THE COMPETITORS

RISING STARS

Alisha started taking regular classes at the Egyptian Dance Academy in 2012 and began studying intensively with EDA Artistic Director Nada El Masriya in 2014. Naturally a shy personality, Alisha was drawn to belly dance for its celebration of the feminine and the sheer joy of dancing. She is proud to be a member of the EAST student troupe.

Annie began studying Egyptian style belly dance in 2011 and currently performs at weddings, parties and restaurants in Kitchener-Waterloo. Although raqs sharqi is her first love, she also enjoys performing dabke as a member of the Najda Now Dabke Troupe. When she’s not shimmying up a storm, she is a postdoctoral fellow, whose current research focuses on transnational Arab culture.

Kaylin has always had a love for all things dance, but 5 years ago fell in love with Middle Eastern Dance. Her dance style is often influenced by those she admires, such as Randa Kamal, Amanda Rose, and Sherena. Kaylin hopes that you enjoy her performance and share in her journey to grow in this dance and culture.

Khalida started continuous belly dancing classes in 2008, and started performing group numbers in 2010. She made her first steps as solist in haflas and school shows, and now she performs in restaurants, private parties and festivals. She also teaches cardio-bellydancing, to encourage other women to workout with fun. She always seek for opportunities to grow, by learning about the culture and music, taking workshops, and participating to contests. She is a medalist of AQDO (2015 and 2016 as soloist and in group categories), Egypt Raqs Festival in 2017 (1st prize, soloist on live music improvisation, HIBC in 2017 (1st prize professional soloist).

Maysara was introduced to several styles of dance at a young age by her very supportive mother. Searching for the joy that dance brought her as a child she took an interest in bellydance in 2012 at Egyptian Dance Academy where she met her mentor, Nada El Masriya and soon became an instructor.
She has a great presence on stage, a reflection of the freedom and happiness she feels as she dances and hopes to one day use her skills to travel the world spreading that child-like love of dancing.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, I started belly dancing, unknowingly, at Puerto Rico’s first belly dancing school: Arabian Fantasy, directed by Yashira Yamilet. At the time I was 29 and without previous dance experience. What started as a hobby, soon became a passion. The dance’s beauty captured me. Dancing is no longer hobby, but a part of me.

Natalia’s exploration of belly dance started over 5 years ago. She had a pleasure to be trained with Nada El Masriya, Emilia, Katy, Anuka, Itzel and Maha. Natalia is currently a member of the student troup “E.A.S.T.” of Egyptian Dance Academy.

Angelica has a rich history with dance and began formal training in 2010 with Oksana and Abigail at the Egyptian Dance Academy. She continued her training at Arabesque Academy with Melissa Gamal, Sarita, Amy, and Yasmina Ramzy. She performed at various venues as a member of the Arabesque Academy Student Troupe and eventually auditioned and became part of the Egyptian Dance Company. Angelica has been vigorously trained and thoroughly inspired by Nada El Masriya since 2014. She has also had the pleasure of learning from Hannan Sultan, Luna of Cairo and Raqia Hassam. Angelica currently performs with the Egyptian Academy Student Troupe and the Egyptian Academy Agency. She experiences her dancing as a fluid extension of her physicality; it is smooth, exciting and effortless.

I first discovered belly dance 3 years ago and fell in love with the art. I begun taking as many classes and workshops as possible and learning from some of the best artists in the industry. After 2 years of “belly dance whirlpool” I was able to audition and join two troupes – Folklore and E.A.S.T. – in the Egyptian Dance Academy under artistic direction of Nada El Masriya.

MASRIYATT QUEEN

Ashley is an award-winning oriental dancer based in Vancouver Canada drawing on over 15 years of experience as a professional dancer and instructor. Oriental dance is her true love and the main driving force in her life!

Azura has performed in communities across Canada from Calgary to Lunenburg. She’s danced on a cruise ship on the Nile, at a birthday party for Hossam Ramzy, and with Juno-nominated musician Pavlo. A strong supporter of inclusiveness and multiculturalism, she performs at festivals, fundraisers, and wherever people celebrate culture, community, and the love of Egyptian music and dance.

