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Head-to-head belly dance off

February 16, 1997
Web posted at: 11:15 p.m. EST

(CNN) -- It's quite a title: "Belly Dancer of the Universe." And about 150 dancers from across North America competed this weekend in Long Beach, California, for a shot at this alluring distinction.

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Sponsored by Tonya Chiani and Atlantis Long, a mother-daughter duo who travel across the United States teaching MIddle Eastern dance, the event is in its seventh year.

Various categories include: Egyptian style, universal style and group categories. Judges are selected for their knowledge of the dance form, and dancers come from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The grand prize: $1,500 in cash and bookings across the country.

 
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