Jawaahir & Cassandra Past Events 2008

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Class Belly Dance performance flyer.
For Minneapolis Classes

Belly Dance Classes Showing, Bloomington.
For Bloomington Classes

 

Cassandra School Classes Showings
The Cassandra School students & teachers performing

All Bloomington and St. Paul Students Showing
Friday, December 19, 2008
at 7:30pm in the Bloomington Studio

All Minneapolis Students Showing
Saturday, December 20, 2008
at 7:30pm in the Minneapolis Studio Theater

Review of the last Classes 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."
-Nadilia

Join us for an evening of class "showings" – not a formal performance 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! Showings will include short informal performances by your instructors.

Pick up flyers in class or, print the Mpls flyer for Minneapolis classes or the St Paul & Bloom flyer for St. Paul & Bloomington classes.

     
Old drawing of belly dancer.  

Cassandra Teaching The History of Middle Eastern Dance, Part 1
Sponsored by the Guild of Oriental Dance

Sunday, November 30, 2008 from 1-3pm in the Jawaahir Minneapolis Studio

Ever wonder where Middle Eastern dance started? Or who the superstars were that went before you? Or what they added to the art form? Cassandra will present the History of Middle Eastern Dance, Part 1 (The Beginning to 1930). Cassandra is known as one of the premier dancers and historians of Middle Eastern Dance in the world today. Come and connect with your history.

Free for Guild members, $5 for non-Guild members.
Email your reservation to bldgmgr@jawaahir.org, or call 612-872-6050 x12. Space is limited.

Flyer.

     

Photo of Bedouin camp in Sahara desert.
Jan Geisen

Marrakech poster.

 

Oasis Dance Camp, Morocco
Marrakech, Morocco

November 3-18, 2008

www.oasisdancecamp.com then click Morocco on the left hand side

Cassandra and Oasis Dance Camp return to Morocco for a unique and exciting Middle Eastern dance experience in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. Camp Marrakech takes place at the Al Jazira Riad. Located in the heart of the medina, a ten minute walk from D’jemma El Fna, Al Jazira Riad is our own private guest house. Simply and elegantly furnished in Moroccan style, with reception rooms, roof terrace, swimming pool and private hammam, the riad is ours to dance and play and be entertained in for a week.

Camp is five days of classes in traditional folk styles of Middle Eastern women's dances taught by Cassandra, accompanied by percussionist Nicole LeCorgne. Dance class is held in the open-air courtyard of the Riad, with breaks for traditional Moroccan mint tea.

Accommodations for Oasis Morocco are absolutely limited. If you are seriously interested in attending and wish to be kept informed of details as they develop send your email to Sa'ida to be added to Oasis Morocco list.

     

Photo of skeletons dancing.

Cassandra at the Cabaret

 

Cassandra's Cabaret -- We now have a full house. See you in February!
Halloween Haunt
Dancers: Cassandra, Amara, Jenna, and Khadija

Saturday, November 1, 2008
8:00 PM
Jawaahir Studio Theater
1940 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Join Cassandra as she transforms the Jawaahir Studio Theater into a Cabaret! You will sit at tables, sip champagne, and watch an evening of fabulous dance performances. A glass of champagne and snacks are included in the $25 ticket price. Photos and videos from prior Cassandra's Cabarets can be found here.

In keeping with the Halloween theme, costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory. Expect a wild time at the Cabaret!

Sold Out - See you at the Valentine Cabaret!
Tickets may be purchased online, by credit card by calling 612-872-6050, or by mail. Seating assigned by order of payment.

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

   

Artwork for Arab Dance Seminar.

Photo of kane dance class.

Photo of dance class.

 

Arab Dance Seminar - East Coast
Cambridge, MA

October 24-26, 2008

www.ArabDanceSeminar.com

Cassandra will be teaching at this year's Arab Dance Seminar with Kay Hardy Campbell, Karim Nagi, Amel Tafsout, Rachid Halihal, and Meiver De La Cruz. This intensive weekend of workshops, lectures, performances and dance parties will give the student a comprehensive Arab cultural dance experience. This Seminar puts all the dance skills, techniques and practices back into their cultural contexts. The Arab world is home to over 20 countries and is the origin and breeding ground for multiple dance styles and practices with a common language and aesthetic. This seminar helps clarify and illuminate that tradition.

