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The Contestants: L-R- Sasha, Aurora, Wanda, Celestia, Mayette, Magdalena, Roxana - Champion, Tiger Lily - First runner-up 
Gilded Serpent presents...
The Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition
Junior Division
Ages 10-17 years

held Saturday, February 19, 2005
in Long Beach, California
photos by Lynette

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The competition rules gave each contestant five minutes for an Oriental routine in a fast/slow/fast format. No finger cymbles were required. The competition was not open for public viewing. Each entrant could bring one female guardian to accompany her. Competitors were not allowed to see another's performance until they had competed themselves. Judges were not required to disqualify themselves when judging their own students.

Jade, Anisa, Kamala

Kamala, Rania, Taji, Anisa

The judges were all from Southern California and included: Anisa, Jade, Kamala, Rania, Taji

Atlantis orients the contestants to the stage limits and gives them a pep talk before the contest begins

age ?, Southern California

age 17, Shermon Oaks, CA
age? , town ?

age 12, San Diego, CA

Tiger Lily
age 16, Santa Monica, CA

age 16, Benicia, CA

age?, Southern Califonia

Sasha and her mother, ?; Aurora and her mother, Vicki;
and her mother, ?;
Celestia and her mother, Deborah

Magdalena A.,
and her mother, Magdalena C.

Roxana and her mother, ?
She also competed with her sister in the Troupe division as
Flower buds of the Desert-
Mayette and her mother, Annette

Tiger Lily and her mother, Rahana

Complete list of BDOU 2005 Champions

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Willow Street outside the Grand Willow Street Center was a raging river on Saturday morning and the rain continued through the weekend with intermittent dry spells.

7-15-05 "Ya Mustapha!": A Song Conquers the World by Meissoun
One of the most covered songs of the last 50 years is not from the Beatles but an old Oriental folk song.

7-12-05 Belly Dancer of the Year 2005 Finals photos by Monica and Susie
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7-5-05 Sirat Al-Ghawazi, Part 6 by Edwina Nearing
Begun in the mid-1970's , the early sections of "Sirat Al-Ghawazi" were first published under the title "The Mystery of the Ghawazi." We are happy to be able to respond to the continued demand for these articles by making them available to our readers worldwide.

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