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Jawaahir & Cassandra Past Events 2010

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View from boardwalk at dawn.  

Oasis Dance South Retreat

November 3-7, 2010

www.oasisdancecamp.com then click South Retreat.

Oasis South moved up the beach on Jekyll Island to the Villas by the Sea Resort and Conference Center. We stay in two and three bedroom town houses with full kitchens and living rooms. Classes and other camp activities are in the luxurious resort ballroom. The resort includes a solar heated pool and martini bar. You can see more information at www.jekyllislandga.com. We have had great reviews on our new location.

Oasis South is the ideal camp to bring along friends and family. The island has lots of activities for non-dancers to do during class time. Special rates for non-dancing roommates are available.

New in 2010: Pre-Camp Master Level Class
To get even more out of our time with Cassandra, we will be holding a pre-camp Master Level Class. This session will meet on the Wednesday camp begins at 2:00 pm. Topics are: Specialty Rhythms and Working with a Class Accompanist.

     
Oct 30, 2010 Cabaret flyer.
Flyer by Kito Young
 

Cassandra's Cabaret: The Inappropriate Cabaret
Featuring Cassandra, Anjela, Mistress Tara, and Zahirah

Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 8:00 PM
Jawaahir Studio Theater

Tickets can be purchased three ways:

  • On-line, with PayPal or credit card
  • With credit card by calling the office at 612-872-6050
  • By mailing a check payable to: The Cassandra School to 1940 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403. (Per the bank, please write checks in blue or black ink.)

Details on the Cassandra's Cabaret page.

     

Amoura Latif flyer.
Workshop flyer

Amoura show flyer.
Show flyer

 

Amour Latif Workshop and Shows
Jawaahir Studios, Minneapolis

There's still plenty of room in both shows and the workshops, so just come and buy your tickets at the door.

Come study with Amoura Latif in her first workshop in the States since the 1980s!
October 15-17, 2010

Classic Oriental Dance
Saturday, October 16, 1:00-5:00pm. $120
Amoura teaches you graceful flowing combinations, through space and in place, that are typical of her style. She emphasizes movement quality phrasing and dynamics, expressive poetic arm movements, and increasing your personal presence. You also explore the use of breath with movement. How do we as dancers experience and embody tarab (musical enchantment) in our conversation with the melodies and the rhythms of the Oriental music?

Raks Assaya Choreography: "Samah Innoba"
Sunday, October 17, 11:00-3:00pm. $120
In this workshop Amoura teaches a choreography that contrasts different qualities and moods of the stick dance: the coquettish playful feminine with the proud elegant masculine. In addition to technique, she emphasizes expression, musical interpretation, and cultural understanding. This choreography is appropriate for those with or without experience dancing with a cane.

Plus, Two Fabulous SHOWS Friday and Saturday! 8:00pm. $15. (same show both nights)
See Amoura Latif, Cassandra, and Jawaahir (reprising some of the exciting choreographies from The Dark Nightingale!). In addition, we'll be welcoming Aliyah Sahar and Sisters of the Sahara, Amina Beres and Dans Askina, Anna (of Duluth), Daliyah, and Melanie. The shows are open to the public, so bring your friends!

And Dahlal and Alsadu will be here over the week-end for your shopping pleasure!

Amoura Latif’s life-long involvement with oriental dance spans three continents and over 30 years. In her early years in San Francisco, she studied with the legendary teacher Jamila Salimpour, performing with the folkloric dance group Mash’allah. As her love for the traditional dance and music grew, she relocated to the near east (Israel/Palestine) where she was able to deepen and enhance her understanding of the dance arts and culture, gaining treasured professional experience through the collaboration with many renowned artists and musicians in the oriental arts scene.

She was one of the first to teach and perform in this country of origin, becoming a leading dancer there and helping to pave the way for what is now a vibrant oriental dance scene. In 1990, she was the artistic consultant and representative at the International Oriental Dance festival in Jerusalem, the first dance festival of its kind held in the Middle East.

Amoura has had the privilege to study in both the west and in Egypt with some of the great luminaries of the dance world, including Jamila Salimpour, Ibrahim Farrah, Ibtisam el Masri, Ibrahim Akef, and Ahmed Jarjour.