This Seminar is created for people with a minimum of 2 years dance experience. The faculty seeks to give every student the authentic techniques, choreographies, and comprehension, of Arab dance. Every dancer will take every workshop and lecture and the music classes will be taught using generic language that is understandable to non-musicians. The student will be provided with study sheets and recordings that reflect the curriculum. Every dancer will leave the Seminar with new routines to perform and teach, plus a responsible cultural understanding of the dance and music.

Review of Cassandra at Arab Dance Seminar 2008:

... Cassandra is amazing. Amazing, amazing, amazing.

She taught at the Arab Dance Seminar in Boston this weekend, and her
classes were very good (and lots of fun), but her performance just blew
us away.

Absolutely everything she did was the exact perfect thing: exactly what
it took to help you hear the music through her ears and feel exactly
what she was feeling, without the slightest bit of "extra" to distract
you from it.

I think her taqsim was one of the simplest I've ever seen, in the most
wonderful way. It was like a Japanese flower arrangement: what she could
do with just a few movements was more eloquent than what another dancer
could do with many.

There was no hint of "look at me!" or "be impressed by all the things
I'm layering!" in her performance. What she did took incredible
precision and control, but you didn't realize it until afterward. While
you were watching, all that you really noticed was how *exquisite* every
moment was and how privileged you felt to be there.

Shiver.

Nadira Jamal
Belly Dancer

     
Photo of Oasis Dance Camp West.  

Oasis Dance Camp West
Vashon Island, Seattle, WA

October 8-12, 2008

www.oasisdancecamp.com then click Oasis West on left side

Cassandra will again be teaching at Oasis West, held at a rural camp on Vashon Island in Puget Sound near Seattle. Tall pines, walks in the fresh salt air, the smell of the woods, and views of the sound together with great teachers make this one of the most popular Middle Eastern Dance camps in the states.

New in 2008: Dance Camp - No Experience Necessary
So you want to come to Oasis but you're just starting out, or your best friend has always wanted to try it since you love it so much, here is the opportunity to meet each of those needs! Along with novice, intermediate and advanced levels, Oasis will offer 'learn the basics' classes for the beginning student! Classes will be taught by Zulaika (Patricia Auch) formerly of Jawaahir.

     
Thumbnail of Seattle Master Class flyer.  

Master Class with Cassandra
Mahmoud Reda  “You have to see this dancer.”
Raqia Hassan “One of the best oriental dancers that I’ve ever seen.

Monday, October 6, 2008 7-9p
Dance Academy of Bellevue, 626 120th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA

For further information, contact Zulaika.

Oriental Dance Combinations to Enhance Your Performance.
This class is designed for performers and advanced-intermediate or advanced level dancers.  You will learn Oriental combinations for your Oriental introduction and other popular songs you may choose to dance to as well as challenging variations to old favorites.
Fee: $35 CLASS SIZE LIMITED, so register early!

     
MEAI logo.  

Cassandra performing in MEAI Gala Show
Seattle, WA

October 4, 2008

Middle Eastern Arts International is organizing a Gala Show in conjunction with the legendary dancer Yousry Sharif's weekend workshop. The show will celebrate Egyptian folkloric and classical Oriental dance, as well as the many influences found in Yousry's body of works. If you want information about Yousry you can email Cassandra or MEAI. Workshop and show flyer and poster.

     
Zuklika at Monmouth.  

Monmouth College Cultural Festival
Monmouth, IL

September 20, 2008, 2-3:30pm, Dunlap Terrace

Cassandra and Jawaahir return to Monmouth College to bring a taste of the Middle East to their 14th Annual Cultural Festival. Click for photos from the Monmouth 2005 show.

     
ROX ad 2007.  

The Rox Big Event
Rox Jewelry Trunk Show
Jawaahir will be performing

September 13, 2008, 1pm

www.roxmpls.com

Jawaahir dancers will be performing at Robyne Robinson's (anchor on FOX9 news) Rox Jewelry show. This year the show will be at Seven in Minneapolis and has become a not-to-be missed event.

