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Short Film Competition

  • Short film can be upto only 10 mins
  • It must be made in North America
  • It was made in last 24 months max
  • Last date of entry is 15 April 2024
  • Top 3 winners will get $3K, $2K and $1K award
  • All winning entries will be shown in BMM convention to larger audience

All Contestants in the BMM2024 dance competition are strongly urged to review the entire document to understand the rules and guidelines of the competition. 

ALL participants shall be required to follow the official rules of the competition. Violations will be grounds for penalties and/disqualification from the contest. A panel of judges will short-list and select the performances that will move one round to the next round until final selection after the third round.
  • The competition will have three rounds including a final third round
  • A panel of judges will evaluate the performances to select the winners for each round
  • Many criteria will be applied by the panel of judges to evaluate a dance performance including the following key standards:
    • Presentation: stage presence, audience connection, connection with accompanists, confidence
    • Quality and creativity
    • The degree of difficulty
    • Fluency, grace, and flow
    • Synchronization
    • Adherence to time-limits
    • Expressions and emotions
    • Costumes
    • Group coordination – e.g., formation and spacing for group performances
    • Clarity of mudras for classical dance styles
    • Use of stage
    • Selection and clarity of the song/music (audio)
  • Other criteria include the type and style of props used, time for moving props onto and from the performance area, etc.
  • After the third and final round, three winners will be selected for each dance style
  • The judges’ decision will be final in all matters relating to the dance competition
GENERAL DANCE COMPETITION GUIDELINES
  • The competition is open for all dance participants across North America (solo or troupe)
  • Participants will compete within their age group (age as of the form submission date) and the selected genre
  • The competition will have three rounds of performances:
    • Round One – all contestants who have properly submitted their applications will be allowed to perform, and a select number of performances will move to the next round
    • Round Two – only the selected dancers from Round One will be permitted to perform for further selection
    • Round Three (final round) – only selected dancers from Round Two may perform live in this final selection round
    • Three winners will be announced after the third and final round who may perform live at the Convention
  • Performances in Round One and in Round Two should be recorded and submitted online by the due date as provided in the guidelines
  • An individual may participate in more than one genre of dance
  • The dance presentation including the music (and lyrics if applicable), costume, etc., cannot be risqué
  • Winners for each round will be decided based on the ranking given by the panel of judges The three winners selected for performing live at the Convention along with all participants in the performance, will be required to register themselves as attendees and pay the appropriate registration fees
Classical
(solo)
Performance Time (minutes)
10 to 17 years6
18+ years6
Classical (group)Performance Time (minutes)
10 to 17 years6
18+ years6
Folk Performance Time (minutes)
10 to 17 years 6
18+ years 6
Other Performance Time (minutes)
10 to 17 years 5
18+ years 5

Classical Dance
Any Indian classical dance styles such as Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, etc., must be accompanied by appropriate, authentic Indian classical music. The “dance style” MUST adhere to the classical style chosen. It can be a medley of more than one classical dance item within the chosen classical style, e.g., medley of Pushpanjali and Alarippu in the Bharatanatyam style. The dance item(s) should depict a piece from the classical dance’s particular repertoire. The “costume style” must also appropriately depict the classical dance style.

Folk Dance
In an effort to encourage traditional “Indian-ness” and showcase our rich Maharashtrian heritage only authentic and ethnic Maharashtrian folk styles may be presented in this category. As such, no Bolly-folk style, or other combined dance style will be allowed. The music must also represent the ethnic folk style.  The “dance style” MUST include Maharashtrian traditional folk style elements. It can be a medley of more than one Maharashtrian folk style – with the dancers wearing the respective costume style.  The costumes in the folk category must appropriately depict the folk-dance style.

Other Dance Style
Participants can choose to perform Bollywood or other contemporary dance styles in this category. Costumes or music should be appropriate for the chosen dance style for this category. Teams can choose to dance to any music such as a Bollywood film song, or a traditional song, or a medley.

