Contest winners

Gilded Serpent presents...
Queen of the Bay
Bellydance show and Competition
June 17, 2006 in Oakland, California.
Photos by Michael Baxter
Event Sponsored by Shabnam and Maurice

Info from sponsor's site-
"FAQs - Things To Know-
...Contest is for professional Belly Dance Soloists.
Performers are to use Middle Eastern Style music only. Turkish, Egyptian, Middle Eastern pop, and modern ok, but music must contain Middle Eastern rhythms.
Time limit for performance is 6 minutes. Routines exceeding 6 minutes will be disqualified.
'Queen of the Bay' winner will be awarded a $100.00 cash prize, tiara and title. "


Zahara wins title-
Queen of the Bay 2006

- 2nd Place

- 3rd Place

Dama Culebra




Show Performers




Doretta and Sarafine



oh la la

shab bends

Drum Circle

Nanna and Claudia

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