Claire has 6 years of experience in Raqs Sharqi. She’s mentored by international performer Nada El Masriya at the Egyptian Dance Academy in Toronto. She has performed at various local events and festivals as soloist and troupe member.

When people ask me how long I have been dancing my answer usually is: “All my life!” And yes I feel that way.
I always liked to dance whether it was ballet, ball room dancing or just dancing in the club. When my friend introduced me to the Art of Middle eastern dance (Belly dancing) it was an eye opener for me, it was a love from the first class: I could not stand still when the music was on and my first teacher made the learning easy and fun. I love the middle eastern music and this dance form. With dancing you never stop learning even when you are a teacher yourself because there are so many other teachers and performers from whom you can learn and get an inspiration from. I constantly attend dance workshops and classes whenever and and wherever I can.

Nahla Morani studied classical ballet and jazz since shildhood, passionate about Arabic Oriental Culture, began her studies of the art in 2000 in khan el khalili teahouse with Soraya Zaied and Shahar Badri . Since then she studied with many well know and famous Egyptians and International Master teachers . Nahla Morani broadcasts her joy of dancing, expression and musicality.

Oksana is an oriental dancer from Toronto, Canada known for her elegancy, powerful stage presence and dynamic style. She is an award-winning performer possessing great technique and captivating expression. Oksana has performed across Canada, as well as internationally in the United States, Europe, Egypt and Japan.

Sayuri’s love for belly dance was sparked in her home country of Japan. Since moving to Toronto, Sayuri has continued pursuing her passion for this art form at the Egyptian Dance Academy and quickly became a lead dancer for its professional troupe: The Egyptian Dance Company directed by Nada El Masriya.
For Sayuri, belly dance allows for a true expression of femininity and she feels she is most “truthful” when she dances on the stage. Sayuri is known as a playful and charismatic dancer who transposes emotion into action.

Talia Lily is a charismatic and passionate dancer living in Toronto, Canada. She has danced in three full-length productions at the National Ballet Theatre with Nada El Masriya as the teacher and artistic director. She has also trained with many Egyptian stars including Randa Kamel, Tito Seif, Mohamed Shahin, Mahmoud Reda, Raqia Hassan and Aida Nour. Talia is a dedicated artist who loves to learn and share the Art of Egyptian dance.

Tatiana is an award-winning belly dancer based in Bay Area/California, she is a champion at Professional and Folk Categories at MBC 2016, and champion at props category at BDUC 2017. She is not only successful teacher with 15 years of experience, but also the director and producer of Queen of the Rhythm Competition, International Belly Dance Convention, based in SF/Bay Area. Website https://www.tatianabellydance.com/

Registration is Now Closed

The Competition will be Judged by Randa Kamel, Tito Seif, Mohamed Shahin, Nada El Masriya & Dr George Sawa

Masriyatt Queen Competition – Saturday October  28th – Prizes:
1st place
  • Masriyatt crown & 1st Place Trophy 
  • 1 full package for Al Ahram festival (Valencia, Spain) – Organizer Tito Seif
  • Hisham Osman Belly Dance Costume 
  • Official Masriyatt Competition 2017 First Place Certificate signed by the Judges
  • Randa Kamel’s Newest CD
  • Tito Seif’s newest CD
  • Masriyatt Treasure bag 
2nd place
  • 2nd Place Trophy 
  • 1/2 package for Raqs of Course (Cairo, Egypt) – Organizer Randa Kamel 
  • Official Masriyatt Competition 2017 Second Place Certificate signed by the Judges
  • Randa Kamel’s newest CD
  • Mohamed Shahin’s newest CD
  • Masriyatt Treasure bag 
3rd place
  • 3rd Place Trophy 
  • Official Masriyatt Competition 2017 Third Place Certificate signed by the Judges
  • Masriyatt gift certificate – value of $200
  • Nada El Masriya’s DVD 
  • Mohamed Shahin’s newest CD
  • Masriyatt Treasure bag 
All Competitors
  • Official Masriyatt Competition 2017 Competition Certificate signed by the Judges

