ABDC Video of the Month


October 15, 2017: Teacher Applications due

Dec 15: 2017:  Ticket Sales open

Dec 15: 2017:  Performer Applications open

Dec 15: 2017: Volunteer Applications open

Mar 1, 2018: Gala Performer Applications due

April 1, 2018: Travel Grant due.

May 15, 2018: Program ads due.

May 15, 2018: Volunteer Applications due.

June 1, 2018 or until spaces are sold out: Vendor Application.

June 1, 2018 or until spaces are filled: ABDC Showcase Application.

June 1, 2018: On-line stage form and music due.

June 20, 2018: On-line registration for workshops ends. Tickets available at the ABDC Front desk for open workshops and galas during convention hours.


What should I wear to the shows?

Semi-formal or “Evening out with the Ladies” clothes are always appreciated. Do you really need a reason to dress up? Just have fun with it! And we encourage you to wear items that you bought at the ABDC.

Once I have purchased show tickets, where can I pick them up?

The ABDC front desk will have your tickets available at will call the day of the show. You may also bring a print out of your eventbrite receipt. If you are an attendee to a workshop, your registration envelope will have your tickets for the shows you have purchased.

How can I dance in the Friday or Saturday evening Gala?

On your ABDC performance application, check the box that you are interested in performing at Friday’s "Keep Austin Shimmying" Gala and/or Saturday's "Austin Raqs" Gala. These are professional level shows with the ABDC's featured instructors and guests. Participants are chosen from the Performance Applications.

How can I dance in the ABDC Showcase?

On your ABDC performance application, check the box that you are interested in performing at the ABDC Showcase.  Workshop registrants are chosen on a first come-first served basis. Remember that you must have at least 4 hours registered at workshops to perform in the showcase.

Why do I have to register for at least 4 hours of workshops in order to perform?

We want to make our showcases are available for convention participants. We feel it is important to practice, learn, and perform our dance so we create a safe environment for all skill levels during the showcases. And with a live band, you have a chance to expand your performance experience.

Can I dance more than once?

Depending upon space allotment and registration, we may have space for you to perform a solo and group dance. You will need to contact the ABDC producers at perfomers@theabdc.com.

What happens if I am signed up for a workshop during the ABDC Showcase times, but I want to perform?

On the performance application form, there is a spot for you to indicate which workshops you are taking Saturday and Sunay afternoon. We will do our best to not schedule your performance during your workshops. But beware, that the ABDC showcase performances and afternoon workshops are concurrent.

Is there a dressing room?

Yes. Please check in with the ABDC front desk for location.

How big is the ABDC stage and how can I enter?

The stage measures 24 feet by 16 feet and is raised about 3 feet off the ground. It is a free standing stage with a marley cover. Stairs are on each side of the stage place closer to the back curtain of the stage.

Are there any practice rooms available?

Yes. The ABDC has a 440 sqft practice room that is available for rental. Cost of practice room is $10 per 50 minutes. During the event, check with the ABDC front desk for availability and set up a time.

Can I take pictures or videotape of the shows?

There is no unauthorized videography or photography allowed during any show. People videotaping or taking photography without permission will be asked to leave and admission will not be refunded.

Can I purchase pictures or videotapes of the shows?

The ABDC has professional photographers and videographers. You will be able to purchase pictures and videos of your individual performance. There are not videos for sale of entire shows.

Is there an after-party at the ABDC?

In addition hanging out at the hotel bar, there are two “after-parties.” On Friday, Jenza will present a film, "Historical Belly Dance Costume Fashion Show." On Saturday, Z-Helene presents the Kick Butt Cafe right down the street from the hotel.