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Since we are experiencing a deep freeze here in Minnesota, we're gonna have a warm dance party!
An easy $5 reservation payment is required by 12:00pm CT, the day of the dance party, in order to get your Zoom invitation before the party starts.
It's time to let a little light into your night! Our dancers Cassandra, Helen, Renee, Salome Alexandra, and Zahirah shine brightly so grab your sunglasses!
Our studio is transformed into an intimate cabaret setting with sumptuous hors d'oeuvres and an evening of fabulous music and dance
featuring the Performance Adventure class choreographies and the incomparable Cassandra, with Julianna, Lauren, and Paula!
Show begins on your screen at 6:00pm CT. Approx length is 1 hr & 15 mins.
Reservations are $20. Only 1 reservation per household needed.
Reservations are now closed. Enjoy the show tonight!
Payment in advance is required by 12:00pm CT the day of the show in order to receive your Zoom invitation before the show starts!
Luna of Cairo
Jawaahir Dance Company ignites the stage with a brilliant and colorful assortment of dances, all inspired by the music that is the touchstone of Near Eastern Dance, for which it is renowned. Experience an extravaganza of Arab dance, music, and talent that only Jawaahir can deliver. Jawaahir’s 18 dancers perform stunning contemporary interpretations, in the third Sparkle concert, choreographed by the Jawaahir dancers for the dancers, with an exciting new choreography by Cassandra Shore, Artistic Director. Live music provided by the masterful musicians of Amwaaj, including Tim O’Keefe and Laura Harada. All of this – all new choreography, AND a breathtaking solo performance by our stellar guest artist, Luna of Cairo, who performed in the top nightspots in Egypt for many years, now residing in Florida.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund; Lisherness Foundation; O'Shaughnessy Foundation; Target; and friends of Jawaahir.
Our show is held at Elision Playhouse in Crystal. Parking for Elision Playhouse is shown in green on the pictured map.
through Jawaahir Dance Company. Box office opens one half hour before our show begins.
Reservations will be back online soon. Stay tuned!
$40 for adults. $20 for kids 12 and under.
$10 discount for Guild of Middle Eastern Dance members.
Our Saturday, December 5 matinee at 2pm is a pay-as-able show. This means that you may arrive to Elision Playhouse at 1:30pm and pay what you can (minimum of $5 per person) on a first come, first served basis.
Come for the auction--Stay for the glam!
Cassandra and Jawaahir invite you to join us at an evening of celebration and gratitude for all of our treasured supporters....YOU!
We welcome you to enjoy a short performance from Cassandra and Jawaahir, sample some tasty hors d’oeuvres generously donated by Mediterranean Cruise Cafe, bid on our silent auction items bursting with amazing things, and have fun during our live auction, all the while supporting Jawaahir Dance Company!
$35 at the door. See you tonight!
We are excited to announce that our esteemed MC is our very own beloved Sarah Jones Larson! She is a Jawaahir Dancer Emerita (1994-2016), longtime member and supporter of Jawaahir, former beloved Cassandra School teacher, and founder of the School of Acting and Voice Over and the Voice Acting Expo.
Plus Angela from Ancient Traditions Mehndi is offering her beautiful henna designs for your enjoyment, with all proceeds for the evening donated to Jawaahir.
To sweeten your evening...simply by coming, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win two reservations to Jawaahir’s next annual concert! (You must be present for the drawing at the end of the party in order to be eligible for the win.) Then, if you spend $100 or more, you will receive an invitation to the dress rehearsal of our next annual concert.
Check out these awesome gift certificates that include:
Do you, or someone you know, have a special skill, service, or product to donate?
Be part of our Silent Auction! All donations are tax-deductible. Please fill out the Donation Form and contact Alana by email for delivery of your donation. DONATION DEADLINE: All items must be delivered with form by April 10. Sorry, no exceptions. *This deadline may change. Contact Alana for information.
$30 reservations coming soon!
For every paid advanced reservation, you receive a special gift when you arrive!
Reservations for our gala will be back online soon! Stay tuned!
$30 in advance to get your special gift, or $35 at the door.
Delight in an afternoon of henna, dance, food, and fun as we once again bring the Middle East to the Midwest. We provide free DIY henna and guests are welcome to bring your own small cushion for comfort. This is a family friendly event, so, bring your kiddos! Children 10 and under are only $5 each and must be accompanied by an adult at $10 each.
$5 tickets for a chance to have Angela, our professional henna artist of Ancient Traditions Mehndi, work her magic on you. She’s so amazing, we want to avoid a long line of people waiting for her designs. We'll pull 10 lucky winners from the magic raffle basket.
$10 tickets for a chance to win a 10-week session of Level 1 or Level 2 classes at The Cassandra School. We’ll pull 2 lucky winners from the magic raffle basket.
Raffle winners are drawn during the show.
$10 per person and $5 per child 10 and under (must accompany an adult).
Jawaahir will be a featured performer at 4:00pm. Check out their website and plan a whole day of fun including amazing vehicles, special causes, races, live entertainment, special events, food and drink, silent auctions, vendors, and awesome sponsors!
This event is FREE!
