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Friday Night Movie Fun: More Egyptian Greats!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Admission at the door: $10 and includes popcorn

More great clips of famous and not-so-famous (notorious, even) dancers from the vast collection of Cassandra's archives. Raqs Sharqi artists, folklore, fakelore, and some out-there shows! Cassandra will host, with brief knowledgeable lectures regarding the films clips you'll be watching.


Samia & Farid

Soheir Zaki



Friday Night Movie Fun: Must-see moments in Egyptian dance!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Admission at the door: $10 and includes popcorn

Tonight will feature dancers from the Egyptian movies and television. Enjoy watching classic videos of some of the famous and not-so-famous dancers who appeared in the Egyptian cinema, and shows from the 1960’s and ‘70’s when dancers were often featured on Egyptian TV. Names you might recognize: Tahia Carioca, Samia Gamal, Naima Akef, Nagwa Fouad, Soheir Zaki, Fifi Abdo, Aza Sharif, Lucy, Nadia Jamal, Mona Said, and many more. Must-see moments in Egyptian dance!

Cassandra will give some brief knowledgeable lectures regarding the films and clips you'll be watching. You'll leave feeling cool and refreshed!



Nicole & Kay playing for Katrina
of Cape Cod on her TV show


Jawaahir Open Rehearsal: Kay Hardy Campbell Choreography

Sunday, August 28, 2016

FREE + receive a $10 discount coupon toward Jawaahir's next major concert, Shoma, at The Lab Theater, September 29thOctober 2nd.
Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

Jawaahir Dance Company is pleased to announce that we have received an MRAC Arts Learning Grant to be used to bring two guest choreographers to set new pieces on the Company.

The first of these choreographers is the esteemed Arabian dance specialist Kay Hardy Campbell. Ms. Campbell will set a theatricalized social dance from Saudi Arabia on the Company, specifically for our upcoming concert Shoma, to be presented at the Lab Theater, September 29thOctober 2nd. Join us to watch Jawaahir rehearse Kay's beautiful choreography! Kay will take a few questions and discuss her process following the rehearsal. 

Writer, musician, and dance instructor Kay Hardy Campbell has been teaching Khaliji folkloric music and dance for over three decades. After earning a BA in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota, she lived in Saudi Arabia for several years, learning the dances at women's wedding parties and in the homes of Saudi friends. Kay has written extensively about the music and dance of the Arabian Peninsula, beginning as a feature writer for the English language 'Arab News' in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and continues to write for 'Aramco World Magazine.' Her ability to read, speak, and write Arabic has allowed her to uncover and convey many aspects of culture and traditional life little known outside the Gulf. Though she does not perform as a soloist, Kay choreographs Khaliji dances for her students and dance troupes. She teaches regularly at the Karim Nagi's Arab Dance Seminar. Her fund of knowledge includes not only women's dances, but also bedouin folk dances. She has lectured and taught dance at colleges and universities around the country. Working from her home in Maine, her personal projects include a blog on women's issues in Saudi Arabia and a novel that inspired the script of Shoma.

An informal Meet The Artist Q-and-A session with Ms. Campbell
Saturday, August 27th
Sebastian Joe's
1007 Franklin Ave S, Minneapolis

For more in-dept discussion of Kay and her work in Arab music and dance, please attend the Meet The Artist event at Sebastian Joe's on August 27th.

No registration is necessary for the open rehearsal or the meet and greet. Just come!

Fez Documentary  

Friday Night Movie Fun 1!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Admission at the door: $10 and includes popcorn

Need a cool place to hang out on a hot Friday night? Come on over to watch The Fez Documentary!

"The Fez Supperclub, the first of its kind, opened in Hollywood in 1959. It became a center for the Arabic community in Southern California as well as a catalyst for Arab music and dance on the West Coast. The Fez went on to inspire generations of musicians and dancers well beyond Los Angeles. Featuring live Arabic music, Belly Dancers, and the best Arabic food in town, The Fez became legend!

Director-Producer Roxxanne Shelaby brings us into the heart of her father's club, The Fez. She has collected the stories heard all her life from dancers, musicians and patrons. They share their experiences of the magical nights at The Fez where Hollywood celebrities were regulars, Americans were introduced to and fell in love with Arabic culture, and a Belly Dance scene was born."

