Celebrating 21 Successful Years!

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  • FAQs 2017

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We thank contestants, parents, choreographers, judges, supporters & audience for making India Waves Dance Muqabla 2017 - a Mega Success!
Watch out for IWDM 2017 highlights to be posted on this website.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR DANCE MUQABLA 2018 - MAY 5th @ Louis. B. Mayer Theatre, Santa Clara University

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Click here for Parking & Directions to Louis. B. Mayer Theatre or visit

Guest Parking: Parking may be found along the streets or nearby parking structure on Franklin and Alviso (952 Franklin St, Santa Clara, 95050). Parking at the back of the Togo's parking lot will most likely result in having your car towed. Main parking lot is a bit further from our theatres but provides additional parking spaces.

Food/Drinks/Strollers/Wheelchairs: Food (snacks or meals) are NOT allowed inside the theatre. Plastic water bottle with a lid is allowed. Strollers are to be kept in the lobby & not allowed in the theatre due to space limitation & fire hazard. There are 6 spaces for wheelchairs, notification of wheelchair reserves needed in advance.

FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
Please note, all IWDM communications:
All Contestants, their parent & choreographer email is mandaory for all updates & official communications. If you do not submit your email, IWDM management is not responsible for any misinformation.
  1. What, When & Where is INDIA WAVES DANCE MUQABLA (IWDM)?
    IWDM is an Open Dance Competition. Saturday, APRIL 1st, 2017.
    Doors open for public @ 5 PM.
    Louis. B. Mayer Theatre, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
    Click here for Parking & Directions or visit

  2. What time sign up & doors open?
    Sign up @ 4 PM for Contestant Sign Up & pre-approved Backstage authorizations access.
    Note: Auditorium cleared @ 4:45 PM. Doors Re-open for public 5 PM.

  3. What time does the box office open on Event day?
    Box Office/Will Call opens @ 4 PM for prepaid ticket pick up. For past couple of years, IWDM Event is Sold Out in advance and no tickets sold on Event Day. We suggest advance ticket purchase.

  4. What is the purpose of IWDM?
    An India Waves Youth Wing community project providing opportunity to recognize and showcase your talent on India Waves TV.

  5. Who can participate?
    Any individual, independent group, dance school, non dance school welcome to participate. (also refer to #20)

    Age & Category requirements

  6. What are the age requirements for IWDM different categories?
    Kids (8 years & under) born on or after April 1, 2009
    Juniors (9 years - 13 years) born on or after April 1, 2004 but before April 1, 2009 (ie. March 31st & before)
    Open (14 years & up) born before April 1, 2004 (on or before March 31, 2004) NO Date of Birth or ID required for OPEN Solo or OPEN Group.
    Note: Open category above 14 years encourages all ages Adults - School, College students, Teachers, Choreographers, Instructors, Dance directors etc.

    GROUPS: Minimum 5 to Maximum 24 performers.
    Kids (8 years & under) born on or after April 1, 2009
    Juniors (9 years - 13 years) born on or after April 1, 2004 but before April 1, 2009 (ie. March 31st & before)
    Open (14 years & up) born before April 1, 2004 (on or before March 31, 2004) NO Date of Birth or ID required for OPEN Solo or OPEN Group.
    Note: Open category above 14 years encourages all ages Adults - School, College students, Teachers, Choreographers, Instructors, Dance directors etc.

  7. How do you determine age group category?
    The oldest performer in any category determines age group category. If there is an objection/suspicion/complaint, please keep your Official photo ID for proof to avoid disqualification risk.

  8. Why is Email mandatory for a performer, minor performer’s parent, choreographers & dance school?
    Mandatory email required from every performer. If a performer is minor, use parent email ID. Chorographers email required as well. All IWDM official communications for event logistics & updated instructions sent via email until the competition day. This way everybody is on same page with open & clear communication. No question/inquiries on Event Day.

    Entry processing fees

  9. How much is the entry fee for Solo & Group performers?
    Non refundable processing fee for entry:
    Solo (one person)
    $22 per person (Kids, Junior & Open)
    Important: No minor without an adult will be given access on the event day. It is mandatory for every minor Solo entry to purchase at least ONE adult ticket along with their entry submissions to guarantee participation. You can purchase additional tickets on the same entry form at the same time.

