Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition 2010
2009-12-29 · By Editor
Belly dancing is an ancient art form that inflames the imagination with mystery and seduction. The expressive movements blend culture and entertainment in a mesmerizing rhythm that is enjoyed by audiences the world over.
In February, dancers will converge in Long Beach for the 20th Annual Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition. The weekend of dance will give away more than $5,000 in cash prizes in 10 categories for adults and kids as young as 5 years old.
Visitors will also have the chance to watch belly dancing performances in the categories of Universal, Egyptian, Drum solo, Fusion, Taksim and Specialty Solo, a new category for dances that include props.
Attendees will also be able to take belly dance classes with professional dancers. One-hour workshops will take place both days with 5 different instructors. Three classes are available each day, however they fill up fast so reserved spots are recommended.
In 2009, the Belly Dancer of the Universe was selected for the 2009 Best of Long Beach Award in the Entertainers category by the U.S. Commerce Association. The award recognizes outstanding local businesses that have achieved exceptional marketing success and enhance the positive image of small business.
Along line-up of celebrity dancers and judges is scheduled to appear including: Aisha Ali, Amaya, Amina Goodyear, Anisa, Angelika Nemeth, Ashana Hanada, Dunia, Helena Viahos, Jayna, Lee Ali, Marta Schill, Marushka, Ma*Shuqa Mira Murhan, Mesmera, Ninah Sahar, Princess Farhana, Sadie and Suhaila.
The Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition is produced in Long Beach each year by Tonya and Atlantis, a mother-daughter team that also lead a local dance company. In addition to performing locally and internationally, the duo has created more than 100 belly dance videos and DVDs and teach classes throughout the year.
The Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Boulevard, February 13 and 14, 2010. For more information about the Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition call (562) 433-6615 or visit www.bellydanceroftheuniverse.com.