Datura Online Belly Dance Challenge #5 Results!


Phew, you all certainly made it difficult for us to pick prize recipients this year - clearly everyone worked hard and had a great time expressing each choreography and getting creative with their videos! 


Before we announce the recipients of the official prizes for this challenge we want to first acknowledge everyone who participated as an absolute *winner* in this challenge. Give yourself a hearty pat on the back and a round of applause! We saw so many of you pushing yourself, overcoming challenges, and learning. And what a supportive community surrounding this event! You can see for yourself by visiting the event page with numerous theads of participants in this challenge supporting each other and check out the youtube playlist with all the participant submissions!

Recall, the primary purposes of this challenge were:

First: We wanted you, who come from so many different places in the world, to see each other dance so that you could have the opportunity to be inspired by, and to inspire, your fellow members of our DO community.

Second: Growth. Goals are important tools to help you to push and achieve something that is perhaps a little out of your comfort zone. (We heard this from a lot of you and are so glad you decided to take this challenge on.)

Third: Selfishly, we love seeing you dance!

Fourth: To have fun!


And now, the prizewinners. Many of these choreographies were too close to call, so we decided to award not only a prize for our first pick, a year's membership to Datura Online, but for ALL the choreographies this year we chose to give runner-up prizes, a free month of membership. We also created a special prize (3 month membership) for a participant who completed all four choreographies and got creative with her video and editing skills.

And now presenting... the prizewinners!

Chomper by Zoe Jakes:
Grand Prize - Paola PiBi & Mariasole! (Italy)

Runner Up - Lanna Patrícia! (Brazil)

Runner Up - Kiri Glinz! (Guatemala)

Spirit of the Drum by Sedona Soulfire:

Grand Prize: Liz Stortstrom! (USA)

Runner Up: Zey Kaija! (Turkey / Germany)

Runner Up: Erica Roadknight! (Australia)

Viaje by Ashley Lopez:
Grand Prize: Maria Beletz! (Romania)

Runner Up: Bonnie Belle! (USA)

Runner Up: Melissa Souza! (Brazil)

Raqs Assaya by Henna:
Grand Prize: Zoe Ni! (Norway)

Runner Up - Samile Seber! (Brazil)

Runner Up - Lynette Day & Andria Perkins! (USA)

Special Prize - Exercising Green Screen and Editing skills (and learning all four choreographies):

Celine Vautour! (Canada)

It was beautiful, once again, to see all of your amazing submissions. Our hearts swell with pride and we get a little misty eyed watching all of these videos and thinking of your hard work. Not to mention your courage in sharing them with the world! We learn more from every challenge, and it reaffirms our commitment to keep making the best classes possible so we can all share in the joy of this dance form together. Thank you all and we hope to see you in the next challenge!

If you haven't seen all of the submissions to the challenge, here's a playlist with them all for your enjoyment.