    (Minimum Five or more persons) Any Group less than 5 on stage will be disqualified.
    $19 per person (up to 24 persons maximum per group) Groups with more than 24 persons on stage will be disqualified.
    Important: Every Group entry for minors required to purchase at least One Admission Ticket for an adult to access sign up on event day with minor group contestants. Otherwise the group will be refused access on the event day. We suggest ticket purchase during entry submissions to guarantee participation.

    Performance Time limit

  10. What is the time limit of performance?
    Each Solo performance up to 2:30 minutes.
    Each Group performance up to 3:30 minutes.
    Sound track/CD music will be unplugged if the performance time exceeds assigned time limit and this may reflect on your judging score.

  11. Can we choose any music or song for performance in any language of our choice?
    Yes. Contestant can choose any vocal/instrumental song in any language of your choice.
    We encourage creative & fresh music compositions, medley and remix songs, blends/compilation of multiple songs.
    Any abusive or cussing lyrics will disqualify.

  12. Can a performer select more than one song or music for his or her performance?
    Yes. We recommend medley of songs/music conforming to total performance time Solo 2:30 minutes & Group 3:30 minutes. (Be creative!)

  13. What if other contestant selects same song or music as mine?
    This is an open competition. Each contestant has choice to pick their own song regardless. IWDM discloses performances during Emcee announcement on Event day.

    Performance Music CD Time limit & Label

  14. When do I provide my dance performance music?
    During Sign up on Competition Day. You are requested to bring two (2) copies of performance CD in good quality or USB. India Waves Management will not accept any scratched or damaged CD or USB or is not responsible for glitches.

    CD/USB must have only one soundtrack track up to 2:30 minutes for Solo and up to 3:30 minutes for Groups. Bring two copies of your CDs/USB on the Event day. USBs/CDs will be collected from you at the sign up.
    NOTE: Performance CDs/USBs will not be returned. No exceptions.

  15. How do you label your performance CD/USB?
    Label your Solo or Group name on your CD/USB using sharpies. Do not write or stick label on playable side of CD.

    Entry Form Submission & Ticket purchase online

  16. Can I submit online - my entry forms processing fee & purchase tickets?
    Yes & it will be to your advantage. Remember, Entries accepted on first come first serve basis Online is the fastest acceptance IWDM entry forms can be downloaded online. There are different entry forms for Solo & Group entries. Please complete & submit correct entry form.
    Group entry form, for your convenience, one person in-charge or group coordinator complete form on behalf of entire group but must include each performers email. Complete & submit different entry form in case of more than one Group from a specific school.
    Note: Entries & Tickets accepted on first come first served basis.

  17. How do I pick up my tickets purchased online?
    You will have a choice to pick up at IWDM Open House (TBD) before the Event or pick up at Box Office/Will Call with official photo ID on Event day. The tickets will be under authorized credit card holder name. The credit card person can authorize another representative via email to with copy of email to person representing them. This email communication is to kept on record for verification.

  18. Can a performer compete both Solo & Group as well?
    Yes, a contestant can compete in one Solo + one Group category at their own risk.
    No special requests to accommodate order of entry or change of costume for contestants.
    Contestant must submit separate entries with processing fee for Solo & Group performances.

  19. Can a group compete more than once in Kid, Junior & Open Categories?
    Yes, a group can compete more than once in each IWDM category. Each entry must pay separate processing fee. The order of entry will be under group name (A), group name (B) etc.

  20. What style of dancing is acceptable for the competition?
    You have choice of Bollywood, Folk, Bhangra, Giddha, Raas, Garbha, Hip Hop, Classical, Semi Classical, Fusion & free style!

    Note: There is no scoring for props. If you need to use props, you must adhere to IWDM Prop guidelines:

  21. Mandatory Preapproval for all props (All props require pre-approved by IWDM Management)
    Email photo of performer holding prop for preapproval. It is mandatory for all Solo or Group performers using props to obtain pre-approval from IWDM Management. Just take a photo/ snapshot of one of your talent holding the prop and email to Please email in advance at least three weeks before the Muqabla Day. This will help you with rehearsal. Any performance without pre-approved props on stage disqualified
    Clarity: Let’s try to make it easy on guidelines for everyone to understand Prop requirements at IWDM to avoid disqualification.
    Position/Set up Time? Solo or Group performers can carry only Pre-approved props on stage. You are allowed up to 5 seconds for set up on stage or enter stage with you pre-approved props during your performance.
    Carry back Props after performances: Make sure you take/carry back you pre-approved props immediately following your performance. Do not leave them on stage.
    Suggested Props subject to pre-approval in writing include Balloons, Scarves/Duppatas, Ropes, Plates, Crock pot, Pillows, Tambourines, Pom Poms, Umbrella, Back pack, Sapp/Chikka, Chaji, Chimta, Flags, Foam Nunchaku, Paper sword, Ribbons, handkerchiefs, sticks, Hats, or hula hoops.
    Talent must hold approved props like flag, banners not to exceed 3ft x 6ft.
    Safety Foam & Plastic OK. NO sharp objects
    Props NOT allowed: No stationary props not just limited to Furniture, Tables, Chairs, Stools, Mirrors
    Items that need set up or clean up are not allowed. To avoid fire hazards, avoid usage of props such as lantern or Diya lantern No decoration props without talent holding on. No confetti, No Glitzy or Glittering powder of any kind. No hazardous chemical or material.

