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Upcoming Cassandra and Jawaahir Events


2015 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.

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Cassandra's Weeklong (June)
Enchanted Evening (June)
Cassandra's Cabaret

Blaine Festival
Workshops with Karim Nagi (Oct)


Cassandra teaching at our new studio.
Cassandra teaching
at the 2012 Weeklong
(Photo by Jan Geise

Weeklong 2015 flyer


Cassandra's 2015 Weeklong Oriental Dance Intensive

Read a review of a past workshop by one of the participants, Sherezzah Bint al-Waha.
Read the Winter 2011 Beledi Beat for a Weeklong Intensive Preview by Patricia Cumbie.

Monday-Saturday, June 1–6, 2015
Jawaahir Studios
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3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

A six-day workshop taught by the fabulous Cassandra:

  • Five days of dance classes (10:00–4:30)
  • Three performances included: Participant dinner show (Monday), Enchanted Evening (Friday), Cassandra's Cabaret (Saturday)
  • Afternoons: Create a drum solo*
  • Conditioning and stretching
  • Lecture classes daily: History of Belly Dance Lecture, Parts 1 and 2, Tuesday & Thursday after lunch - 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Monday, Wednesday, Friday...class continues after lunch!
  • At least 3 helpful teaching assistants available to give you individual attention at all times
  • Live drum accompanist
  • Saturday review/video session
  • Vendor: Dahlal International will be vending Thursday, Friday, Friday night and Saturday! 

*This year offers the weeklong participants an exciting opportunity to create an ensemble work for LIVE drum ensemble, and perform it in the Friday night Enchanted Evening, or Saturday Cabaret! Cassandra and the Jawaahir Teaching Assistants will mentor each group’s work to completion. Drummers will be in class to work directly with each group to realize your vision. Performers need only some classy rehearsal clothing to perform in - not necessary to have a full costume! Bring your best hip wraps and fancy dance pants…

Our folkloric style this year will be the vintage Greek/Turkish style of Karshilaama 9/8, so bring your skirts!
AND...Eastern Arts will be offering acupressure and massage during the week!

Cost of the complete weeklong package: USD $675.
Space is limited to 25 participants.
Registration available on-line.

See the flyer.

If you are coming from out of town and want advanced information about accommodations or things to do in the area, contact Angela at admin@jawaahir.org or 612-872-6050.

A $100 non-refundable deposit will secure your place in the Intensive. Balance is due May 17, 2015. Cancellations receive 50% refund (less deposit).

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Jawaahir in Nova.
Jawaahir in Nova


Enchanted Evening

Friday, June 5, 2015 at 8:00pm
Patrick's Cabaret Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Tickets are available on-line.

Join Cassandra and Jawaahir Dance Company for an Enchanted Evening — a special and intimate evening of performances by Cassandra, Jawaahir Dance Company, Afsana, Al-Bahira Dance Theater, Blue Lotus Middle Eastern Dancers, Kamala Chaand Dance Company, Sisters of the Sahara, Zulaika, and more!

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Cassandra's Cabaret
Starring Cassandra, Baraka, Emalee, Talia and surprise guests!

Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 8:00pm
Jawaahir Studio Theater Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Tickets are available on-line.

Join Cassandra as she transforms the Jawaahir Studio Theater into a Cabaret! Intimate tables, delicious hors d'oeuvres, and an evening of fabulous dance and music. Seating starts at 7:45.

Purchase your tickets early. This Cabaret will sell out as all participants in Cassandra's Weeklong Intensive will be attending. Your seat is not reserved until we receive payment.

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

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Blaine Festival  

Blaine Festival 2015

Saturday, June 27. Jawaahir is performing 4:30-5:00.

The Blaine Festival, June 26-28, is an annual community celebration with weekend-long events for every member of the family. This year’s celebration will be held at Aquatore Park and showcases a wide variety of entertainment with something for every one.

The weekend gala includes a carnival, craft shows, helicopter rides, magician, recreational activities, food, and live bands to name a few.

For more information, go to the Blaine Festival website.

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Karim Nagi

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Workshops with Karim Nagi

October 3-4, 2015
Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Music Raqs workshop. Saturday afternoon. 1:30pm – 5:30pm.
Hafla with the band Amwaaj. Saturday night. 8:30pm.
Dabke workshop. Sunday afternoon. 12:30pm – 2:30pm.

Music Raqs: $60.00 in advance…$75.00 at the door
Dabke: $35 in advance …$40 at the door
Hafla …live music! $20.00 in advance or at the door
On-line registration available soon.

Music Raqs is a complete 4 hour course to help dancers and musicians learn how to understand and teach Arabic music topics without needing an instrument or any previous training:

* Identify and sing 7 major Arabic maqam scales, along with famous song examples
* Clap and voice 10 major Arabic Iqaat rhythms, along with famous step examples
* Major music terms, in Arabic and English, that are relevant to a dance performance
* Cultural and linguistic references related to each melody and rhythm, promoting accuracy
* Movements and traditional combination steps that help communicate each musical topic
* Basics of reading sheet music, to help understand melody and rhythm accurately
Also receive a document of all rhythms, scales, terms, and famous Arabic words for your reference.

Dabke (Arabic line dancing): Literally meaning "Stomp" in Arabic, Dabke is a group dance found in the Eastern Arab countries. Performed mostly as a unisex line dance, Dabke is avidly done at the weddings and parties of Lebanese, Syrian, Jordanian, and Palestinian communities. The movements include rhythmic stomping, kicking, sideward walking, hopping, and jumping. In social settings the dancers hold hands and form long moving lines or wide rotating circles. You may find Dabke used as a form of non-violent social protest during war and conflicts, but it is primarily a proud and energetic group line dance enjoyed by all ages and both genders.

Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian drummer, DJ, composer, and folk dancer. He is the creator of Turbo Tabla, and has released four internationally distributed CDs of this unique brand of Arab House / Electronica using acoustic instruments. Karim has authored instructional DVDs for the Tabla / Doumbek, riqq tambourine, maqam & taqsim, Drum Solo for Dance, and Arab Folk Dance. He is well versed in the ultra-traditional styles of music, and has lead the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble since 1999. He promotes and fosters the study of Arab dance in the USA as the director of the Arab Dance Seminar. Karim performs and teaches Tahteeb Cane Dance, Dabke Line Dance, and Zikr Sufi Dance.

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