In the 1990s, she was invited to teach in Vienna and quickly established herself as a significant teacher and performer working throughout Europe (Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, England, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Turkey, Hungary) including the Bolzano Dance Festiva in Italy from 2006 to the present. Her special projects have included artistic direction and choreography for Alwan al Sharq (Salam Islam festival Vienna 2002), El Jameel Dance theater (Vienna, 2005), and Augenblicke (Ingolstadt Germany, 2008).

Recently, Amoura has brought the dance to the contemporary theatre world, performing as dancer and actress with the company “Cabula 6” at the Impulstanz, Tanzquartier Vienna, and at the award-winning innovative community arts project “Macondo.” She is also an instructor of the Heart Rhythm Meditation method, which brings added dimension to her work as an artist.

Amoura’s history and her life experience as a dancer who achieved artistic maturity through her work on three continents have given depth and a broad perspective to her work.

     
Photo of Oasis Dance Camp West.  

Oasis Dance Camp West
Vashon Island, Seattle, WA

October 6-10, 2010

www.oasisdancecamp.com then click Camp West.

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.

Again in 2010: 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.

New in 2010: Pre-Camp Master Level Class
To get even more out of our time with Cassandra, we will be holding a pre-camp Master Level Class. This session will meet on the Wednesday camp begins at 2:00 pm. Topics are: Specialty Rhythms and Working with a Class Accompanist.

     

Photo of class at Oasis North camp.

Oasis North poster.

 

Oasis Dance Camp North - Celebrating 26 years of dance
Cassandra will be teaching and performing

September 15-19, 2010
Traverse City, Michigan

www.oasisdancecamp.com then click Camp North.

Now celebrating its 26th 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, Ava Fleming, Nicole LeCorgne and other guest artists will be teaching. If you must choose one camp to attend, this is the one.

Again in 2010: 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.

New in 2010: Pre-Camp Master Level Class
To get even more out of our time with Cassandra, we will be holding a pre-camp Master Level Class. This session will meet on the Wednesday camp begins at 2:00 pm. Topics are: Specialty Rhythms and Working with a Class Accompanist.

     
Photo of Jawaahir.  

Walker Minnesota Ethnic Fest
Jawaahir will be performing at 1:45pm.

Saturday September 11, 2010, 11am-5pm
Walker, MN

About 3 hours north of the Twin Cities. Several members of Jawaahir will be dancing in the parade and in the afternoon.

     
Photo or Ritz Theater marquee at night.  

The CIA (Choreographers in Accord)
An Evening for Jeff Bartlett

The Ritz Theater Accessibility symbol.
345 13th Avenue NE   map
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Tickets: 612-436-1129

Friday and Saturday, September 10-11, 2010 at 8pm
Tickets are available at The Ritz Theater box office or at the door.

  • ARENA Dances
  • Ballet of the Dolls
  • Beyond Ballroom
  • Ethnic Dance Theatre
  • Flying Foot Forum
  • Jawaahir Dance Company
  • Katha Dance Theatre
  • Shapiro & Smith Dance

The CIA (Choreographers in Accord) invites you to help them celebrate local dance champion Jeff Bartlett, beloved local lighting designer and Dance Community Liaison at the new Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. He's in the intensive care unit of Hennepin County Medical Center after a fall at Burnsville Performing Arts Center.

Interested in seeing a dance company but don't want to invest a whole evening? Here's your chance to see a sample from some of the Twin Cities' premier dance companies! These companies are presenting highlights from some of their best work. Don’t miss this dance extravaganza!

Further information here, or call the Jawaahir office at 612-872-6050.

     

Photo from Dark Nightingale show at The Ritz.
Video by Peter Ellison
Dark Nightingale video

Photo or Ritz Theater marquee at night.

Photo of Abdel Halim Hafez.
Abdel Halim Hafez

Photo of Nesma al-Andalus.
Nesma al-Andalus

Photo of Georges Lammam.
Georges Lammam

Photo from Dark Nightingale show at The Ritz.
Video by Peter Ellison
Dark Nightingale video

 

Jawaahir Dance Company and the Ritz Theater present:

The Dark Nightingale (al -'Andaleeb al -Asmar)
Music of the iconic Egyptian Singer Abdel Halim Hafez

with guest artists: Nesma of Spain and the Georges Lammam Ensemble

The Ritz Theater Accessibility symbol.
345 13th Avenue NE   map
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Tickets: 612-436-1129

August 26 – September 5, 2010

Post-show discussion with our wonderful artists on Saturday evenings!

