A 2001 Dance Odyssey

The Jewels of the Nile – 15th Anniversary Celebration


Workshops and Dinner Show

Saturday, April 28, 2001, IHOP Banquet Room, 2525 Erringer Road

Simi Valley, California



A’Lana is a talented Choreographer, costumer, and belly dance instructor.   A’lana will be teaching costuming  and turban wraps for tribal and cabaret style dancers. Bring veils and scarves.   $10/adv    $15/door

9:30 – 10:15


A’Lana teaches belly dance classes in Moorpark and Simi Valley.   She is a versatile dancer who incorporates the balancing of a variety of props to entertain her audience.   Bring a tray, cane, sword or candelabra to this workshop. 

$10/adv.   $15/door

11:30 – 12:15




K’Feerah has mastered the art of dancing with double veils.   Bring two veils.  These are the traditional 45” x three-yard veils.  Veils will also be available to purchase in class.

$10/adv.   $15/door


10:30 – 11:15


Nessim is the founder of the Scimitar band.  She plays dumbec (middle eastern drum) and teaches  belly dance classes in Simi Valley and Moorpark.   Nessim is a very talented musician.  When she plays her zills, everybody listens.  She will share her expertise with you in this finger-cymbal workshop.   $10/adv.   $15/door

12;30 – 1:15


Anaheed has been performing and teaching for many years and is the director of the Perfumes of Araby troupe.  She is a master of improvisational choreography and will share her tips for transforming simple steps into a dynamic performance.   This workshop will focus on transitions – transitions from one song to another or one part of a dance to another – transitions when you aren’t sure what is coming next – and transitions from one mood to another.   Check out her web site at:  http://www.pinkgypsy.com/anaheed.htm  $19/advance      $24/door




1:30 – 3:00

Workshop Schedule:  Workshops and Dinner Show will in the IHOP  Banquet Room, just off the 118 Freeway, at Erringer road.  Register Early.   Advance Registration must be received by April 20.  No confirmations will be sent.   Travel information is on the other side of this flyer. 


Doors Open -          Registration                             9:00 a.m.– 9:30  a.m.

Workshops                                                               9:30 a.m..– 3:00 p.m.

Dinner Show $15/advance, $20/door:   Featuring performances by Anaheed, A’lana, K’Feerah, Nessim, and The Jewels of the Nile.

Doors Open at 4:00, Dinner will be served  at 5:00 and the show will begin at 6:00. 

Make check or money order payable to Linda Erland and mail with this form to Linda Erland, 2468 E. Woodrow Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065.   No refunds. 

Legal Name:________________________________     Phone:______________________________

Address, City, State, Zip_____________________________________

Check the classes you will be taking:

_____ $10 A’lana/Costuming   _____$10 K’Feerah/Veils   _____$10 A’Lana/balancing   ____ $10 Nessim/Zills    _____$19 Anaheed/Transitions

_____ $15 Dinner  Check one: _____ Sirloin steak           ______Chicken breast   _____Vegetarian/pasta  

            Beverage – check one   ______Coffee   _____Hot Tea   _____ Iced Tea    _____Cola    ______Sprite

Package Deal for all Workshops and Dinner Show, Advance Only $66.00, By April 20


Amount Enclosed:   ______          For additional information, call Linda at 805-527-5166       Jewels of the Nile:  http://svjewels.com

Local Hotels:

Holiday Inn Express – across the street from IHOP, 2550 Erringer Road, 805-584-6006

Motel 6  #170 – across the street from IHOP, 2560 N. Erringer Road, 805-526-3533

Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way, 1.3 miles from IHOP, 805-583-2000

Posada Royale, 1775 Madera Road, 3.2 miles from IHOP, 805-584-6300



East on the 118, exit at Erringer Road.   Turn right at bottom of off ramp and right again into the first driveway.

West on the 118, exit at Erringer Road.   Turn left at bottom of off ramp, go under the freeway, and right into first driveway.


Jewels of the Nile - Upcoming Performances:

March 24 - Rakkasah, Main Stage, 1:00 p.m., , Richmond Auditorium, 27th & Nevin, off MacDonald, Richmond, CA

March 31  - 2001 Camarillo Celtic Festival, Constitution Park,– cityhall@ci.camarillo.ca.us

April 6 - Valley View Middle School, Simi Valley, International Day (not open to the public)

April 28- 2001 Space Odyssey, 15th Anniversary Celebration, IHOP Banquet Rm., 1234 Erringer Road, Simi Valley, CA

June 2 - Cairo Canivale, Rio Hondo College, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA 90601


Belly Dance Classes:       

Linda Erland teaches Intermediate/Advanced Belly Dance at the Houghton Park Recreation  Room/Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District

Nessim (Penny Bjokland) teaches Beginning Belly Dance at the Rancho and Intermediate Advanced/classes at Houghton Park Recreation Room.

A’’Lana (Lynn Tepper) teaches Belly Dance


Jewels of the Nile:

Linda Erland, Madonna Rose, and Susy Harris founded the Jewels of the Nile April 30, 1986.

The founding members of the troupe were:  Penny Bjorkland, Linda Erland, Jennie Goldberg, Joyce Harrison,

Jo Moberly, Sue Petrovich, Madonna Rose, Babs Whelan, and Carol Ann Zuchowski,

The current members of the troupe are:  Nessim (Penny Bjorkland), Linda Erland, Tracey Farmer,

CherRenee (Sharon Hunt Gerardo), Joya (Joyce Harrison), Phaedra (Margaret Hernandez), K’Feerah (Karen Hieger), Shanell (Shannon Landy), Jhenya (Janet Mirahmadi, Lotta (Carolyn Nell), He’Vannah (Heidi Nesbitt), Madonna Rose, and

A’Lana (Lynne Tepper), plus two dancers on Leaves of Absence – Cynthia Cuan Davies and Norene Roxbury.

Over the past 15 years, many dancers have moved away or have gone on to other endeavors, but remain loyal supporters of the Jewels of the Nile: They are Lori Barondess, Debra Beard, Eleanor Boone, Sharon Carleton, Shirley Conkwright, Yasemin Demirtas, Colleen Duncan, Joel George, Susy Harris, John Hamilton, Cathy Hegal,

Susan Howard, Lupe McDevitt, Jo Moberly, Marie Selame, Christine Stark, Josie Urie, and Lisa Vig.


Central Coast MECDA (Middle Eastern Culture and Dance Association)

Central Coast MECDA continues the MECDA tradition of offering communication, education, inspiration, and fun for its members, as well as supporting local programs to end domestic violence.   If you live in San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County or Northern Los Angeles County, this chapter is for you.


Central Coast Chapter President is Natasya Katsikaris.   Natasya dances regularly at Ventura’s Greek at the Harbor restaurant, and teaches Belly Dance at Fusion Studios in Moorpark.  Daniel Eshoo is Treasurer. Daniel is a semi-professional musician, vocalist, and teacher of Near Eastern music.  Jewels of the Nile troupe director, Linda Erland, is vice-president.   Jewels of the Nile troupe member, K’Feerah (aka Karen Hieger) is Secretary.


To request MECDA membership information, please write to:   MECDA,          P.O. Box 946, Rosemead, CA. 91770, or email to AsiaMinorX@aol.com