PeopleFest! Party features live performances from South Indian Parai (drums), a traditional Chinese fashion show, and Jawaahir! A variety of cultural and educational organizations share their stories, activities and outreach. Multicultural cuisine is available for purchase.
Check out the Party's website and plan a whole evening of fun!
This event is FREE!
Need that perfect costume for your next performance? How about new finger cymbals or a beautiful veil? Want to treat yourself to that shiny cane or jingly hip wrap you've been eyeing? Well then, come on over and visit Dahlal right here in town! She has everything you need! When you're finished shopping, fill your tummy with yummy treats baked by Jawaahir and Khazanah members for purchase. Mmmmm! Can't you smell the sweet scents already?
Come on over to peruse through some great costume options, music, hip wraps, and more. Jawaahir will have a table filled with fabulous finds for you! Then, check out the tables of others from the dance community and have a great afternoon of shopping.
Thanks to an MRAC Arts Learning grant, Cassandra and Jawaahir Dance Company invite you to join us for a FREE event to meet Ramzi El Edlibi, a renowned dancer and choreographer, who will be teaching the dance company a debke unique to Eastern Lebanon.
Immersed in the dance, rhythms, and cultural traditions of the Middle East, Ramzi was raised in Lebanon and studied Middle Eastern dance with Caracalla. He also traveled the world to broaden and perfect his dance training and research to include classical ballet, flamenco, ballroom, and tango. After moving to New York City in 1983, he established and directed Ramzi El Edlibi Dance Company in order to merge modern and western schools of dance with the rich stories and traditions of the Middle East. Ramzi is also well known for his young audiences’ education programs and has presented, choreographed, and performed for numerous universities, schools, cultural organizations, and museums.
Read our Beledi Beat article about Ramzi, written by Patricia Cumbie!
Check out these short YouTube clips of Ramzi being interviewed about debke!
This is your opportunity to watch him work with the Company and then pick his experienced, intelligent, and educated brain! No prior reservations needed, just show up!
Thanks to an MRAC Arts Learning grant, Cassandra and Jawaahir Dance Company invite you to join us for a FREE event to meet Amel Tafsout. This charismatic and multi-faceted artist will be teaching the Company both the Guedra and Dancing to Raï music—both specific to the area of North Africa.
From her biography page on Amel's website: "The legendary Amel Tafsout, meaning ‘Hopes of Spring’, is an inspirational first source master dance artist, choreographer, instructor, frame drummer, singer, energy worker and one of the finest exponents of North African traditional and contemporary Maghreb Dance of our time. With a research in dance anthropology, and a long training in various healing practices, Tafsout’s knowledge of her culture and her experience in many dance styles and music make her very unique."
Read our Beledi Beat article about Amel, written by Patricia Cumbie!
This is your opportunity to watch her work with the Company and then pick her experienced, intelligent, and educated brain! No prior reservations needed, just show up!
The International Folk Fair in UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center is one of the largest cultural events in the Chippewa Valley. This annual event has been taking place at UW-Eau Claire for over 50 years. The International Folk Fair brings together different campus and community groups to share their cultural traditions through food, dance, music, language, art, and much more. This event is free and open to the public. The groups will sell food and cultural items and all of their profits go to the organization or charity of their choice.
•Open to the public and family-friendly
•Food and Cultural items for sale and recommend to bring cash
Time for a day trip! Jawaahir will be one of the featured performers at their 53rd Annual International Folk Fair this year. Come zagareet and clap along for us at 12:20pm and 2:30pm on the main stage.
Get excited to join us! Watch their video and then jump in your car!
Our local library is featuring Jawaahir as part of their Spring Cultural Dance Series. We will perform a unique and colorful array of classic and folkloric dances from the Near East and North Africa, and present information about regional styles, costumes, and original settings for dances.
This event is family friendly and FREE!
Check out the library's website for more information. We'll see you there!
You don't want to miss this! Jawaahir and Amwaaj present an evening of dance and live Arab music! Check out the city of Roseville's website for more information on this event and other events planned over the summer.
This event is FREE and family friendly!
Cassandra and Jawaahir invite you to join us in a concert celebration of the Egyptian vocal giant Um Kalthoum. We will perform new and revived works representing the iconic expressions of the late, great Egyptian singer. You will have the unique opportunity to hear some of these musical gems in the singer's own voice.
Award-winning dance lighting designer Jeff Bartlett will set the stage for this dance/music extravaganza featuring choreography by Cassandra, and a new
work by company member Helen Voelker. Plus, your ears are in for a treat as we bring you an all-acoustic instrumental ensemble! National Arab Orchestra Music Director, Michael Ibrahim, will be performing on the traditional nay and oud, along with Minnesota’s incomparable world musicians Tim O’Keefe on percussion, Laura Harada on violin, and Yaron Klein on viola.
There’s more! We’re pleased to share a very special surprise guest vocalist, performing her unique performance piece using the music of Um Kalthoum.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00pm. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00pm. Post-show discussion with our talented artists on Friday evening!
$35. $5 discount for Guild members and a pay-as-able ($5 minimum) show at Saturday's matinee on a first-come-first-served basis.
Check out Beledi Beat where we pay homage to the Voice of Egypt, Um Kalthoum!
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