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1st place Live music
Michelle Joyce, Oakland, CA
Gilded Serpent presents...
A Photographer's View
The North Valley Competition 2005

Photos and report by Michael Baxter

Here's a photospread of the winners of the 13th Annual North Valley Belly Dance Competition which was held on November 5, 2005 at the State Theater in Oroville, CA. The event was sponsored by Carolee & David Tamori, who were gracious hosts. It was an exciting contest,
covering five categories: Novices, Intermediates, Troupe dancers, Solos and Live Solos. Live music was provided by the amazing Light Rain.

At the start Carolee welcomed everyone and then introduced the judges, Then we were off, starting with the Novices. The pace of this event seemed very relaxed, despite being a competition. On the whole the event ran rather nicely and everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun. There was even enough time for a shopping break to support the vendors who came to the show. After five wonderful sets of dancers, including great live music for the last set, it was time for the awards ceremony and trophies. This year, interestingly, there were two third-place ties, in the Novice and Intermediates categories. Then, to close out the show, it was an open floor dance set with Light Rain.

The details about the winners are shown immediately below, but scroll down to check out the talented belly dancers who won at this event.

2nd place Live Music
Jasmina, El Cajon, CA

3rd place Live Music
Mozelle, Stockton, CA
Solo Category, Beautiful Bends and Flying Veils in the Solo Category

1st Place Solo
Sandra, Mountain View, CA

2nd Place
Ahava, Pleasanton, CA

3rd Place
Namira, South Lake Tahoe, CA



(Left) Third-place Solo winner Namira creates beautiful colors in the air with her veil.




(Below) The three troupe winners grace the stage.

1st Place Troupe
Dance Journey, Catoti, CA

2nd Place
Desert Divas, The Dalles, OR

3rd Place
Aiwa She' Raqa, Medford, OR

1st Place
Mayette, Vallejo, CA




The radiant Intermediate category winners.

2nd Place
Samirah, Citrus Heights, CA

Crystal Zarqa - Petaluma, CA




- Goldendale, WA
Novice Category

1st Place Novice
Rayah, Cupertino, CA

2nd Place-
Adrienne, Citrus Heights, CA

Perisa, The Dalles, OR




Jaleeah, The Dalles, OR

Mina from Santa Rosa, CA, dances to an amazing drum solo by Mark Bell
while the rest of Light Rain watches intently.

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