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Jawaahir Performance Archives


Cassandra dancing and Nicole drumming at dance camp photo.

Theatrical Programs


Orientalia-Bits and Pieces

July 12-22, 2001, Thursdays - Sundays, 8:00 P.M.
The Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN
Dinner/lecture/demonstration/, Sundays, 5:00 - 6:45 p.m.

Cassandra reflects on her lifetime in Arabic dance with inspirations from the Middle East, Europe, North Africa, and her own imagination. The Georges Lammam Ensemble of San Francisco returns to Minneapolis this summer, astonishing audiences with their virtuoso microtonal improvisations of Oriental music. Joining them will be guest dancer Dalia Carella of New York

Company Choreography Show
March 29-31, 2001, 8 PM
The Jawaahir Studio Theater
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Company members and apprentices present some of their own works.




July 13-16, July 20-23, 2000,Thursdays - Sundays, 8 PM
The Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN
Sunday pre-show dinner/lecture, 5 PM

A visionary performance of contemporary and traditional Arabic dance and music features Jawaahir Dance Company, Cassandra with the Georges Lammam Orchestra and guest dance artist Saara Soikkeli of Finland



July 22-25, July 29-Aug.1, 1999, Thursdays - Sundays, 8 PM
The Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Arabic Music Lecture Demonstration/Dinner Discussion, Sundays, 5:30 PM

"Jawaahir", which means jewels in Arabic, brings to life the brilliance, mystery, and beauty of its namesake. Joining Jawaahir was Georges Lammam from San Francisco with his five member orchestra, Sahra Sa'eeda from Los Angeles, and Margo Abdo O'Dell from Minneapolis.


Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN
Thursday-Sunday July 9-12 & 16-19

A Marriage of Dance, Music and Storytelling - this ground breaking collaboration between characteristically Cassandra Shore and writer Kay Hardy Campbell, is based on the legend of a Bedouin woman who supported herself through storytelling in the Arabian city of Jeddah.

A Magical, Middle-Eastern Matinee (A special children's matinee performance of Shoma)
Saturday, July 18, 1998
Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN
Adapted from Jawaahir's evening-length performance, The Children's Shoma was a lively introduction to the arts and culture of the Middle East, complete with colorful costumes and a happy ending.

Haflat al-Zaffaf
Sundays, July 12 & 19, 1998
Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN

A Special pre-show dinner, discussion provided an inside view of Saudi Arabian woman's life.

A Silken Trail

August 7-10, 1997
Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN

Audiences embarked on a Caravan with Cassandra and Jawaahir Dance Company traveling through the countries and cultures along the ancient silk routes. Special Guest Artists Ruby Jazayre, Carolyn Krueger, and Shahrezade joined Cassandra and Jawaahir Dance Company as guides to the expressive and evocative dances of the Middle East, North Africa, the Persian Empire, and Central Asia.

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Jawaahir performing Dervish at the Southern Theater.



Orientaila Guest Artists Workshops
The Cassandra Studios, Minneapolis, MN 55403

  • Music For Dancers
    Georges Lammam, July 14, 200
  • El Mundao Gypsy Choreography
    Dalia Carella, July 21, 2001
  • Oriental Dance Choreography
    Dalia Carella, July 22, 2001


Amel Tafsout Workshops and Performances
October 27-29, 2000
The Cassandra School Studios, Minneapolis, MN
A native Algerian dancer, Amel Tafsout taught a multitude of ethnic/tribal/folk dances from North Africa.

Dreams Workshops with Guest Artists
Cassandra Studio, Minneapolis, MN

  • Arabic Drum Technique
    Souhael Kaspar, July 17, 2000, 8-10PM,
  • Music for Dancers
    Georges Lammam, July 18, 2000, 8-10PM
  • Oriental Dance Choreography
    Saara Soikkeli, July 22, 2000, 1-3PM, & July 23, 2000, Noon-2PM

Oasis Dance Camp
September 13-17,2000 in Northern Michigan
October 4-8, 2000 near Seattle, Washington
November 1-5,2000 near St. Augustine, Florida
Oasis Dance Camp is the longest running residential dance camp in the United Sates specializing in dances of the Middle East and the Arab world. OASIS continues to feature the internationally acclaimed dance artist, CASSANDRA along with a guest teacher, and percussionist Nicole LeCorgne for four days of dance immersion with instruction in classical technique, Egyptian Oriental, and folkloric. Other exciting dance events include: cultural talks, drumming, costuming, hafla, henna party, videos, dance library, sunrise conditioning class, vendors, good food and friends


Nadia Hamdi Workshop & Performance
April 30, May 1-2, 1999
The Cassandra School Studios, Minneapolis, MN

Nadia Hamdi, one of the most accomplished and admired Egyptian stars of Raks as Sharqi, was born into a family of professional musicians and dancers. She grew up and learned her craft in Mohamed Ali Street in Cairo, the famous musicians and entertainers' quarter. Nadia has been the featured performer at countless Egyptian weddings and in Cairo's five-star hotel night clubs. Performances featured; Nadia Hamdi, Morocco (NYC), Mona N'Wal (Madison), Jawaahir Dance Company, Cassandra, and Margo Abdo O'Dell.

