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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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Camel market c.1920



Open Rehearsal w/Kay (Aug)
Friday Night Movie Fun 2 & 3 (Sept)
Shoma (Sept)


Open House (Oct)
Bake Sale (Oct)



Nicole & Kay playing for Katrina
of Cape Cod on her TV show


Jawaahir Open Rehearsal: Kay Hardy Campbell Choreography

Sunday, August 28, 2016

FREE + receive a $10 discount coupon toward Jawaahir's next major concert, Shoma, at The Lab Theater, September 29thOctober 2nd.
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3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

Jawaahir Dance Company is pleased to announce that we have received an MRAC Arts Learning Grant to be used to bring two guest choreographers to set new pieces on the Company.

The first of these choreographers is the esteemed Arabian dance specialist Kay Hardy Campbell. Ms. Campbell will set a theatricalized social dance from Saudi Arabia on the Company, specifically for our upcoming concert Shoma, to be presented at the Lab Theater, September 29thOctober 2nd. Join us to watch Jawaahir rehearse Kay's beautiful choreography! Kay will take a few questions and discuss her process following the rehearsal. 

Writer, musician, and dance instructor Kay Hardy Campbell has been teaching Khaliji folkloric music and dance for over three decades. After earning a BA in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota, she lived in Saudi Arabia for several years, learning the dances at women's wedding parties and in the homes of Saudi friends. Kay has written extensively about the music and dance of the Arabian Peninsula, beginning as a feature writer for the English language 'Arab News' in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and continues to write for 'Aramco World Magazine.' Her ability to read, speak, and write Arabic has allowed her to uncover and convey many aspects of culture and traditional life little known outside the Gulf. Though she does not perform as a soloist, Kay choreographs Khaliji dances for her students and dance troupes. She teaches regularly at the Karim Nagi's Arab Dance Seminar. Her fund of knowledge includes not only women's dances, but also bedouin folk dances. She has lectured and taught dance at colleges and universities around the country. Working from her home in Maine, her personal projects include a blog on women's issues in Saudi Arabia and a novel that inspired the script of Shoma.

An informal Meet The Artist Q-and-A session with Ms. Campbell
Saturday, August 27th
Sebastian Joe's
1007 Franklin Ave S, Minneapolis

For more in-dept discussion of Kay and her work in Arab music and dance, please attend the Meet The Artist event at Sebastian Joe's on August 27th.

No registration is necessary for the open rehearsal or the meet and greet. Just come!

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Samia & Faridsoheir
Soheir Zaki


Friday Night Movie Fun 2 & 3!

Fridays, September 2, September 9, 2016

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3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Admission at the door: $10 and includes popcorn

Need a cool place to hang out on a hot Friday night? Come on over and be inspired by old Egyptian movies featuring famous Egyptian dancers like, Sami Gamal, Taheya Carioca, Naima Akef; American pioneers like, Ibrahim “Bobby” Farrah, Jamila Salimpour, Dahlena, Cassandra; Stars of the 70’s, 80’s and 90's like, Nagwa Fouad, Soheir Zaki, Fif Abdo, Aza Sharif, Zahar Hamdi, Lucy, Dina; Lebanese greats, like Nadia Jamal, Amani, Dani Boutrous, Samara, Bouchara, Nabila Metawali; Turkish greats like, Tulay Karaca and Mezdeke Trio; The Voice of Egypt, Oum Kalsoum; The “Unknowns," like Hurreya Mohammed, Nabawiyya Mustafa, Ganal Twins, Katy, Beba Ezzadine; AND MORE!!!

Cassandra will give some brief knowledgeable lectures regarding the films and clips you'll be watching. You'll leave feeling cool and refreshed!

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shoma postcard

EE Palm Trees
2004 Palm Trees DanceEE Servants Dance
2004 Servants Dance

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Shoma – A Storytelling Dance-Theater Journey to the Desert

Thursday-Sunday, September 29–October 2, 2016
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00pm.

Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm for matinees.
Post-show discussion with our wonderful artists on Friday evening!

Tickets: $30.
$5 discount for Guild of Oriental Dance members.
Saturday matinee: Pay-as-able ($5 minimum).


Cassandra and Jawaahir Dance Company are proud to present Shoma, a dance theater extravaganza set during a bridal henna party in Saudi Arabia. A storyteller named Shoma entertains the bride’s guests with a Bedouin folktale. She tells the story of an independent shepherdess who gets lost in a sandstorm, only to find herself in a magic garden. Like all good storytellers, Shoma tailors her tale to fit the occasion. In this case, the bride’s reputation is threatened with public scrutiny. Will the Bedouin shepherdess find her way home? Will the modern day wedding go off as planned? Join Jawaahir to see it all play out!

This production is an updated version of the company’s highly-successful run of Shoma in 1998 that inspired a generation of dancers in the Twin Cities. Many of the original dances are being restaged
and reimagined. Shoma will feature renditions of Saudi and Gulf folk and social dances, as well as new imaginative dance creations that bring the Bedouin story to life. An all-star ensemble led by Georges Lammam and includes, Jim Grippo, Michael Ibrahim, Miles Jay, Yaron Klein, Naser Musa, Karim Nagi, Susu Pampinin, and local musicians Tim O'Keefe and Laura Harada, will dazzle your ears with live music. Playwright and Saudi women’s music and dance scholar Kay Hardy Campbell has revised the script to include contemporary challenges, such as the pros and cons that social media provides the current generation of young Saudi women.

Plan on joining us for this extraordinary show as we enter our second year at The Lab Theater!

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700 First Street North  
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Free on-street parking after 6:00pm Monday–Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday.
There is also a pay lot across the street.

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Cassandra Teaching
photo by Jan Geisen


Cassandra School Open House

Sunday, October 9, 2016
– 1:30pm
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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!

Please check back for the schedule.

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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Jawaahir & Khazanah Bake Sale

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Hungry? The answer is, "YES!" Come and fill your tummy with lots of Halloween yummies! Jawaahir and Khazanah will be selling all sorts of Halloween inspired baked treats for you.

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