Jawaahir & Cassandra Past Events 2017
Jawaahir Open Rehearsal: Samantha Burstein Choreography
Sunday, May 21, 2017
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.
Under the Stars
Thursday, May 11, 2017
$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.
Bellydance Blossom Festival
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
Saturday, April 15, 2017
East Lake Library
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 Showings after Winter Session (all classes)
Saturday, March 11, 2017
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
Sisters of the Sahara Hafla: Shimmy Into Spring
Friday, March 3, 2017 at 7:00pm
ISD 191 Community Education
Come to Sisters of the Sahara's annual spring bellydance show!
Cassandra's Cabaret: Habibti al Helwa (Sweethearts)
LIVE MUSIC BY AMWAAJ!
Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 8:00pm
$30 WOW!!! SOLD OUT!!! THANK YOU!!
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 email@example.com
Jawaahir's 24th Annual Henna Party featuring live drumming by Tim O'Keefe!
Sunday, January 15, 2017
$12 per person, $6 per child 10 and under, $10 per person for groups of 5 or more.
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.
Two raffles to be purchased at the party:
$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
Join us for FREE mini-classes, and refreshments!
There will be 3 free beginner classes at 12:00pm, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm.
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!