PROPS:

  • Props must be moved on and off the dance floor in a timely manner.
  • NO DANGEROUS PROPS ALLOWED. Dangerous props include but are not limited to knives, swords, guns, fire, fire crackers, anything thrown directly at the judges table, or anything that could damage the surface of the dance floor, etc. This includes both real and fake weapons or items. Any routine that uses a dangerous prop will receive a 10 POINT deduction, or may even be disqualified.
  • HUMAN PROPS – A Human prop is a person acting who as a prop and one that can be seen clearly by the audience, but does not participate in the dance performance. Human props must register as a participant. However, a human prop will NOT be factored into the age level of the routine. If a person enters stage simply to hold up a prop from the back but is not clearly visible to all the audience, the person will NOT be considered to be a human prop.
  • IF APPLICABLE, PROPS MUST BE BATTERY OPERATED AND MAY NOT BE PLUGGED INTO AN ELECTRICAL OUTLET. Each venue is equipped with a limited amount of electrical power and props could cause a fuse to be blown which could then severely delay or otherwise affect with the dance competition.
  • Props can be used as long as they take less than one minute of set-up and tear-down time each. Props cannot include flames, candles, confetti, flowers, sticks, weapons, or sharp objects of any kind which may jeopardize the safety of people in and around that area, or the audience.
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Guidelines
ALL participants shall be required to follow the official rules of the competition. Violations will be grounds for penalties and/disqualification from the contest. A panel of judges will short-list and select the performances that will move one round to the next round until final selection after the third round.
Basic Selection Criteria
  • The competition will have three rounds including a final third round
  • A panel of judges will evaluate the performances to select the winners for each round
  • Many criteria will be applied by the panel of judges to evaluate a dance performance including the following key standards:
    • Presentation: stage presence, audience connection, connection with accompanists, confidence
    • Quality and creativity
    • The degree of difficulty
    • Fluency, grace, and flow
    • Synchronization
    • Adherence to time-limits
    • Expressions and emotions
    • Costumes
    • Group coordination – e.g., formation and spacing for group performances
    • Clarity of mudras for classical dance styles
    • Use of stage
    • Selection and clarity of the song/music (audio)
  • Other criteria include the type and style of props used, time for moving props onto and from the performance area, etc.
  • After the third and final round, three winners will be selected for each dance style
  • The judges’ decision will be final in all matters relating to the dance competition
GENERAL DANCE COMPETITION GUIDELINES
  • The competition is open for all dance participants across North America (solo or troupe)
  • Participants will compete within their age group (age as of the form submission date) and the selected genre
  • The competition will have three rounds of performances:
    • Round One – all contestants who have properly submitted their applications will be allowed to perform, and a select number of performances will move to the next round
    • Round Two – only the selected dancers from Round One will be permitted to perform for further selection
    • Round Three (final round) – only selected dancers from Round Two may perform live in this final selection round
    • Three winners will be announced after the third and final round who may perform live at the Convention
  • Performances in Round One and in Round Two should be recorded and submitted online by the due date as provided in the guidelines
  • An individual may participate in more than one genre of dance
  • The dance presentation including the music (and lyrics if applicable), costume, etc., cannot be risqué
  • Winners for each round will be decided based on the ranking given by the panel of judges The three winners selected for performing live at the Convention along with all participants in the performance, will be required to register themselves as attendees and pay the appropriate registration fees
Categories and Age Groups
Classical
(solo)
Performance Time (minutes)
10 to 17 years6
18+ years6
Classical (group)Performance Time (minutes)
10 to 17 years6
18+ years6
Folk Performance Time (minutes)
10 to 17 years 6
18+ years 6
Other Performance Time (minutes)
10 to 17 years 5
18+ years 5
Rules for Dance Competition

Classical Dance
Any Indian classical dance styles such as Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, etc., must be accompanied by appropriate, authentic Indian classical music. The “dance style” MUST adhere to the classical style chosen. It can be a medley of more than one classical dance item within the chosen classical style, e.g., medley of Pushpanjali and Alarippu in the Bharatanatyam style. The dance item(s) should depict a piece from the classical dance’s particular repertoire. The “costume style” must also appropriately depict the classical dance style.

Folk Dance
In an effort to encourage traditional “Indian-ness” and showcase our rich Maharashtrian heritage only authentic and ethnic Maharashtrian folk styles may be presented in this category. As such, no Bolly-folk style, or other combined dance style will be allowed. The music must also represent the ethnic folk style.  The “dance style” MUST include Maharashtrian traditional folk style elements. It can be a medley of more than one Maharashtrian folk style – with the dancers wearing the respective costume style.  The costumes in the folk category must appropriately depict the folk-dance style.

Other Dance Style
Participants can choose to perform Bollywood or other contemporary dance styles in this category. Costumes or music should be appropriate for the chosen dance style for this category. Teams can choose to dance to any music such as a Bollywood film song, or a traditional song, or a medley.

