2018 Important Account Information

Due to new platform & security upgrades for 2018, all old & previous user accounts were removed from the system. Please create a new account to register for your items. Also, going forward you will not be required to create individual accounts for child participants. You will be able to register for children with a parent's account.

Dance Item Registration - Frequently Asked Questions

What are the steps to register a Dance item as a Choreographer?

  • For 2018, You will need to create a new account with the Festival of India website, before you can register to participate as a Choreographer / dance teacher. 
  • Read and agree to all the guidelines listed below.
  • Provide all dance information on the online Registration Form. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.
  • Details about your dance registration will be e-mailed to you.

How can I create an account on the Festival of India website?

For the first time, when you register, you will be asked to create a new account. You will be required to validate the email address you provide during the creation of the account. This validation will happen by our system sending a validation message to your email address and you will then need to acknowledge the validation link, before your account creation process is complete. 

What if I forget my password after creating an account?

You can create a new password by going under “Login” page and clicking on “Forgot my password” link- the link will then guide you to reset your password.

How can I look at what information is needed for the online Registration form?

Please click here to view the Dance Registration form, that will need to be completed during the registration process. Everything should be filled out completely by April 15th, 2018. Music file, lighting requirements, costume photo, and the YouTube audition link, can be sent by May 31st, 2018. All these items must be submitted before audition deadline. No exceptions! 

What happens after I complete the Registration form and submit it?

  1. Receive a confirmation email shortly after your registration is complete.
  2. Keep track of your Performance ID and share with your performers/participants. Please be sure to share the correct ID and Item Name with participants so that they may register for your item.
  3. Inform all performers and participants that they must create a new account, and must register for the appropriate Performance ID by 11:59 pm on May 31st, otherwise your item will be at risk of cancellation for insufficient performers.
  4. Upload your music file in .mp3 format, your lighting requirements, stage entry plan, participant names, costume photo, YouTube audition link by 11:59 pm on May 31st
  5. Await committee approval by 11:59 pm on June 21st

Can anyone be a choreographer or do I have to be a teacher to register for a dance? 

To support our FOI mission, we encourage talented people to be choreographers, so they can artistically showcase our rich Indian heritage. You have to be at least 21 years age, be able to register online and fill all required forms. The choreographer also has to be responsible for submitting the audition tape and music file, along with keeping track of his/her participants for their individual dance. Please understand that committee will only engage with the choreographer for all communications for that dance.

What if I want to edit details about the dance that has been registered?

You can edit your dance registration by logging into your account and selecting “My Registrations” tab and following the drop down menu 'Dance Registrations' to edit your registrations.  

How do I know that my dance has been selected for the festival?

An email stating an approved message of “Yes” or “No” will be sent to you by 11:59 pm on June 21st along with comments/recommendations as applicable.

What are the requirements for auditions?

All auditions will be conducted by YouTube only, unless otherwise informed by the FOI Performance Committee.  Audition videos must demonstrate at least  50% of choreography and at least 80% of your team must be present in the audition video. AUDITIONS ARE DUE VIA YouTube BY MAY 31, 11:59 PM 2018

What are the requirements for costumes?

All costumes must be appropriate to the type of dance being performed, and demonstrative of the rich cultural heritage of India. The committee requires a photo of the costume to be uploaded onto your item registration by May 31, 11:59 PM 2018. In general, costumes should be modest and conservative. Skirts must be at least knee length with tights for modesty. 

What is the maximum duration for each item?

Pure Classical - 5:30 minutes or under; all other dances - 4:00 minutes or under; Fashion Show 7:00 minutes or under

What if I have questions that are not addressed above?

Please contact the performance committee at foiclt2018@gmail.com

To participate in the Festival of India (FOI), you are required to make sure that all the dance items follow these guidelines. 

  • Festival Dates are Saturday (8/11/2018) and Sunday (8/12/2018)
  • Participants and Choreographers need to be available on both days of the Festival.
  • Minimum age of participants (on or before August 31, 2018):
    • Belk Theater Stage: 10 years or older
    • Outside on the street Stage: 7 years or older
    • NO EXCEPTIONS will be permitted and the Committee can request a Birth Certificate to resolve any issues
  • Minimum number of dancers per group:
    • Belk Theater Stage: 6 or more (with the exception of minimum 4 Performers for pure Classical only).
    • Outside on the street Stage: 4 or more
    • Fashion show (Minimum: 10,  Maximum: 25 participants)
    • NO EXCEPTIONS will be allowed
  • Maximum number of entries per participant:
    • 1 performance only (No exceptions!)
  • Duration:
    • Pure Classical - 5:30 minutes or under; All other dances - 4 minutes or under
    • Fashion show Duration: 7 minutes or under
  • Songs:
    • Songs will not be repeated in the same time slot. Songs assigned on first come basis and audition.
    • You are advised to register ASAP to avoid any conflicts.
  • Costumes:
    • All costumes must be appropriate to the type of dance being performed, and demonstrative of the rich cultural heritage of India. In general, costumes should be modest and conservative. Skirts must be at least knee length with tights for modesty.
    • Costumes are subject to final approval by the committee
  • Audition:
    • YouTube auditions are mandatory and has to be submitted by 11.59 PM on May 31st, 2018
    • Upon request and per Committee decision, live auditions may be required.
  • Registration:
    • Deadline: Dance registration closes by 11:59 PM on April 15th, 2018.
    • YouTube Auditions, Music File Uploads, Lighting Requirements due by 11:59 PM on May 31st, 2018
    • Dance registrations need to be submitted by 21 years or older, who will be the only point of contact for all communication. Please provide only one name, one email address and one contact number to keep communications smooth and consistent.
    • All participants have to register via website or will not be allowed to participate
  • All performances must be uniquely Indian, in that they materially relate to and enhance depiction and propagation of Indian culture.
  • FOI has full discretion on approving the kind of performances on stage.
  • Contact:

YES. I have read all 2018 Performance Guidelines and wish to proceed with Registration

Important Dates

Registration Opens: 8:00AMMarch 1, 2018 

Registration Closes: 11:59PM, April 15,  2018

Audition Last date for YouTube entries: 11:59PM, May 31,  2018

Live Auditions (upon request and per committee decision)


Verify Dance Participants

You can verify who has registered for your dance item by following the link below. Once the participants register for the specific dance item, they will be available for review. You should first login to access this feature.

Registered Dance Participants