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Upcoming Cassandra and Jawaahir Events

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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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Jawaahir in Holiday Dazzle Hafla (Dec)
Open House (Jan 2017)
Henna Party (Jan 2017)
Class Showings (March 2017)


Caravan under the Stars (May 2017)
(June 2017)
Enchanted Evening (June 2017)
Cassandra's Cabaret (June 2017)


Ya Maktoub



Jawaahir Performs in Holiday Dazzle Hafla

Sunday, December 11

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Admission: adults $10
Children 310: $5
Children under 2 are free

Join Al-Bahira Dance Theater for an evening of glittering, jingling, holiday fun as they kick of the season with dance and music. Catch some of your favorite performers showcasing their works. Performances by Jawaahir Dance Company, professional artists, avocational performers, student groups, and Al-Bahira Dance Theater!

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Cassandra teaching at our new studio.
photo by Jan Geisen


The Cassandra School Open House

Sunday, January 1, 2017
12:00 – 2:45pm
Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

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!

There will be 3 free beginner classes at 12:00pm, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm.
Here is the complete schedule:

  Beginners 12:00-12:15 Angela
  Level 2 12:20-12:35 Angela
  Level 3 12:40-12:55 Aliyah Sahar
  Beginners 1:00-1:15 Renee
  Level 2 1:20-1:35  Renee
  Level 3 1:40-1:55 Jenny
  Beginners 2:00-2:15 Cassandra
  Levels 3 &4 2:20-2:35 Cassandra

The School offers 18 classes each week, for students ranging from two left feet, to Jawaahir company members continually honing their skills. All ages, levels, shapes, and sizes welcome!

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henna party

Angela doing henna.


Henna Party 2013
photo by Jan Geisen


Jawaahir's 24th Annual Henna Party

Sunday, January 15, 2017
2:30 – 5:00pm
Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

$12 per person, $6 per child 10 and under, $10 per person for groups of 5 or more.
Adavanced reservations here or you may pay at the door.

Jawaahir's 24th Annual Henna Party is coming! Delight in an afternoon of henna, dance, food, and fun as we once again bring the Middle East to the Midwest.

● Performance by Jawaahir at 2:30pm including special live drumming by our very own Tim O'Keefe!
● Informal dance instruction in basic moves from the Arabian Peninsula.
● Cut loose with your own moves during the open dancing to live drumming by Tim O'Keefe!
● Indulge in the ritual of henna painting traditionally done at women's celebrations.
● Enter our raffle for a chance to win a unique henna design by Angela of Ancient Traditions Mehndi
● Rejuvenate with an assortment of snacks and beverages.
● Mingle with friends and Jawaahir members.
● Experience the hospitality the Middle East is known for!

We provide free DIY henna and guests are welcome to bring your own small cushion for comfort!

Two raffles:
$5 tickets for a chance to have Angela, our 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.

From attendee Aziza about the 2015 Henna Party: I had so much fun! Jawaahir rocks an excellent party! The dancing was tremendous and the free flowing henna was a blast! Thank you all so much for your efforts towards a fantastic afternoon.

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class showing




Class Showings after Winter Session (all classes)

Saturday, March 11, 2017
3:30 – 5:00pm in the Minneapolis Studio Accessibility symbol.

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 soon, or print the flyer here.

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Stars Cassandra  

Caravan under the Stars
Jawaahir's Annual Gala & Fundraiser

Thursday, May 11, 2017
6:00 – 10:00pm

Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

$30 reservations soon.

Cathy Wurzer, TPT2's Almanac co-host, and our mistress of ceremonies for the evening, and Gary Kruger, our live auctioneer, are travelling great distances to join Cassandra and Jawaahir in throwing the best event of this year for all of our beloved supporters....YOU! We’ll have a short performance from Cassandra and Jawaahir for you to enjoy, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction bursting with amazing things for you to bid on, and a super fun live auction. Plus, Angela, from Ancient Traditions Mehndi will be here to give you some beautiful henna.

Uncover hidden treasures such as CD's, gorgeous veils, collectable items, stunning visual art, and unique artisan jewelry. Relax and smile while you peruse through piles of gift certificates from local restaurants, theaters, galleries, and shops.

Then, to sweeten your evening...simply by coming, you’ll be entered into a drawing for two tickets to Jawaahir’s next big exciting production at The Lab Theater this fall! To win, you must be present at the drawing at the end of our party. Also, if you spend $100 or more, you will be put on our guest list to enjoy a preview of our next production at our dress rehearsal.

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

sandy nicole


Cassandra's 2017 Weeklong Oriental Dance Intensive

Monday-Saturday, June 5–10, 2017
Jawaahir Studio
Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

It's our 16th anniversary! Join us for this six-day workshop taught by the fabulous Cassandra:

  • Five days of dance classes ***NOTE NEW START & END TIMES*** (9:00–4:00)
  • 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
  • Vendors TBA

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

See the flyer soon.

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 advance 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 by May 5, 2017. Cancellations receive 50% refund (less deposit).

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Cassandra photo by Mathieu Lindquist


Enchanted Evening

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 8:00pm

Venue TBA

Tickets available soon.

Join Cassandra and Jawaahir Dance Company for an Enchanted Evening — a special and intimate evening of performances by Cassandra, Jawaahir Dance Company, and guest artists.

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Cassandra's Cabaret
Starring Cassandra and special guests!

Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 8:00pm
Jawaahir Studio Theater Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Tickets available soon.

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. This Cabaret will sell out as all participants in Cassandra's Weeklong Intensive will be attending. 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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