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Upcoming Cassandra and Jawaahir Events

2016 Printable
Events Calendar


Details for Cassandra and Jawaahir public performances, workshops, and seminars here and around the world. Call the office for more information on educational shows and private functions.

Photo of camels at an oasis.
Camel market c.1920



Shoma (Sept)
Open House (Oct)
Bake Sale (Oct)




EE Palm Trees
2004 Palm Trees Dance

EE Servants Dance
2004 Servants Dance

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Shoma – A Storytelling Dance-Theater Journey to the Desert

Thursday-Sunday, September 29–October 2, 2016
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00pm.

Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm for matinees.
Post-show discussion with our wonderful artists on Friday evening!

Tickets: $30.
$5 discount for Guild of Oriental Dance members.
Saturday matinee: Pay-as-able ($5 minimum).



Jawaahir Dance Company presents Shoma, a dance theater extravaganza set during a bridal henna party in Saudi Arabia. Shoma, an honored Bedouin storyteller, entertains the guests with a folktale about Muna, an independent shepherdess who is lost in a sandstorm, awakening in a magic garden of dancing birds, palm trees, and other fantastic creations. Like all good storytellers, Shoma tailors the tale to fit the occasion – in this case, the bride’s culturally sensitive reputation is being threatened with public scrutiny. Written by esteemed Arabian dance specialist, Kay Hardy Campbell, Shoma includes Saudi and Gulf folk and social dances, as well as imaginative contemporary choreographies and performances by Cassandra Shore, bringing our tale of love and marriage to life.

This production is an updated version of the company’s highly-successful run of Shoma in 1998 that inspired a generation of dancers in the Twin Cities. Many of the original dances are being restaged
and reimagined. An all-star musical ensemble led by Georges Lammam and includes, Jim Grippo, Michael Ibrahim, Miles Jay, Naser Musa, Susu Pampinin, and local musicians Tim O'Keefe, Laura Harada, and Yaron Klein will dazzle your ears with live music. Playwright and Saudi women’s music and dance scholar Kay Hardy Campbell has revised the script to include contemporary challenges, such as the pros and cons that social media provides the current generation of young Saudi women. The main male lead is played by Egyptian music, dance, and theater artist, Karim Nagi, and Don LaCourse, Ethnic Dance Theater’s director, is playing a featured role.

Plan on joining us for this extraordinary show as we enter our second year at The Lab Theater!


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700 First Street North  
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Free on-street parking after 6:00pm Monday–Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday.
There is also a pay lot across the street.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SHOMA! Please click on the link below if you would like to support Jawaahir in our upcoming show. All volunteers get a comp ticket to enjoy the show as a token of our appreciation! Details for positions needed are explained at this link.
Sign up now! www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0C4CA4AA29A5F49-shoma 

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Cassandra Teaching
photo by Jan Geisen


Cassandra School Open House

Sunday, October 9, 2016
– 1:30pm
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3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

Join us for FREE mini-classes and refreshments!
Classes open to new and current students.
NEW STUDENTS — Receive $10 off a full session when you register at the Open House!

Please check back for the schedule.

The School offers 20 classes each week, for students ranging from two left feet, to Jawaahir company members continually honing their skills. All ages, levels, shapes, and sizes!

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Jawaahir & Khazanah Bake Sale

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Hungry? The answer is, "YES!" Come and fill your tummy with lots of Halloween yummies! Jawaahir and Khazanah will be selling all sorts of Halloween inspired baked treats for you.

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