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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.

Photo of camels at an oasis.
Camel market c.1920


Cassandra's Cabaret (Dec 2015)
Cassandra's College (Dec 2015)
Jawaahir Auditions (Dec 2015)
Open House (January 2016)
Henna Party (January 2016)

Class Showings (March 2016)
Oasis Dance Camps (April 2016)
Jawaahir Annual Gala
(May 2016)
Cassandra's Weeklong Intensive (June 2016)




Cassandra's Cabaret: Winter White!
Starring Cassandra, Iscah, Penelope, and Theresa

cassandra iscah penelope theresa

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8:00pm
Jawaahir Studio Theater Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN


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 here. 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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Image of Cassandra.

Image of Cassandra.


Cassandra's College

Our experience is your advantage!

Monday, December 28
Tuesday & Wednesday, December 29 & 30

On-line registration is open now!

Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

Choreography For Soloist
Monday, December 28, 6:00 – 10:00pm, $60.
Cassandra will teach dancers an expressive and fun choreography suitable for a soloist. Bring your veil.
Not suitable for beginners.

Choreography Workshop for Duet or Group
Tuesday & Wednesday, December 29 & 30, 6:00 – 8:00pm, $50.
Have lots of fun as we explore choreographic ideas suitable for two or more dancers! This two-night workshop will include choreography combinations and figures as well as directed improvisation. All levels welcome.

Cassandra has been a successful Oriental dance performer for over 35 years, and has a wealth of information to share with students who want to perform in any belly–dance–related style.

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Jawaahir Auditions

Monday, December 21
6:00 – 8:00pm
Tuesday, December 22
8:00 – 10:00pm

Jawaahir Studio
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

Contact: Cassandra Shore by email cassandra@jawaahir.org or phone 612-872-6050 to schedule your slot. If you are unable to audition on these dates, and are still interested, call Cassandra.

Audition Procedure
Dancers are asked to prepare a short (less than 5 minutes) solo in any style to be performed in a closed audition setting, and remain dressed for movement to participate in learning and dancing choreography segments in a group setting. Costumes not necessary unless you feel it's intrinsic to your performance.

We rehearse every Tuesday from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM at our 3010 Minnehaha Ave studio in Minneapolis. There is a parking lot on each side of the studio and the entrance door is off the south lot. Some extra rehearsals are scheduled throughout the season as are small group rehearsals.

All members and apprentices are required to attend four hours of dance class per week outside of their rehearsal commitment time, in order to achieve healthy working dance competence. Classes at The Cassandra School will be gratis, and dancers are encouraged to study in other forms as well. We ask that you miss no rehearsals during the month prior to a concert.

All members are asked to participate in volunteer and fundraising activities as able. Our fundraising activities include silent and live auctions and other activities for our Henna Party and Annual Gala Fundraiser. Volunteer activities include: weekly rehearsal and event set-up and take-down, some board committees, costume care, hospitality, etc. We fully honor and recognize all contributions, including money and time.

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Cassandra Teaching
photo by Jan Geisen


Cassandra School Open House

Sunday, January 3, 2016
– 1:30pm
Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

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!

Check back for teaching schecule.

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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Angela doing henna.


Henna Party 2013
photo by Jan Geisen


Jawaahir's 23rd Annual Henna Party

Sunday, January 17, 2016
2:30 – 5:00pm
Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

$12 per person, $10 per person for groups of 5 or more.
Register for tickets here; tickets also available at the door.

Jawaahir's 23rd 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. See the flyer coming soon (for both the Henna Party and the Weeklong).

● Performance by Jawaahir at 2:30.
● Informal dance instruction in basic moves from the Arabian Peninsula.
● Cut loose with your own moves during the open dancing.
● Indulge in the ritual of henna painting traditionally done at women's celebrations.
● Win a chance to have Angela of Ancient Traditions Mehndi create her unique henna designs on you!
● Rejuvenate with an assortment of Middle Eastern snacks and beverages.
● Mingle with friends and Jawaahir members.
● Experience the hospitality the Middle East is known for!

Bring your drums for jamming and cushions for your comfort. We provide free DIY henna!

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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Showings flyer  

Class Showings for Winter Session (all classes)

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

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."

Check back for our Class Showings flyer.

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Holiday Inn Pool



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.

Upcoming: 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.

Past: 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.

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

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gala guests
photo by Jan Geisen


Caravan under the Stars
Jawaahir's Annual Gala & Fundraiser

Thursday, May 12, 2016
6:00 – 10:00pm

Jawaahir Studio Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Come have some fun with us!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!! By coming, you are automatically entered into a raffle to win tickets to our Fall theater show. To win, you must be present at the drawing at the end of our party.

Spend at least $100 and receive a ticket to the dress rehearsal for Jawaahir's next show.

Join our mistress-of-ceremonies, TPT2's Almanac co-host Cathy Wurzer, for an exciting evening with performances by Cassandra and Jawaahir. Of course, we'll also have silent and live auctions, and henna artist Angela from Ancient Traditions Mehndi.

We have costume accessories, classes and tuition discounts, restaurant gift certificates, theater tickets, CDs, art museum membership, amusement park and festival passes, unique artisan jewelry, stunning visual art, Minnesota craft beers, hand-thrown ceramics, exotic household décor… and much more!

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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 Studio
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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