Jawaahir Dance Company: Performances and Education that share the exquisite beauty of Arab dance and music
Jawaahir (“jewels”) Dance Company brings the rich folkloric heritage of the Arabic-speaking Middle East to the theatrical stage. Inspired by what had been a regional folk art, Jawaahir’s exquisite artistry has established Middle- and Near-Eastern dance as a recognized and influential art form.
We present artistically exceptional performances of Arab dance and music, in both traditional and contemporary forms, and we showcase this exciting work as a vibrant living art form, steeped in generations of learning, and resonating with new times and new cultural experiences.
Founded in 1989 by Artistic Director Cassandra Shore, Jawaahir has fostered passionate, educated audiences for Middle Eastern dance and music, and our Cassandra School has nurtured a new generation of artists in the field. Our 26-year history includes concerts and premieres at venues such as the Southern Theater, Ritz Theater, and The Lab Theater. Week-Long Training and Choreography Intensives, Cabarets, Henna Parties, and more.
Based 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. We are recognized as a leader in sustaining the broad diversity of arts experiences and cultural communities that enliven Minnesota’s quality of life.
A quick look at how you can experience Jawaahir:
- Formal concerts in major performance centers, featuring our own 16-member company, along with guest dancers and musicians from across the Near- and Middle-East
- Cabarets, Henna Parties, Open Rehearsals, and other intimate events in our Jawaahir Studio
Classes for beginners to professionals at the Cassandra School – year round; featuring Arab dance, music, and cultural learning; in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Bloomington
Dance talks and demonstrations in schools and community centers
Free performances at arts festivals, park centers, sculpture gardens, and other public spaces
Workshops and Master Classes with world-class guest dancers and musicians
We keep our work affordable – and we help other artists do the same:
Accessible ticket prices, discount offers, and free performances in public spaces mean that everyone can experience Jawaahir… Entire families, infants to 80s, students, and enthusiastic arts audiences are always welcome!
We rent our own Studio space to other artists – at reasonable rates – for rehearsals, concerts and special events… meaning they can use our space to reach their audiences.
Don’t miss out! Visit us often at www.jawaahir.org.
We thank you for supporting Jawaahir Dance Company!