Here is a review of the Rox Big Event:

"The dances felt so fashionable dressed all in black and dripping in jewelry. And the jewelry was SO beautiful and had great weight, so it felt terrific. We spent quite a bit of time admiring it on each other.

There was great audience participation after the show. People just jumped up and started dancing. The energy was terrific — lively, light, and happy. It felt like a real party!"

-Nadilia

     

Photo of class at Oasis North camp.

Oasis North poster.

 

Oasis Dance Camp North
Cassandra will be teaching and performing

September 10-14, 2008
Travers City, Michigan

www.oasisdancecamp.com

Now in its 24th year OASIS North is held at a rural camp outside Traverse City, Michigan that every year is transformed into the largest casbah in Michigan. Camaraderie, friendship, and dance combine to make a memorable experience that keeps campers coming back year after year.

This year Cassandra will be joined by Habiba, Yasmina Amal, and Nicole LeCorgne. If you must choose one camp to attend, this is the one.

New in 2008: Dance Camp - No Experience Necessary
So you want to come to Oasis but you're just starting out, or your best friend has always wanted to try it since you love it so much, here is the opportunity to meet each of those needs! Along with novice, intermediate and advanced levels, Oasis will offer 'learn the basics' classes for the beginning student! Classes will be taught by Zulaika (Patricia Auch) formerly of Jawaahir.

     

Class Belly Dance performance flyer.
For Minneapolis Classes

Belly Dance Classes Showing, Bloomington.
For Bloomington Classes

 

Belly Dance Classes Showings
The Cassandra School students & teachers performing

All Bloomington and St. Paul Students Showing
Friday, September 5, 2008
at 7:30pm in the Bloomington Studio

All Minneapolis Students Showing
Saturday, September 6, 2008
at 7:30pm in the Minneapolis Studio Theater

We're going to add a new feature to the school starting at the end of the Summer Session. We will have evenings of class "showings" – not a formal performance but a chance to show what you've been learning and polishing in class. Showings are for all levels, free, and open to the public. It is a chance for you to invite friends and family to see your progress and to see your teachers perform.

For flyers to hand out, print the Mpls flyer for Minneapolis classes or the St Paul & Bloom flyer for St. Paul & Bloomington classes.

     

Cassandra dancing at Renfest.
Photo by Jan Geisen

 

Minnesota Renaissance Festival
Cassandra will be performing

Saturday and Sunday, August 16 - 17, 2008
Shakopee, MN

Cassandra will be performing one show on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 or 3:30.
(This is a change; we were originally told 11:30 or 3:30.)

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival website is at renaissancefestival.com.

     

Minnesota Garlic Festival logo.

 

Third Annual Minnesota Garlic Festival
Jawaahir will be performing

Saturday August 16, 2008, 10am-7pm
Wright County Fairgrounds, Howard Lake, MN

Only one hour west of the Twin Cities. A premiere event for lovers of garlic and good times, and promotes gourmet garlic farming in Minnesota. Family friendly, fun filled and fragrant, this festival features local foods, chefs, music, artisans, games, competitions, and lots of garlic - all in support of a healthy environment, family farms and vital rural communities in Minnesota. Some members of Jawaahir will be dancing in the afternoon. Pictures of Jawaahir at last year's Garlic Fest are here.

     
    Report from the Front: Jawaahir's community outreach program includes some 50 shows a year. Last week Jawaahir's dancers Nadilia, Tatyana, and Laura performed a show for Friendship Ventures, and filed this report.

The show was rewarding and a great success. A tent was set up for us to change in and we performed outdoors in the basketball/volleyball court. The weather cooperated and we couldn't have asked for a more splendid evening. We had lots of participation from the kids, and by the end of the show they were improvising their own debke steps and combining them with snake arms, hip twists and shoulder shimmies! It became a truly fabulous, though eclectic and unconventional, dance party. As we changed back into our regular clothes and left the camp grounds, we could still hear kids zaghareeting.
     
Worthington International Festival logo.  

