belly dance competition

$10,000 in cash, scholarships, and prizes

Competition registration is now open

November 5th and 6th 2022

We are excited to announce all contestants in this year’s L. A. Bellydance Competition will receive a coupon for a 10% discount on our next Tour of Egypt with Ahmed Hussien.

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Ahmed Hussien

Ahmed Hussien is an undeniably iconic figure and a source of inspiration for dancers and teachers alike in the world of Classic Oriental and Egyptian Folkloric Dance. Ahmed’s masterful and dynamic teaching method is the result of his absolute dedication to dance combined with his comprehensive experience in the area of performance and choreography. Ahmed is the ONLY Egyptian Dance Master to have Ballet, Belly Dance, Ballroom, and Broadway experience in his repertoire.

Ahmed Hussien Competition
Ahmed Hussien Egypt travels

Competition Judges

General Hospital

Lydia Look

Lydia Look is a multi-lingual and award-winning actor. She is well known for her current leading role on ABC’s General Hospital as Selina Wu.

Master Arab Percussionist

Issam Houshan

World-renowned percussionist from Damascus Siya.  His credits include Bellydance Superstars exclusive drummer and has performed live onstage with Sting.

Miss Gujarat


Hiral Trivedi has been a professional model, fashion choreographer, and dress designer for about 20 yrs. She has been a cover-page model for magazines like Femina, Cosmopolitan, and Rado watches.

Also, she was crowned Miss Gujarat. India.

In addition, She is an entrepreneur owing her brand of restaurants in India.



Grand Total of $10,000 in Cash, Prizes and

Dance Scholarships

Competitive Categories

  • $125 Winner / $75 1st runner up / $50 2nd Runner up

Overall Competition

  • $1,000 CASH PRIZE for Overall Top Score
  • $750 Overall 1st runner up
  • $500 Overal 2nd runner up

Corps d’elite – the audience choice winner, selected from final event

  • Prize TBA

Non-Competitive Categories

  • Scholarships awards will be given presented to 4 chosen participants.
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Competitive Categories


  • Raks Sharki Spectacle  – Bring your show to the stage! Our Raks Sharki category is lifting up dancers who embody the grace, poise, and personality of true Oriental Dance. Routine may include the use of finger cymbals and props such as veil, cane, melaya leff or shamadan, but will not deduct points if these are not included. Time allowance: no longer than 3:15, no shorter than 2 minutes. Register here.  Registration Fee: $85

  • Drumsolo Royale – Dynamic physical movements with precise musical interpretation, the drumsolo showcases the dancers’ dedication to the details.  Time allowance: no longer than 3:15, no shorter than 2 minutes. Register here.  Registration Fee: $85

  • Fusion – Creativity is the spice of life, and this category is for the dancer who wants to demonstrate a unique blend of moment and aesthetics. May include Mahraghanat (electro-shaabi), ATS, Trans-National Dance or World Dance fusions, Acrobatics, and props like fan veils, swords, poi, etc. Time allowance: no longer than 3:15, no shorter than 2 minutes. Register here.  Registration Fee: $85

  • MENAHT Folklore – Traditional and historical dances provide a valuable connection to the past and allow us to celebrate the vibrancy of the cultures they come from. This category is for the dancers who wish to present traditional or theatrical folklore from the Middle East, North Africa, Hellenic or Turkic cultures. Time allowance: no longer than 3:15, no shorter than 2 minutes. Register here.  Registration Fee: $85

  • Open Groups (2+ members)  – Performance is better together! Duets, trios, and groups of four or more dancers are welcome to present in this open-style category. Time allowance: no longer than 3:15, no shorter than 2 minutes. Register here.  Registration Fee: $65 per dancer

Non-Competitive Categories



  • Rising Stars (14-19yrs, open style) A teen open style category for the dancing youth to share their emerging skills. Time allowance: no longer than 3:15, no shorter than 2 minutes. Register here.  Registration Fee: $85


  • Initiates (non-competitive evaluation form, 3yr experience max) New dancers can take advantage of the rare opportunity to receive professional feedback on their live performance within this non-competitive category. Time allowance: no longer than 3:15, no shorter than 2 minutes. Register here.  Registration Fee: $85
Registration closes 10/15/22
  • Step 1. Fill out our registration form online
  • Step 2. Pay your registration fees online by clicking the proper link below.

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  • Step 3. Please Submit your entries’ music selection. If you require assistance, please email 
  • Step 4. Invite your friends and family to the show. General admission is available to the public and can be purchased here.


Round One

Saturday, November 5th

Preliminary Evlauations

Activities are held at the L. A. Bellydance Academy located at 1644 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90035.  

 – 1:00 pm Mater Class with Ahmed Hussien. Free admission for all contestants. $65 at the door for all other dancers. Order online here.

 – 3:30 Private performance prelims will begin. A schedule for preliminary performance times will be provided by October 25th. This is the dancer’s opportunity to have a technical rehearsal and prepare for the live finale event. We will be filming the performance. This portion of the event ensures that we have your performance details in order, including music, costumes, etc. There will be evaluation forms associated with the prelim. However, the scores from this portion will not be carried over to the final event. Videos of your performance from our prelims will be available for $25

Round Two

Sunday, November 6th

Finale at the Gate to the Mediterranean is located at 16925 Ventura Blvd. Encino CA 

– 4:30 Call time for dancers 

– 5:30 Doors Open to the public

– 6:00 pm Competition Begins – All dancers perform one final time for their final scores in front of our judges and live audience members.

– 8:30 pm Award Ceremony

Catagory Winners

Corps d’elite – audience choice

Overall CASH PRIZE winners circle

– 9:00 pm Live Music by Issam Houshan and Performance from Mosaique Dance Company



Thank you in advance for respecting yourself and others.

Registration payments are non-transferable and non-refundable

Your performance be no less than two mintues and no longer than three minutes and fifteen seconds in lenght.

To be register in our 2022 competition, you must complete this form and submit your online registration payment prior to 11:59 pm 10/15/22.

No nudity, No animals, No fire

Schedule subject to change

See the show!


NOVEMBER 6, 2022

The Gate to the Mediterranean

16925 Ventura Blvd. Encino, CA 91316

Tickets are available and will include dinner. Hummus, rice, vegetables, chicken, and kafta will be served at your table.   Drinks, hooka, and a la carte menu items will be available for an additional purchase.