Theatrical Bellydance Conference | New York City

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We wish to bring people together, to allow diverse artists to find common ground and interests. This is an environment where dancers of all bellydance styles can work together in classes, learn together and learn from each other. The instructors, who come from a variety of bellydance genres and backgrounds of experience, will be offering workshops that will have something for everyone; not just focused on genre-specific bellydance technique, but more on universals that everyone can feel a part of, and that you can apply to your own work.



We are looking for unique theatrical acts to include alongside the work of our teachers in two evening productions at Dance New Amsterdam (DNA – and in our opening night concert at a NYC club.

We are aiming for 3-6 minutes for solos and 4-7 minutes for groups.

Past performers selected have included fresh and up-and-coming talents as well as seasoned and established professionals. We’ve been thrilled to introduce exciting work to the New York and international audience at our previous conference concerts, and are eager to continue growing this legacy. We encourage all soloists, small groups, and professional companies that are taking a theatrical approach within our art form to apply. Works may be in any bellydance style or related folk dance or fusion style. You may submit more than one application for consideration, as long as all required parts are included with each application, and a separate fee paid for each. Submissions will be judged by a panel of Theatrical Bellydance Conference instructors. Panel comments will be available to applicants on request after the judging process has been completed.


To apply, please send all of the following to

Please note that only complete applications will be considered. We ask that you consolidate your submission to one or two emails sent at about the same time.

1) A link to an online video ( or of your proposed performance piece or work that is comparable to what you plan to present. Videos must be 3 to 6 minutes in length. Please check to make sure your link works, and include any passwords required if your video is private/protected.

2) A short description of your proposed performance piece (100 word maximum).

3) A short biography about you or your group (150 word maximum).

4) Links to your personal or group website.

5) Two high-resolution photographs (at least 500-1000 pixels per side, black background preferred) of yourself or group.

6) Resume or CV detailing your dance, theater, and performance experience, with years/venues.

7) A $20 application fee. Please visit our online store ( here ) to complete your payment.

Submissions will be evaluated on their originality, technical execution, professionalism, and overall presentation. Completed applications MUST be submitted no later than NOVEMBER 1ST OCTOBER 15th, 2012, at 11:00pm Eastern Time.

1) 50% off any conference package or workshop (at the rate that is current when you register; for example, if purchased by December 1st, rate will be just $175 for full conference package).

2) Your photograph, bio, and website will be included in our promotional materials and published on our website.

Performers are responsible for their own props.

Conference Participation: Part of what makes our conference special is the camaraderie between instructors, performers, presenters and workshop participants… and often these are the same people! Because it adds so much to the conference vibe when we are all working together, we are requiring selected participants to join in at least some of the Friday, Saturday or Sunday workshops. Registration for at least two conference workshops is required for performing soloists or presenters, and registration for a total of at least four workshops is required for members of each selected performing company.

The panel will review applications during the first week of November 2012, and applicants will be informed of the results at the end of the week.

If your performance application is not selected for curated presentation, you will automatically receive priority for an open stage slot if you plan to attend the conference and register by the November 15th early deadline, so you can have an opportunity to show your work at the event.

Submissions should be sent to

Questions about submissions or other questions about the conference may be addressed to

We look forward to reviewing your applications!



Anyone who wishes to guarantee themselves a performing slot at the conference, including open-stage slots, should submit an application (you can indicate if you are interested in open stage only). There will be no open stage dinner shows at our 2013 conference (our beloved Lafayette Grill closed this year). This means that our curated shows at Drom (Thursday eve) and DNA (Friday and Saturday eves), and our closing party at Jebon (Sunday eve) will be the primary performing outlets for all our participants. Additionally, if there is enough interest, we will host lunch time open-stage performances on Saturday and/or Sunday onsite at our workshop location. Featured performers will perform at Drom or DNA. First-time selected performers and groups will be given priority at our DNA shows, but repeat performers are still encouraged to apply.

We recommend that you submit an application by November 1st in order to be guaranteed a performance slot. If there are still slots available after November 15th, they will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Open-stage only applicants should follow the same procedure as applicants hoping to become featured performers. However,

1) a bio of 2-3 sentences is adequate,

2) your photos do not need to be hi-res,

3) and a video link is optional.

Both featured performers and open stage performers must register for workshops, but no workshop discounts will be given to open stage performers. Please see below for the full submissions details.

If you are submitting an application for featured performer, please indicate if you are also interested doing an open-stage performance if we are unable to include you as a featured performer. Applicants who are not selected to be featured performers will have first-priority for open stage slots so that you still have the opportunity to show your work. Also, please let us know if there are any days/times you can NOT perform due to travel or scheduling conflicts.

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