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.



Following the success of last year’s lunchtime presentations, we plan to offer similar programming this year. Proposals for academic presentations, other theatrical-bellydance related presentations, or mini-classes are welcome. We are aiming for a diverse selection of thought-provoking and discussion-inspiring topics. These presentations will be held each day of the conference during the lunchtimes, in the same studios where the main workshops are happening. These presentation slots offer a chance to explore different aspects of theatrical bellydance or related topics, and also provide an opportunity for conference-goers to learn more about each other’s work. Half-hour or hour-long slots will be available; if you have more than one length option for your presentation, please indicate in your application specifically how you would tailor your presentation for each possible time length.

Some examples of electives:

– Short class in a focused technique or style

– Lecture/demonstration of theatrical or performance related topic or specialty

– Presentation of an academic paper/Powerpoint presentation

– Talk/slideshow

– Leading a discussion group on a specific topic related to your professional credentials


1) Cover letter, which should (a) explain your proposal in brief and indicate how the proposal relates to topics or spirit of the conference, and (b) describe your specific qualifications/credentials and experience for what you wish to present (no more than one page, 500 words maximum)

2) A short description of your proposed presentation (as it would be advertised for conference participants on our website; 100 words maximum)

3) Outline of how your presentation will go, including how you would use the time and how much time for each section/exercise/activity (can include 30- and 60-minute outline options if you wish, 150 words maximum per outline). For academic presentations, please include an abstract of your paper or talk.

4) Any technical or setup requirements: please specify what equipment you’d bring with you as well as anything we’d need to provide.

5) A short bio (150 words maximum)

6) Your personal website link(s)

7) Two high-resolution photos of yourself (specifications: at least 500-1000 pixels on a side, headshot or upper body photos with a dark background preferred)

8) A resume or CV, including dates/years/locations of your related professional and/or academic activities

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

Submissions will be evaluated on their substance, relevance, and professionalism. 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.

Presenters are responsible for their own props. The Conference will provide projectors but if any other props is needed, the presenter will have to provide it.

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 presenters.

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. Panel comments will be available to applicants on request after the judging process has been completed.

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!

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