 

Rising Star Competition – Thursday October 26th – Prizes:
1st place
  • 1st Place Trophy 
  • 1 full package for Masriyatt Intensive 2018 (Toronto, Canada) – Organizer Nada El Masriya 
  • Official Masriyatt Competition 2017 First Place Certificate signed by the Judges
  • Randa Kamel’s Newest CD
  • Tito Seif’s newest CD
  • Masriyatt Treasure bag 
2nd place
  • 2nd Place Trophy 
  • 1/2 package for NYCAIRO Festival (New York, USA) – Organizer Mohamed Shahin
  • Official Masriyatt Competition 2017 Second Place Certificate signed by the Judges
  • Tito Seif Newest CD
  • Mohamed Shahin’s newest CD
  • Masriyatt Treasure bag 
3rd place
  • 3rd Place Trophy 
  • Official Masriyatt Competition 2017 Third Place Certificate signed by the Judges
  • Masriyatt gift certificate – value of $200
  • Nada El Masriya’s DVD 
  • Mohamed Shahin’s newest CD
  • Masriyatt Treasure bag 
All Competitors
  • Official Masriyatt Competition 2017 Competition Certificate signed by the Judges

 

Judging Criteria

  • Choreography
  • Musical interpretation
  • Technique & use of stage
  • Stage presence
  • Make up/Hair and costume
    (costume must be appropriate for the type of dance and music)
  • Feelings and expression
  • Professionalism
  • Use of props
  • Timing and Transition

Masriyatt Competition 2017
Competition Rules and General Conduct

  • Participants must have signed to take the full package of the Masriyatt Intensive 2017 [hc-hmw snippet=”Masriyatt-Full-Package-Text”]
  • Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first served basis, application fee of $100 must be paid with the registration.
    • No entries will be accepted after the deadline of July 31st 2017
    • There will be no refund of entry fees.
      If for any reason, the applicant registration is denied before the competition date, entry fees will be full refunded.
  • All documents must be signed and received before July 31 2017.
  • Photo and Music must be received before July 31 2017.
  • All performers must be at the age of 18 or older at the time of Competition. If the competitor is under the age of 18, her guardian must be present and sign all official documents.
  • There will not be rehearsals for competitors.
  • Your entire dance must be performed on the stage.
  • Performers must be at the Show at least 1 1/2 hours before show starts.
  • Interruption of Performance
    • If the interruption is due to the fault of the equipment of our suppliers, performers may restart from the beginning or at the point of interruption. If interruption is due to the failure of the performer’s equipment, supplies or music they can either continue or withdraw from the competition. We reserve the rights to stop the performance due to an obvious injury.
  • All contestants must sign the Registration, Waiver and Acknowledgement. If not, the contestant will be disqualified.
  • Reasons for Disqualification
    • Contestants will conduct themselves at all times in a positive and professional manner. The organizers reserve the right to disqualify any contestant whose behavior is intrusive or disruptive to other contestants, the judges or the audience.
    • Inappropriate behavior on stage will lead to disqualification from the competition.
    • Inappropriate choreography/music (at the discretion of the Judges)
  • Dance Experience requirements
    • All professional level performers must have at least 6 years of professional study or dance experience.
    • All rising star level performers must have at least 2 years of professional study or dance experience.
    • Please Note: Fusion style performances are not permitted in the competition due to the fact that our judges’ expertise is in Modern and Traditional Egyptian Belly Dance and Folklore.
  • Music Requirements
    • If your music does not fit the required length,  reduce the length or you will not be able to compete.
    • Music must be provided well in advance, at least 2 months (August 31st 2017) before the competition otherwise the performer will be withdrawn from the competition.
    • Please bring your music the day of the competition in a back-up CD and USB stick as well, in case of technical difficulties.
    • Music must be of tasteful content, no cursing, explicit or derogatory language.
    • Music Length – Maximum 4 min length
  • Videotaping Policy
    • Videotaping at the event is done by our official videographer, the first place winner will be posted on our official website and youtube channel.
    • Audience Videotaping is not allowed.
    • Audience Photography are not allowed.
  • Participants must wear a proper dance garment, including under garment.
    • Cover-ups MUST be worn when not performing and in view of the audience.
    • Participants must use a cover-up before and after the competition.
  • Contestants agree to abide by all Competition Rules and General Conduct and accept the judging results as final.