Cassandra will give some brief knowledgeable lectures regarding the films and clips you'll be watching. You'll leave feeling cool and refreshed!


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Shaken & Stirred
Jawaahir in the Fringe Festival

Friday, August 5 at 5:30pm, $16
Saturday, August 6 at 10:00pm, $22
Wednesday, August 10 at 7:00pm, $16
Saturday, August 13 at 1:00pm, $22
Sunday, August 14 at 7:00pm
, $22

Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Parking and Map

New this year! PURCHASE Fringe Day Pass Wristbands: ALL patrons must have a wristband to see a show. Your wristband serves as your pass to any show in the festival on a given day. Wristbands are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Wristbands for kids 12 and under will be available in the venues during the festival for $5 every day.

Expect the unexpected, as well as the classic! Along with a selection of new dances created with the Fringe ethic in mind, Jawaahir Dance Company will present a short preview of its upcoming concert, Shoma, featuring an Arabian desert storyteller named Shoma. For these performances, master Near Eastern dancer Cassandra and Jawaahir’s 20 dancers are “shaken and stirred” by inspiring musical sources from around the globe, and their unique Fringe performances will delight the senses!

The Minnesota Fringe is a world-famous annual performing arts festival in Minneapolis. For eleven days, over a thousand artists present works in every discipline and genre for one hour or less.

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Jawaahir Performing at Midtown Global Music Festival

Saturday, July 9, 2016. 10am–8:30pm.
Midtown Global MarketAccessibility symbol.
920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

The Sixth Annual Midtown Global Music Festival, in partnership with the Minneapolis Aquatennial, features a line-up of live music and dance from around the world, performing on two outdoor stages and one indoor stage throughout the day.


Blaine Festival

Saturday, June 25 at 4:00pm

Aquatore Park under the East Pavilion

Come on out to the Blaine Festival this Saturday and enjoy a performance by dancers from Jawaahir Dance Company! Check out their website and plan a whole day of fun!


CHECK IT OUT! On May 31st, Cassandra and members of Jawaahir had so much fun hanging with The Dude and performing for the patients at the Minneapolis Children's Hospital for their Kids Clubhouse Show!





Cassandra's Cabaret - Back to the 50's!
Starring Cassandra, Aisha, Lauren, Theresa and surprise guests!

Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 8:00pm
Jawaahir Studio Theater Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Pay at the door.

Join Cassandra as she transforms the Jawaahir Studio Theater into a Cabaret! Intimate tables, delicious hors d'oeuvres, and an evening of fabulous dance and music. Lady of the Lakes Silks by Basinah will be here for your shopping pleasure on Tuesday, June 14th and at the Cabaret performance. Seating starts at 7:45.

Purchase your tickets early. This Cabaret will sell out as all participants in Cassandra's Weeklong Intensive will be attending. Your seat is not reserved until we receive payment.

For further information, call 612-872-6050, or email genmanager@jawaahir.org

aisha Lauren Theresa



Cassandra photo by Mathieu Lindquist

Al-Bahira Middle Eastern Dance Theater

Black Isles

Black Isles photo by Carr Hagerman Photography

Blue Lotus
Blue Lotus

Kamala Chaand
Kamala Chaand

Smiling Lune
Smiling Lune


Enchanted Evening

Friday, June 17, 2016 at 8:00pm
Patrick's Cabaret Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Tickets available at the door.

Join Cassandra and Jawaahir Dance Company for an Enchanted Evening — a special and intimate evening of performances by Cassandra, Jawaahir Dance Company, Al-Bahira Middle Eastern Dance Theater, Aliyah Sahar, Anomalee, Black Isles, Blue Lotus Middle Eastern Dancers, Fareeha, Kamala Chaand Dance Company, Khazanah, Malika, Smiling Lune Dance, and more! Dahlal Internationale will be here for your shopping pleasure on Thursday, June 16th, Friday, June 17th, and at the Enchanted Evening performance.

Black Isles Bellydance is a unique fusion and world dance ensemble. With musicians from Orchestra Bastet, and dancers Alana Mari, Lyra, and Luna Rouge, Black Isles Bellydance is a blend of the old and the new, offering live music, dance of various styles, and entertainment for the whole family. Find us on Facebook and be sure to see us on the Gypsy Stage at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival!

