophy
  • Full Package to Oriental Marathon Festival in FRANCE
  • Queen of NYCairo Raks 2018 Sash.
  • Performance in NYCairo Superstars Gala Show 2019
  • Bronze Workshop Package to Raqs of Couse 2018, valued $300.00 Sponsored by Randa Kamel and Mohamed Shahin.
  • Certificate signed by all the judges
  • Featured YouTube video on our website for the whole year
  • NYCairo Swarovski Studded bag

    2nd Place:
  • NYCairo Queen 2018 Second Place sash.
  • Certificate signed by all the judges
  • Half Package NYCairo 2019 valued $360.00, 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
  • NYCairo Queen 2018 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 2018:
1st Place:

  • NYCairo Raks Festival Crown
  • NYCairo Raks Festival Trophy
  • Rising Star of NYCairo Raks 2018 Sash
  • VIP Package to Live Arabesque Festival 2018 in Dubai
  • 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 2018 2nd Place
  • Certificate signed by all the judges
  • Class Package to NYCairo Raks 2018, 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 2018 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 2018:
1st Place:

  • NYCairo Raks Festival Trophy
  • Sash NYCairo Group 2018 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 2018
  • 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 2018 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 2018 3rd Place
  • NYCairo Swarovski studded bag for each dancer

NYCairo Raks Festival Junior 2018:
1st Place:

  • NYCairo Raks Festival Crown
  • NYCairo Raks Festival Trophy
  • Junior of NYCairo Raks 2018 Sash
  • Certificate signed by all the judges
  • Vendors Gifts
  • NYCairo Swarovski Studded bag


  • 2nd Place:
  • NYCairo Raks Festival 2018, 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 2018, 3rd Place Sash.
  • Vendors Gifts
  • NYCairo Swarovski Studded ba


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 2018 Judges Panel