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18th Annual Henna Party January 2011
Photos by Jan Geisen

Image of Jawaahir.
Jawaahir

Image of Heidi.
Heidi

Image of Jawaahir performing a cane dance.
Cane dance

Image of the raffle.
Raffle

Image of Kathy's Level 3.
Kathy's Level 3

Image of Shari's solo.
Shari solo

Image of everyone doing henna.
Henna

Image of open dancing.
Open dancing

 
     
   

Rebecca's Middle Eastern Wedding, Vadnais Park, August 16, 2008

Zeffa begins.
Zeffa begins

Zeffa through woods.
Zeffa through woods

Dancing around the couple.
Around the couple

Bride's henna.
Bride's henna

 
     
   

Minneapolis MOSAIC June 7, 2008

Clip on Channel 5 News
VIDEO - Channel 5 News

Debke dance.
Debke

Teaching the men.
Teaching the men

Women's turn.
Women's turn

Everyone dances.
Everyone dances

MOSAIC
Photo Randy-Briggs.com

MOSAIC
Photo Randy-Briggs.com

MOSAIC
Photo Randy-Briggs.com

 
     
   

Gala Fundraiser May 10, 2008

Tina and bidding items
Tina

Gary, our auctioneer
Gary our auctioneer

The buffet
Food

Guest with henna
Henna

Guests with Cassandra
Guests

Patricia and Cathy
Cathy & Patricia

Photo of crowd during announcements.
Announcements

Cathy Wurzer
Cathy Wurzer

 
     
   

Chisholm Show May 2007
Photos by Jan Geisen

Tunisian.
Tunisian

Solo
Solo

Kahleegy
Kahleegy

Kahleegy
Kahleegy

Cassandra & Salah
Cassandra & Salah

Cassandra & Salah
Cassandra & Salah

Cassandra
Cassandra

 

 
       
   

Henna Party
January 4, 2008

Halaa
Choreography by Kay Hardy Campbell
Danced by Cassandra and Jawaahir Dance Company


When Cassandra asked me to choreograph a Khaliji dance for Jawaahir, I was really honored. The CD "Miami 2005" by the Kuwaiti group "Miami" has several fantastic and danceable tracks. I finally chose Halaa because of its humor and high energy, the upbeat message of the song, as well as the rhythm shift from 6/8 to 4/4. I also love the traditional sounding section in the middle of the piece when all the instruments drop away except for drums, leaving just singers, clapping, drumming and zaghareed.
 

Link to video of Cassandra introducing Halaa.
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Link to Halaa video from Henna Party 2008.
Click to start video, 320x240, 2:14

The changes in the music suggested several miniature dance tableaux - of people dancing in pairs, in lines, randomly (as if they were doing the dance in its traditional 'social dance' form), and even with a Busby Berkeley inspired section where the dancers are in a star formation. I had three days to teach it to the Jawaahir company. "No problem," Cassandra told me. And she was right. The company learned it quickly and voila, there it was on stage at the Southern Theater! What a dream it was to be asked to do it, and to be able to teach it to a great dance company that could bring it to life so beautifully.

The song itself is a 'greeting' to the whole world. The refrain says, "Hello to everyone, no matter where you are, what time it is, day or night, no matter what color you are." The word "Halaa" is an informal way of saying hello. Kind of like,  "How you doin'?" or "Hey man."
 

   
     

Cassandra video dancing at Oasis East 2007.
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Oasis Dance Camp New Zealand, November 7-16, 2007
Photos by Gretchen from Nelson, NZ
Click to enlarge
More of Gretchen's Oasis photos here

Nicole taking picture.
Nicole

Arch for Amel.
Amel

Cassandra and Nicole.
Cassandra & Nicole

Camp Tutors.
Camp Tutors

Cassandra doing Khaleegy.
Cassandra, Khaleegy

Drum trio.
Drum Trio

Amel
Amel

 
 
     
   

Festival Forum Shows, October 19 & 20, 2007

Photo of Jawaahir performing Halla.
Halaa, Jawaahir

Photo of Jawaahir performing Halaa.
Halaa, Jawaahir


Shiara


Ruby Jazayre


Belly Dance Americano, Jawaahir


Belly Dance Americano, Jawaahir

Picture of Zulaika
Zulaika

Picture of Zulaika.
Zulaika

Picture of Maleeha.
Maleeha

Picture of Maleeha.
Maleeha

Photo of Sheikhatt dance.
Sheikhatt, Jawaahir

Picture of Sheikhatt dance.
Sheikhatt, Jawaahir

Picture of theater.
Theater at Intermission

Photo of vendor's goods.
Vendors at Intermission

Photo of vendor's goods.
Vendors at Intermission

Photo of Nar dance.
Nar, Jawaahir

Photo of Habibi Alli dance.
Habibi Alli, Kahraman

Photo of Habibi Alli dance.
Habibi Alli, Kahraman

Photo of Habibi Alli dance.
Habibi Alli, Kahraman

Photo of Ghawazee dance.
Ghawazee, Jawaahir

Photo of Jawaahir doing Ghawazee dance.
Ghawazee, Jawaahir

Photo of Ghawazee dance.
Ghawazee, Jawaahir

Photo of Faten Salama dancing.
Faten Salama

Photo of Faten Salama dancing.
Faten Salama

Photo of Faten Salama dancing.
Faten Salama

Photo of Shira dancing.
Shira

Photo of Lilah dancing.
Lilah

Photo of Lilah dancing.
Lilah

Photo of Tara dancing.
Tara

Photo of Tara dancing.
Tara

Photo of Yasmina Amal dancing.
Yasmina Amal

Photo of Yasmina Amal dancing.
Yasmina Amal

Photo of Hadia dancing.
Hadia

Photo of Hadia dancing.
Hadia

Photo of Hadia dancing.
Hadia

Photo of the dancd party after the show.
After show dance party

 
       
   

Sugar Dolls
Southern Theater

 

 
 
     
   

Henna Party, January 2007
Click to enlarge

Henna on upper arm.

Henna on back of hand.

Henna on back.

Child dancing
Fiona Smith

Putting henna on palm. Henna on palm. Henna on legs and palms.  
 
     
   

Cassandra & Jawaahir at Renfest, August 2006
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Photos by Jan Geisen - slideshow at Renfest 2006 - Jawaahir

Henna on upper arm.

Henna on back of hand.

Henna on back.

Child dancing


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