Will you accept submissions after the April 20 deadline?
I'm sorry, this is a firm no.  We only have a short time to review all of the submissions and send out acceptance and wait list emails by April 30. 

Do I have to register for the conference by April 20 to submit a submission?
No, if your submissions is selected, you have until May 20 to register for the conference. However, if the conference fills up and you don't register in time, you will not be able to perform.  

Do I have to submit my performer submission online?
Yes, to make the review process easier, the submission form conveniently puts all the data in an easy to use format for the review panel.  

How will I know if my submission was received?
When a submission has been submitted, you will receive an email confirmation within 24 hours that the submission has been successfully received.  If you do not receive this confirmation email, contact us right away.

When will I know if my submission has been selected?
By April 30, a notification email will be sent out to all everyone who sent in a submission. If the submission is selected, information will be included with performance information and a tech form.  If the submission is not selected, the performer(s) could be put on a Wait List for the show or placed on a Wait List for any Open Stage opportunity.

How many pieces will be selected for the show?
Depending on the length of each piece, approximately 15 pieces will be selected.

How long is the show?
1st and 2nd half will be approximately 45 minutes each with a 15-minute intermission between them.

What are you looking for in a performance piece?
Any style of Belly Dance is happily encouraged to apply. The show will be open to the public and it will show a sampling of as many different Belly Dance styles as possible. Performance selections will be curated with works that provide a well-rounded show for the audience.

Why do I have to describe my performance?
This field is probably the most important part of the Submission Form. Describing your piece will help the review panel understand what your performance will be and will help with selection if a multitude of performances are submitted under the same style. For example, lets say 10 submissions are sent for performances in ATS Bellydance and only 1 can be chosen.  What will make your performance stand out from the others? Is it your stage presence, staging, story of your performance, costuming, something special about the performers, etc?  Along with your video and your description, it will give the review panel a better idea of your performance and what you want to present.


Do I need to pay copyright to use the music for the performance?
No, Shimmy Con pays for the license for permission to play music listed under BMI and/or ASCAP for the event.   

Just out of curiosity, how do I know if the music I am using is listed with BMI and/or ASCAP? 
It is very easy. Go to their websites: BMI and/or ASCAP.  Type in the name of your song title/artist. Both sites have catalogs containing over 10 million musical works from around the world. 


Why do I need to provide a video links of my performances? 
Some of review panel may not have seen you or your group/troupe perform.  Your video will be helpful for us to curate the show.

What do I do if I don't have a video link?
You can upload a video to Youtube and set it to private. This link will not be available to the public and the only way someone can see it is if you give out the link.  Make sure you select the proper settings to set privacy. 

What will you do with my video?
The video is only for review purposes. It will not be used for any publicity. 

What if I don't have a video of the style of dance that I wish to perform?
Do not let this deter you. Submit a video of any performance so the review panel can see your performance style. Explain in thorough detail what you plan to perform, reason for no video, etc.  


What are the time limits for the performances?
Mainstage:  Solos/Duets (3 - 5 min) and Groups/Troupes (3 - 7 min)

If there is an Open Stage performance: Solos/Duets (2 - 4 min) and Groups/Troupes (3 - 5 min)

Do I have to perform up to the minimum amount of minutes? 
No, just stay under the maximum time limit. Shorter pieces are welcomed. That way more performances can grace the stage.


What is the size of the stage?
Proscenium Width: 33’
Proscenium Height: 20’
Depth, Proscenium to Back Wall: 17′ 9″
Depth, Proscenium: 2′

Will there be lighting options?
There will be basic lighting options available, such as main stage lights and colored back lighting. If you require additional lighting, details will be provided on Performer Tech Sheet.

Will there be a tech time before the performance?
Yes, if you are selected, you will need to fill out the Performer Tech Sheet that will be included in the acceptance notification email. The tech sheet will have details regarding tech time.

What props can I use? 
Any props can be used as long as it is easy to carry on and off stage. Not allowed:  no fire, no smoking and/or burning of incense or any substance, and no confetti.  Basically, do not use anything that can cause damage to the theater and/or cause lengthy clean up or set up.