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Belly dancing competition Saturday at college

Staff writer

In 2009, Lake Tahoe Community College’s Duke Theatre held the inaugural Jewel of the Sierra Belly Dancing Competition and Gala Show. The show returns at 11 a.m. Saturday at the campus, 1 College Drive.

Competitors nationwide will compete in five categories: Sapphire (non-professional), Ruby (groups), Emerald (live music), Crystal (fusion of different dance and music) and Diamond (professional). Awards for each event will be presented by Namira (Susie Reese), an instructor at the college.

Judges include 12 professionals from California and Nevada of varying backgrounds in performing arts and belly dancing.

The judges will be scoring each competitor based on appearance, musical interpretation, technique, use of stage, presentation, entertainment value and personality.

The show will include the live music category and the music will be provided by Flowers of the Nile.

Some judges will be performing demonstration dances throughout the competition.

Tickets are $15 for the all-day event.

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