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The Drum Solo Category

Photos from the 20th Annual BDUC 2010

Photos by Carl Sermon
posted January 7, 2011

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

Here are the contestants caught during the Drum Solo Category.


Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition

Belly Dancer of the Universe #21 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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