Competition Locations:

Robert Gill Theatre, Toronto, Canada

Masriyatt Opening Show and Competition Starts at 7pm, Thursday Oct 26 2017

Gala Show and Competition Starts at 7:30pm, Saturday Oct 28 2017

 

How to Register

Registration Fee is $100  [hc-hmw snippet=”Competition-Fee-Text”]

Download Registration Form 

Complete this Registration Form and Waiver and email with a hi-res image of the performer in costume to egyptiandanceacademy@gmail.com. Registration Fee is non-refundable. Also include a short biography (not exceeding 60 words) with your registration.

Email the music to the same address in mp3 format.

For more information: email egyptiandanceacademy@gmail.com or call 416 462 3498

How to Register

Registration Fee is $100 for either the Queen or Rising Star Level

Download Registration Form 

Complete this Registration Form and Waiver and email with a hi-res image of the performer in costume to egyptiandanceacademy@gmail.com. Registration Fee is non-refundable. Also include a short biography (not exceeding 60 words) with your registration.

Email the music to the same address in mp3 format.

For more information: email egyptiandanceacademy@gmail.com or call 416 462 3498

MASRIYATT INTENSIVE POLICY

UPGRADING YOUR SPOT
Participants can upgrade their spot to a higher package at any time, limited to availability. However participants cannot downgrade their package. In the event of downgrading see Cancellation policy.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
We realize that it is impossible to plan for everything many months in advance and to anticipate what you will be doing during that time in your life. Therefore, we made our refund/ cancelation policy as customer friendly as possible.

CANCELLATION
Due to the limited spaces and high excitement around Masriyatt the deposit is non-refundable.
Cancelation greater than 5 months (May 27 2017) before the Masriyatt Intensive will receive a refund of 50% of the amount paid (minus deposit).
Cancelation 5 to 3 months (May 28 to July 27 2017) before the Masriyatt Intensive will receive a refund of 25% of the amount paid (minus deposit).
Cancelation less than 3 months (after July 27 2017) before the Masriyatt Intensive will not receive a refund.
In case of medical or other emergencies, Participants can transfer their spot to another dancer/participant. However, Masriyatt Intensive management must handle this process in order for the transfer to be valid. Spots cannot be transferred to any future event. Contact us: egyptiandanceacademy@gmail.com

PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Final Payment Installment for the Full Package must be made by July 15th 2017.
If the Full Package is purchased after July 15th the final payment is due by August 28th, 2017.

FORCE MAJEURE
Any delay, cancellation or alteration in the performance by Masriyatt Intensive management hereunder shall be excused if and to the extent caused by the occurrence of a Force Majeure.
For purposes of this Agreement, Force Majeure shall mean a cause or event that is not reasonably foreseeable or otherwise caused by or under the control of the Party claiming Force Majeure, including, but not limited to, acts of God, fires, floods, explosions, riots, war, hurricane, sabotage terrorism, vandalism, the venue for the classes or gala show being unavailable for any of the foregoing reasons or because of governmental acts, injunctions, labor strikes, inability to obtain visas for Master Instructors or illness of those or other instructors, and any other fortuitous events that are beyond the reasonable anticipation and control of Masriyatt Intensive management despite its reasonable efforts to prevent, avoid, delay, or mitigate the effect of such acts, events or occurrences, and which events or the effects thereof are not attributable to Masriyatt Intensive and its agents and employees failure to provide services as offered.