7th International ’Daughters of the Moonlight’ Belly Dance Competition for Duets and Groups

Conditions of the competition


Dear Belly Dancers, Instructors, Belly dance Fanatics!


Mahasti Belly Dance Studio organizes again

in 2013


the 7th International ’Daughters of the Moonlight’

Belly Dance Competition for Duets and Groups!



CSILI Cultural Centre

4-6. Nagy-Győri István str., Budapest, H-1201



11:00 7th April, 2013


From the last gala 



This has been the one and only Hungarian belly dance competition exclusively for groups for 11 years.


The biggest and best dance schools apply to the competition but smaller and newly founded studios also attend.


More and more foreign groups attend the competition so competitors here in Hungary are also able to compete in an international field.


According to the traditions the event is international again so all competitors are kindly welcome both from every area of Hungary and abroad!



 Daughters of the Moonlight Competition 2013





1, Adult beginner duet and small groups

Troupes consist of beginners or amateurs above 14 years, from duets until 5 members per group.


2, Adult beginner major groups

The category is for groups consist of at least 6 amateurs. There’s no maximum of members, groups attending with more than 10 persons receive an entry fee discount!


Only those choreographies can be danced in these categories which haven’t been runner-ups before in beginners categories.



Beginners’ categories are open for those competitors whom is recommended by their instructor/master teacher/choreographer (i.e. have never been runner-ups, have danced for a long time but never been on a competition before, their level of knowledge is not enough yet to enter the pre-advanced category), who are not working as performers, who don’t instruct or do not lead a dance school.


3, Adult pre-advanced duets and small groups

Troupes consist of pre-advanced amateurs above 14 years, from duets until 5 members per group.


4, Adult pre-advanced major groups

The category is for groups consist of at least 6 pre-advanced amateurs exclusively. There’s no maximum of members, groups attending with more then 10 persons receive an entry fee discount!


Only those choreographies can be danced in these categories which haven’t been runner-ups before in pre-advanced categories.


Pre-advanced dancers’ categories are open for those dancers whom is recommended by their instructor/master teacher/choreographer (i.e. haven’t been runner-ups before, have been dancing for a long time but have attended a competition only a few times, their level of knowledge is not enough to enter the advanced category, etc.), who are not working as performers, who don’t instruct or do not lead a dance school.


5, Adult advanced duets and small groups   

Troupes consist of advanced dancers above 14 years, from duets until 5 members per group.


6, Adult advanced major groups

The category is for groups consist of at least 6 advanced dancers. There’s no maximum of members, groups attending with more than 10 persons receive an entry fee discount!

Those choreographies can also be entered here with which runner-up positions have already been won by the groups in pre-advanced and advanced categories. Of course it is neither a requirement nor a reason of exclusion.


All duets and groups can enter the advanced category

 - of whom members have won runner-up rankings in solo or group categories at any kind of a belly dance competition on pre-advanced or advanced levels;

- with whom the leader/instructor/master teacher dances together;

- who perform a cerography that has previously been runner-up on pre-advanced or advanced level at any kind of a belly dance competition;

- who, according to their preparedness and master teacher/instructor, possess the knowledge required at this level;

- of whom any member instructs, leads a dance school or performs regularly.




7, Junior duets and groups

Groups can enter this category which consists of children less than 14 years or the average age of the group is 14.



Deadline of entry:

15th March, 2013

The number of duets/groups can only be maximum 38.

The entries are processed according to the order of application unless the quota is reached by the number of competitors (i.e. if the 38 groups apply until the 10th of March, the entry is closed by that day).



Requirements of valid entry:

- filing the filled application form (via email or post)

- paying the entry fee and presentation of the credentials,

- handling the music via email until the 15th of March (in a format of MP3 if it’s possible).




Entry fees:

- Duets           – 4000 HUF/person, 16 Euros

- Groups – 3000 HUF/person, 12 Euros

- In case of free limit payment of entry fee is also possible at the event. The fee will be then for duets is 4500 HUF/person, 18 Euros, for groups 3500 HUF/person, 13 Euros.

- Discount: the fee/person in case of every entering group above 10 members will change to 2500 HUF, 10 Euros.


Every competitor will receive to her entry

- 1 performer’s ticket, with which she can take part of the competition

- 1 ticket for free, with which she can invite her friends, family, cheering people. Of course more tickets also can be purchased on a discount price. With the tickets the audience can vote on their favorites.


- All competitors are free to enter with limitless choreographies if they accept the terms to pay the entry fee in case of every choreography.



Terms of payment:

- Personally at the instructors of Mahasti Belly Dance Studio.

- Via bank transfer. Different bank account numbers are sent in cases of company or private transfers!

In case of transfer please represent the followings in the notice field:

- name of the group,

- the names and number of the participants,

- the title of the choreography.



Time requirements for dancers:

Duets  - 1:30-4:00 min

Groups - 1:30-5:00 min

Exceeding time is only allowed in case of 10 seconds maximum. After 10 seconds the person in charge will mute the music!