Worthington International Festival

Friday, July 11 , 2008
Nobles County Government Plaza, Worthington, MN

Two day celebration of cultures from around the world, Cassandra and Jawaahir will be performing Friday night from 7:30 - 8:15. Government Plaza is in downtown Worthington.

     
Tunisian dance.  

International Festival of Burnsville

Saturday, June 28 , 2008, 5pm
Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville, MN

Jawaahir travels south of the river to celebrate cultural diversity, performing at the International Festival of Burnsville. Six dance companies and several musical groups will be delighting audiences from 4-9pm. Come join the celebration. Poster, information.

     

Cassandra at the Cabaret

Cabaret Poster.
Kito Young        

 

Cassandra's Cabaret
Summer Solstice Celebration
Featuring: Cassandra, Angelina, Melanie, and Na'imah (of Michigan)

Saturday, June 21, 2008
8:00 PM
Jawaahir Studio Theater
1940 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Join Cassandra as she transforms the Jawaahir Studio Theater into a Cabaret! You will sit at tables, sip champagne, and watch an evening of fabulous dance performances. A glass of champagne and snacks are included in the $25 ticket price. Photos and videos from the last Cassandra's Cabaret can be found here.

Participants in Cassandra's Weeklong Intensive Workshop will have priority seating for this Cabaret, so order your tickets early! All seating reserved on a first-come basis with a paid reservation. Cassandra's Cabaret usually sells out, but any remaining tickets go on sale evening of show at 7:30 pm. Cabaret seating opens at 7:45 pm. Please arrive promptly as doors will lock at 8:10 pm.

Tickets may be purchased here, by credit card by calling 612-872-6050, or by mailing a check payable to: The Cassandra School to 1940 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

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

     
Enchanted Evening poster.
Tatyana Butkova    
 

Enchanted Evening

Friday, June 20, 2008, 8pm
Jawaahir Studio Theater

1940 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
$15

Join Cassandra, Jawaahir, and guest artists Patricia and Monique, in an evening of Middle Eastern dance solos and pieces from the Company's diverse repertoire. Jawaahir's traditional dances bring to life the indigenous rhythms, distinctive costumes, and expressive dance traditions of Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, and the Saudi Gulf. Their contemporary pieces are an exciting fusion of East meets West and Cassandra's theatrical flair! Sometimes serious and sometimes campy, Jawaahir's contemporary pieces expand traditional perceptions of Middle Eastern dance.

Tickets may be purchased online, by credit card by calling 612-872-6050, or by mailing a check payable to: The Cassandra School to 1940 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

     

Group photo of dance intensive class of 2007.

Photo of Sandy teaching class.

Photo of Nicole teaching drumming class.

 

Cassandra's 2008 Oriental Dance Intensive

Monday-Saturday, June 16-21, 2008
Jawaahir Studios

1940 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

A six-day workshop:

  • Five days of dance classes (10am to 4:30 or 5:00 daily)
  • Live drum accompanist
  • 3 performances included: Participant dinner show, Enchanted Evening, Cassandra's Cabaret
  • Technique for Oriental and Folkloric
  • Conditioning and stretching
  • Lecture classes
  • At least 3 helpful teaching assistants available to give you individual attention
  • Saturday review/video session
  • Vendors Dahlal (Wednesday - Saturday) and Indigoose (Friday - Saturday)
  • Private after-hours showing at Alsadu Thursday, June 19th 4:30 - 7:30pm

Cost of the complete weeklong package: USD $600.

Space is limited to 30 participants. An information packet with the schedule and the locations and contact numbers of nearby hotels and B&Bs will be sent along with your registration receipt. Please let us know when you register if you wish to perform during the dinner show.

A $100 non-refundable deposit will secure your place in the Intensive. Balance due June 1, 2008. Cancellations receive 50% refund (less deposit).

Reveiw of workshop by Sherezzah Bint al-Waha.
Flyer here.
Register here.

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

     

Mpls Mosaic logo

Crowd photo from Minneapolis MOSAIC.

Enchanted Evening poster.
Jawaahir on Channel 5  

 

Minneapolis Mosaic Opening Night Party

June 7, 2008

For some great FREE entertainment, come to the Many Worlds. One Night. Celebration. Free events for Minneapolis MOSAIC take place Saturday, June 7th on Hennepin Avenue downtown between 7th & 9th Streets from 6 to 10pm.

