Variety show hosts belly dancers |

Variety show hosts belly dancers

Provided to the Tribune
Provided to the Tribune The belly dancing troupe "Ruqata Nahla" will perform at a preview of the Ageless Entertainers Variety Show on Friday at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center.

A preview of the Ageless Entertainers Variety Show will be presented following the 5:30 p.m. Friday potluck meeting of Senior Citizens Inc. at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

This will be an opportunity for a “sneak preview” of the third annual Ageless Entertainers Variety Show which will be offered to the public Aug. 21 in the Horizon Casino Resort showroom. Tickets for the production can be obtained at the senior center. Since the shows sold out the last two years, people wishing to attend the Aug. 21 show are encouraged to get tickets as soon as possible.

Friday’s program will include exotic belly dancing by the troupe, Ruqata Nahla, which means Enchanted Water; a romantic song, “I Love Paris” by Bill Paradise; clever magic tricks by J.J. the Magician (Joe Jimenez); an amusing rendition of “Put Another Log On The Fire,” sung and played on the guitar by Bob Witting; and an exciting dance and song medley of “Walk Right Back” and “Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey?” by Francine Garcia, with musical accompaniment by pianist, Marjorie Sand.

The belly dancing group was created at Lake Tahoe Community College by the leader, Shanha Samira Ma’isha, which means “the aromatic, entertaining woman who walks with a swinging gait” AKA Nikki Niebauer. They have performed for the Performing Arts League, Multicultural Day at LTCC and at the Tahoe Arts Project Performing Arts Festival as well as in the High Desert Hipfest and Wiggles of the West Competition. The troupe now includes Namira, the “Wiggles” Rising Star of 2004.

Bill Paradise has had leads in “South Pacific,” “Music Man,” “Show Boat”, co-starred with Yvonne De Carlo in “Hello Dolly,” and has been in many other theatrical productions. “J.J.” Joe Jimenez has been a professional clown for 13 years, a magician for eight years and impersonated Charlie Chaplin for six years. He has performed at schools, picnics, birthday parties, company parties, theaters and showrooms. Bob Witting has played the guitar and sung professionally for many years with bands in Colorado and Arizona. He also writes, sings and plays some of his own original songs.

Francine Garcia started performing on stage when she was 2 years old and won second prize in all all-city competition when she was 13. She sang with Anita Louise for 17 years and danced swing, salsa and belly dancing. Marjorie Sand is a professional entertainer, an accomplished musician who sings and plays the piano. She has played in every major hotel in Seattle, all the golf and country clubs and most of the night clubs. She has entertained on cruise ships in the Caribbean, Alaska, South America; at the Grand Canyon, the “Touch of Class” Resort in Oregon and in Okinawa, Japan. Sand will accompany many of the singing and musical acts at the Ageless Entertainers Variety Show.

People attending Friday’s potluck are asked to bring their own plate and utensils as well as their favorite dish for six to eight people. Members of Senior Citizens Inc. can win a $25 door prize.

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