India Mela 2024- Theme “BHARAT”

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 June 1st, from 11 am to 8:30 pm EST where the below dance competition categories will be featured:

  • Colors of Bollywood. (5-8 years) (At least 4 participants) (Max 8 minutes):         A Rainbow Dance Spectacular, you can pick one or more colors and uniquely showcase your talent. It can show but is not limited to “Green- Nature & Renewal” or “Yellow: Sunshine & Happiness” or “Blue: Dreams & Aspirations”.
    Songs should be age appropriate & can be in any language. 
  • Dance Journey Through Emotions (9-13 years) (At least 4 participants) (Max 8 minutes):  Showcase your talent through the transformative power of dance to evoke emotion and inspire compassion. In this fascinating theme, dancers can portray a range of emotions, from joy and love to sorrow and resilience, through their expressive movements and innovative choreography. Get ready to make the audience laugh, cry, and dance your heart out through the medley of human emotions. Songs should be age appropriate & can be in any language.
  • Honoring Bollywood Icons: A Dance Tribute (14 and above) (At least 4 participants) (Max 8 minutes) Choreography should exude the charisma and charm of legendary dancing Divas/ Heroes (from Madhubala to Alia Bhatt, from Amitabh Bachchan to Ranbir Kapoor...) of Bollywood through dynamic and emotive performances. You can choose a maximum of two stars of Indian Cinema and ensure to include their names on the entry form.
    Songs should be age appropriate & can be in any language. The props should be creative and original. to win a bumper prize
  • Cultural Diversity of “BHARAT” (5 and above - mixed ages participants are allowed) (At least 4 participants) (Max 10 minutes):  Bharat’s cultural diversity is a source of pride and celebration. Showcase your dance journey with traditional attire representing one or more states. We look forward to seeing the colorful folk dances celebrating India’s vibrant colors and rich heritage. Authentic regional songs or songs from Indian cinema are allowed. Win a bumper prize
  • Journey from school to college (College Competition ONLY) (At least 4 participants)Student journey from school to college “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today” Win a bumper prize.

General Dance Entry (first come first serve basis) (5 Years and up) (At least 3 participants and the minimum duration are 6 minutes.)

Please note that the same email id cannot be used to submit multiple entries due to a system constraint. To submit multiple entries by the same Choreographer, please use different email ids for each entry.

Fees Structure for Dance competitions: *

General Entry Fee (By 11.59pm on May 6th)  $30
General Late Entry Fee (May 7th onwards)  $40
All Competition Entry Fee (By 11.59pm on May 6th) $35
All Competition Late Entry Fee (May 7th onwards) $45
Category: Cultural Diversity of “BHARAT” (By 11.59pm on May 6th) $80
Late Entry fee for Cultural Diversity of “BHARAT” (May 7th onwards) $90
Category: Journey from School to College (By 11.59pm on May 6th) $80
Late Entry fee for Journey from School to College (May 7th onwards) $90


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 based on originality, choreography, Props, costume, synchronization, appropriate selection of songs.


1) Last date for submission of entries with Standard fees is May 6th and with late fees is May 21st. IAVA reserves the right to change this date at any given point. Schedules will be communicated to the choreographers / coordinators 1-2 days before the event.

2) The 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
  8. Originality (Recent Non-Repeat performance)

3) Due to time constraints and maintaining similar time lines for all entries, ALL the competition performance entries are required to be as mentioned for each category 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 6 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). Photocopies of proof of age for each of the participants will be asked in case of inquiry or dispute.

8)  No confetti or loose materials are allowed on the stage.  In addition, no electronic gadgets like drones, hoverboards, cycles etc. are allowed on the stage. Please confirm with the cultural team in case of doubts in advance. It could cause harm 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 soundtrack is May 24th. Please email your MP3 to Sound tracks only in MP3 form will be accepted. Choreographers are expected to bring back up soundtrack in Pen drive (in MP3 format) only (NO CDS accepted)

11) Please make sure to submit your entry form at your earliest convenience as it will be on a first come first served basis. Also, please note that cancellations won’t be allowed, and no fees will be refunded.

12) While emailing your requests/ soundtracks, Category (if any) please include the competition Entry name, Group name, choreographer name followed by the request title in the subject line. (E.g.: Colors of Bollywood-5-8 years. – XYZ Group – John Smith – MP3 submission). Soundtracks should be in Mp3 only. Choreographers are required to bring back ups in pen drive only (NO CDs. Etc.  Will be accepted.).

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

14) Negative points for choreographer during competition if they perform in front of performers.

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