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Dance Participant Registration

Update on the 26th Festival of India-2021

INDIA ASSOCIATION of CHARLOTTE  -  Press Release 2-12-2021

Covid has drastically impacted our very way of life. And after the trauma of having to cancel our annual Festival of India 2020, we have started planning for our festival this year. In our frequent interaction with our key partners like BPAC, CRVA etc., about their view of customer sentiment, we all share a sense that visitor confidence continues to improve as vaccine penetration grows within our community. But no credible data to help predict how folks even after having received the Covid vaccines, would psychologically feel about attending crowded events in the Fall time frame. Our challenge is to predict visitor sentiment about events in closed indoor settings, as against experiences in a totally open outdoors setting.

We continue to work with Belk Theater as well as other open venues like County Parks, but they are also struggling with making firm commitments right now, for the September/October time frame.

Our intent is to drive a festival this year, even though the venue, duration and timing may need to be different from what we have done in the past.

Our priority in doing the event is to focus on the health and safety of our visitors, our performers, our volunteers and all other stakeholders.

We hope to make a decision as soon as our venue partners respond with some firm commitments, and will update this posting as things develop. This is a plea to please check back here frequently for the latest status on Festival of India 2021

Festival of India - Update 5-6-2021

We are continuing to struggle with whether the festival venue this year should be indoors or outdoors. Our key challenge remains to gauge visitor sentiment on attending crowded events, even after a significant penetration of Covid vaccine within the community, around the Fall time frame. 

We already have a slot reserved at Belk Theater for the 1st weekend of September, and are also working on a date with the Country Parks Dept., who seem ambivalent about committing anything, that far out. 

We are also seriously exploring another option of offering glimpses of the Festival of India, in collaboration with CCCP (Charlotte City Center Partners), on their Charlotte SHOUT! events platform, scheduled to be held between Sept 17 – Oct 3 at many locations Uptown. 

We are diligently pursuing all these options and eager to update you, as soon as we have a firm commitment and make a final decision. 

Please stay tuned by checking status on the website. Thanks and we remain grateful for the support and patience of all our valued stakeholders. 

Dance Participant Registration - Frequently Asked Questions

What are the steps to register for a Dance item as a performer?

  • You will need to have an account with the Festival of India website, before you can register to participate as a dance performer. 
  • 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 emailed to you. (You should get your dance ID from your choreographer before you register as a dance participant)

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.

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

It gets sent to the festival performance committee, for review, completeness and approval. A confirmatory email will be sent to you shortly after you have completed dance participant registration - make sure you check your dance ID in that email to confirm your participation for the correct dance item

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

You can edit your dance participant registration by logging into your account and clicking "My Registrations" tab and following the drop down menu "Dance Participant Registrations" to delete and add a new registration.

How many dances can I participate?

According to our guidelines, any participant can perform in only one item.

What if I have questions that are not addressed above?

Please contact the performance committee at foiperformance@gmail.com

To participate in the Festival of India (FOI), you are required to follow the following guidelines.

YOUR REGISTRATION MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 11:59 PM May 25th, 2020.

FOI WILL UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES BE ABLE TO ADD YOUR REGISTRATION FOR YOU AFTER THIS DATE. PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU DO NOT COMPLY WITH THIS DEADLINE YOUR ENTIRE TEAM MAY BE DISQUALIFIED FOR FAILING TO MEET THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS REQUIRED FOR YOUR ITEM. PLEASE BE A TEAM PLAYER AND REGISTER ON TIME.

  • Festival Dates are Saturday (07/18/2020) and Sunday (07/19/2020)
  • Participants and Choreographers need to be available on both days of the Festival.
  • Minimum age of participants (on or before June 30, 2020):
    • 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. If found in violation of this rule, participation in future FOI will be restricted.
  • Number of dancers per group:
    • Belk Theater Stage: 8 or more (with the exception of minimum 6 performers for pure Classical only).
    • Outside on the street Stage: 6 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! This includes fashion show). If found in violation of this rule, participation in future FOI will be restricted
  • 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 25th, 2020
    • Upon request and per Committee decision, Live auditions may be required.
  • Registration:
    • Deadline: All registration closes by 11:59 PM on May 25th, 2020
  • All performances must be uniquely Indian and must materially relate to and enhance depiction and propagation of Indian culture.
  • FOI has full discretion on approving the kind of performances on stage.
  • All day parking options are available near the festival site, at a number of parking decks, at discounted venue parking fees.

YES. I have read all 2020 participant guidelines and wish to proceed with Registration