The Belly-Off Competition


November 4th-6th, 2016

Pittsburgh Dance Center | 4765 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15224

What is the Belly Off?

The Live Music Belly-Off is a competition that focuses on impromptu dancing to a live band. All contestants will receive a short taxim followed by an upbeat tune to finish their mini set. The upbeat tune will be drawn from Ishtar’s repertoire and challengers perform the selected tune on the spot. The panel of knowledgeable judges will determine the winners! The competition is open to dancers of all styles!

The Recorded Music Competition will open for registration soon! Contestants may enter either pro or rising star depending on level of experience.

Not interested in participating? That is fine! Join us as we cheer on our local favorites in an exciting evening of Belly-rocking tunes provided by Pittsburgh’s very own Ishtar! Admission to the show is $15 in advance and $20 at the door! Not only are you seeing an intense competition, but you will see the judges and past winners performances as well as have access to many vendors!

When you register, we will send you a registration form to be filled out and returned!

Entry fee: $65/ $75 for solo contestants in the live and recorded music categories. Register by paypal or by check. Read below for category information! Once you have purchased your registration, you will be contacted for which category you wish to enter!


This year we will have four categories in the Recorded Music Section and 2 in the Live Music section:

  • Live Music- 3 or more years of professional bellydance experience recommended but not required. One prop highly recommended.
  • Recorded Music- Entertainer of the year – 3 or more years of professional bellydance experience. One prop highly recommended.
  • Recorded Music- Rising Star – less than 3 years professional bellydance experience

Prizes: Trophies to be awarded to our belly-off champions. If you are interested in sponsoring an award, please contact us! Email to jengal55 at gmail dot com

Competition Rules and Criteria: Click here for the details!