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.

NYTBC 2016 Submissions NOW OPEN!

We received a couple of questions around the submissions deadline & wanted to clarify for everyone. We are still accepting performer, presenter, & teacher submissions. Applications will be accepted and processed first-come first-served on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply by March 1 if possible, but we will continue to accept applications until our slots are filled. It’s not too late!

Thanks to those who have applied!


SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN ON EVENTBRITE.COM! Good luck to everyone! Please contact Krista at if questions come up for you during the process. We will not look at any submissions till Feb. 15, so you have some time to really look over the criteria on our site and on Eventbrite; after Feb 15 applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis till our programs are full!

***Please read and follow the additional instructions below:

This year we are implementing a new feedback program for applications. You will be able to elect to receive or not receive feedback from the directorial team on your application for a small additional fee per application. This can be short feedback on the application or more thorough coaching on the piece you hope to present. You will receive feedback either in written form or in a live call (sign-up slots will be available with Ranya and Anasma) or in recorded audio from one or more of the directors. Please select desired feedback option at the time of registration so the directors can keep this in mind as they review your application, but you may select additional coaching later if you wish. Let us know which piece(s) you want feedback on. We are happy to offer this option for both mainstage and open-stage applicants, to help you identify strengths and weaknesses in your work and in your applications, and to offer advice on how to further develop your piece.

Also new this year: Applications will be accepted and processed first-come first-served on a ROLLING BASIS. We encourage you to apply by Feb. 15 if possible, but we will continue to accept applications until our slots are filled.

PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS INFORMATION and the details and requirements on the individual submission pages:

Mainstage Performer Submissions

Open Stage Performer Submissions

NEW! Performer-Instructor Submissions

Presenter-Only Submissions

Scholar-In-Residence Selection

If you still have questions after reviewing all of the details, email us at with QUESTION in the subject heading.


(for Mainstage, Open Stage, and Featured Presenters):

To perform and be included in our programs, mainstage and open-stage performers must register on Eventbrite by March 31 for a minimum of one 4-class daylong path or four a la carte workshops, at whatever rate is current at the time of registration, and submit all materials to us (low-res web-quality photos, short 50-words-max bio, and your music file) by April 1. If we do not receive materials by then, we may open up your slot for someone else.

Selected performer-instructors and the selected scholar-in-residence will receive a stipend and complimentary workshops participation; other selected presenters and performers will be required to register for workshops at the rate current at the time of purchase. Limited work-study options are available according to demonstrated financial need and skill set, on a case-by-case basis, but are not guaranteed. Application process for these will be held separately.


The Open Stage Friday evening June 24 show will be a festive welcome event at Ripley-Grier Studios, where our workshops are being held, with the space transformed for a show; we will have a better idea of stage area dimensions and lighting closer to June–this is new this year. We aim to host as many Open Stage performers as possible in the Friday evening show, but we will add slots during the lunchtimes on the weekend as needed.

The MMAC Saturday evening June 25 show is in a large theater setting, marley floor, audience on risers, full lighting (you will need to provide us with lighting cues if accepted, and be available for tech at some point on Saturday).

The Drom Sunday evening June 26 show is in a classy nightclub setting, with a raised stage and dramatic lighting; we will try to have at least some stage time right before the show for out-of-town performers, but it will be limited (providing simple lighting cues recommended).


Performance slots will be filled on a rolling basis starting Feb.15; that is, you may apply after Feb. 15, but please note we will have already begun our selections. If you apply for the mainstage and are not selected immediately, you may be offered an open stage slot or you may be waitlisted for mainstage–this means that we had some questions about what you’d like to present or whether your piece would fit well in one of our mainstage shows, and we will contact you for more information or supporting materials.


THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK!  We look forward to viewing your work.

—the NYTBC Directorial Team
Ranya Renée, Anasma, & Kelley

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