Jawaahir Dance Company is excited to present The Dark Nightingale, centered around the beloved music of late Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez. The renowned Georges Lammam Ensemble, featuring virtuosic Arabic musicians from across the nation, sets the backdrop for unforgettable dances by Jawaahir, Cassandra, and Spanish guest artist Nesma al-Andalus.

Some of Jan Geisen's photos from our last studio rehearsal. Now on to the Ritz! Click to enlarge.

Ritz 2010 rehearsal photo.

Ritz 2010 rehearsal photo.

Ritz 2010 rehearsal photo.

Ritz 2010 rehearsal photo.

photos by Jan Geisen

Abdel Halim Hafez: Hafez (1929–1977) was known as al-‘Andaleeb al-Asmar (the Dark Nightingale). Despite a fairly short career, he was one of the most influential Egyptian stars of the 1950s and 60s. He is widely considered to be one of the four greats of Egyptian and Arabic music, along with Umm Kulthum, Mohammed Abdel Wahab, and Farid Al Attrach. His mellow, resonant voice, subtle vocal style and notably clean intonation made him a stand out.

Abdel Halim studied at Cairo's Institute of Arabic Music and the Higher Institute for Theatre Music and began his career teaching and playing oboe. During the 1960s, he started to sing colloquial poetry more closely related to popular folk song than ordinary pop songs. His work on these lines had a significant influence on popular song in general. Abdel Halim died March 30, 1977, a few months short of his 48th birthday, while undergoing treatment for bilharzia. His funeral in Cairo was attended by millions of people – more than any funeral in Egyptian history except those of President Nasser (1970) and Umm Kulthum (1975). Fourteen women committed suicide upon hearing of his death.

Abdel Halim's music is still very popular, and he is widely regarded as one of the most virtuosic singers in the Arab world. His albums have sold more copies since his death than any other Arab artist except Umm Kulthum.

Nesma: Born in Spain, Nesma resided in Cairo 1993–1998, where she studied Oriental dance and Egyptian folklore. During that time she performed as a soloist with her own orchestra in over 3,500 shows on the most prestigious stages in Cairo. She broadened her artistic career in the National Egyptian Folkloric Reda Ballet, as the only non-Egyptian dancer to form part of the company. Since 1998 she has danced and taught around the world, and founded her own school and dance company in Madrid: Al-Andalus Danza. Video about Nesma (in Spanish).

Georges Lammam Ensemble: The violin virtuosity of Georges Lammam returns to rock the Ritz, along with Arabic music superstars Elias Lammam (accordion and vocals), Naser Musa Janini (oud and vocals), the inimitable Karim Nagi (riq and percussion), Nicole LeCorgne (tabla), and Miles Jay (bass) (NEW ADDITION!), joined by amazing local artists Tim O’Keefe (percussion), Laura Harada (violin), Dawn Doering (nay), and Salah Abdel Fattah (violin). Video of Karim Nagi playing finger cymbals.

The show features choreography by artistic director, Cassandra Shore, as well as Kathy McCurdy and Helen Voelker of Jawaahir Dance Company. Plus, the show features lighting design by Jeff Bartlett, former artistic director of The Southern Theater.

In addition to this fabulous show, Nesma and Karim Nagi are offering workshops while they're here. See details below.

Videos: If you're new to Cassandra and Jawaahir and want a hint of what's to come, here's Cassandra's Solo from the 2009 Jawaahir show Raqs Nouveau (high-res or low-res). And here, if you have some patience, are other excerpts from that show (or a low-res version for you impatient ones).

And for you videophiles, here's some video of Karim Nagi and Nesma. So, after that, are you ready to buy tickets for The Dark Nightingale?

New video: an interview with Cassandra about many subjects, including this show, on public television's BelAhdan, with host Ahmed Tharwat.

Tickets: $28; Available online, or by calling 612-436-1129 Tue – Fri 12:30pm –- 4:30pm, or in person 2 hours prior to a performance. Open seating.

Our wonderful and generous sponsors: Please help us thank our show sponsors by visiting them often: Sebastian Joe's and Ansari's Mediterranean Grill.

Quiz

Question

Answer

Winner

1

How many women committed suicide when
Abdel Halim died?
 

14

Annette Bujold

2

What company did Nesma dance with
as the only non-Egyptian dancer?
 

National Egyptian
Folkloric Reda Ballet

Courtney Faragher

3

Where did Karim Nagi teach music for 5
years?
 