Jewels Workshops with Guest Artists
Cassandra Studio, Minneapolis, MN

  • Music for Dancers
    Georges Lammam, Tuesday, July 27th, 8:30-10PM
  • Drum Technique
    Souhail Kaspar, Saturday, July 31st, 1-2:30PM
  • Egyptian Dance Technique
    Sahra Sa'eeda Sunday, August 1st, 1-3PM

Ragia Hassan Workshops and Dinner Show
October 30 & 31, 1999

We were delighted to welcome back Egyptian choreographer Raqia Hassan for her third visit to Minnesota. Widely considered one of the finest teachers working today, Raqia specializes in Egyptian theatrical style and has trained many of Egypt's top dancers, including Mona Said, Nelly Fouad, Aza Sharif, and Fifi Abdou A dinner show was held at the Beirut Restaurant on Saturday, October 30 at 9:30 featuring Cassandra, Jawaahir, and special guests Shahrazad Javaheri and Nadia Sahar.

Elena Workshop & Performance
May 1-2, 1998
Cassandra Studios, Minneapolis, MN

Elena Lentini began performing Middle Eastern dance in 1969, dazzling audiences in New York area Middle Eastern clubs with her grace and intensity. Elena brings to dance a unique lyrical focus, a quality of mystery, a commitment to integrity of every movement as she sculpts fluid designs with her body.
Master Class, by invitation- Sunday, May 3

Costume Workshop and Fashion Show
September 27, 1997
Nancy Hauser Dance Studios, Minneapolis, MN

Participants learned to construct their own beautiful and professional-looking costumes for a fraction of the cost of an import! This workshop covered basic costume construction in Orientale and folkloric styles, as well as advanced design construction and fitting! There was time for alteration techniques and help with any specific problems or questions from the class. The evening fashion show consisted of "home grown" fashions, that is, all of the costumes were made by one of the local dancers. Also, as a special treat, Cassandra displayed her collection of authentic Middle Eastern folk costumes. Contributing costumes for the fashion show were Cassandra, Zulaika, Leila, and Elena! Questions from the audience were encouraged at the informal showing.

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Jawaahir performing at the Southern Theater.

Educational Programs


Student Performance
January 22, 2001, 9:30 A.M.
Northfield Elementary School, Northfield, MN

April 25, 2001
8th Grade Mid East Sampler
Chippewa Middle School, St. Paul, MN

Educational Performance
April 27, 2001, 10:00 A.M.
William Byrne Elementary School, Burnsville, MN

Educational Performance
May 17, 2001
Cultural Festival
Fridley Middle School, Fridley, MN


Young Audience Performances

  • January 7, 2000
    Parkview Elementary, Roseville, MN
  • April 7, 2000
    Blake School, Hopkins, MN
  • November 23, 2000
    Brimhall Elementary, Roseville, MN
  • January 12, 2000
    Waite Park Elementary, Roseville, MN

April 19, 2000
8th Grade Mid East Sampler Chippewa Middle School
Chippewa Middle School, St. Paul, MN


Young Audience Performances

  • October 15, 1999
    Blake School, Hopkins, MN
  • October 11, 1999
    St. Francis Xavier School, Startel, MN
  • September 1, 1999
    Hosmer Library, Minneapolis, MN

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Cassandra performing at the Southern Theater.

Other Performances


Eighth Annual Henna Party
January 7, 2001, Cassandra Studios

Arts Midwest Conference Showcase
Showcase Performance
September 21, 2001
Raddison Hotel, St. Paul, MN

Firstar Capital New Year
December 31, 2001
River Center Rotunda, St. Paul, MN

2nd International Conference on Middle Eastern Dance
May 26, 2001
Orange County Community College
Costa Mesa, CA

Festival of Cultures
June 23, 2001
Sioux Falls, SD

Evart Development Musical
June 30, 2001
Evart, MI

MELD Annual Meeting
April 28, 2001
Minneapolis, MN

Annual Henna Party
January 9, 2000
Cassandra Studios, Minneapolis, MN
An afternoon of henna, dance, food, and fun as we bring the Middle East to the Midwest

Firstar Capital New Year
December 30, 2000
Science Museum Auditorium, St. Paul, MN

Jawaahir is part of an extravaganza of music, dance, art and theater in downtown St. Paul the day before New Year's Eve


University of Minnesota
April 13, 1999
Coffman Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN

Ethnic Dance Theater's Silver Gala
May 15, 1999
Concordia College, St. Paul, MN

Renaissance Festival
August 14 &15, 1999
Middle East Weekend at Renaissance Festival, Shakopee, MN

University of Minnesota
October 5, 1999
Coffman Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN

First Star's Capital New Year
December 31, 1998
Ordway Music Hall, St. Paul, MN

"You will become mesmerized when Jawaahir Dance Company sways to Middle Eastern rhythms." So says the publicity for this exciting New Year's Eve event

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