“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”

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

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

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

Information, Requirements and Policy

For Solo Competitions:

Eligibility: To Qualify to enter any of the solo competitions you must have signed up to for  the Full 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 props will be allowed are veilks and zills.
Time: 3.5 minutes maximum 4 munities.

NYCairo QUEEN (Two Rounds)

First Round Friday May 19th: A song of your choice; the song must follow the Competition Guidelines regarding timing and style.
Second Round Saturday May 20th: The second round will be performed before our Superstars Gala show, starting at 8:30pm, If you happen to be one of the finalists,  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 May 19th.

Here are the Classic Song Titiles:

  1. Dandana – Mohamed Shahin
  2. Andah Aliek – Mohamed Shahin
  3. Hazihi Lailati – Mohamed Shahin
  4. Aish Ma’aya – Mohamed Shahin
  5. Baed Annak – Oum Kulthoum
  6. Ana Bastanak – Nagat Esaghira
  7. Lissa Fakir- Um Kalthoum
  8. Amal Hayati – Um Kalthoum
  9. Hawel Teftekerny – Abdel Halim Hafez
  10. El Eih Besalouni – Warda

These songs will be recorded tracks and you will be able to study them before the final competition. 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. 

NYCairo Rising Star - One Round

Friday May 19th

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 Group - One Round

Friday May 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. 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:
Group Judging Criteria:
General Conduct:
Important Notice to Soloists:

NYCairo 2023 Winners Prizes

Queen of NYCairo Raks Festival 2023

1st Place
2st Place
3st Place

Rising Star of NYCairo Raks Festival 2023

1st Place
2st Place
3st Place

NYCairo Raks Festival Group 2023

1st Place
2st Place
3st Place

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 2023 Judges Panel

KAMELIA MURAD

MOHAMED SHAHIN

TITO SEIF

JEHAN KAMAL

ALIDA LIN

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