The New England Conservatory of Music

Malika Benachour

4

Who was Abdel Halim Hafez's famous
mentor?
 

Mohammed Abdel
Wahab 

Sam Huonder

5

Nicole LeCorgne is helping a famous Lebanese riq player, now living in New York, publish his book. Who is he?
 

Michel Merhej Baklouk

Katie Burton

6

Under what name does Karim Nagi issue his music?
 

Turbo Tabla

Miriam
Samuels-Schwartz

7

For what recent major motion picture did Naser Musa co-compose and perform the music?

Arabia

Amy Loegering

8

What famous contemporary composer/singer has Miles Jay recorded with in Beirut? Hint: He comes from a famous musical family.

Ziad Rahbani

Sorry, no winner.

The party's over... The Ritz Theater and Jawaahir proudly presented The Dark Nightingale, a thrilling evening of Middle Eastern dance and live music focused on the music of the late Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez (known as The Dark Nightingale). This show offers unforgettable dances by Spanish guest artist Nesma al-Andalus, spectacular new choreographies by Cassandra and Jawaahir, and sumptuously colorful costumes, all accompanied by the virtuosic Arabic musicians from across the country and around the world of the renowned Georges Lammam Ensemble!

Just how good was The Dark Nightingale? Here are some audience comments:

 

"I'm tired this morning since I stayed up past that 7 pm bedtime but it was worth it!! Saw Jawaahir Dance Co's new show at the Ritz Theater. FABULOUS! Check out this info via MPR: http://bit.ly/bxBLtd" -C. Wurzer [We're in the middle, between the photos and the bicycles.]

   
 

"...I am sooo in love with the Jawaahir girls right now... OMG Cassandra and Nesma are absolutely delicious... and the band is amazing. Amazing! I get to see it again tomorrow night!! SQUISH." -C. Mitchell

   
 

"Anyone within driving distance of Minneapolis/St. Paul, don't miss this. The dancing is divine, the music sublime. The Upper Midwest is so fortunate to have Cassandra and her team in residence. Also, check out special classes by the guest artists. Highly highly recommended." -K.H. Campbell

   
 

"The genius and beauty that is the JDC and Cassandra knocked my socks off last night. I was captivated with the very first notes played by the Georges Lammam ensemble. The dancers awesome, the choreography fascinating, the costumes the best ever ... Guest star Nesma was such a personification of joy dancing it left me breathless. Thank you all for such a gift." -S&S Huonder

   
 

"Jawaahir Dance Company and Cassandra Shore are awesome dancers, the guest artist Nesma is simply enchanting, and the Georges Lammam Ensemble are fantastic musicians. If you have *any* interest in Middle Eastern dance and/or music, go see this show. If you've never seen this style of dance, go see this show." -L.O. Williams

   
 

And the award for the shortest comment: "A must see". -K. Southwick

 

     

Nesma blue photo.
Nesma al-Andalus

Photo of Nesma.
Nesma al-Andalus

 

Photo of Karim Nagi.
Karim Nagi
Photo by Yillah of DC

 

 

Workshop Flyer image.
Workshop Flyerr

 

Workshops with Karim Nagi and Nesma
All at Jawaahir Studios, Minneapolis

Workshops with Nesma

Egyptian Baladi Form and Stylings
Tuesday, Aug 31, 6:00-9:00pm. $85
Baladi is the traditional Egyptian urban dance and music style of improvisational call and response. It is often misinterpreted by Western dancers. Nesma clarifies the music and style, and guides you through the musical and movement changes. Her patient and attentive teaching enables you to perform a Baladi in your own unique interpretation, every time!

Modern Style Classic Oriental Dance
Saturday, Sept 4, noon-4:00pm. $120
An unusually rare opportunity to study the classic dance movements with a true Cairene professional. Nesma danced in Cairo, and was taught by the best teachers and dance coaches there. In this workshop, Nesma helps you bring the joy of performing a classic style into your own dance!

On-line registration is available now. You may also register at the door.

 

 

 

Workshops with Karim Nagi
Video of Karim Nagi explaining his workshops
.