PROPS:

  • Props must be moved on and off the dance floor in a timely manner.
  • NO DANGEROUS PROPS ALLOWED. Dangerous props include but are not limited to knives, swords, guns, fire, fire crackers, anything thrown directly at the judges table, or anything that could damage the surface of the dance floor, etc. This includes both real and fake weapons or items. Any routine that uses a dangerous prop will receive a 10 POINT deduction, or may even be disqualified.
  • HUMAN PROPS – A Human prop is a person acting who as a prop and one that can be seen clearly by the audience, but does not participate in the dance performance. Human props must register as a participant. However, a human prop will NOT be factored into the age level of the routine. If a person enters stage simply to hold up a prop from the back but is not clearly visible to all the audience, the person will NOT be considered to be a human prop.
  • IF APPLICABLE, PROPS MUST BE BATTERY OPERATED AND MAY NOT BE PLUGGED INTO AN ELECTRICAL OUTLET. Each venue is equipped with a limited amount of electrical power and props could cause a fuse to be blown which could then severely delay or otherwise affect with the dance competition.
  • Props can be used as long as they take less than one minute of set-up and tear-down time each. Props cannot include flames, candles, confetti, flowers, sticks, weapons, or sharp objects of any kind which may jeopardize the safety of people in and around that area, or the audience.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Do we sing in Marathi or in Hindi?

For classical, the presentation has to be in Hindi.

For the Sugam sangeet category, the song must be in Marathi.

2.What can be included in the Sugam Sangeet music category?

Any song forms such as Bhajan, Abhang, Bhakti geet, Bhavgeet, Gazal, Lokgeet, Marathi movie songs (except NatyaSangeet) etc. can be used in Sugam Sangeet category.

3. Can we use the track for the performance?

Yes, Karaoke tracks are allowed for the Sugam Sangeet category in Round one and Round two only. For Classical music, accompaniment by a Tanpura and a Tabla are a must (actual or electronic). Use of a harmonium is optional. 

 

4. Can I sing all verses of a song even if it goes beyond the given time or do I need to cut down to a few verses?

Please stick to the required time limits per genre and age group.  

5. Can we combine two songs and perform as a medley?

You can choose your songs and may combine them. Just make sure you adhere to the time limit.

6. Is it allowed to do raag vistaar for some time initially before starting with the song?

Yes, you can do raag vistaar – just keep overall performance within the time limit.

7. I submitted an entry through the google form but did not receive any confirmation email from BMM. Is my registration confirmed?

The email you receive from Google Form after submitting the form is your confirmation of submission. If the form is incomplete, BMM will reach out to you.

8. Is it okay if I record my video on my smartphone? I don’t have a good quality video recorder with me at home.

Yes, you can use your phone for recording. Please refer to rules for details about audio/video recording. However, the recording should be pristine and in its original form, unprocessed, and without enhancements. 

9. Does the phone have to be a vertical frame or horizontal?

Use horizontal frame as that gives a better view.

10. Is it okay to do self-saath on harmonium/other instruments?

You can choose to do self-saath if you decide. But please make sure that you follow the guidelines for saath for the genre you are participating in.

11. Would it be okay for the accompaniment to not be visible in the video? For example, where another person controls the iPad for starting the Tabla, changing speed, etc.?

 Yes, another person can help control the instrument and, in that case, the person need not be included in the video.

12. Can I use only tanpura but no tabla?

As part of the evaluation, there is a specific focus on sur alignment and control as well as adherence to taal. Hence, both tabla AND tanpura are must.

13. Is Swarmandal allowed?

Yes, you can use Swarmandal along with Tanpura and Tabla.

14. Is it ok to use Bluetooth speakers during the performance?

If you want to connect a Tanpura or  a Tabla device to external speakers (like a Bluetooth device) so the performer can properly hear the instruments, that should be fine. However, no audio enhancements are allowed for the performer. 

15. Do I have to show/hide electronic tanpura/iTablaPro or devices like it in the video?

You can keep these devices near you during recording as per your convenience. You do not have to make the screen/controls explicitly visible in the video.

Yes, provide a valid/correct URL/Link for your vocal video. 

17. Does the total time limit also include introduction time?

The introduction is not counted towards the total time limit. However, please keep the introduction only to the name of the song or the raag you are presenting. The clock will start with the first musical note. 

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