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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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Midtown Global Music Festival (July)
Lake Hiawatha Festival (Aug)
Class Showings (Aug)
Cassandra's Cabaret (Aug)

Open House
Workshops with Karim Nagi (Oct)
Hafla with Karim Nagi and Amwaaj (Oct)
Sing To Me a Little at Lab Theater (Oct)

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Jawaahir Performing at Midtown Global Music Festival

Saturday, July 18, 2015. Noon-8:00pm.
Jawaahir is performing 4:00-4:40pm.
Midtown Global MarketAccessibility symbol.
920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

The Fifth Annual Midtown Global Music Festival, in partnership with the Minneapolis Aquatennial, features a line-up of live music and dance from around the world, performing on two outdoor stages and one indoor stage throughout the day.

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Hiawatha Festival  

Jawaahir Performing at Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival

Wednesday, August 5, 2015. 5:00-8:00pm.
Jawaahir is performing 5:30-6:30pm.
Lake Hiawatha Community CenterAccessibility symbol.
E. 44th St. & 27th Ave. S, Minneapolis

The Festival includes a talent contest, family fitness challenge, medallion hunt, a caricaturist, and pony and canoe rides. 

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Class Showings for Summer Session (all classes)
Saturday, August 22, 2015
at 3:30pm in the Minneapolis Studio
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Join us for class "showings" – not formal performances but a chance to show what you've been learning and polishing. It's for all levels, so you can see what's in store for you. Free and open to the public, it's a chance for you to invite friends and family to see your progress and to have fun!

Review of a previous Class Showings


"The class showing was SPECTACULAR!
Even people who were shy in class were thrilled to be performing and had great energy during the show. Students were excited to show what they knew. There was even one class that had only one student performing, but she went on accompanied by her teacher and did a great job!
The students who watched the upper levels perform were excited and inspired to see what else they could learn. The audience clapped along and supported the performers with great energy, and students were thrilled to see their teachers dance."

Pick up flyers in class, or print the flyer here.

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Cassandra's Cabaret: HOT Summer Night!
Starring Cassandra, Aliyah Sahar, Angelina, Monique,
and featuring the rock-group Astarte including Cassandra and Lisa Peterson

Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 8:00pm
Jawaahir Studio Theater Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Online registration available.

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. 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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Cassandra School Open House

Sunday, September 27, 2015
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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


Jawaahir in Ya Leil
photos by Jan Geisen


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.

Jawaahir’s annual concert Sing To Me a Little offers powerful new artistic collaborations throughout: commissioned choreographies for the Jawaahir dancers by world-class artists Sahra C. Kent and Yasmina Ramzy, as well as new works by Artistic Director Cassandra Shore; first-time appearances of guest artists Ghada Derbas and Michael Ibrahim of the National Arab Orchestra, fresh from a recent appearance on “A Prairie Home Companion.” Sing To Me a Little features the expressive voice of Ms. Derbas, interpreting classics from some of the best Arab composers, and inspiring the dancers. Returning Musical Director Georges Lammam contributes his own compositions as well as virtuoso violin performances to the performance. Local area musicians Tim O’Keefe, Laura Harada, and Salah Fattah complete the impressive orchestra, as well as solo work by Cassandra.

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.

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700 First Street North  
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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