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Dance Contest Rules



The 2nd edition of the Under The Raintree women’s cultural festival is themed on the idea of ‘Women Empowering Women.’ The choreography challenge for the festival titled  "She speaks through her dance", is being conducted under the aegis of Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography (NIKC).


Rules of Participation

  • The choreography must resonate with the theme of femininity and feminism

  • It should be an original work by the contestant

  • The piece should be between 3 to 5 minutes

  • It can be in any genre of dance.

Steps for entering the contest

  • Film yourself performing your original choreography 

  • Upload it privately on YouTube and share the link with with the subject line: ‘Dance choreography contest 2019

  • The video should be uploaded in high resolution - MP4 format.


  • The contest is open to Women and Transpersons in the age groups of  18 to 24 years.

  • All submissions must be original work and must not have been performed or posted anywhere else - live or online.

  • In case of simultaneous submissions, contestants are required to inform the organisers if the same piece is accepted for publication elsewhere prior to the announcement of winners, or the entry will be considered disqualified.

  • Contestants may choose the name they would like to be associated with their work when it’s published on the contest website.

  • Contestants must provide their full name and contact information to be informed, if they win.


The dance contest opens at 9 am on September 23, 2019, and closes at 10 PM on October 10, 2019.


​Four performers will be selected by acclaimed dancer Madhu Nataraj to present their work at Under the Raintree women's cultural festival on November 2, 2019, at The Bangalore International Centre (BIC). They will be mentored by an esteemed panel consisting of choreographers, writers, and designers. 

Prizes also include gift vouchers.

The winners will be announced by 4 pm on October 20, 2019.

Award Ceremony

Prizes will be awarded at the Under The Raintree women’s cultural festival on Nov 2 & 3, 2019 in Bengaluru. Winners would be given a slot to perform their piece, subject to the festival schedule. If winners are from outside Bengaluru, they would have to travel at their own expense. However, they would be hosted for 1 night at the Festival’s designated accommodation. 
If winners are unable to attend the event, their prizes will be shipped to the address mentioned at the time of entry.


Bots and/or robotic submissions are not allowed. 


  • There is no entry fee or purchase required for entries.

  • Entries will be rejected if they fail to meet the contest theme and rules.

  • Entries should not violate or infringe the rights of any other person or company 

  • Entries should not defame, libel, or slander any person or entity.

  • Entries should not have derogatory or sexist language/gestures


Rights to Data and Entries

Raintree Media, NIKC and their subsidiaries do not claim copyright of the submitted entries. Subject to the acceptance of the composition, the contestant grants the right to the Raintree Media, NIKC and their subsidiaries including Under The Raintree Festival to reproduce, distribute, and publish the submitted video on the Festival website/blog and in any other online media including the internet, mobile apps, or any other electronic form. 
The contestant agrees that no royalties or any other payment or remuneration is due in connection with publication with the Under The Raintree Festival or its subsidiaries/ designees either online or in print.

Submission of the registration details and any prize notification documents constitutes the contestant’s consent to obtain, use, and transfer their name, address and other details for the purpose of administering the contest. 

Winners consent to allow Sponsors of the prizes/ Festival to use of their name, biographical and geographical information, for promotional purposes by Sponsors, and its subsidiaries/ designees, without additional compensation. All copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights in such Promotions shall be owned by the Sponsors or their licensors and winners hereby disclaim and waive any claim of right to such Promotions. 

Force Majeure

If the organisers are unable to conclude the contest or conduct the Festival due to unforeseen circumstances, neither they, the judges nor the sponsors will be liable to give prizes or pay any costs or damages to the Contestant.


Remember, the deadline for submission is October 10, 2019, 10 PM IST.

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