From Latin salsa bands to African drummers, you'll find over 40 acts providing entertainment from every culture. There's also street food from the Midtown Global Market, a cultural fashion exhibit, the MOSAIC Visual Art Gallery and lots more. ALL FREE and ALL ONE NIGHT!

Jawaahir is performing 8:45-9:15pm, rain of shine.

Jawaahir performs tonight! Jawaahir is part of the Minneapolis MOSAIC festival celebrating cultural diversity again this year. Jawaahir will be performing on the Folk Circle Stage, Hennepin and 9th Street, at the opening night party on June 7 at 8:45pm, rain or shine. Clip of Jawaahir on the Channel 5 Saturday Morning News today.

     
Thoto of Thalia.  

Cassandra Teaching in Houston, TX

May 31- June 1, 2008

More information at www.sirroms.com, or
Contact Cynthia at 713-621-9818 or email at sirromschool@att.net

     
Mpls Mosaic logo  

Minneapolis Mosaic Preview
Excel Plaza (5th Street and Nicollet Mall)

May 22, 2008

Minneapolis is known for its vibrant and diverse cultural scene and Minneapolis MOSAIC celebrates all of the ways we express ourselves and our cultural traditions through the arts. Presented by the City of Minneapolis, the sixth annual Minneapolis MOSAIC festival promises to be better than ever. Be sure to join us on opening night, Saturday, June 7, for an evening of fantastic FREE entertainment.

Jawaahir will be performing 11:30am - 1:30pm today and also June 7.

     
Henna at Gala.
Henna at Gala 
 

Gala Fundraiser: The Jawaahir Grand Bazaar is over for another year. Some photos from the event are here. Thanks go to all the guests whose purchases support bringing the dance and culture of the Middle East to our community and to training the next generation of dancers. Thanks to all of our donors without whose donations the gala would literally not be possible. Special thanks to Patricia Auch who flew in to lend her expertise in running the gala, to a donor who stepped up to help at the last minute, to our henna artist, Angela, who provided henna to guests from the beginning of the evening until the doors were locked, and to the dancers, alumni, and staff of Jawaahir for all of their hard work. We hope our guests had as much fun as we had in bringing it to you. Thank you.

     

Poster for Gala.
by Tatyana Butkova    

Photo of Kathy Wurzer.
Cathy Wurzer   

 

Caravan Under The Stars Accessibility symbol.
Jawaahir Dance Company’s Third Annual Gala & Fundraiser

Saturday, May 10, 2008, 6-10pm
The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis

410 Oak Grove Street
Minneapolis, MN
$40 at the door

Join our mistress-of-ceremonies, TPT2's Almanac co-host Cathy Wurzer, for an exciting evening with silent and live auctions, a variety of entertainment, a henna artist from Ancient Traditions Mehndi, appetizers, and a cash bar. Don’t forget to Dress to Shine!

More details of the Gala & Fundraiser can be found here.
Some of the auction items are listed here.
Click here to register.

     
Photo of Northland belly dance forum.  

Cassandra at Northland Belly Dance Forum

May 3-4, 2008

Cassandra will be teaching and performing at the Northland Belly Dance Forum in Minneapolis.

For details visit arshias.com or call 218-590-0049.

     
Photo of Fahtiem.  

Jawaahir performing at Fahtiem Workshop in Chisholm, MN

May 3, 2008

Shirley Taramelli is bringing the engaging performer and instructor Fahtiem to Chisholm for a one-day workshop. Jawaahir will be performing in the Oriental Nights VII Evening Show at 7 pm.

For details email shirleyt@hibbingmn.com or call 218-254-3059.

     
Flyer for LaCrosse.  

Cassandra teaching and performing in La Crosse, WI
Benefit for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Saturday, April 26, 2008

See the flyer here.

FFI: Barb Albrechtson at 608-785-1773, 608-790-6496, or tzigane2@hotmail.com

     
Photo of crowd at Lakeville People's Fair.
 

