The idea for this show was originally created by Lotus Niraja and Michelle Joyce while slothfully watching an episode of RuPaul's Drag Race in the middle of the day. The show quickly took shape as ideas for tasks, immunity challenges, elimination ceremonies and shocking twists were inspired by their favorite moments in reality TV.
Pooling resources, the two have made their dream a reality… a reality show, that is. Lotus Niraja’s Belly Dance Nationals (a competition in Washington DC) will be the backdrop for this endeavor. Michelle Joyce has offered up the ultimate prize: the starring role in a Cheeky Girls Productions instructional DVD.
Hosted by the magnetic Tanya of Las Vegas, Project Belly Dance will be full of competition, drama, compelling situations, heartwarming moments, and, of course, belly dancing.
The show is strictly for fun, and any revenue it generates will be put into the production budget. A great many people are donating their time and resources to make this happen. Once it is created, the show will be distributed online in the form of webisodes at no charge to the viewing public!
And just like in your favorite reality shows… YOU will decide the winner through an online vote.
The goal is to give exposure to dancers who might not otherwise have the opportunity to be seen on the international stage. Anyone who has already been featured in a DVD will be ineligible to compete (with the exception of those who have self-produced and have sold fewer than 300 copies). We have recently expanded the rules to allow dancers who have been on major labels to participate if they have been on only ONE production and it was a performance DVD and they were featured for less than 10 minutes.
Of course, there can be only one winner, but all of the contestants will be promoted. Full length YouTube clips of their performances will be uploaded to the Cheeky Girls' channel - plus, their bios and links will be featured on our website. It is our hope that the show will bring new names into the limelight while providing the belly dance community with a fun and refreshing take on the competition circuit!
This year we decided to go completely nuts with the prize package! The judges panel is full of event organizers, workshop instructors, and producers... and each one of them has agreed to add to the prize package. We all agree that we have put together the dream prize and that this year's winner willHere is what the winner will get:
1 - A starring role in a Cheeky Girls Productions DVD
The winning dancer will be featured on a full length DVD teaching in her signature style. Though the producers will have input, the winner will have the ultimate artistic decisions about their DVD. The winner will be flown to California and provided lodging for the duration of their 2-day DVD shoot with Michelle Joyce. They will also receive 100 copies of the final product ($2000 value). The DVD will be released as part of the regular Cheeky Girls Productions catalog and will be sold to belly dancers all over the globe. If the DVD is a success, the dancer will receive additional comp copies (100 copies per 1,000 sold by Cheeky Girls). The prize includes travel expenses up to $500.
2 - Be mentored by Aziza while on a workshop tourThe winning dancer will have the opportunity to travel with Aziza and Issam on one leg of their Dream Tour. This is a rare opportunity to learn about the world of international workshopping from one of the most successful dancers in the world. The winner will have the opportunity to learn about the art of teaching a successful workshop and will be mentored about the business of belly dance (merchandise, contracts, etc). Best of all, the winner will get to meet important overseas workshop sponsors and event organizers. The winner will receive $800 towards her travel expenses and be provided with free accomodation while on tour.
3 - Judge and teach at The Belly Dance NationalsThe Belly Dance Nationals is offering the winning dancer a spot of the judges panel at their upscale, East Coast competition in November. The winner will also be offered the opportunity to be a workshop instructor at the event. She will be offered the same pay package as the other instructors (to be determined).
4 - A free admission ticket to Cheeky Girls Go CampingBe our guest at dance camp! Join Bahaia for a fun weekend filled with dance and hangin' with the girls. There are plenty of ourdoor activities, tons of dance classes, and plenty of opportunities to party or relax (or both!). October 11-14, 2012, in Ingram, Texas.