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Caravan Under the Stars
Jawaahir's Annual Gala & Fundraiser

Thursday, May 10, 2018
6:00 – 10:00pm
Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

$35 at the door.

Cassandra and Jawaahir invite you to join us for an evening of celebration and gratitude for all of our beloved supporters....YOU! Back again is our enjoyable live auctioneer, Gary Kruger. Plus, Angela, from Ancient Traditions Mehndi will be offering her beautiful henna designs for your enjoyment, with all proceeds for the evening donated to Jawaahir. This year our MC is Sarah Jones Larson, Jawaahir Dancer Emerita (1994-2016), longtime member of Jawaahir and advanced Cassandra School teacher, and founder of the School of Acting and Voice Over and the Voice Acting Expo.

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.

See pictures of some of the items we have for you to bid on!

Here's a list of amazing gift certificates from our wonderful donators: Bibelot, Bjorn Timeless Portraits, Blue Plate Restaurant Co, Brave New Workshop, Common Roots Café, Guthrie Theater, Hi-Lo Diner, The Jungle Theater, Kyatchi, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Mother Earth Gardens, The Museum of Russian Art, Out On A Limb Dance Company and School, Red Rabbit, Riverview Theater, Rock Camp for Dads (and Moms, too!), The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Saints, Science Museum of Minnesota, Sebastian Joe's, Seward Community Co-op, Surly Brewing Co, Terra Sura Photography, WA Frost, Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, Zenon Dance Company

To sweeten your evening...simply by coming, you’ll be entered into two drawings: two tickets to Thursday evening OR Sunday matinee for Jawaahir’s next annual show! To win, you must be present for the drawing at the end of the party. Spend $100 or more for an invitation to the dress rehearsal of our annual concert.


Hair tossphoto by Hilary Smith


Bellydance Blossom Festival
Featuring Cassandra and Jawaahir

Friday-Sunday, May 4–6, 2018

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


Beledi Beat 1

Beledi Beat 2


Oasis Camp Egypt

March 18-30, 2018

13 days & 14 nights of Egypt including Nile cruise!

People who want to explore the dance, music, antiquities, and food of Egypt now have a unique opportunity to travel to the country and be immersed in the culture. A once-in-a lifetime trip from March 18-30, 2018 is being made possible through the efforts of Jean Courter, longtime organizer of the Oasis Dance Camps in the U.S., and Egyptian tour director Ehab Mahmoud. Cassandra will bring her experience as dancer, Egyptophile, and world traveler to share with participants.

“This tour is different and special, even from other dancer tours offered in Egypt,” said Courter. This tour is a cultural emersion experience, not a dance workshop.

For more information, check out the Oasis Dance Camp website or read all about your exciting trip of a lifetime in this edition of Beledi Beat!


class showing  

Class Showings after Winter Session (all classes)

Saturday, March 17, 2018
1:30–3:00pm in the Minneapolis Studio Accessibility symbol.

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."


Cultural Dance Series
Featuring Cassandra and Jawaahir

Saturday, March 10, 2018
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


Oasis Camp South Dance Retreat

January 26-28, 2018

Delray Beach, FL

For more information, check out the Oasis Dance Camp website.

Oasis is coming to Florida bringing a full weekend of intensive Oriental Dance training with Cassandra Shore, class accompaniment by Nicole LeCorgne, an evening of performances featuring Cassandra, a
henna party, and over ten hours of instruction.




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Angela Skrade of Ancient Traditions Mehndi


Jawaahir's 25th Annual Henna Party Open Stage

Sunday, January 21, 2018
2:30 – 5:00pm
Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

$10 per person, $5 per child 10 and under
Just come and pay your admission at the door. Both raffles are pay-at-the-door only.

Raffle #1:
$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.

Raffle #2:
$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.

Delight in an afternoon of henna, dance, food, and fun as we once again bring the Middle East to the Midwest. We provide free DIY henna and guests are welcome to bring your own small cushion for comfort!

● Performance by Jawaahir and Open Stage at 2:30pm.
● 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!

WANT TO PERFORM? Contact Cassandra directly at cassandra@jawaahir.org or 612-872-6050. First come, first served. Limit your piece to 5 minutes or less please.

Photos by Jan Geisen.

Open House Flyer  

The Cassandra School Open House

Sunday, January 7, 2018
12:00 – 2:45pm
Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Join us for FREE mini-classes, and light refreshments!
There will be 3 beginner classes, each starting on the hour and running for 15 minutes: 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm. Additional levels will be taught in between at 15 minutes each. Click on our flyer below for schedule.
NEW STUDENTS — Receive $10 off a full session when you register at the Open House.

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