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Upcoming Cassandra and Jawaahir Events

2016 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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Cassandra's Weeklong Intensive (June)
Enchanted Evening (June)
Cassandra's Cabaret (June)

Fringe Festival (August)
Shoma (Sept)
Open House (Oct)


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(Photo by Jan Geise

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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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Enchanted Evening

Friday, June 17, 2016 at 8:00pm
Patrick's Cabaret Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Tickets available here.

Join Cassandra and Jawaahir Dance Company for an Enchanted Evening — a special and intimate evening of performances by Cassandra, Jawaahir Dance Company, and other guest performers to be announced.

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Cassandra's Cabaret
Starring Cassandra, Aisha, Lauren,and Theresa!

Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 8:00pm
Jawaahir Studio Theater Accessibility symbol.
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Register here.

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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Jawaahir in the Fringe Festival

Friday, August 5 at 5:30pm, $16
Saturday, August 6 at 10:00pm, $22
Wednesday, August 10 at 7:00pm, $16
Saturday, August 13 at 1:00pm, $22
Sunday, August 14 at 7:00pm
, $22

Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
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New this year! One purchase of the brand new Fringe Day Pass gets you into any show in the festival that day. No more single tickets, punch cards, or Ultra Passes.
$16 on the weekdays; $22 on the weekends.

This year's Fringe Festival will be just what you need to come and see! Pick a date, buy your Fringe Day Pass, and enjoy Jawaahir performing a few enticing numbers from our upcoming The Lab Theater show Shoma plus more!

The Minnesota Fringe is a world-famous annual performing arts festival in Minneapolis. For eleven days, over a thousand artists present works in every discipline and genre for one hour or less.


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Shoma – A Storytelling Dance-Theater Journey to the Desert

Thursday-Sunday, September 29–October 2, 2016
(Dress rehearsal Wednesday, September 28)

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!

The Lab Theater Accessibility symbol.
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
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!

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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