International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance presents

The Fifth Annual Awards of Bellydance

August 18, 2001
California State University of Northridge Performing Arts Center

Performance and award photos submitted by Suzy Evans, the producer

The 2001 IAMED Award Recipients were:

  • Dancer of the Year-Suzanna Del Vecchio,
  • Cabaret Dancer-Ansuya,
  • Modern Egyptian Dancer-Margo Abdo O’Dell,
  • Ethnic Dancer-Habiba,
  • Dance Company-Jillina and The Sahlala Dancers,
  • Choreography-Raqia Hassan,
  • Instructor-Kajira Djoumahna,
  • Promoter-Shareen El Safy,
  • Music-Halawah by Reda Darwish,
  • Entertainment Video-Dances of Iran by Robyn Friend,
  • Instructional Video-The Cymbal Dance by John Compton.
  • Last but not least, it was wonderful to see Eddie “The Sheik” Kochak receive the coveted “Little Egypt Award”.

First row: Ansuya, Elizabeth Artemis Mourat, Judeen, Jillina,
Second Row: Jillina and the Sahlala dancers
Third Row: Leyla & Rowland, Azar, Laila & Adam Del Monte
Fourth Row; Sakti, Katia

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