Julianna and the Blue Lotus are celebrating their 11th year. Join us next spring for our new theater production, "Blue Lotus Cocktail," showing in Minneapolis and Rochester.

What do ya do when you are 62 ???  Keep dancing!!!!!! Anomalee, formerly known as Mistress Tara, has been dancing for 44 years. 34 years Orientale, 8 years Tribal Fusion, 2 years Hip Hop & Break Dance. Anomalee sends a ‘shout out’ to: BBoy MalvinX, BGirl MonaLisa, Joelle, and Erin Sheppard.

Smiling Lune (originally Basimah Kamar) was founded in 2005 by director Kalila Indivar to create accessible dance for a variety of audiences, expressing the full range of human experience through movement. Kalila and Smiling Lune have performed at venues around Minneapolis and the Midwest, including the Minnesota Fringe Festival, John Munger’s Rabbit Show, and at Patrick’s Cabaret. Our style has continued to evolve. To learn more about Smiling Lune, visit http://smilinglune.com.

Kamala Chaand Dance Co. is Minnesota's leader in American Tribal Style belly dance, offering classes, workshops, and performances in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Under the artistic direction of Mirah Ammal, Al-Bahira is a professional dance company dedicated to presenting and dances of the Middle East, Persia and surrounding regions in authentic yet creative ways. They also provide belly dance classes, workshops, and individual coaching with Mirah Ammal. Al-Bahira will present “Sleeper,” a cracked fairy-tale-in-dance this August at Intermedia Arts through the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Aliyah Sahar Anomalee Fareeha Malika
Aliyah Sahar photo by Jan Geisen, Anamolee, Fareeha, Malika

Weeklong flyer  

Cassandra's 2016 Weeklong Oriental Dance Intensive

Monday-Saturday, June 13–18, 2016
Jawaahir Studio
Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

It's our 15th anniversary! Join us for this six-day workshop taught by the fabulous Cassandra:

  • Five days of dance classes ***NOTE NEW START & END TIMES*** (9:00–4:00)
  • Three performances included: Participant dinner show (Monday), Enchanted Evening (Friday), Cassandra's Cabaret (Saturday)
  • Oriental and folkloric technique
  • Conditioning and stretching
  • Lecture classes daily
  • At least 3 helpful teaching assistants available to give you individual attention at all times
  • Live drum accompanist
  • Saturday review/video session
  • Vendor: Dahlal Internationale will be here for your shopping pleasure on Thursday, June 16th, Friday, June 17th, and at the Enchanted Evening performance on Friday, June 17th
  • Vendor: Lady of the Lakes Silks by Basinah will be here for your shopping pleasure on Tuesday, June 14th and at the Cabaret performance on Saturday, June 18th

Cost of the complete weeklong package: USD $675.
Space is limited to 25 participants.
Registration available on-line.

See the flyer.

Read a review of a past workshop by one of the participants, Sherezzah Bint al-Waha.
Read the Winter 2011 Beledi Beat for a Weeklong Intensive Preview by Patricia Cumbie.

If you are coming from out of town and want advanced information about accommodations or things to do in the area, contact Angela at admin@jawaahir.org or 612-872-6050.

A $100 non-refundable deposit will secure your place in the Intensive. Balance is due May 21, 2016. Cancellations receive 50% refund (less deposit).



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Caravan under the Stars
Jawaahir's Annual Gala & Fundraiser

Thursday, May 12, 2016
6:00 – 10:00pm

Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

$30 at the door. Be sure to pick up your complimentary subscription to TOSCA Magazine and a free copy of their Spring issue when you arrive!

Cathy Wurzer, TPT2's Almanac co-host, and our mistress of ceremonies for the evening, and Gary Kruger, our live auctioneer, are travelling great distances to join Cassandra and Jawaahir in throwing the best event of this year for all of our beloved supporters....YOU! We’ll have a short performance from Cassandra and Jawaahir for you to enjoy, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction bursting with amazing things for you to bid on, and a super fun live auction. Plus, Angela, from Ancient Traditions Mehndi will be here to give you some beautiful henna.

