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Jawaahir Open Rehearsal: Samantha Burstein Choreography

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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 second of these choreographers is Samantha Burstein. Ms. Burstein will choreograph a tableau of two Algerian styles for Jawaahir. The first is kabyle, which she states, "is wonderful, very joyful, and choreographies are fairly simple, but hard technique." The second is Algerian Chaoui which she says is "tunisian fezzani." Both styles are Berber from Algeria.

Based in Montreal, Canada, dancer and researcher Samantha specializes in the dances of North Africa and the Middle East. She has dedicated herself to this passion for ethnic dance for the last 22 years. Called by the music, she was drawn to study the dances of Africa, and subsequently the Middle East, studying with many master teachers across North America, in Egypt, and West Africa. Samantha is the director of the folkloric company, Sanaa Dance, and has a bachelors degree in anthropology specializing  in dance ethnology.

Join us to watch Jawaahir rehearse Samantha's beautiful choreography! Samantha will take a few questions and discuss her process following the rehearsal.



Caravan Under the Stars
Jawaahir's Annual Gala & Fundraiser

Thursday, May 11, 2017
6:00 – 10:00pm

Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

$35 at the door.

Cassandra and Jawaahir invite you to join Cathy Wurzer, TPT2's Almanac co-host, and our mistress of ceremonies for the evening, and Gary Kruger, our live auctioneer, for an evening of celebration and gratitude 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. All of the delicious food you get to enjoy is being graciously donated by Mediterranean Cruise Cafe and the Beirut Restaurant!

Uncover hidden treasures such antique jewelry, Arabic music CDs, collectible Hawaiian screen-printed fabric, Egyptian history, and design books, ethnic clothing, ethnic home décor, framed Egyptian papyrus art, hand-crafted jewelry, hand-woven and beaded pendant bags, household collectibles, Middle Eastern cook book, and more! Relax and smile while you peruse the gift certificates from local restaurants, theaters, galleries, and shops:

Abdallah Candies, Ansari’s Mediterranean Grill & Lounge, Bibelot, The Black Forest Inn, Brave New Workshop, Bryant Lake Bowl, The Children’s Theatre Company, Fresh Look Studio, Fulton Beer, Gandhi Mahal, Guthrie Theater, Hi-Lo Diner, Hollywood Music Center, Izzy’s Ice Cream, Jungle Theater, Oasis Dance Camp, Landmark Theatres, Mediterranean Cruise Cafe, Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Minnesota Orchestra, MN Sword Club, Mother Earth Gardens, Out On A Limb Dance Company, Patrick’s Cabaret, Ragamala Dance, Red Cow/Red Rabbit, Red Stag Supperclub, W.A. Frost, Rock Camp for Dads, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Saints, Science Museum of Minnesota, Sebastian Joe’s, Seward Community Co-op, She Rock She Rock, Weisman Art Museum, Vertical Endeavors, Wiseacre Eatery, Zorongo Flamenco

As always, spend $100 or more for an invitation to the dress rehearsal of our annual show. Then, to sweeten your evening...simply by coming, you’ll be entered into a drawing for two tickets to Jawaahir’s next annual show in November! To win, you must be present for the drawing at the end of our party.


Hair toss
photo by Hilary Smith


Bellydance Blossom Festival
Featuring Cassandra and Jawaahir

Friday-Sunday, May 5–7, 2017

Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada

"The Bellydance Blossom Festival is an all-immersive experience where international dance artists and scholars engage with each other in creative collaborations and meaningful discourse. Internationally known Master Teachers are invited to teach, perform and participate in discussions where possible. All registrants are highly encouraged to participate as a dance artist, choreographer or speaker in one or more of the various categories; Collaborative Works, Explorative Works, Blossom Talks, and Panel Discussions."

For more information: bellydanceblossom.com


Cultural Dance Series
Featuring Cassandra and Jawaahir

Saturday, April 15, 2017
2:00 – 2:30pm

East Lake Library
2727 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN

Join us on the public floor of East Lake Library for FREE special performances from three of Longfellow Neighborhood's incredible dance studios, including Jawaahir! Performances will celebrate dance from around the world. Open to all ages. Registration is not required.


class showing

musical bake sale flyer


Class Showings after Winter Session (all classes)
PLUS, we'll be having a Jawaahir and Khazanah Musical Bake Sale!

Saturday, March 11, 2017
3:30–5:00pm in the Minneapolis Studio Accessibility symbol.

Come and support the belly dancer in your life and sink your teeth into sumptuous treats while you peruse $5 belly dance music CDs for sale! These class "showings" are 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."

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Sisters of the Sahara Hafla: Shimmy Into Spring
Featuring Jawaahir

Friday, March 3, 2017 at 7:00pm

ISD 191 Community Education
200 West Burnsville Pkwy, Ste 100
Bursville, MN 55337

Come to Sisters of the Sahara's annual spring bellydance show!

They will be showcasing new pieces from SOS, solos from SOS members past and present, your favorite local soloists, community education groups from across the Twin Cities, as well as a special performance by Jawaahir Dance Company!

This show is pay as able/pass the hat with funds going to support SOS endeavors. We will have chairs, but last year we ran out, so bring a cushion or your own for maximum comfort! This is a kid friendly, casual event.






Cassandra's Cabaret: Habibti al Helwa (Sweethearts)
Starring Cassandra, Angelina, Julianna, Zahirah, and special guest dancer, Katie


Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 8:00pm
Seating starts at 7:45.
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, various beverages, with fabulous dance, and live music by Amwaaj, is all included in your evening. Amwaaj is a Twin Cities band including Dawn Doering, Laura Harada, Yaron Klien, Mohamed Lulu, and Tim O'Keefe.

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





henna party


Tim O'Keefe

Angela Skrade of Ancient Traditions Mehndi

Henna Party 2013
photo by Jan Geisen


Jawaahir's 24th Annual Henna Party featuring live drumming by Tim O'Keefe!

Sunday, January 15, 2017
2:30 – 5:00pm
Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

$12 per person, $6 per child 10 and under, $10 per person for groups of 5 or more.
You may pay at the door.

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 2:30pm.
● Special live drumming by one of the top percussionists in the Twin Cities, Tim O'Keefe!
● Cut loose to the live drumming during open dancing.
● Informal dance instruction in basic moves from the Arabian Peninsula.
● Indulge in the ritual of henna painting traditionally done at women's celebrations.
● Enter our two awesome raffles.
● Rejuvenate with an assortment of snacks and beverages.
● Mingle with friends and Jawaahir members.
● Experience the hospitality the Middle East is known for!

Two raffles to be purchased at the party:
$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.

We provide free DIY henna and guests are welcome to bring your own small cushion for comfort!

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.




The Cassandra School Open House

Sunday, January 1, 2017
12:00 – 2:45pm
Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

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!

There will be 3 free beginner classes at 12:00pm, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm.
Here is the complete schedule:

  Beginners 12:00-12:15 Angela
  Level 2 12:20-12:35 Angela
  Level 3 12:40-12:55 Jenny
  Beginners 1:00-1:15 Renee
  Level 2 1:20-1:35  Renee
  Level 3 1:40-1:55 Jenny
  Beginners 2:00-2:15 Cassandra
  Levels 3 &4 2:20-2:35 Cassandra

The School offers 18 classes each week, for students ranging from two left feet, to Jawaahir company members continually honing their skills. All ages, levels, shapes, and sizes welcome!