Belly Dancer USA Competition
June 11-12, 2005
Photos and Report by Saroya
Belly Dancer USA Competition was held June 11 and
12, 2005. It was a beautiful Sunday morning that found
me on the Interstate 5 corridor, driving as fast as
the limit allowed in order to reach Canyonville and
the contest venue, Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino.
It was the second day of competition and I was eager
to cheer on my former troupe sisters in Ayesha
Oasis Dance Company. I was also looking forward
to the Professional and Goddess (dancers over 45)
categories, visiting with friends and shopping the
great vendors always at the contest.
arrived a little late and the Alternative Music category
was already half over. As a result, my picture taking
started with the Goddess category. Deena
won over the judges with her beautiful veil work and
gorgeous pink and gold costume.
members are: Ayesha, Deborah Rennie, Valerie
Koval, Maia Potter and Ginger Cerola
The troupe competition
was next. Four troupes entered: Ayesha’s Oasis Dance
Company, Sirens In Sanity, Desert Divas
and Troupe Oasis. They finished in that order.
As a former member of AODC (when it was known as Troupe
Mandala) I felt the hard work paid off and it was a
win justly deserved. They performed in purple and black
costumes and showed versatility in both zill playing and
sword balancing. Sirens in Sanity placed second,
wearing orange and gold with black harm pants. The 5 member
and very colorful Desert Divas placed third.
row: Yasmine, Natasha, Chenoa ,
front row: Almaza, Sahlah, Ayana &
of troupe members?
Eleven very talented
dancers competed for the title, Belly Dancer USA 2005. I’m
glad I wasn’t the judge for that category! I’m sure it was
a tough one... But, there is always a winner and this year
it went to Alimah, shown here in brown/maroon.
Second was Elisa Gamal in the turquoise
costume who had a hard time containing her joy. Third was
Joyce in the reddish-pink outfit.
crowning champion (last year's winner-Claudia?)
Alimah, Elisa, Michelle and Mezdulene
As I said, all
were very talented. I am including pictures of some of the
others, including Aleta (in black/red/white
costume), Leila in white (with the longest
hair braid I think I’ve ever seen!), Mielle
in Pink and Natasha in Blue Green. Natasha
also danced with Sirens In Sanity and was one of the “People’s
Choice” awards in the pro category.
and her supporting staff need to be commended for their
hard work and effort. It was a smooth running event that
was well organized and a joy to attend. I’ll be back next
winner of Goddess category in 2002
sends us her photo winning the Alternative Professional
Category in this year.
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