Khalilah Samah - 2013 Belly Dancer of the Year
1st Runner Up - Nuriya
2nd Runner Up - Mariah
3rd Runner Up - Lana
4th Runner Up - Zahara
Congeniality - Jenna Shear
Jenna Shear - 2013 Tribal Soloist of the Year
1st Runner Up - Jizan
2nd Runner Up - Shadha
Congeniality - Jizan
Mariah - 2013 Grand Dancer of the Year
1st Runner Up - Shadha
2nd Runner Up - Tasha
Congeniality - Jordan Dancer
Khamsin - 2013 Troupe of the Year
1st Runner Up - Al-Ghawazee Dance Troupe
2nd Runner Up - Mi Amore
Congeniality - Al-Ghawazee Dance Troupe
Ruya - 2013 Duo/Trio of the Year
1st Runner Up - Sassafras
2nd Runner Up - Beladi Moon
Congeniality - Ruya
Sepiatonic - 2013 Tribal Ensemble of the Year
1st Runner Up - Pomegranate Vibrato
2nd Runner Up - Sister Sirens
Congeniality - Sister Sirens
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About Belly Dancer of the Year
The Belly Dancer of the Year Pageant was founded by Sula Frick. When Sula passed away in 1978, her son asked Leea Aziz to continue producing BDOY, as it was Sula's proudest accomplishment.
At first, there was only one category for soloist and the event was held in very small venues. In 1979, the Troupe category was added at the request of Kattoura/Ginny. Later, the Grand Dancer category was added at the request of Halame, and, finally, the Duet Category was added. Several years ago, the Duet of the Year category was changed to Duo/Trio. In 2010, the BDOY Pageant Committee added Tribal Soloist and Tribal Ensemble categories, beginning in 2011, to represent the American Tribal and Tribal Fusion styles in the belly dance community.
BDOY is now an international event, and "Belly Dancer of the Year" is recognized as the premier title in belly dancing. It opens the door to teaching workshops, starring in performances, and DVD appearances. Previous winners include Aziza (2002), Judeen (1993), and Alexandra King (1988). The goal of BDOY is to give qualified dancers a fair and equal opportunity to exhibit their skills, as well as promote and elevate the art of belly dance and support its amazing community.