Musicality (for dancers)
Monday, Aug 30, 6:00-8:00pm. $50

Despite any mastery of technique and bodily dexterity, true dance expression requires musicality. The best dancers are those who integrate the music into their own movement. Karim demystifies Arab music for the dancer. He identifies several recurring themes in Arab music (using recorded examples) and explains in emotive, non-musical terms. The workshop covers taksim, melodic themes, vocal vs instrumental songs, rhythms and rhythmic changes, melodic modulation, song structure, orchestration, and instrumentation. Karim guides students through several songs and leads them in dancing to each of these themes. This is a movement workshop that helps dancers become the physical personification of the music.

Men's Saidi Stick Dance (for dancers; open to both men and women)
Monday, Aug 30, 8:00-10:00pm. $50
The southern half of Egypt, know as Upper Egypt due to its higher altitude, is called al-Sa'id in Arabic (pronounced Sa-yeed). The Saidi people are famous for this semi-acrobatic stick dance called tahteeb for men (raqs assaya for women). It is essentially a form of martial art where the manipulation of the stick and the demeanor of movement replicate a battle scene. The main motions with the stick include spinning, twirling, rowing, flipping, and striking. Often two dancers will enact a friendly battle with synchronized sparring and coordinated strikes; but the essence of the Saidi dance is in its demeanor. The body moves heavily and confidently with a subtle pulse. Grace is more valued than aggression. This dance is done solo or in groups where the performers' sticks are maneuvered in unison. Karim teaches with the straight cane and covers all the basic spins, flips, and strikes. He stresses ambidextrous technique and utilizes both hands for the entire lesson. He also teaches double cane, culminating in a short standard "friendly battle" choreography. (Some canes will be available at the studio, but bring your straight cane if you have one.) [This class has just been added, so registration for it will be available soon.]

Drum Solos: Dancer - Drummer Communications (for dancers and drummers)
Saturday, Sept 4, 10:00am-noon. $50

This workshop bridges the gap between the two disciplines. Learn how to interpret sound into movement by aligning body parts and motions with drum sounds and riffs. Once the movement-to-sound correspondence is established, you prepare to perform to drum solos. The six-part drum solo is explained, theme by theme. You then perform to any combination of these six major drum solo themes. You learn how to both lead and follow the drummer by maintaining the common language. Improvisation skills are encouraged, and Karim demystifies the daunting prospect of dancing to a LIVE drum solo. This workshop includes both dancers and drummers.

Tabla (for drummers)
Saturday, Sept 4, 1:00-3:00pm. $50

This workshop focuses on the Arabic tabla (aka doumbek, darabuka). Students learn technique, rhythmic vocabulary, and the essential stylistic approach to Arabic rhythm. This workshop creates a strong foundation for later advanced drum performance. It is designed for people with rudimentary knowledge of music, percussion, or Middle Eastern drumming.

On-line registration is available now. You may also register at the door.

     
Minnesota Garlic Festival logo.  

Minnesota Garlic Festival
Jawaahir will be performing

Saturday August 14, 2010, 11am-6pm
McLeod County Fairgrounds, Hutchinson, MN

About 60 miles 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. Several members of Jawaahir will be dancing in the afternoon.

     
Photo of Jawaahir.  

Minneapolis Sister Cities Celebration
Jawaahir will be performing at 4:15

Sunday July 18, 2010, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Nicollet Island Pavilion

Minneapolis' Third Annual Sister Cities Day celebrates the City of Minneapolis' ten official international sister city relationships. This family event is sponsored by the Meet Minneapolis Global Partnership Prgram and is free and open to the public.

Minneapolis’s Sister Cities program provides global connections and exchanges between international cities and the residents of Minneapolis, with the purpose of creating cultural awareness and fostering mutually beneficial opportunities. These relationships are supported and implemented by local citizen groups in Minneapolis and have also been accredited by Sister Cities International in Washington, D.C.

Minneapolis' Sister Cities include:

  • Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Eldoret, Kenya
  • Harbin, China
  • Ibaraki City, Japan
  • Kuopio, Finland
  • Najaf, Iraq
  • Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Uppsala, Sweden
     

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, June 11, 2010
at 7:30pm in the Bloomington Studio

All Minneapolis Students Showing
Saturday, June 12, 2010
at 4:30pm in the Minneapolis Studio Theater

Review of the Winter 2009 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.

     
Cairo Caravan 2010 banner.  

Cassandra Teaching & Performing at Cairo Caravan 2010
Long Beach, CA

June 4-6, 2010

Join Cassandra on the Queen Mary in Long Beach harbor for three days of classes, performances, vendors and fun. Sponsored by the Middle Eastern Culture and Dance Association. Photos and information from Cairo Caravan 2009 are online.

