Osmani Segura's Rising Star Competition

You have prepared your own show or lead a dance group? Present it on the big stage in front of a huge audience at Osmani Segura‘s Rising Star Competition and do your best to impress Osmani Segura and the our whole jury of highly qualified professionals. It’s worth it – the best amateur show performance will win 1,000 EUR!

Or would you like to learn from the stars of tomorrow, get motivated, applaud your favorite acts to success and simply enjoy some impressive shows? Then be there for Osmani Segura’s Rising Star Competition! The competition takes place during the kick-off party on Friday evening.

This year we would like to make the competition more transparent so that everyone can better understand the results. For this reason we’ve made a few changes to the rules and proceedings:

– The score from the jury will be made public immediately and the individual evaluations will be presented that same evening.
– The audience score will remain and will also be communicated transparently this year.
– Shows that were created by or somehow supported by one of the jurors are not permitted. The festival organizers will decide on such issues.

You can see all performances of 2017 here in our media archive.



You have put together your own show and want to perform it in front of a big audience for a chance to win 1,000 EUR? Then apply now as a Rising Star!

The most important rules at a glance:

The performance must take between 2.5 and max. 5 minutes

The dancing in the show must have a focus on Afro-Cuban content (Salsa, Rumba, Afro, Bailes Populares, Afro, Contemporary, etc.); other similar content (such as e.g. Crossbody Salsa, Bachata or Kizomba) may be permitted in some cases

The show must be of your own creation, i.e. with choreography created especially for the people dancing in it

Professional trainers (who regularly teach at European dance events) are not allowed to actively participate in the performance

Participants must be at least 16 years old. All legal regulations (Protection of Young Persons Act) apply for participants up to 18 years of age

The number of dancers in each performance must be between 2 and 12 people

The stage rehearsals will take place in the early evening on Friday (the first day of the festival), and the competition itself will begin after 22:00 that day. A backstage area will be available for all participants in due time.

The scoring will be carried out partly by our jury and partly by the audience. Each member of the jury and the audience as a whole (measured through the level of applause) has a vote and will award points for each performance.

Ready for a new adventure? Then apply now! The participation fee is 80 EUR per person – and includes an UNiDANZA full pass with a value of over 110 EUR!



Your vote counts! It’s not just our jury who will decide who rises to the top in this competition for new talents – you also have a say! Cheer on your favorites of the Rising Stars Competition and help them on their path to success!

The competition will take place at the kick-off party on Friday evening and is of course included in the party admission fee (or the relevant pass that includes admission to the party)!

Let our Rising Stars impress you and share your energy in helping give an unforgettable performance on stage. Our new talents need your support!