Uncover hidden treasures such as CD's, gorgeous veils, collectable items, stunning visual art, and unique artisan jewelry. Relax and smile while you peruse through gift certificates from Abdallah Candies & Gifts, Alliance Francaise, Barbette, Bibelot, Brave New Workshop, Bryant Lake Bowl, Cassandra's Weeklong Oriental Dance Intensive (pass for 2016), The Cassandra School of Belly Dance (2 consecutive 10-week sessions for Levels 35 and 2 consecutive 10-week sessions for Levels 12), Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, Christo's, The Cowles Center, French Meadow Bakery & Café, Guthrie Theater, Izzy’s Ice Cream, Jungle Theater, Kyatchi, Landmark Theater, Longfellow Grill, The Lowry, Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis Art Institute, MN Landscape Arboretum, Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Mother Earth Gardens, The Museum of Russian Art, Pink Cloud Massage, Red Stag Supper Club, Riverview Theater, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Saints, Seward Community Co-op, Tapestry Folkdance Center, Tiny Diner, Vertical Endeavors, Walker Art Center, Zenon Dance, Zorongo Flamenco, 2 private one-hour Middle Eastern music lessons with multi-instrumentalist Tim O'Keefe.

Then, to sweeten your evening...simply by coming, you’ll be entered into a drawing for two tickets to Jawaahir’s Shoma, our next big exciting production at The Lab Theater this fall! To win, you must be present at the drawing at the end of our party. Also, if you spend $100 or more, you will be put on our guest list to enjoy a preview of Shoma, at our dress rehearsal on Wednesday, September 28.

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Acting Auditions for Jawaahir's Production of Shoma

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
9:00 – 10:00pm

Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

Cassandra and Jawaahir Dance Company are reviving 1998's Shoma and you are invited to audition for a speaking role. Non-dancers and dancers are welcome to audition. Six women and two men are needed to fill the speaking roles.

Please contact Shoma's theater director: Hilary Smith at hilpete@visi.com if you want to audition. You will need to be able to stay the entire hour. Those auditioning will read with a variety of people. If there are questions about the roles available, please e-mail me and I'll answer any questions.

Shoma runs Wednesday-Sunday, September 28 - October 2, 2016 and will be performed at The Lab in the North Loop of Minneapolis. A segment of Shoma will also be performed as part of Jawaahir's show in the Minnesota Fringe Festival. The Fringe runs August 4 - 14, but Jawaahir's dates are not yet confirmed. Please be prepared to share your availability for these dates at auditions. Hilary will contact people via e-mail by May 1 to offer them a role. Once all roles have been filled, Hilary will send out an e-mail with the cast list.

NOTE: This is NOT an opportunity to audition for Jawaahir Dance Company, but apprentices and members of the company are strongly encouraged and welcome to audition.


Jawaahir Flea Market

Saturday, March 19, 2016
10:00am – 4:00pm

Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

Do you need a costume change? Are you searching for new inspirational music to dance to? Don't happen to have those odds and ends like jewelry, veil, and cymbals needed as finishing touches to a costume you own? Come on over to Jawaahir's flea market! I'm sure we'll have what you need.


Sisters of the Sahara Hafla: Shimmy Into Spring!

Friday, March 18, 2016

200 W Burnsville Pkwy Burnsville, MN 55337

Tickets $5 suggested at the door

A casual hafla for SOS friends and family! We will be featuring performances from SOS, their students, student groups, and guest artists like Jawaahir. Seating is on the floor in a dance studio, so bring some pillows or a yoga mat and get comfy!


Cassandra in Toronto: CLASSIC MAGENCI

Sunday, March 13, 2016
11:00am – 2:00pm

$75 (limit of 12 students)

Cassandra will be in Toroto to teach a dancer’s entrance, using a veil, to music composed for Soheir Zaki, in a new arrangement.

For more information, please visit Arabesque.


Class Showings for Winter Session (all classes)

Saturday, March 12, 2016
*Time change* 1:30pm
Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Join us for class "showings" – not formal performances but a chance to show what you've been learning and polishing. It's for all levels, so you can see what's in store for you. Free and open to the public, it's a chance for you to invite friends and family to see your progress and to have fun!

Review of a previous Class Showings


"The class showing was SPECTACULAR!
Even people who were shy in class were thrilled to be performing and had great energy during the show. Students were excited to show what they knew. There was even one class that had only one student performing, but she went on accompanied by her teacher and did a great job!
The students who watched the upper levels perform were excited and inspired to see what else they could learn. The audience clapped along and supported the performers with great energy, and students were thrilled to see their teachers dance."