For details visit MECDA or ask Cassandra.

     

Photo of Cathy Wurzer.
Cathy Wurzer

Guests with Cassandra
2008 Caravan

 

Caravan Under the StarsAccessibility symbol.
Jawaahir's Annual Gala Fundraiser

Thursday, May 20, 2010, 6-10pm
The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis

410 Oak Grove Street map
Minneapolis, MN

The exciting evening is emceed by Cathy Wurzer, host of “Morning Edition” on Minnesota Public Radio, and features performances by Cassandra, Jawaahir Dance Company, Ahmed Tharwat, and the Mike Croy Jazz Trio. Enjoy henna artist Angela from Ancient Traditions Mehndi, appetizers, a cash bar, and silent and live auctions featuring treasures from Egypt and Morocco, theater tickets, jewelry, art, dance workshops, massages, and much more. See some of the fabulous auction items!

Admission is $40 per person. There's room for you, so come play with us!

Caravan Under the Stars is sponsored by Oasis Dance Camp, Noelle Follen of Focus Financial, Donna Hanbery of Hanbery & Carney P.A., Brad Begley of Begley Law Offices, Dr. Scott Carlson, Jennifer Cleasby of From the Hip, Kian Dwyer, Jim and Sandy Huonder, dancers of Jawaahir, Kay Marszalek, Karen Meyer, Eileen O'Shaughnessy, TC Swing, Turquoise International, and Anonymous.

Some of the fabulous auction items are listed here.
Some photos from past year's Caravan.

     
Photo of pyrmids of Giza.  

Cassandra & Jawaahir Teaching & Performing in Winnipeg
Winnipeg, Canada

May 7-9, 2010

Cassandra will be teaching and Cassandra & Jawaahir will be performing in Winnipeg, Canada.

For details visit Spice Road or call 204.957.7520.

     
Move final pose.  

Jawaahir Performing in Chisholm, MN

May 1, 2010

Ruby Jazayre of South Bend, Indiana, will be teaching at Zia's Middle Eastern Dance workshop in Chisholm on Saturday, May 1. Jawaahir will be performing in the Saturday night show.

For more information see the flyer here and here, or contact ShirleyJo7@hotmail.com or
call 218-254-3059.

     

Image of Beledi Beat, the Jawaahir newsletter.
IBCC 2010

 

Cassandra Teaching & Performing in Toronto, Canada
International Bellydance Conference of Canada

April 21-25, 2010

The Icelandic volcano causes major disruption to the Minneapolis Belly Dance Community! On Wednesday orginizers of the IBCC (3rd Annual International Bellydance Conference of Canada) that is scheduled to run Thursday through Sunday contacted Cassandra. It seems that several of the instructors from Egypt and Europe had their flights cancelled and could not make it to Canada. The call for substitute teachers went out and Cassandra rearranged her schedule to help them out and flew out Wednesday evening, not even knowing which hotel she would be staying at. The community came together and the show is going on. Good luck to all!

     
Photo of Cassandra  

Cassandra in Milwaukee

April 10-11, 2010

Cassandra will be teaching and performing in Milwaukee, WI.

For details visit Samantha Fairuz.

     
Cassandra's Cabaret flier  

Cassandra's Cabaret: Cabin Fever!

Featuring Cassandra, Halima (UT), Julianna, and Theresa

Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8:00 PM
Jawaahir Studio Theater

SORRY. SOLD OUT!

Details on the Cassandra's Cabaret page.

     
Enchanted Evening Show flyer thumbnail.  

Enchanted Evening Show

Friday, March 26, 2010, 8pm
Jawaahir Studio Theater

1940 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
$15
SORRY. SOLD OUT!

Join Cassandra, Jawaahir, and soloists Angelina, Helen, and Zulaika in an evening of Middle Eastern dance solos and pieces from Raqs Nouveau and the dance company's diverse repertoire. Also enjoy a musical interlude with Tim O’Keefe, Laura Harada, and Nicole LeCorgne.

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! Serious or campy, Jawaahir's contemporary pieces expand traditional perceptions of Middle Eastern dance.

See photos from past Enchanted Evening shows.

This show is expected to sell out. Tickets may be purchased online through PayPal or by credit card, 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.

Enchanted Evening.

Photo of Sandy teaching class.

Photo of Nicole teaching drumming class.

