Our advice to you: “Don’t try to be perfect. Just try to be better than you were yesterday.” We believe competitions offer you a great way to evolve. They help you discover your strengths and weaknesses, so that you can use this knowledge to your best advantage. Competitions allow you to set a goal and grow with it!

Competition “Rising Belly Dance Star” of Roses of the Orient Festival

Category “Princess”: Oriental solo for dancers up to 18 years old
Category “Queen”: Oriental solo for adults

On 17 March 2018 from 18:00 at top 12 dancers for both categories will compete in the finals of the Rising Star competition of Roses of the Orient Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Competition will take place on the same theater stage as the Open Stage and the evening Gala Show.

Interested dancers should apply and will be informed, if selected for the finals.

Application: Per email with a YouTube link and a short bio to
Possible Styles: Raqs Sharki, Baladi, Tarab, Lyrical
Length: Up to 4 minutes
Variations: It is allowed to include up to 1 minute tabla solo in your performance, as well as up to 1 minute usage of an accessory (veil, Isis wings, zills, or the like).


  • Written notification via email to with video and short bio
  • Participation in at least 3 workshops in the festival
  • Ticket for the evening Gala Show
  • Entry fee: 25 €
  • Application deadline: 1 Feb 2017

The result of the pre-selection will be announced on 10 Feb 2017

Only after you have been selected, would you need to make the workshop booking and transfer the entry fee.


Your entry will be judged on the following points:

  • Choreography – choreographer needs to be named beforehand
  • Oriental hip technique
  • Full body technique
  • Musicality
  • Stage presence
  • Style interpretation / Expression
  • Presentation (Costume, Makeup, Jewelry)


The results from the competition will be announced at the beginning of the Gala Show. There would be cups, signed certificates and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in both categories. All allowed participants will get diplomas for reaching the finals of the “Rising Belly Dance Star” competition. Your points and notes from the jury will be given to you right after the winners announcements.


Maria Aya (Greece)
Izida Raqs (Germany/Bulgaria)
Asha (Germany/Poland)
Anjela Atanasova (Bulgaria)
Vanya Petrova (Bulgaria)
Nevena Tacheva (Bulgaria)


Roses of the Orient Belly Dance Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria by Nevena Tacheva
From Nevena Tacheva, The Land of Roses BD School & Roses of the Orient Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria
* The 1st place winners in both categories will be performing in the evening Gala Show
* one free workshop participation during the Roses of the Orient Festival the following year
* free gala show ticket for the Roses of the Orient Festival the following year
* one more free workshop participation in any workshop in the numerous events in 2018 in the The Land of Roses BD School
* one free private lesson (couching) with Nevena in her private studio in Sofia or online over Skype

Zaghareet Festival in Italy by Amira Perizad
From our sponsor Amira Perizad & Zaghareet Festival, Napoli, Italy
* One free FULL PACK for Zaghareet Festival 2018
* One 50% discount for FULL PACK for Zaghareet Festival 2018

Cairo by Night International Belly Dance Festival by Stella Zahir in Serres, Greece
From our sponsor Stella Sahir & Cairo By Night Oriental Festival, Serres, Greece
* Six 30% discounts for FULL PACKs for Cairo by Night Festival 2018

Orient Dance Fest Black Sea in Varna Bulgaria by Anjela Atanasova
From our sponsor Anjela Atanasova & Orient Dance Fest Black Sea, Varna, Bulgaria
* One free FULL PACK for Orient Dance Fest Black Sea 2018
* One 50% discount for FULL PACK for Orient Dance Fest Black Sea 2018
* One 30% discount for FULL PACK for Orient Dance Fest Black Sea 2018
* Three 40 % discounts for FULL PACKs for Orient Dance Fest Black Sea 2018

Belly dance costumes and training sets - Asha Tanz Collection, Muchen, Germany
From our sponsor Asha & Asha Tanz Collection, Munich, Germany
* Pretty belly dance cloths from her latest collection

This is far from complete list of our sponsors. Please keep an eye on this page, as more wonderful prizes will be added.

If you have question or you would like to apply, please do not hesitate to write to us at We love talking to people passionate about oriental dance!