    Still in doubt? There may a prop you are hesitating or planning to use? Just email to clarify pre-approved props. Your cooperation & understanding appreciated.

  22. What will be the order of program for IWDM categories?
    Contestants will receive order of Solo & Group categories on stage via IWDM group email before the Event.

    Sign up & Exemption

  23. What happens at Sign up?
    All performers, Parents, Choreographers meet Organizers @ 4 PM in auditorium before the competition for IWDM official Sign up. This provides opportunity to meet all performers briefly for a healthy competition environment. For years IWDM worked on honor system.

  24. Who all must report @ 4PM for Sign up on Competition Day & Why?
    All pre-approved individuals authorized for Backstage.
    Mandatory requirement for Kids Solo, Kids Group, Junior Solo & Open Solo report @4 PM Sign up.
    Mandatory for all pre-approved Backstage Individuals to access Backstage in all Categories.
    Authorized Choreographer or Representative for Junior Group & Open Group to collect backstage access for performers.

  25. Why it is Mandatory for all contestants to arrive @ 4 PM Sign up
    IWDM starts with Kids followed by Junior Solo. This means you get to go backstage right after sign up. We suggest come dressed up.
    Open Solo performers can collect their backstage access and are free to leave & return.

  26. How do we get Sign up Backstage access approval instructions?
    All performers & authorized Backstage access individuals will be notified to their respective emails.

  27. What is the Agenda at the Sign up?
    Contestant sign up & access backstage access.
    Preapproved backstage access to authorized individuals.
    ID verification for category qualification required. We believe in honor system but if there is objection performer will be asked for official photo ID, School ID/Passport/Birth certificate etc anytime during IWDM competition. Any violation warrants disqualification. Disqualification can happen before or after the performance if violation occurs.
    NO Date of Birth or ID required for OPEN Solo or OPEN Group.
    Order of Solo & Group Entry on stage assigned at Sign up.
    Approximate start time for Kids, Junior & Open Category performance will be announced for your convenience.
    You will get heads up in advance via IWDM official group email.

  28. Who can come backstage with a participant? How long can they stay?
    One pre- authorized Adult (Choreographer or Team Leader) is allowed backstage per group with a pre purchased ticket for the Event. Make sure you request access on entry form for pre-approval. Choreographer/backstage person must stay Backstage & cannot help contestant on stage in any capacity including guiding or setup up. They are not competing with contestants. This may lead to point deduction or disqualification.

  29. Who is qualified to get pre-approved Solo & Group backstage Access?
    Only one pre-approved Adults (Choreographer or Parent) Backstage access allowed for Kids Solo & Kids Group, Juniors Solo & Junior Group.
    Exception: Two (2) pre-approvals for 7 or more participants per group
    After each performance contestant(s) & authorized individual(s) clear backstage & go back to their assigned seat in the auditorium. This will assist in rotating stage performers considering limited space.

    Will the Individual pre-approved for backstage including Parents/Choreographers have to purchase a ticket & allowed to sit in auditorium?
    Yes, The Choreographer or the pre-approved authorized individual is required to purchase an IWDM Event admission ticket to go backstage. The same ticket allows them seating in auditorium.

    Every minor Solo entry required to purchase at least One Admission Ticket for an adult to access sign up on event day with the contestant. No minor without an adult will be given access on Event day. Every Group entry for minors required to purchase at least One Admission Ticket for an adult to access sign up on event day with minor group contestants. Otherwise the group will be refused access on the event day. If tickets are sold out in advance, due to limited auditorium seating capacity, ONLY Pre-purchased confirmed tickets validates.

