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Upcoming Cassandra and Jawaahir Events


2014 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


Caravan under the Stars (May)
Cassandra's Weeklong Intensive (June)
Enchanted Evening (June)
Cassandra's Cabaret (June)

Blaine Festival (June)
Cassandra in Europe
Caponi Art Park (July)
Fringe Festival (July-August)


Jawaahir gala
Caravan under the Stars
photo by Jan Geisen

Susana DiPalma
Susana DiPalma

Rene Thompson
Rene Thompson
photo by Alice Gebura


Caravan under the StarsAccessibility symbol.
Jawaahir's Annual Gala & Fundraiser

Thursday, May 15
Jawaahir Studio
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

Join our mistress-of-ceremonies, TPT2's Almanac co-host Cathy Wurzer, for an exciting evening with performances by Cassandra and Jawaahir, Amwaj, Susana DiPalma, and Rene Thompson. Of course, we'll also have silent and live auctions, and henna artist Angela from Ancient Traditions Mehndi.

Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. (Tickets available on-line.)
Spend at least $100 and receive a ticket to the dress rehearsal for Jawaahir's next show.

Find beautiful treasures hand-picked by Cassandra in Morocco, gorgeous costume accessories, classes and tuition discounts, restaurant gift certificates, theater tickets, CDs and DVDs, art museum membership, amusement park and festival passes, unique artisan jewelry, stunning visual art, Minnesota craft beers, hand-thrown ceramics, exotic household décor… and much more!

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Cassandra and Salah
Live music this year!

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

2014 Weeklong flyer


Cassandra's 2014 Weeklong Oriental Dance Intensive

Monday-Saturday, June 2–7, 2014
Jawaahir Studios
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3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Working with live music is at the heart and soul of our beautiful dance form!
Cassandra’s Weeklong Intensive 2014 is exclusively focused on working with live music! As always we have live drumming accompaniment for our morning technique, and conditioning and combinations classes. Cassandra is excited and honored to welcome the musicians from Amwaj ALL WEEK in our afternoon sessions, demonstrating with their instruments for you, and taking questions about, important aspects of Arabic music for dance; you will have an opportunity to dance with the solo instrument AND the full ensemble! The Amwaj ensemble will focus on a classic dance piece, so you can create a framework around that music for your own creative solo improvisation or choreography. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

Zulaika of Seattle says: I highly recommend this experience for all dancers who take the art seriously, for it will elevate you by leaps and bounds. Cassandra's dance technique, musicality, cultural understanding, artistic expression, and professional experience is unparalleled.  And she is so giving and makes it fun!!

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.

A six-day workshop taught by the fabulous Cassandra:

  • Five days of dance classes (10:00–4:30)
  • Three performances included: Participant dinner show, Enchanted Evening (Friday), Cassandra's Cabaret (Saturday)
  • Oriental technique and working with live musicians
  • Live drum accompanist and Amwaj Ensemble
  • At least 3 helpful teaching assistants available to give you individual attention at all times
  • Conditioning and stretching
  • Lecture classes daily
  • Saturday review/video session
  • Vendors

Cost of the complete weeklong package: USD $675.
Space is limited to 25 participants.
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 5, 2014. Cancellations receive 50% refund (less deposit).

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Jawaahir in Nova.
Jawaahir in Nova


Enchanted Evening

Friday, June 6, 2014 at 8:00pm
Patrick's Cabaret Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN


Tickets will be available on-line shortly.

Join Cassandra and Jawaahir Dance Company for an Enchanted Evening — a special and intimate evening of performances by Cassandra, Jawaahir Dance Company, Afsana, Akasha, Aliyah Sahar, Kamala Chaand Dance Company, Mistress Tara, Na’imah, Sisters of the Sahara, and Zada al-Gaziyeh.

See photos from past Enchanted Evening shows.

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

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Cassandra's Cabaret

Starring Cassandraand 3 fabulous dancers

Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 8:00pm
Jawaahir Studio Theater Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN


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.

See photos & videos from previous Cassandra's Cabarets.

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

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Blaine Festival  

Blaine Festival 2014

Saturday, June 28. 4:30-5:00.

The Blaine Festival, June 27-29, 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.

Jawaahir is performing at 4:30. For more information, go to the Blaine Festival website.

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Cassandra Workshops and Performances
Vienna, Madrid, Nurnberg

Vienna: June 27-29
Madrid: July 2-8 (www.raksmadrid.com)
Nurnberg: July 12-13

Cassandra returns to Europe! For further information, call the office.

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Caponi Art Park  

Jawaahir Performing at Caponi Art Park

Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 6:30.
Free, with a $5 per person suggested donation to support the program
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The Summer Performance Series is a family-friendly program that features a wide variety of music, theater and dance concerts presented against a backdrop of earthworks and majestic oaks in the Theater in the Woods amphitheater. The series brings some of the most talented regional and local artists to perform outdoors at Caponi Art Park. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to spread on the grassy slopes for an enjoyable evening at the Art Park.

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Djinn and Tonic
Jawaahir in the Fringe Festival

July 31 - August 10
Venue and Dates TBA

Minnesota Fringe is an annual performing arts festival in Minneapolis. For eleven days, over a thousand artists present works in every discipline and genre for one hour or less.

Tickets: $12 plus $4 admission button (Buy the button once; use it for the whole Fringe!); kids’ tickets (12 and under) are $5 and don’t require a button; multi-show passes available. Tickets on sale July 1 at fringefestival.org and at the box office 30 minutes before performance during the festival, if seats are available.

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