The competition is open for male and female solo dancers.
If the contestant is under the age of 18 the organizers must be informed in advance. It is the contestants duty to inform the organizer of his/her age and present written consent from a legal guardian. Failing to do so may result in disqualification without a refund.
All contestants in the professional category must present their own choreography. Guidance by instructors/coaching is permitted. Contestants in amateur and junior category may present a choreography made by another choreographer. Presenting your own choreography may benefit your score, if the musicality score is high, but it may also be a disadvantage depending on the presentation/understanding of the music.
Improvisation is permitted.
Length of material: For solo oriental, professional categori, the contestant can present a performance of maximum 4 minutes, including intro. For tablasolo the maximum length is 3 minutes. For all other categories the maximum length of the music is 3,5 minutes.
Dress code: All contestants must dress appropriatly in a proper and decent costume. Buttocks and nipples must be covered, and underwear must not be visible during the performance.
Points: Scores are given on a scale from 1-10, where 10 is the highest possible score in each criteria. Points are given for artistic criterias (such as musicality, expression and presentation) and technical aspects (such as level of difficulty, techical ability, posture, transition/flow and synchronicity and formations for groups and duets).
All participants get with the judges' sheets with comments after the contest.
Penalties Deductions: There will be 5 points deducted if
- The music exceeds the given maximum length. The organizer will then cut the music.
- An oriental element contains character style elements that exceed 20% of the music, ie 48 seconds for professionals and 42 seconds for the amateurs.
- Dancer poses in an innappropriate costume
- The dancer arrives late for his/her performance (after second call)
No penalties are given if the music is shorter than the maximum length.
Semifinals: Contestants who are given the opportunity to present his/her solo choreography on stage is limited to ten contestants per category.
If there are multiple entries in the solo categories, the selection of the ten finalists will take place at a joint improvisation / performance to a music piece given in advance by the organizer.
During the competition: All dancers must be ready 30 minutes before their designated starting time.
All participants must attend the prize giving ceremony in costume.
Safety: It is not allowed to use fire/flames/lit candles, liquids that can make the floor wet, or otherwise make the floor unsafe. If using a Shamedan the candles cannot be lit, or electrical candles can be used. It is not permitted to use live animals.

Registration: Registration is done online. The registrationform can be found under 'Registration' in the main menu on the left.
The music must be sent by mail to, or by mail toHelene Skaugen, Hvalsenga 16A, 1900 Fetsund, Norway, as early as possible and no later than 10 January 2019. Attach a photo of yourself.
The music can be given in these formats: wav, mp3. Spotify links are not accepted.
We create playlists for the shows and cd is not a possible emergency solution that night.

ORIENTAL / Belly dance: Based on the classic Raqs Sharqi style and can have elements of oriental folk dances. When using such elements in the music, it must not dominate the performance and can be consist of maximum 20% of the music. Pure fusion and fantasy genres, such as pure tango-oriental, flamenco-oriental, gothic etc, is also limited to a maximum of 20% of the total length of the music and should otherwise be part of the fusion category.
If a dancer uses a madjensi with many folkloreic rhythms the 20% rule does not apply, as long ats the music and dance is used in the oriental way, as the natural part of a madjensi.
Props that are a natural part of the genre, fingercymbals and veils are allowed. Isiswings are permitted if it is not the main focus of the choreography, but used for a dramatic entry or exit.
Music: classical instrumental pieces with possible vocal accompaniment. Modern and Arabic pop, and pop version of classic pieces can be used if the choreography and stage expression falls within the above given guidelines.
- Semiprofessional/professional (max 4 min)
- Amateur (max 3,5 minutes)
- Junior, 10-16 yrs (max 3,5 minutes)

FOLKLORE/Character style category: Based on oriental folk dances and styles that have evolved from these.
The dance should reflect the roots of the genre, traditions, music and costume.
Dances within this category are: Saidi, Khaleegy, Ghawazee, Shamedan, Roman Havasi, Hagalla, Fellahi, Nubian, Eskanderani, Shaaby, Tribal etc. Dances from Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Morocco, Iran, Iraq, Saudi and other dances with Arabic cultual components, such as dances from North Africa, the Middle East and the Persian Gulf.
Props that are a natural part of the genre, like assaya, Melaya, vases, spoons ect, are allowed.
- Semiprofessional/professional (max 4 min)
- Amateur (max 3,5 minutes)
- Junior, 10-16 yrs (max 3,5 minutes

TABLASOLO category: Music where perussion instruments are the main instruments.
- Semiprofessional/professional (max 3 min)
- Amateur (max 3 minutes)
- Junior, 10-16 yrs (max 3 minutes)

FUSION/FANTASY category: Pure fusion and fantasy genres, such as tango-oriental, flamenco-oriental, Rumba-oriental, gothic tribal, Bellywood, Tribal Fusion etc.
- Open class NB! Upon registration each contestant must inform whether he/ she is a professional or semi-pro/amateur dancer. When sufficient entries in both levels are registered the category will be divided accordingly. , participants can present both oriental and folklore. (Max 3,5 min)

Participation fee: NOK 250/category.
Contestants pay NOK 150 in addition for attending the rest of the evenings Open Stage show.
Registration fee must be paid by January 10th and must be paid in full if you withdraw from the contest. All registrations are binding. If the participant is under the age of 18 the legal guardian is responsable for the fulfilment of payment when signing the participants consent.
Payment is made at the same time as registration, and no later than by 10th January 2019.
NO42 7058 0599 522
Bank: DnB
Studio Orient v/Helene Skaugen
Oslo Oriental Dance Festival
Hvalsenga 16A
1900 Festund