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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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Oasis Dance Camps (Sept, Nov)
Open House (Sept)
Workshops with Karim Nagi (Oct)
Hafla with Karim Nagi and Amwaaj (Oct)

Sing To Me a Little at Lab Theater (Oct)
Cassandra's Weeklong Intensive (June 2016)


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Oasis Dance Camps

Oasis Dance Camp is the longest running residential Oriental dance retreat in North America. Beginning in 1985 Oasis is dedicated to educating dancers in the art of Oriental Dance and its related folkloric forms.

September 16–20, 2015. Cassandra and Sahra Saeeda at Oasis North: Traverse City, Michigan. November 4–8, 2015. Cassandra and Uza of New York at Oasis South: St Augustine, Florida.

April 2016. Oasis Dance Camp and Cassandra are going to Istanbul and Fez! The focus of the trip is on music, and there are intensive Oriental technique classes with Cassandra as well as classes with local teachers in both cities, evenings of live music and entertainment, and days of exploring these exotic locales. To be added to the list of interested travelers, send an email to: saida@oasisdancecamp.com.

For more information and to register: www.oasisdancecamp.com

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Cassandra School Open House

Sunday, September 27, 2015
Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis
1:00 - 3:00pm

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!

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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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
Click HERE for online registration.

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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Photo by Pat & Animal
of Hong Kong


Dance with Karim Nagi accompanied by Amwaaj

Saturday, October 3, 2015. 8:30pm.
Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Get your hip belts on and shake off those shoes. Your bare feet and shimmies are welcome at this hafla where the ever fun and talented Karim and Amwaaj will play the night away!

$20.00 in advance or at the door
Click HERE for online registration.

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Georges Lammam.
Georges Lammam


Ganal Hawa
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Sing To Me A Little*

With the incomparable sounds of the Georges Lammam Ensemble,
Featuring special guest performers Michael Ibrahim and Ghada Derbas of the National Arab Orchestra, Detroit

Thursday-Sunday, October 22-25, 2015. 8:00pm.
Saturday-Sunday, October 24-25, 2015. 2:00pm matinees.
Post-show discussion with our wonderful artists on Friday evening!

Tickets: $30.
Saturday matinee: Pay-as-able ($5 minimum).
Sunday matinee: Children 12 and under, $15. Accompanying adult, $25.
$5 discount for Guild of Oriental Dance members.
Tickets are live!

Jawaahir Dance Company ignites the stage with “Sing To Me A Little,” an extravaganza of Arab dance, music, and talent that only Jawaahir can deliver. Jawaahir’s 19 dancers perform ancient traditions and stunning contemporary interpretations, collaborating with some of the most acclaimed Arab artists working today: world-class choreographers Sahra Saeeda and Yasmina Ramzy, commissioned by Jawaahir to each create new work for this concert; Lebanese singer Ghada Derbas, whose vocal interpretations define the classic Arab sound; and multi-instrumentalist Michael Ibrahim, Director of the National Arab Orchestra, coming fresh from a recent Prairie Home Companion appearance. Long-time collaborator and violin virtuoso Georges Lammam returns as Musical Director. All of this – along with new choreography and breathtaking solo performance by Jawaahir Artistic Director Cassandra Shore.

Twin Cities audiences flock to Jawaahir concerts for exceptional dance, and for the incomparable sounds of The Georges Lammam Ensemble. Born in Beirut, Georges Lammam’s solo violin exemplifies Arabic improvisation and lyricism. In addition to Michael and Ghada, Georges' 9-piece Ensemble features Susu Pampanin (tabla, percussion), Khader Keileh (keyboard), Khaled Khalifa (cello), violinists Laura Harada and Salah Fattah, and the multi-talented Tim O'Keefe (percussion). The California-based members of the Ensemble tour throughout the US and have been presented in venues ranging from the San Francisco World Music Festival to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

VIDEO: Watch us rehearse!

Check out our Summer Beledi Beat Newsletter! We're excited to share our newest guest musicians: multi-instrumentalist Michael Ibrahim and singer Ghada Derbas. If you're lucky, you'll also get to meet their son Issa.

*Cassandra says, "There is a famous song by Oum Kalsoum; in Arabic its title is Ghanilli Schwey Schwey, which translates more or less to sing to me a little. It's a charming song, asking her sweetheart to serenade her, and VERY well known in Arab music circles."

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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.

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

Weeklong flyer


Cassandra's 2016 Weeklong Oriental Dance Intensive

Monday-Saturday, June 13–18, 2016
Jawaahir Studios
Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

It's our 15th anniversary! Join us for this 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)
  • Oriental and folkloric technique
  • Conditioning and stretching
  • Lecture classes daily
  • 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! 

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

See the flyer.

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.

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 21, 2016. Cancellations receive 50% refund (less deposit).

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