Doha: Extended registration date for the MCC Global Baila Dance Contest

Press release

Doha, June 2: Due to the growing demand from interested applicants and to accommodate more registrations in addition to giving many more interested dancers the opportunity to participate in this one-of-a-kind Global Baila Dance Competition, MCC Qatar has extended the deadline registration of applications until June 30, 2022..

The MCC, in association with the first organization “Mandd Sobhann”, invites all dance lovers aged 15 and over without any religion, region or language bar to participate in this global Baila dance competition.

Contestants will perform in a mixed duet format to Konkani songs for men and women in a duet performance. It will be broadcast on Daijiworld TV 24×7 channel and webcast on MCC Qatar YouTube channel and Facebook page.

The competition will take place in three phases:

  1. First round – Out of the total number of entries received, 24 videos will be selected for broadcast and telecast. Of these, 12 couples will be promoted to the semi-finals.
  2. Semi final – 12 selected couples will have to video record a dance to a new song and submit it. Of these, 6 couples will be promoted to the final round.
  3. These 6 couples will have to record again, a dance on another song and send their entry for the final phase.

  • Of these 6 couples, the best will be declared the winner and will receive the title – ‘Global Baila King & Global Baila Queen’. They will receive a cash prize of Rs 1 lake.
  • The Ffirst dolphins will receive a cash prize of 50,000 rupees.
  • The second runner-up will receive a cash prize of 25,000 rupees.

As this is a video contest, entrants, in their own interest, must ensure a good quality video recording (at their own cost). Only the finally edited version can be sent.

The song(s) selected for the video challenge must be in Konkani (any dialect), and songs in any other language will not be permitted.

The duration of the video must be at least 3 minutes 30 seconds and not exceed 5 minutes.

You can select a single song or a mix of two songs. However, the following points must be strictly observed:

  1. Obtaining permission from the composer to record the song on video is the responsibility of the contestants.
  2. Care must be taken to wear the correct traditional costumes as well as the relevant ornaments. If you have any doubts, please clarify with Mandd Sobhann’s Dance Director – Rahul Pinto (+91 85533 57578). Any video without the proper costumes and ornaments will not be given serious consideration.
  3. Dancers should make a serious effort to learn and dance the correct Baila steps and movements and absolutely avoid mixing filmi, tapori, western or any other movement into the dance. Overall, the video – through the costumes, adornments and through the movements and steps – should truly reflect and project the traditional Konkani dance form.

To note: Please refer to Mandd Sobhann or MCC Qatar YouTube channel for – (i) information about baila, (ii) his costumes and movements etc. And also (iii) for the rules of this contest and (iv) the registration link

For the prizes, will be considered:

  1. Appropriate Baila costumes and ornaments.
  2. Correct Baila’s steps and dance moves.
  3. Grace, expressions, coordination and synchronization.
  4. Pure dance and dancing skills will be considered. Acrobatics and staging will not be considered prominently.
  5. Videos shot outdoors will be preferred.


Registration:

  1. The Google registration form can be completed via the link below and is also available on the MCC Qatar YouTube channel and Daijiworld.
  2. The last date to ‘Register’ is June 30, 2022.
  3. The last date to ‘submit video’ is July 31, 2022. Videos must be submitted in MP4 format only, along with the prescribed application.
  4. Before you start practicing, please send us the song with your registration to [email protected] or WhatsApp (+91 85533 57578). Only after getting our approval (by e-mail/WhatsApp) you can continue your dance practice. This is done only to prevent the same song from being recorded by more than one and to ensure that it is technically in order. It’s a first-come, first-served basis for song selection. Therefore, registration must be at the earliest to get a song of your choice.
  5. For any clarification on the registration/selection of songs, you can contact the dance director of Mandd Sobhann – Rahul Pinto (+91 85533 57578). or MCC Cultural Secretary Amith Mathias +974 30942022).

Dance enthusiasts are encouraged to find their best dance partner and use this unique platform to enter an online dance contest and showcase your dancing skills to the world. There is no religion, region or language bar in choosing your partner, giving you ample opportunity to choose the best dance partner and give your best performance.

Lucrative prizes await top performers and can show off your dancing skills to the world through Daijiworld TV and the MCC YouTube channel.

The registration deadline is extended until June 30.