    General Admission Unreserved & VIP reserved Tickets Price

  30. What are the ticket prices for admission to watch IWDM including Parents, Families, Choreographers, and Guests IWDM?
    OPEN Seating $35 per person (UNRESERVED seats)
    VIP $65 per person (Reserved Seats) Limited tickets for expected pre-sold out event. Tickets available on first come first serve basis. Don't be locked out!

    * Infants under 12 months will be admitted FREE - if they sit on adult's lap. Only one lap infant per adult.
    * All others need ticket to enter the auditorium. Strict security enforced! Violators will be asked to leave the auditorium.

    Discounted Tickets (NO MORE GROUP DISCOUNTS on $35 tickets. Limited tickets! Only VIP tickets discount until OPEN HOUSE)

  31. Is there discount for Performers, Choreographers & their family?
    Buy 10 Unreserved tickets @ $35 each, Get TWO FREE i.e. Total 12 Tickets = You Pay $350 (First come first served basis.)
    Buy 20 Unreserved tickets @ $35 each, Get FIVE FREE i.e. Total 25 Tickets = You Pay $700 (First come first served basis.)
    Buy 4 VIP Tickets @ $65 Get One free i.e. Total 5 tickets = You Pay $260. (First come first served basis.)
    Purchases should be made at the same time by one credit card payment.

  32. Do Performers buy tickets?
    Performers do not have to buy tickets. India Waves Management will assign unreserved seats in rotating batches backstage & in auditorium. Performers will be seated on rotating basis in $35 designated seating area. NOT in VIP seats.

  33. How do I purchase tickets for IWDM in advance?
    Buy online using credit card (complete bottom section of entry form) for total number of tickets along with entry form of the participant. Seats are available on first come first serve basis and guaranteed if your credit card is charged. Entries & Tickets accepted on first come first served basis.

  34. Can pre-approved backstage adults buy tickets in advance?
    A reminder you can secure your “qualified” pre-approved backstage access by submitting your payment along with the entry form & fees of the contestant. You must submit your request for backstage access along with entry form.
    Make sure you understand the requirement for pre- approved backstage access as explained above.

  35. Who will choose the winners?
    A panel of honorary judges delegated by India Waves Management. Judges decision final

  36. Will there be any rehearsals?
    No. This is a competition. There will be no rehearsals.

  37. What will winners win?
    Trophies & Medals! Opportunity to showcase your talent on India Waves TV Network.
    Recruiting Opportunity for India Waves Youth Wing and India Waves Youth TV.

  38. Who defines rules and who monitors them?
    IWDM Management defines rules subject to change and updates will have final decision in all matters.

    Disqualification Alert

  39. DISQUALIFICATION: What could disqualify a performer or Group?
    Any performer/ Group who abuses in words, behavior and manner against another performer or IWDM organizer will be disqualified.
    No intimidation against fellow participant will be tolerated and it will be subject to immediate disqualification.
    Participants with incorrect or No valid identification will be disqualified. This checking could happen at Sign up, after your performance or anytime during IWDM competition
    Performers or Group performing without preapproved props.
    Performers failing to sign up on time on the day of the Event will be disqualified.
    Performers not on stage for performance after Emcee announcement.
    Choreographer/backstage person helping contestant on stage including setup up. This may lead to point deduction or disqualification.

  40. Who can be a Sponsor for IWDM?
    Any Business, A Professional or an Individual can become a Sponsor of IWDM Youth & Community Project.

  41. What are the benefits for a Sponsor?
    Recognition on Stage
    Appearance on India Waves TV Network
    Promotion of your Business or Services
    Presenter on Stage
    VIP Tickets etc.

    Please note there are different categories of Sponsors & Presenters. For more information on IWDM Sponsorship Opportunities email

    No Video No Photography/ Security Enforced

  42. Do you allow photography or videotaping of IWDM performances inside the auditorium ?
    STRICT SECURITY: NO PHOTO,VIDEO by /CAMERA/ CELL . No Video recording or Still Photography be permitted inside the auditorium or backstage.
    Strict security enforced. Anyone in violation will be asked to leave the auditorium & your equipment will be confiscated including, video, camera, cell phone etc.

    If you are interested in purchasing customized performance videos for Solos & Groups, you will be notified of procedure & rates in IWDM official group email.

  43. Will IWDM Glimpses continue to broadcast on TV?
    Reminder: Glimpses of this event will be broadcast on India Waves Network.

  44. What if I have more questions?
    All inquiries via email: Thank you!

    FAQs updates changes & amendments: IWDM Management reserves right to amend, changes regarding IWDM regulations.

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