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Habiba Presents Cassandra in an
Oriental Dance Workshop and Show!

November 21 - 22, 2009

Habiba Studio presents a workshop in oriental dance and show with the legendary Cassandra. Frequently referred to as one of the greatest Oriental dancers, she has inspired countless dancers all over the world with her superb teaching and emotionally charged, dynamically riveting performances. She is known for her musicality and the seemingly effortless technique with which she expresses the music. Her ability to teach technique has won her students all over the world as well.

The event will take place at the Performance Garage in Philadelphia. It has a large airy studio with mirrors and an exceptional performance space. This new facility is part of the Avenue of the Arts and is close to area hotels.

Saturday, November 21
Oriental Choreography
Doors open 9 am
Class with Cassandra 10 am - Noon
Lunch 12 - 1:30 pm
Class with Cassandra 1:30 - 3:30

Saturday evening show starring Habiba and Cassandra - 8pm

Sunday November 22
Technique Intensive
Doors open 9 am
Class with Cassandra 10 am - Noon
Lunch 12 - 1:30 pm
Class with Cassandra 1:30 - 3:30


Saturday Workshop - Oriental Choreography
$70 ($80 after October 16 and at the door)
Sunday Workshop - Technique Intensive
$70 ($80 after October 16 and at the door)
Show - Tickets
$15 for workshop participants
Show - Tickets
$20 for non-workshop participants or at the door

To register by mail, download and print this flyer -

Habiba is not liable for injury or loss of personal property during the workshop and show.
No refunds unless event is cancelled
Absolutely no videotaping.

Vending by:

Farasha and Su'ad Dance and Designs
Devadasi Belly Dance

Hotel information

Philadelphia hotels are very busy in November. Already some of the premium hotels near the Performance garage are booked. Please make your reservations as soon as possible. Two hotels that are near the workshop are:

Club Quarters
1628 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Best Western
501 N. 22st
$129/$109.65 internet only rate
(This hotel has free parking.)

Philadelphia has many fine Bed and Breakfast accommodations. You can explore these at:

The Performance Garage

Originally a horse stable and automobile garage, the Performance Garage was renovated in December 2002 and transformed into a unique and versatile dance studio and performing space.

Located at 1515 Brandywine Street just one block north of Spring Garden Street, between 15th and 16th Streets.

The Performance Garage is an official part of Avenue of the Arts North. Easily accessible by public transportation (#2 Bus or subway, Broad Street Line). Metered street parking is available. You can see the facility at

Directions to the Performance Garage:

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About Cassandra:

Cassandra Shore began performing Middle Eastern dance in 1975, and her intensity, musicality, and smooth technique quickly set her apart from the average performer. She has made over twenty research trips to the Middle East, investigating Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and North Africa in her search for cultural understanding, authentic dance techniques, and inspiration. She has studied ( and continues to study) with many of the finest teachers and choreographers of Middle Eastern dance, including Mahmoud Reda, director of the Reda Group, Cairo, Egypt, and former Under Secretary of Culture; Mohammed Khalil, former director of the National Folklore Group of Egypt; Vivian Hamamjian; former member of Caracalla Ballet, Beirut; Ragia Hassan, choreographer to Egypt's top dance stars and former member of the Reda Group; and the late Ibrahim Farrah, director of the Near East Ensemble, NYC, the first professional Middle Eastern dance performing company in the US.

In 1978, Ms. Shore founded the Cassandra School in order to bring her students to a higher level of expertise and cultural understanding. The School now offers 29 classes per week in Minneapolis, Bloomington, and St. Paul, in five proficiency levels, from beginning to professional, in technique, choreography, performance skills, dance conditioning, and cultural studies.

Ms. Shore formed Jawaahir Dance Company in 1989 as a vehicle for her unique choreographic vision. No where in the Upper Midwest were audiences able to see Arabic dances other than the stereotypical "bellydance", and it is Ms. Shore's mission to introduce the rich world of Arabic dance and music culture to local audiences. Since then, Jawaahir has been recognized for its ground-breaking repertory of traditional, modern and fusion works of Middle Eastern and contemporary dance. Through both outreach and COMPAS/Young Audiences educational programs, Jawaahir brings the art of Middle Eastern dance to more than 4,000 K-12 students annually.

Today, Cassandra is known as a master teacher, star performer, and creative artist in the field of Middle Eastern dance. Her work has been rewarded with grants, commissions and awards. She offers workshops, concerts, and master classes worldwide, teaching and performing in locations such as Egypt, Morocco, Finland, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, as well as the United States and Canada. For more information on Cassandra's work, please see her web site at

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