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    I saw the CNN story on CTV Newsnet here in Canada, it was exciting to see a bellydance competition on the news here.

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    I'm curious to know if there were specific criteria for entering the contest and whether there were catagoies for professionals vs amateurs. I know Amar Gamal previously won this very same contest in 2004, and for those of you who don't know, Amar is a BDSS also.

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    I'm happy to see a Miami performer win the competition. Does anyone know the name of the competition, the CNN clip didn't say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azeeza
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    Did you think Dina made a snide remark?

    I thought she was saying that any time there is a belly dance competition in Egypt, where dancers from all over the world participate, the Egyptian dancer always wins, no matter if the foreign dancer is better and that wasn't fair.

    Did I misunderstand her? I have quite a few Dina videos and she is so incredibly wonderful to her students and is a great teacher even though there is a definite language barrier. I've appreciated her more after acquiring these tapes.

    Azeeza
    oops, you might be right about that. I thought she meant that Egyptian dancers are always better than foreign dancers, but now I think she meant what you said.

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    Does anyone know of a link that isn't aol video by chance?

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    Thumbs up All in good fun!

    Competing, whether a professional dancer or amateur, is a very personal choice. I don't think it has anything to do with who you are in the dance or which companies you are a part of. It's just something exciting, fun, and challenging to do for yourself. I've been a professional bellydancer and Instructor going on 15 years and just recently started competing. I'm considered now a "seasoned dancer" and really just wanted to see how I did compared to some of the younger ladies. So far I placed 3rd in the East Coast Classic and 2nd in the Personal Best Middle Eastern Dance Competition. I'm going for another win at the upcoming Za-Beth's Diva Pageant in Boston and Jewel of the Nile in NJ. It's all in good fun!

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    Hi Azeeza, All -- I see that clip was from July 6, '06, but it is not accessible anymore on either CNN or this aol link -- Does anyone know where this might be found? It sounds so interesting -- hope it might be seen now Ludy

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    Quote Originally Posted by A'isha Azar View Post
    but my goodness, what is a professional doing in a contest anyway??
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    I don't think competition is for me, but to each his own.
    With all the competitions with specific catagories for professional dancers I'd say a lot of professional dancers take part in competitions. So you are commenting on all of them and all the competition organizers with derision.

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    Za-Beth's Annual Diva Pageant in Boston was a lot of fun. I'm glad I went considering I won First Runner Up. Competing in dance requires an open-minded, carefree, and cheerful attitude. If you go into a competition not planning on winning, but to meet other great dancers/supporters from all over the country, you can always come home a winner. Bringing home a trophy is the icing on the cake.
    Last edited by Mariah; 09-07-2006 at 08:17 PM.

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    Good Lord, I'm so sorry that I didn't see this earlier. I did find an archived video tonight:

    http://www.ibnlive.com/videos/14636/...y-dancing.html

    It isn't the greatest quality, but at least you'll be able to see it. There might be a blurb regarding the competition next to it as well.

    Sorry, this is so late,

    Azeeza

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