Jawaahir performing at Lakeville People's Fair
Celebrating Diversity In Our World

Thursday, April 24, 2008, 4-7:30pm
Jawaahir performs at 5:30.

See the flyer here.
For more information go to www.ce.isd194.k12.mn.us/youthdev.shtml

     

Cassandra & Nicole in Michigan.

Habibi Dancers logo.
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Cassandra at the Habibi Dancers' 25th Anniversary Celebration
Lansing, Michigan

Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, 2008

Join Cassandra, Nicole Lecorge, and The Habibi Dancers for dancing and drumming workshops as well as a spectacular show on Saturday night!

For more information visit HabibiDancers.org or contact Garnet at gkepler977@aol.com

   

Flier for Girls' Night Out.
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Photo of Girl's Night Out postcard.

Back of postcard for Girl's Night In at the Southern Theater.
Kirkpatrick Design      

 

Girls' Night Out IN  Accessibility symbol.
Jawaahir’s Annual Concert at the Southern Theater
featuring the al Hareem Orchestra

March 20-23 & 26-30, 2008
8pm Wed - Sat, 7pm Sun
The Southern Theater
$27.00
Wed, March 26 pay-as-able
The Southern Theater
Tickets and reservations: 612-340-1725

How has MTV and YouTube influenced the Arab world? More than you know! Join Cassandra and Jawaahir Dance Company for an ecstatic, eclectic, energizing, and enlightening evening of contemporary dances from the Arabic-speaking world. With the lush sounds of the all-women al Hareem Orchestra, Cassandra will explore the enchanting energies of the usually unseen: a night in the women’s quarters. World-class musicians will join us for this exploration of the hidden treasures of dance and music that lie behind the masharabiyya – the screens that isolate the women’s quarters.

Women of the Arab Gulf countries dance together at women-only parties to celebrate weddings, engagements, graduations, and other happy occasions. Dance styles vary throughout the Gulf region, and a pan-regional party dance style is found in most cities and towns. Gulf dance movements highlight the upper body, since unlike Oriental Dance, the hips are not bound. Hips move, but they are subtle and hidden. A regional signature move is the tossing of one’s hair from side to side, up and down, or in a figure-eight pattern. For formal occasions, women sometimes don a large embroidered overdress, known as thobe nashaal, over their party clothes. Fashion-conscious young women today might prefer to dance without the thobe. In an evening where only women are present, such as a private party of music and dance held in someone’s home, time passes luxuriously, with conversation, sipping tea, and eating sweets. When the music’s rhythm is slow, the dance is sedate and low-key. But when the tempo picks up, high-spirited women take to the dance floor, and the mood becomes ecstatic. The sounds of zaghareed (ululations), laughter, clapping, and whistling will fill the air.

Stage design by Hend al-Mansour and new choreographies by Cassandra for Jawaahir Dance Company complete this energetic expedition. The experience will be enriched by the unique lighting design of Jeff Bartlett, Artistic Director of the Southern Theater.

Preview from City Pages A-List is here and Spotlight article from Star Tribune is here.
Review from MNArtists.org is here.

Some video of the show and rehearsal pictures here.
 

     
Band members.
 

Private Lessons with the Orchestra

The orchestra members are available for private lessons while they're in town. Contact the musicians directly to discuss price and scheduling.

     
Photo of Susu's CD Hands Of Time.
 

Arabic Drumming Workshop

Saturday March 29, 2008, 1:15-3:15pm
Jawaahir Studios, Minneapolis
$40


Susu Pampanin is well known for her virtuosity in Arabic drumming and is one of the few female Middle Eastern drummers highly respected by the Arabic professional music community. She grew up hearing Arabic music – her mother is Amina Goodyear of San Francisco, a longtime teacher and performer of Middle Eastern music. Susu has worked and recorded with fusion ensembles, including Wild Mango, Keith Terry and Crosspulse, Stellamara, Jazayer, Blue Nile, Vince Delgado Quintet, Susu and the Cairo Cats. Her CDs include Susu and the Cairo Cats and Hands of Time. Bring a drum. Open to all levels of skill.

Online registration here.

     
Kay Campbell in thobe nashal.
 

