India Mela 2020

Welcome to the India Mela Cultural Programs

IAVA (India Association of VA) is proud to present the most awaited event– India Mela. Please mark your calendars for May 2nd and 3rd ,  from 12 noon to 9:00 pm EST where the below dance competition categories will be featured:

  • Happiness is... (5-10 years) (At least 4 participants): Showcase what makes you happy through a dance presentation to win a bumper prize
  • Rock and Roll (6-12 years) (At least 4 participants): Dance to your favorite hip hop songs to win a bumper prize
  • Sada Bahar Jodi (10 – 16 years) (At least 4 participants): Bring to life your Best / Favorite movie pair on stage to win a bumper prize
  • Icons of Music (Open category no age limit) (At least 4 participants): Pick ONE of your favorite music director and pay tribute to them with a dance sequence based on their songs to win a bumper prize
  • Cinema (Open category , no age limit) (At least 4 participants): Enact your favorite movie through dance and dialogues to win a bumper prize.
  • College Warriors (College Competition) (At least 4 participants): Different colleges fight it out on the stage through dance to win a bumper prize.

General Dance Entry (first come first serve basis) (No Age limit) (At least 4 participants)

Fees Structure for Dance competitions: *

All Competition Entry Fee (By 11.59pm on April 5th ) $30
All Competition Late Entry Fee (After April 5th) $40
General Entry Fee (By 11.59pm on April 5th  ) $25
General Late Entry Fee (After April 5th ) $35
Category: Cinema and College Warriors (By 11.59pm on April 5th  ) $60
Late Entry fee for Cinema and College Warriors (After April 5th ) $60


General Rules and Guidelines for India Mela Cultural Competitions:

Our specific rules and Guidelines for competition entries are mentioned below:

Note: Competition will be judged on the basis of choreography, Props, costume, synchronization, appropriate selection of songs.


1) Last date for submission of entries with Standard fees is April 5th and with late fees is April 12th. Schedules will be communicated to the choreographers / coordinators 3-4 days before the event.

2) Judges decision will be final. The panel will make pass judgement on following evaluations:


  1. Choreography
  2. Synchronization
  3. Appropriate selection of songs.
  4. Expression
  5. Props
  6. Overall impression
  7. Costume

3) Due to time constraints and maintain similar time lines for all entries, ALL the competition  performance entries are required to be maximum of 10 minutes plus 3 mins for set up and dismantling. Additional time will be counted towards negative points. Judges will be maintaining the clock.

4) General Entries should not exceed 7 minutes. 

5) Each Choreographer can participate in ONLY ONE Performance per Competition category.

6) Please Note: Cultural Program schedules will be final. We appreciate your understanding & patience in advance.

7) Entries are to be submitted via Registration link / form. No email submissions will be accepted. Registration forms are expected to be filled with complete details (including full name of the participant, age, if performing in any other performance). Photo copy of proof of age for each of the participants will be asked in case of inquiry or dispute.

8)  No confetti’s or loose materials are allowed on the stage.  In addition no electronic gadgets like drones, hover boards, cycles etc. are allowed on the stage. Please confirm with the cultural team in case of doubts in advance. It could cause harms to the participants while performing.  All choreographers / coordinators / Performers are required to clean up their props etc. after their performance is over.

9) Group leaders / Choreographers - please indicate on the registration form if any of your participants are part of other performances (include name of performances and full names of participants), in order to leave enough time for change of costumes.

10) Last date for submitting sound track is April 19th. Please email your MP3 to Sound tracks only in MP3 form will be accepted. Choreographers are expected to bring back up sound track in Pen drive (in MP3 format) only ( NO CDS accepted)

12) Please make sure to submit your entry form at your earliest convenience as it will be first come first serve basis. Also, please note that cancellations wont be allowed and no fees would be refunded.

13) While emailing your requests/ sound tracks, Category (if any) please include the competition Entry name, Group name, choreographer name followed by the request title in the subject line. (Eg.: Happiness is: 5 to 10 yrs. – XYZ Group – John Smith – MP3 submission). Sound tracks should be in Mp3 only. Choreographers are required to bring back ups in pen drive only (NO CDs. Etc.  Will be accepted.).

14) Choreographers along with all participants are required to report backstage, 30 mins before their scheduled performance time.

Feel free to reach out to the cultural team at for any questions you may have.