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20th Annual BDUC 2010 Photos: Category Winners!

Photos by Carl Sermon
posted December 25, 2010

The Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition is produced by Tonya and Atlantis in mid February each year. This is the 20th year (2010) and was held in the Long Beach Convention Center.

Here are the champions of each category from the various contests held throughout the weekend.


Viridian and Roxxanne


Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition

Belly Dancer of the Universe #21 is coming soon!
February 18-21, 2011 in Long Beach, California

Witness this year’s event with Gilded Serpent as Amir Sofi tests the
Universal and Egyptian category contestants with a live drum solo!

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