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The 2003 Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition
is dedicated to our beloved father/grandfather, Louis O. Belli, With Love.
and Reviews of the 2003 BDUC
are The 2003 Winners!
Celestia (Champion), Atlantis, Genie of the Desert and "M"
1st Runner-Up: Genie of the Desert; 2nd Runner-Up:
Tonya, Brianna (Champion), Tabitha, Tamara and Atlantis
1st Runner-Up: Tamara, 2nd Runner-Up: Tabitha
L-R: Brianna, Atlantis and Tamara.
Tonya, Atlantis, Jade (Champion), Kareema, Bay'la Zena
1st RU: Kareema, 2nd RU: Bay'la Zena
Choice: Jade, Congeniality: Bay'la Zena
Winner: Midnite Mirage
1st RU: Raks Sahibat
2nd RU: Anja's Court
People's Choice: Mighty Isis
Congeniality: Jewels of Amarain
L-R: Tonya, Harry Saroyan,
Anja, Calypso, Ralph Karapetian, Elisheva, Meera, Enheduanna, and Atlantis kneeling
1st RU: Enheduanna; 2nd
RU: Meera, 3rd RU: Elisheva
Choice: Calypso; Congeniality: Anja
L-R: Tonya with Dr. Samy
Farag, Harry Saroyan, and Ralph Karapetian (trophy Sponsors); Azhia, Jamileh,
Meera, Shabnam; and Floor in Front: Atlantis.
(Not pictured: Celeste)
1st RU: Jamileh, 2nd
RU: Meera, 3rd RU: Shabnam
People's Choice: Azhia,
Tonya, Atlantis, Prince Andrew, Luna, Linda Kitiara, Jayna
Winner: Prince Andrew
1st RU: Jayna, 2nd
People's Choice: Tie: Prince Andrew &
Congeniality: Linda Kitiara
OF THE UNIVERSE
L-R: Seated: Champ, Behrouz Rezazadeh; Ali Bundakji (1st Runner up); Charlie
Vilialuazo, (2nd Runner up). Standing: Tonya and Atlantis
Perrine, Helen Kelso, Patsy Okada, Lucy Diaz, Cyndy Duff, Irmgard Rogers
TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
L-R: Amina Goodyear, Martha Schill, Atlantis, Dan Luna, and Tonya
Winners of theLifetime Achievement Awards
Kahreen & Kira
CATEGORIES - Judges
Drummer of the Universe - Winner
chosen by People's Choice Ballot
and Junior - Anisa, Fahtiem, Kareema, Marta Schill, Taji
- Amina Goodyear,Jasmina, Marula, Mesmera, Marta Schill
- Fahtiem, Ashana Hanada, Marushka, Nina Sahar, Marta Schill
- Amina Goodyear, Turquoise International, Angelika Nemeth, Sah'ra, Zahra Zuhair
Universal - Amina Goodyear, Mesmera, Angelika
Nemeth, Sah'ra, Marta Schill
Fusion - Fahtiem,
Amina Goodyear, Marula, Mesmera, Jeanie
Trophy Sponsors 2003:
We are most grateful to our wonderful Sponsors, Mr. Harry Saroyan of Saroyan
Manufacturing, P. 0. Box 2056, Riverside, CA 92516 and Mr. Ralph Karapetian of
All Star Tire Company, 2735 E. Artesia Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90805. We are honored
and proud to have such fine gentlemen as our associates in this competition and
thank them deeply for their love and support.
New Year to all! Yes, the blessings continue to flow as our competition is receiving
worldwide recognition and we continue to fulfill our commitment to make the Belly
Dancer of the Universe Competition the ultimate learning and pleasurable experience.
This year we have added the Fusion Category, which allows everyone total expression
through Middle Eastern dance.
We dedicate this year's competition to our
Father/Grandfather, Louis 0. Belli, who made his transition in September 2002.
We miss him so. We thank you so much for your support of all our endeavors and
invite you to attend our famous "Original Belly Dance Showcase," now
in its 12th year, where every Wednesday
evening live music, Belly Dancing and a variety of events of the highest caliber
Atlantis and I are very proud to continue our service to MECDA's
Beach Cities Chapter, as President and Vice President. Atlantis continues to perform
and book entertainment through her company, Belly Dancers of the Universe, for
Papadakis Taverna and the finest hotels and events in the Southern California
We both enjoyed a wonderful workshop and show in Miami Shores, Florida
and Atlantis will return there once again in April 2003.
My dance classes
just keep getting bigger and better. I continue my work as a Practitioner on the
phone lines for World Ministry of Prayer and at the Seal Beach Church of Religious
Science. Once again we sent our annual donation for care and upkeep of our five
rescued horses. If you can help, send donations to the Equus Rescue & Sanctuary,
P 0 Box 3273, Glendale, CA 91221, 818-768-3469.
Love & Peace to All,
Tonya & Atlantis