"What's Love Got To Do With It?" Pre-Valentine's Day Revue

Friday, February 12, 2016
Hospitality Hour at 7:30pm, Performance at 8:00pm

University Club of St. Paul
420 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102

FREE - Donations to a philanthropic cause greatly appreciated. (Cash bar)

Ask Cleopatra. Love can be grand. It can be passionate. And sometimes, downright deadly. Just when you think the future is bright and you’ve got the world at your feet – Boom! The bottom drops out and you’re searching for your robe and your crown for a night spent watching the director’s cut version of Snakes on a Plane. Or just when you’ve given up hope – Boom! Mr. or Ms. Right comes along and conquers your heart!

Join actors, storytellers, singers, poets, and Jawaahir when they gather at the historic University Club of St. Paul to explore the many faces of love. Special appearances by Lord Byron and – Cleopatra herself. It’s this year’s edition of “What’s Love Got To With It?” Pre-Valentine’s Day Revue.


Cassandra's Cabaret: Winter White!
Starring Cassandra, Iscah, Penelope, and Theresa

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Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 8:00pm
Jawaahir Studio Theater Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Join Cassandra as she transforms the Jawaahir Studio Theater into a Cabaret! Intimate tables, delicious hors d'oeuvres, and an evening of fabulous dance and music. Seating starts at 7:45.

There are still a few seats available, so feel free to come if you'd like to see this fabulous show!
Only $30.

Your seat is not reserved until we receive payment. If you reserved seats for the December Cabaret, please contact Cassandra.

For further information, call 612-872-6050, or email genmanager@jawaahir.org


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Henna Party 2013
photo by Jan Geisen


Jawaahir's 23rd Annual Henna Party

Sunday, January 17, 2016
2:30 – 5:00pm
Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

$12 per person, $10 per person for groups of 5 or more.
Register to be put on our entry list here; you may also pay for entry at the door.

Jawaahir's 23rd Annual Henna Party is coming! Delight in an afternoon of henna, dance, food, and fun as we once again bring the Middle East to the Midwest.

● Performance by Jawaahir at 2:30.
● Informal dance instruction in basic moves from the Arabian Peninsula.
● Cut loose with your own moves during the open dancing.
● Indulge in the ritual of henna painting traditionally done at women's celebrations.
● Win a chance to have Angela of Ancient Traditions Mehndi create her unique henna designs on you!
● Rejuvenate with an assortment of Middle Eastern snacks and beverages.
● Mingle with friends and Jawaahir members.
● Experience the hospitality the Middle East is known for!

Bring your drums for jamming and cushions for your comfort. We provide free DIY henna!

Two raffles:
$5 tickets for a chance to have Angela, our henna artist of Ancient Traditions Mehndi, work her magic on you. She’s so amazing, we want to avoid a long line of people waiting for her designs. We'll pull 10 lucky winners from the magic raffle basket.

$10 tickets for a chance to win a 10-week session of Level 1 or Level 2 classes at The Cassandra School. We’ll pull 2 lucky winners from the magic raffle basket.

From attendee Aziza about the 2015 Henna Party: I had so much fun! Jawaahir rocks an excellent party! The dancing was tremendous and the free flowing henna was a blast! Thank you all so much for your efforts towards a fantastic afternoon.


Cassandra Teaching
photo by Jan Geisen


Cassandra School Open House

Sunday, January 3, 2016
– 1:30pm
Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

Join us for FREE mini-classes and refreshments!
Classes open to new and current students.
NEW STUDENTS — Receive $10 off a full session when you register at the Open House!

11:00 – 11:20 am Beginners (Level 1) with CASSANDRA
11:25 – 11:45 am Level 2 with ANGELA
11:50 – 12:10 pm Level 3 with RENEE
12:15 – 12:35 pm Level 4 with ALIYAH SAHAR
12:40 – 1:00 pm Technique Intensive with CASSANDRA
1:05 – 1:25 pm  Beginners (Level 1) with JENNY

The School offers 20 classes each week, for students ranging from two left feet, to Jawaahir company members continually honing their skills. All ages, levels, shapes, and sizes!


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