Jawaahir Dance Company is dedicated to bringing the rich folkloric heritage of the Middle East to the theater stage, to presenting Middle Eastern dance as a living art form at its highest artistic level, to providing training in the dance in its authentic form, and to making this dance accessible to the public. On a broader scale, our mission is to promote greater understanding of Middle Eastern culture through artistic, education, and outreach activities.
Jawaahir is the premier professional Middle Eastern dance company in the Midwest. Since its founding in 1989 by Artistic Director Cassandra Shore, Jawaahir has grown to 18 members and has performed throughout the Midwest (including Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Michigan) as well as in California, Texas, and New York. The Company has established a seasonal concert series in Minneapolis, presented hundreds of formal and community concerts, including free performances at area schools and universities, libraries, city parks, and cultural festivals. Jawaahir has hosted more than 85 guest artists, including distinguished dancers, choreographers, composers, and musicians from the Middle East, and has collaborated and/or performed with over 30 regional performing arts groups.
The Cassandra School, the teaching arm of Jawaahir, offers year-round classes in Middle Eastern dance for levels ranging from beginning to professional. These classes (over 20 per week) incorporate all relevant aspects of the dance, music, and culture. The regular classes serve the seven-county metro area and are sought by students from across the United States who have relocated expressly to study with Cassandra and the school. The Cassandra School has classes in Minneapolis, Bloomington, and St. Paul.
Jawaahir Dance Company is involved in a myriad of activities:
For more information, visit www.jawaahir.org