 

Cassandra's 2010 Weeklong Intensive
A review of the 2002 workshop by one of the participants, Sherezzah Bint al-Waha.

Monday-Saturday, March 22-27, 2010
Jawaahir Studios

1940 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

A six-day workshop:

  • Five days of dance classes (10am to 4:30 or 5:00 daily)
  • 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
  • Cost of the complete weeklong package: USD $600.

Space is limited to 30 participants. Information on accomodations, schedule, etc will go out after January 1, 2010.

A $100 non-refundable deposit will secure your place in the Intensive. Balance due March 1, 2010. Cancellations receive 50% refund (less deposit).

See photos from past Participant's Show, Enchanted Evening, and Cabarets

Cassandra's 2010 Weeklong Intensive online registration available now.

The schedule is here.

Additional details on the Weeklong Intensive page.

Dahlal will be here for your vending pleasure on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Dahlal is the leading provider of costumes, music, scarves, beads, and everything else Belly Dance.

Alsadu will be here for your vending pleasure on Thursday and Friday. Alsadu specializes in historic non-Western textiles, rugs, artifacts, jewelry, ceramics, and furniture.

     
Third Avenue lobby of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  

Jawaahir Performing at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Target Family Day: Africa

Sunday, March 14, 2009, 11am - 5pm
Jawaahir will perform at 2:30pm

One Sunday a month Target sponsors events for families, kids, and the young at heart at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. You'll have a blast making art, going on artful adventures, meeting local artists, musicians, dancers, and story tellers, and more!

Cross the African continent for a fun-filled day! Join master drummer Francis Kofi for a drum workshop and learn about west African rhythms. Trek to Morocco and create fabulous jewelry inspired by objects in the museum's collection. Visit Somalia and discover cultrual traditions through song, dance, and stories. Listen to Central and South African sounds with traditional music group Congo Lion. Plus, learn about African textiles, make a lamellophone (thumb piano), watch Jawaahir's North African dances, and much more! Free and open to the public.

Visit the MIA website for more information or contact Jawaahir.

     

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, March 12, 2010
at 7:30pm in the Bloomington Studio

All Minneapolis Students Showing
Saturday, March 13, 2010
at 4:30pm in the Minneapolis Studio Theater

Review of the Winter 2009 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.

     

Photo of Bedouin camp in Sahara desert.
Jan Geisen

Musicians playing in the desert in Morocco.

 

Oasis Dance Camp, Egypt
Luxor, Egypt

February 1-15, 2010

The caravan has left, they are on their way! Follow their adventures on Cassandra's Facebook page.

Go to www.oasisdancecamp.com then click on Camps, Luxor, Egypt on the left hand side.

Cassandra and Oasis Dance Camp return to Egypt for a unique and exciting Middle Eastern dance experience in one of the most beautiful and historic locations in the world.

Camp is five days of classes in traditional folk styles of Middle Eastern women's dances taught by Cassandra, accompanied by percussionist Nicole LeCorgne.

Accommodations for Oasis Egypt 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 Egypt list.

     
Cassandra's Cabaret flyer  

Cassandra's Cabaret

TROPICAL DREAMS
Winter Escape

Starring: Cassandra, Erin, Mirah and Toha

Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 8:00 PM
Jawaahir Studio Theater

Dahlal and Alsadu will be here for your vending pleasure from 7-10pm.

Details on the Cassandra's Cabaret page.

     

Henna on back of hand.

Child dancing

Jawaahir Henna Party 2010 logo.
Click for flyer

 

17th Annual Henna Party

Sunday, January 10, 2010
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 seventeenth 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. See the flyer.

● Performance by Jawaahir at 2:00.
● 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 pillows and blankets to relax on; henna supplies will be provided.

New this year: Our henna artist Angela is so amazing, there’s always a long line of people waiting for her designs. So, to lessen the disappointment, this year we’re selling raffle tickets for a chance to have Angela work her magic on you. The tickets will be $5, and we’ll pull 12 lucky winners from the magic raffle basket.

The Henna Party is featured in both the Star Tribune and City Pages.

You may purchase tickets at the door -- there's plenty of room for all!

     
   

Jon Behm's amazing photos from our Henna Party appear in the online City Pages. They capture the joy and energy of the show, as well as the feelings of friendship, warmth, and sharing that permeated the henna party.
The Star Tribune's Sara Glassman also wrote a nice online article on the Henna Party with a great photo of Angela.


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