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Dancing Queen – BOZENKA

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Beatriz Marta Arencibia aka BOZENKA

I was privileged enough to attend two of Bozenka’s workshops held in JHB at the beginning of October. I thought to myself what a pity that I could only attend two workshops and for such a brief time. Watching Bozenka dance and being thought by her I can best describe as like a drug [there is really no other way of describing this] you just can’t get enough – the more you see and get the more you want! I was amongst quite a big group of fellow SA dancers and even so felt that Bozenka gave a lot of personal attention during the workshops and I do believe that each and every one of us have benefited from her workshops in a HUGE way. Her love for the dance and her unconditional commitment as well as her willingness to share and teach her knowledge of this dance form is so admirable.

Bozenka was not only involved in the crowning of our Miss. Belly Dance SA 2010 but participated in the Belly Dance Fantasy Showcase. I was in the second row from the front [really really close J] and can I just say that I have NEVER EVER seen a live belly dance performance like that. Bozenka is by far the most graceful and elegant dancer! Her performance was breathtaking!!! If you happened to miss this, then ‘shame on you’, it was absolutely brilliant and such an inspiration. Bozenka is truly a dancing Queen !!

After the show I sent Bozenka a Facebook mail to congratulate her on this performance and to ask her for some feedback about her South African experience and her views on the South African Belly Dancing Community. She gave me permission to publish this and I would like to share her reply.

Bozenka Arencibia October 23 at 5:52am

“Dear Bernice,

First of all let me thank you for your kind words. It was really a joy for me to perform for the audience members in Johannesburg. It was always a dream for me to travel far but I never imagined that dancing would be the vehicle to take me to such exotic places. I truly enjoyed working with the ladies that attended my workshops. In general, I was met with smiles, excitement and respect. I felt that the dancers have an immense desire for more knowledge and they are ready to take it on! I’m very impressed with Angela for taking it into her own hands to bring teachers from abroad and to give her students and local dancers the platform (literally speaking too) to perform in such a lovely theatre. I wonder if some of the students realize that it really isn’t that way all around the world. Some bellydancers never get the chance to experience that.

Next time I visit, I’d like to teach in another city to get a bit of contrast and “taste” other grounds. It was a beautiful and very positive experience judging the Miss Belly SA Competition, teaching my workshops and performing for an audience that was so welcoming. I shall return!

Bright Blessings,


I have to agree with Bozenka, Angela, a thousand thank-you’s for your commitment and your courage to organise for a dancer of this magnitude to come to South Africa and share her knowledge with us. Such a boost for the industry. Keep up the good work !!

To Bozenka you have officially become my idol :-). Hurry back to SA soon!

Are YOU Miss Belly Dance SA 2010..!?

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The Miss Belly Dance SA Competition, the brain child of Angela Anzelotti owner of Belly Dance Goddess Dance Studio, was sucessfully launched in 2009. This competition being the first of its kind in SA is due to take place for the second time running in October of this year.

What is Miss Belly Dance SA and why is it important?

NO its is not a beauty pageant, on the contrary this is a rather challenging dance competition with the aim of finding South Africa’s most talented belly dance ‘superstar’.  This competition should be seen in the light of its real intent. The objective of such a competition is purely to challenge the South African belly dance industry to greater heights, to set an internationally recognised standard and ultimately to spread the awareness amongst the the western society we live in and to educate them about this acient dance artform.

Miss Belly Dance SA 2010 and Bozenka ShowThis year’s dance competition will be judged by top SA performers to the likes of Bhana van der Walt [Dancers of the Sheikh], Angela herself, Senta Duffield [Maya Dance Company], Marissa Cuenoud [SOMA] and international Superstar Bozenka. The judges will look at technique, musical and artistic interpretation and expression, overall appearance, professionalism and the use of props. The competition is divided in categories, so if you are not a solo performer and are more confident to perform in a group you can also enter as a group. Apart from the above mentioned aspects the group performances will also be judged according to timing and group energy.

I was privileged enough to see Carla Shepperson [Miss Belly Dance SA 2009] perform in the beginning of this year. If this was the standard set from last year’s competition I can’t wait to see what this year’s competition will bring.!

If you think you have what it takes to be the next Miss Belly Dance SA, register before 1 September 2010.

For more details contact Angela on angela@bellydancebabes.co.za or visit www.missbellydancesa.com or download the form by clicking here!