Khaleegy Dance Choreography and Technique Workshop

Saturday March 29, 2008, 11am-1pm
Jawaahir Studios, Minneapolis
$40

Want to learn the dance movements of the Gulf region that you saw in the show? Come join us as we study with one of the best teachers and choreographers as she shows us how to do easy foot patterns, hair tosses, and thobe techniques that will make you look like a Saudi girl.

Kay Hardy Campbell lives near Boston, where she plays the `ud and teaches the women’s dances of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf (the Khaleej). She lived in Saudi Arabia for eight years studying the dances and music of the Gulf region. She took the opportunity to be invited to women’s gatherings and participate in their dance and music. In 1997, she co-founded the Arabic Music Retreat and serves as Administrative Director. Kay currently writes on Gulf women’s dance and music for Saudi Aramco World.

Online registration here.

     

Link to video of Cassandra at Cabaret December 8, 2007.
Click to start video   

Cabaret Feburaruy 23, 2008 flyer.
Design by Kito Young   
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Cassandra's Cabaret

Presidential Primary: Express Yourself!
Featuring: Cassandra, Samantha, Toha, and Zahirah

Saturday, February 23, 2008
8:00 PM
Jawaahir Studio Theater
1940 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Join Cassandra as she transforms JDC Studio Theater into a Cabaret! You will sit at tables, sip champagne, and watch an evening of fabulous dance performances. A glass of champagne and snacks are included in the $25 ticket price. Photos and videos from the last Cassandra's Cabaret can be found here.

All seating reserved on a first-come basis with a paid reservation. Cassandra's Cabaret usually sells out, but any remaining tickets go on sale evening of show at 7:30 pm. Cabaret seating opens at 7:45 pm. Please arrive promptly as doors will lock at 8:10 pm.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 612-872-6050. Only a couple of seats left.

For further information 612-872-6050 or booking@jawaahir.org

     
   

Cassandra's Nuremberg, Germany Workshop

February 10-12, 2008
Contact Walter Buckel at walterb@tanzbuehne.de or visit www.tanzbuehne.de

Cassandra will be teaching a veil choreography, Body Awareness, Turkish Gypsy Dance in 9/8 Rhythm, and Contemporary Movement in Oriental Dance.

     
   

Cassandra's Vienna, Austria Weeklong Intensive Workshop

February 1-8, 2008
www.chiftetelli.at

Cassandra will be the featured artist again this year in the week long intensive workshop and performance. If you are interested in combining middle-eastern dance with travel, this is a great workshop to start with.

     
   

Shadia Dahlal Brings Cassandra to Tulsa

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Shadia Dahlal Dance Conservatory
Workshop at Ramada Tulsa Airport South, 1010 N. Garnett Rd, Tulsa, OK
Further information: www.shadia.com or 918-361-5386
The flyer for this wordshop is here.

Cassandra teaching a full-day workshop and performing in the evening.

     
Sandy and Nicole performing.  

15th Annual Henna Party

Sunday, January 6, 2008
2:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Jawaahir Studios

1940 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
$10 per person, $8 per person for groups of 5 or more
Call 612-872-6050 or email us at booking@jawaahir.org

Jawaahir's Fifteenth Annual Henna Party is back by popular demand! Delight in an afternoon of henna, dance, food, and fun as we once again bring the Middle East to the Midwest. Let Jawaahir inspire you with a short performance followed with informal instruction in basic moves from the Arabian Peninsula. Energize as you cut loose with your own moves during the open dancing. Indulge in the ritual of henna painting traditionally done at women's celebrations. Angela of Ancient Traditions Mehndi will be here to create her unique designs! Rejuvenate with an assortment of snacks and beverages and mingle with friends and Company members. Experience the hospitality the Middle East is known for!

(Notes to web mavens for next year: bring pillows and blankets, fill itenerary of events with times, media person, FOH staff leader.)

Although you may no longer register on-line, please come to the party. We'd love to see you. There are plenty of tickets available at the door.

Henna Party, January 2007
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More Henna Party pictures
here

Henna on upper arm.

Henna on back of hand.

Henna on back.

Child dancing

     

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