Process of the competition:

Registration of the competitors is at the desk by the main entry from 10:15.

Walk around the stage is possible in breaks.

Order of categories: Junior, Beginner, Pre-advanced, Advanced.




Dances are performed in a reversed order compared to the order of application,

that is the the group that applies first to a category performs its dance last and the group filing its application last will dance in its category first.

Arriving is obligatory at least half hour before the performance.


The order of performances will be available on www.mahasti.hu and will also be sent via email to the representatives of the groups.

the order will be placed at the location of the contest at visible places and on the doors of the lockers.




The headcount of the jury will be 15-20 persons, who will score openly from 5 to 20 points.

Competitors will receive shared rankings in case of a tie and the jury will decide about the prices with draw.

Most of the members of the jury will be well-known representatives of the Hungarian belly dance area and the assignees of the sponsors.

An announcement will soon be given out about the jury and the prices.


Main aspects of jurying:

- usage of space, stage-setting

- collective harmony in the group

- communication with the audience

- presentation, visualizing the emotions

- correspondence of style of the dance piece performed with the style of the music (i.e. harmony of the music and the costume, usage of specific steps and movements connected to specific styles and rhythms of music, etc.),

- correspondence of difficulty of the choreography with the technical knowledge of the dancers (i.e. you don’t have to perform an advanced choreo if you’re beginners)

- functional usage of the dance instrument,

- creativity, artistic effect

- costume correspondent to the performed choreography, to the personality of the performers and the meaning of the choreography.


- Performances must contain at least 40% of oriental movements (including fantasy and fusion choreographies as well!). By the lack of this condition the jury will define the piece as „cannot be scored on belly dance competitions” and will not score it.


-       Jury will receive the following data on the scoring sheets:

Category, Name of the school/studio, Name of group, Teacher, Choreographer, Style.



The deadline of handling the music is the 25th of March!

Handling of music can be done by the instructors of Mahasti Belly Dance Studio or via email as well.

All the music will be written to one CD and will be copied to a pendrive as well.

Please keep an extra CD with your music by yourself at the competition.

If the music is handled on a CD then the CD can be taken over after the competition in the technician’s room.





Other conditions:


If less than 4 applications are filed in for one category, then the category will be massed with another one (different knowledge levels won’t be put together of course, etc.). In case of a category mass a previous announcement will be sent.


In categories of beginner and pre-advanced only those choreographies are permitted to enter which haven’t reached a ranking of 1-3 in Hungary, for one of the main aims of the contest is to support workshop work. Choreographies switch one level up in case of previous ranking: ranked beginner choreographies are able to enter in pre-advanced level and so on.


Any new or old choreographies can only be applied in case of mentioning the name of the choreographer (which can be a person or a group as well). In case of a choreographer from abroad a copy of a valid permission or a usage contract is a must.


There is no limit of age.


There is no limit of group members in the group categories for the stage of CSILI’s theatre room is at least 80 square meter.

The background of the stage is black/dark so consider choosing a costume that won’t blend into the background.


There are no style restrictions. You are free to enter with any kind of an eastern dance, it doesn’t matter if it’s folk, modern, oriental or fantasy, dance theatre. The jury won’t compare different styles of groups but takes into consideration the compliance of the style with the one presented on the entry sheet.  The style given on the entry sheet will be presented on the scoring sheet as well. (Raqs sharqi, drum solo, saidi, fusion, fantasy, tribal, modern pop, show etc.)

Revolutionary pieces and traditional, classic dances are also very welcome.


Usage of any dance instrument is allowed, except fire items (because of safety issues).


In case of injury
”Competitors accept and understand with the application that competing might cause injuries. For this neither the organizer of the contest, the location, nor the  visitors can be impeached in case of an injury or any other harmful cause of competing. The leader of the competing group undertakes the responsibility to inform the group on this issue.

In case of sickness or injury of a competitor during the competition, the attendant of the competitor/group is obliged to report the sickness/injury to the contest organizers to be able to call for medical help. Competitors state with the application that they have read understood and consider the terms of contest application to themselves and their group as obligatory.”


Behavior, other advices:

If you’re a beginner competitor, please read the following article:


Of course the article is not obligatory but it is very useful to previously know what the jury will take into consideration.




Organizers vindicate the right to

- change the rules and the order of the contest any time during the competition or to cancel it.

- disqualify a competitor any time during the contest if she breaks the rules of the contest or her behavior harms the reputation of the event, the organizers, partners or sponsors.

- switch and score competitors to and in another category according to their level of knowledge.


- Contestants may not lean legal demands or objection towards prices; organizers do not undertake to distribute all prices and gifts.

- All costs of taking part of the event encumber the competitors.

- The application can be withdrawn and the organizers pay the whole application fee back until the 25th March, 2013. After that date the organizers are not able to pay the fee back.


 From the last gala



Please send your application, further notices or questions here:






We wish you a good preparation, successful competition and joyful dance!


Mahasti and the Organizers


vasárnap, 2013, április 7 - 11:00