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Susie’s Photos of the
Belly Dancer of the Year 2009 Pageant

Trophy

Saturday Afternoon: Troupes, Duos & Trios, Grand Dancers
Saturday Evening: BD of Year, Preliminaries
Sunday: Finals

Photos and text by Susie Poulelis, (*with a few supplemental photos by Lynette)
posted June 2009

As a fish to a shiny object, so am I drawn to a well produced event of glamorous, bedazzled and talented performers of belly dance.  Leea  Aziz’s yearly production The Belly Dancer of the Year Pageant held this year at the San Ramon High School was at the top of my list of shows to see and photograph.  It never disappoints in its ability to help me snap some of the best shots in my portfolio;  the clean backdrop, the lighting, the exquisite sparkle of the costumes inevitably lead to a weekend of nonstop shutter clicks.  My apologies to those seated near me.   I just can’t help myself.

Favorite costume:  Summer Sahar’s pink number in the finals on Sunday.  The Barbie pink with shell paillettes get up could be heard tinkling during shimmies from the stage.  Fabulous!

 

Satuday Afternoon- Troupes, Duos & Trios, Grand Dancers

We missed part of the first set of dancers and troupes, including:
Troupe Nijmeh
, Orchid Belly Dance, Jamila from Jerusalem, Troupe Dhyanis

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Seshata*

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Defi Safir*

Hala's Troupe

Hala Dance Company*

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Taroob*

Aiwa She Raqa

Aiwa She Raqa

Raks A"Diva

Raks A’Divaawarded 2009 Troupe of the Year

Theresa Jade

Theresa Jade awarded 1st Runner Up for Troupe of the Year

Modern Gypsy

Modern Gypsy awarded 1st Runner Up for Troupe of the
Year

Magenta

Magenta

Raqs Ahroosh

Raqs Ahroosh

 

Fiji
Fiji
awarded 2009 Grand Dancer

Scimitar

Scimitar

Tiyanna

Tiyanna

Awards

Troupes

Raks A’Diva – 2009 Troupe of the Year
Modern Gypsy – 1st Runner Up
Troupe Dhyanis – 2nd Runner Up
Tiyanna – Congeniality

Aiwa She Raqa – 2009 Trio of the Year
Seshata – 1st Runner Up

Fiji – 2009 Grand Dancer
Theresea Jade – 1st Runner Up
Taroob – 2nd Runner Up
Fiji – Congeniality

 

Saturday Evening- Bellydancer of the Year Preliminaries

Stephani

Marzieh

Marzieh

Namira

Namira

Aazura Nour

Aazura Nour

Khalilah

Khalilah

Magidah
Magidah

Maria

Maria

Lulu
Lu Lu

Sedona

Sedona

Summer

Summer Sahar

mariah

Mariah

Alanah

Alanah

karolina

Karolina

Finalists

Finalists

 

Sunday Finals

We missed Namira , Mia, Khalilah…

Magidah

Magidah

Maria

Maria

Lulu

Lulu

Sedona

Sedona

Summer Sahar
Summer Sahar
Mariah
Mariah

Karolina

Karoline

 

Finalists on Sunday
Namira, Mia. Khalila, Magidah, Maria, Lulu, Sedona, Summer, Mariah, Karolina

Maria – 2009 Belly Dancer
of the Year

Sedona – 1st Runner Up
Mia Sha’uri – 2nd Runner Up
Karolina – 3rd Runner Up
Namira – 4th Runner Up
Magidah – Congeniality

Winners
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Casuals

Fifi primps

Lulu and kissed

Magidah poses

Shopping

Summer Sahar primps

Trophies
2009 BDOY Judges
Ahava, Aneena, Ayesha, Aziza!, Bay’la Zena, Denise, Ely Buffin,
Fadil Shahin, Jizan, Judeen, Malia DeFelice, Ma*Shuqa Mira Murjan, Naiya, Numa’ir, Oreet, and Pat Olson

More photos of this event by Michael Baxter coming soon.

 

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