The Making of a Bellydance Competition


STAR BELLYDANCER CANADA COMPETITION is coming to Toronto, February 9, 2014.
The competition starts at 7:00pm, at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club (722 College St).
More info here

The Star Bellydancer Canada Competition is a new and amazing bellydance event in Toronto. Conceived and produced by Mayada and Teressa, this is the first competition of this style and scope held in Canada. Looking at a range of ideas to help promote up and coming bellydancers, they have created a slate of annual events under the SBC banner. In addition to the main SBC competition there will be a pre-event workshop, vendor booths and an evening culminating in a swanky after-party.

Does Canada need a bellydance competition? Mayada says “Yes,” but she also believes that Canadians are shy about competing. Her background in fitness competitions has led her to this emphatic conclusion. Mayada believes that competing is a high stakes goal that will encourage a dancer’s growth and stretch their personal boundaries. In addition, judge feedback, professional development and networking are a great reason to participate in competitive events.

Mayada is the host of Bellydance Talk Radio and currently teaches dance out of her own studio, Fierce Fitness as well as being a competitive fitness model/trainer. Her SBC co-creator Teressa is a dancer and choreographer but has been away from the bellydance scene while working on her PhD. She is so excited to be reconnecting with Toronto’s diverse bellydance community.

As partners and complete opposites, Mayada and Teressa complement each other. Mayada is super high energy and unstructured while Teressa is a perfectionist and very organized. It strikes the perfect balance based on long-term trust from performing together and supporting each other.

It is one thing to have a great idea but it takes a totally different energy to take an idea and create a whole new event. Teressa really enjoys the process of planning SBC, including all the energy, positive support and enthusiasm from Toronto’s dance community. For her, preparing all the different aspects of the event from venue, performers, judges, atmosphere and marketing has been lots of fun.

Mayada is surprised and delighted to have a group of up and coming talent coming from all over Ontario, Quebec and the US as well as some amazing locals that we all know.

Categories for bellydancers are solos in Cabaret, Folklore or Fusion styles and troupe performances plus Overall Soloist Star (top performer from all solo categories). Prizes range from the usual trophies to photo shoots, promo spots in magazines, and workshop opportunities. Limited time slots have been filled (except for Solo Folklore) and performances are kept to 3.5 minutes for solos and 5 minutes for troupes.

The distinguished panel of judges range from diverse performance backgrounds in both dance and music. Mayada and Teressa are honoured to have Roula Said, Sam S, Venus, Nath Keo and Dr. George Sawa participate in the inaugural SBC Competition. They should be thanked again for their support and encouragement of the bellydance community in Canada. Their task is going to be the most difficult of all – choosing a winner!

• Thanks to guest writer Kelly Walters