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About Jawaahir Middle Eastern Dance Company

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  Where can you see Jawaahir?

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      Who we are


  "One of the most respected Arabic dance companies in the country..."
  Skyway News, Minneapolis, MN

Mother having discussion with daugthers from Sawwah 2007.
Sawwah 2007

  "..Without having to visit the Middle East, audience members experience ethnic artistry.."
Pulse of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

Jawaahir promo video.
Jawaahir Promo Video
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Jawaahir (juh-WAH-heer Play audio clip of the word Jawaahir.), means jewels in Arabic.

Jawaahir Dance Company brings the rich folkloric heritage of the Arabic-speaking Middle East to the theatrical stage. Presenting artistically exceptional performances of Middle Eastern dance, music, and sumptuous costumes in both traditional and contemporary forms, Jawaahir showcases this exciting work as a vibrant living art form, steeped in generations of traditional learning, and resonating with new times and new cultural experiences.

We offer an extensive arts education program in this culturally authentic form, welcoming serious students and eager audiences into understanding of and appreciation for Middle Eastern arts and culture. Our work is culturally welcoming and financially accessible, and we perform and teach in venues that are physically accessible for all.

Today, the Company includes 19 professional dancers, plus teachers and administrators. It has fostered passionate, educated audiences for Middle Eastern dance and music, and has nurtured a new generation of artists in the field.

Based squarely in the Twin Cities and touring throughout the region and beyond, world-renowned Jawaahir is the only professional dance company in the entire Midwest that focuses solely on dance and music of the Arabic-speaking Middle East. In a field that includes cultural colleagues such as Ragamala Dance, Katha Dance Theatre, and Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, Jawaahir is a leader in sustaining the broad diversity of arts experiences and cultural communities that enliven Minnesota’s quality of life.

Cassandra & Jawaahir artistic photo.
Photo by Ann Marsden

Jawaahir Dance Company is involved in a myriad of activities:

  • Concerts of dance and music
  • Dance classes from beginning to professional levels
  • Workshops and master classes with distinguished guest artists
  • Lecture-demonstrations in schools, community centers, and other settings
  • Free public performances
  • Collaborations with other artistic and cultural groups
  • Leasing rehearsal and theater space to metro-area artists
  • Quarterly newsletter called Beledi Beat

The Company has a beautiful air conditioned studio with a brand new sprung hardwood floor, at 3010 Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis. We sublet the space to a variety of artists on both long- and short-term bases.


Move final pose.
Sparkle 2009
Austin Images Photography


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