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UPDATE 2007 - from Tonya and Atlantis
Our Mission Statement: To present Middle Eastern Dance as a force for good at all times in all ways, with dignity and respect.
This year has brought great good in all endeavors!
Tonya and Atlantis have produced over 100 BD videos and DVDs through the Bellydancer of the UniverseŽ Competition. Our first Mega Stars of the Universe DVD has completely sold out! We are diligently working on the next. Our workshop agenda for this year's Competition was truly the Ultimate in Dance Education. Our Competition theme, "Generations and Legends of the Dance" featured, for the first time in the Universe, the largest gathering of Mothers, Sons, Sisters and Daughters of the dance. It won the attention of aspiring as well as professional dancers from across the globe.
We are proud to announce the Bellydancer of the Universe recording series, "Ecstasy in Belly Dancing" has produced its newest release (Volume II) entitled "Atlantis," featuring routines for the Universal, Egyptian and Fusion artists. All songs, words and music composed by Tonya Chianis, R. SC, P. Tonya has poured her heart and soul into this CD to create a cultural Mecca of music for all styles of Belly Dance you are sure to enjoy!
We are in the process of completing a new performance DVD to go with our new CD Atlantis. It will feature individual performances to exemplify the styles of Universal, Egyptian and Fusion Belly Dance, soon to be released.
Atlantis continues to be in the forefront of the Bellydancer of the UniverseŽ Competition. She also performs and choreographs for many glamorous star studded shows and red carpet events. She runs a very successful dance and entertainment agency and will be teaching and performing at "Tribal Fest" and the Desert Dance Festival, both in Northern California. Atlantis has been selected for inclusion in the Biltmore Who's Who among Executives and Professional Women, in the upcoming 2007 "Honors Edition" of the registry.
They will soon celebrate 16 years of Tonya's weekly Original Belly Dance Showcases, also featuring her Annual Spirit of Christmas and Bellydancer of the Universe Mega Start Extravaganza.
Tonya and Atlantis are once again honored to be President and Vice-president of the Middle Eastern Culture and Dance Association, Beach Cities Chapter. Tonya's classes continue to thrive, and she is most grateful for her continuing work as a Practitioner of Religious Science. We once again supported the care and feeding of our five rescued horses now living at the Equus Sanctuary, P.O. Box 3673, Glendale, CA 91221. (Any financial support would be greatly appreciated.)
Looking forward to seeing you all again next year, February 16 and 17, 2008 in beautiful Long Beach, California.
Love and Peace to All,
Tonya and Atlantis
Bellydancer of the Universe Orchestra. Live Music for Universal Finals.
L-R, Andreas Tsianis - Clarinet; Carlos - Kanoon; Viken Najarian - Oud.
Bellydancer of the UniverseŽ Competitions™
Tonya & Atlantis, the most highly awarded
Mother/Daughter Dance Duo,
The 17th Annual Bellydancer of the UniverseŽ Competitions™ and International Dance Festival with "Generations and Legends" of the Dance,
Starring Mothers, Sons, Sisters and Daughters!
in 18 Dance Workshops at the
Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.
Thank you all for participating! You are all winners.
ATLANTIS ARE PROUD TO PRESENT THE '07 CHAMPIONS of The Bellydancer of the UniverseŽ Competitions™
Bellydancer of the Universe Orchestra
L-R: Andreas Tsianis, Clarinet; Carlos Devecioglu, Kanoon; Viken Najarian, Oud
SATURDAY, FEB 17, 2007 COMPETITIONS
Atlantis with Ana, Divine Champion,
People's Choice, and Congeniality: CA
Atlantis and Deborah, Divine, 1st Runner Up: CA
Dejah - Divine, 2nd Runner Up: TX (now in CA)
Drum Solo / Solo Dancer
Atlantis with Drum Solo Champion and People's Choice, Ahava: CA
Angela Prato - 1st Runner Up, OH
Amanda Rose - 2nd Runner Up, AZ
Aleya - 3rd Runner Up, CA
Atlantis with Drum Solo - Congeniality: Viviane, TX
Tribal Fusion Solo Champions
Tribal Fusion Solo Champion and People's Choice, Heather Shoopman: CA
Atlantis and Tribal Fusion Solo, 1st Runner Up, Jane Archer: OR
Atlantis with Tribal Fusion Solo 2nd RU and Congeniality, Sooz: CA
Saahira, Sorceress of the Emerald Winds - 3rd Runner Up, CA
Junior Solo Champions
Atlantis with Junior Solo Champion,
Minjae Lim of So. Korea
Mayette - Junior Solo, 1st Runner Up: CA
Ivy Elaine Ashmoore - 2nd Runner Up, AZ
Louise Sarigumba - 3rd Runner Up, CA
Junior Group Champions
Tonya with Junior Group Champions, Jewels of Meihana: CA
Tonya with Junior Group, 1st Runner Up,
Little Solo Champions
Top, Left: Minsun-Lee - 1st Runner Up, So Korea with Tonya.
L-R, Middle Row: Princess Mikayla - 3rd Runner Up, CA;
Yesenia Garcia - 2nd Runner Up, CA
Center Front: Monique Sanchez Guadalupe - Champion, Puerto Rico.
NEW! Solo Veil Champions:
Tonya with Veil Champion, Congeniality and People's Choice,
Tonya with 1st Runner Up, Veil Category, Naiya: CA
Regine - 2nd Runner Up, CA
Nitara - 3rd Runner Up, CA
Tribal Group Champions
Tonya with Tribal Group Champion and People's Choice, Unmata: CA
Tonya with Tribal Group
Black Sheep Bellydance,
1st Runner Up and Congeniality: CA
Tonya with Tribal Group She'enedra - 2nd Runner Up, CA
SUNDAY, FEB 18, 2007 COMPETITIONS
Fusion Solo Champions
Atlantis with Fusion Solo Champion, Viviane: TX
Dahlia, Fusion Solo 1st Runner Up: WA
Atlantis with Fusion Solo 2nd Runner Up and People's Choice, Roxana: CA
Atlantis with Fusion Solo 3rd Runner Up, Shabnam: CA
Egyptian Solo Champions
L-R: Joulya, 2nd RU, CA; Ahava - Champion, CA;
Aleya - 1st RU, CA;
Viviane - 3rd RU, TX. Atlantis kneeling in front.
People's Choice, Hyunjin Kim of South Korea
Tonya with Egyptian
Congeniality winner, Innah: IA
Right - Left: Champion, Dahlia, WA;
3rd RU, Nadira, WA; 1st RU, Andalee, CA;
2nd RU and People's Choice, Joulya, CA.
Atlantis kneeling in foreground.
Atlantis with Dahlia - Universal Champion, WA
Atlantis with Cris!,
Universal - Congeniality: CA
Adult Group Champions
Flower Buds of the Desert - Adult Group Champion, CA
with Sponsor, Emil Siha, Diamond Pyramid
The Shimmy Sisters - 1st Runner Up, CA
Belly Dance Odessy Raks - 2nd Runner Up, CA
Malaika - 3rd Runner Up, CA
People's Choice: The Shimmy Sisters, CA
Congeniality: Girls of Alexandria, CA
Note: Listed above are the highest scoring dancers in each category. We thank everyone for participating and giving us your personal best. We hope you enjoyed the event and accomplished your personal and performance goals. There are many events and we thank you for coming to the Bellydancer of the UniverseŽ Competition '07.
Best Always, Tonya and Atlantis.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER
Tonya with John Bilezikjian,
BDUC Lifetime Achievement Award 2007
Tonya & Atlantis & Bellydancer of the Universe™ are in no way affiliated or associated with nor do they endorse any other competition. We do not agree to any prize or publicity exchange with other competitions or sponsors without formal written consent. Thank you.