In-Studio & Online Classes

Want to learn belly dance? We have in-studio class options for all students, including beginners! