2012 Belly Dancer of the Universe® Competition Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center
300 East Ocean Boulevard,
Long Beach, CA 90802-4825
In the Promenade Ballroom. Parking is on the corner of Pine Ave & Seaside Ave
Join the Global experience that is the Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition, we will be having our 23 year in 2013,
plan now to attend! Here is a sample of what you will see on our stage, the Champions in all 11 Categories for 2012.
"BDUC 23" will be held once again in beautiful Long Beach, CA, Feb 15, 16 and 17, 2013.
DRUMS by Amir Sofi, video by Arnie's Productions
WINNERS of the BDUC 2012
Champion of Champions: Ashmina, Egyptian Category - Mex
Universal Champion: Mireya Yamilet – PR
1st RU = Andalee - CA
2nd RU = Maria - CA
3rd RU = Courtney - CA
Congeniality: Ferah Bakuy - TX
People's Choice: Mireya Yailet – PR
Egyptian Champion: Ashmina – Mex
1st RU = Marta Korzun – Ukraine
2nd RU = Badriyah – Czech Rep
3rd RU = Roxanna - CA
Congeniality: Courtney - CA
People's Choice: Ashmina - Mex
Group Champions: Layla & the Lotus Dancers - CA
1st RU = Latin Mirage - CA
2nd RU = Sharm - Ukraine
3rd RU = Mefod Kateryna & Iorokhova Regina - Ukraine
Congeniality: Jewels of Miehana - CA
People's Choice: Beach Bellies – CA
1st RU = Kat - CA
2nd RU = Jessica – CA
3rd RU = Shamryluk Anastasiya - Ukraine
Little Champion: Iorokhova Regina – Ukraine
1st RU = Kopoteva Sofiya - Ukraine
2nd RU = Kassandra - CA
3rd RU = Brianna - CA
Sadie Marquardt: "Still smiling after and amazing weekend at BDUC!! Congratulations to all the contestants. I saw some amazing talent this weekend. It was great to see so many friends. My favorite part of the weekend was dancing with my students live on stage to Amir Sofi for their certification. You ladies rocked!!!! I am so proud. Thank you Tonya and Atlantis Long for another amazing event! You put your heart into it and it shows, it is by far one of the World's, and the Universe's, best events. Was an honor to be part of it!"
Mahira: "I had a fab time at BDUC in Long Beach yesterday! Thanks to Atlantis Long and Tonya for once again coordinating a fantastic event. You both give so much to the dance community. (If you haven't been to BDUC, go check it out today for the finals and a spectacular show to follow). Thank you xoxo"
Fahtiem: Dear Tonya and Atlantis,
Thank you soooo much !
I had a great time and spent "MUCHO" money with the venders!
Atlantis you looked HOT!!
It was great to see Andy looking and sounding so good!
Congratulations on a great event!!
Sending Lots of Love.
Thank you BDUC for letting me connect with so many old friends and giving me the opportunity to make a few new ones. It was a pleasure to watch so many wonderful dancers put everything into their performances. It made judging terribly difficult. Tonya and Atlantis, you really bring the community together. Amazing to have so much talent and knowledge in one place! Thanks again to Taji for her unlimited hospitality.
Maryam Raks Sharqi: Thanks for all your comments!! we are so happy and gratefully!!! Hard work receive good results, BDUC is a big family and i was so happy see all of you again!!! Yeeiii!!! We love you too Atlantis & Tonya!! thanks soo much!! BDUC ROCKS!!!!!
Courtney: Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend!
This is my 2nd year coming to BDUC and once again, I am leaving
completely inspired and excited to get back to work. It is always a
privilege to see such tremendously talented bellydancers come together
from all over the world to perform and the energy of the weekend was
so positive - from the judges to the volunteers to the other dancers.
Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to this event and
to the community. I'll see you next year for sure, and hopefully
MAJA: TONYA AND ATLANTIS ....
THANK YOU FOR THIS WONNDERRRRRRFULL EVENT.......I LOVED EVERY MINUTE...
IT WAS INSPIRING....AMAZING DANCERS ON THE COMPETITION.....I WOULD NOT WANT TO BE ON THE JUDGE TABLE....SO HARD ....
TONYA YOU ARE THE MOST AMAZING HOSTESS...SO ELEGANT AND BEAUTIFULLL...AND AS I TOLD YOU ...YOUR WORDS FOR ALL THE DANCERS ARE SO GENEROUS ....IT FEELS GOOD...THEY ALL FEEL LIKE SUPER STARS.....
ATLANTIS.. THANK YOU FOR ASKING ME IF ALL WAS WELL....I LOVED TO SEE YOU CROSSING THE ROOM......YOU LOOKED LIKE A BUTTERFLY....GLIDING ...BEAUTIFUL..
I REMEMBER A WORKSHOP YOU GAVE HERE IN MIAMI.....I WAS STUNNED WITH THE MODERN FUSION YOU ADDED IN THE DANCE.....THAT WAS GREAT...
AND LOOK AT THE WORLD TODAY....ALL FUSION...
THANKS FOR BOTH TO OPEN SPACE .....I LOVED TO CONNECT WITH THE DANCERS AND OTHER VENDORS...AND TO HAVE MET YOU.
Mireya Yamilet Figueroa: Thank you tonya , atlantis and staff is so professionalalways is the new and amazing experience for me . I really happy xoxo !!
Angelika Nemeth: Dear Tonya & Atlantis,
It's been almost 2 weeks since BDUC 2012. Before more time goes by I want to thank you both for honoring my body of work by giving me the Life time achievement award. It means a lot to me and it was a wonderful surprise! I enjoyed the event even more this year because I did not have the added stress of competition and I loved that it was back in the upstairs ballroom.
As always, kudos to you both for putting on such a high caliber event. It is a wonderful legacy you have been creating. I look forward to BDUC 2013.
Thank you and love to you both.
Sahra Carolee Kent: What a beautiful whirlwind weekend at BDUC! The talent was amazing! All the great dancers and creative ideas are wonderful to watch, but very difficult to judge - so many good dancers. Thank you Tonya and Atlantis Long for all your hard work and dedication!
Helena Vlahoss: You are right Sahra, It was amazing! I loved every minute of it. And it really was difficult to judge so many amazing contestants. Tonya and Atlantis Long did it again, making this event the most prestigious competition, Belly Dancer of the Universe (BDUC).
Cassandra Fox: I also wanted to say a big THANK YOU for once again putting together such a wonderful event. It was my second year attending and once again I had a fantastic time. The competitors are all so warm and friendly and your staff and volunteers are asbolutely fantastic. They are helpful, friendly and cheerful. They are in part what makes the event so great. You really have put together an excellent team. I loved the new location in the Promenade ballroom as well. Tonya and Atlantis run a great competition and event. Their effort and experience shows.
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.
MORE PHOTOS BDUC 2012
Video promo mashup of Katy Perry's "FireworK" and some of our most stellar belly dance performances
and award winners from "BDUC 21" Belly Dancer of the Universe 2011.
Atlantis, Co-producer BDUC, Some favorite television performances.
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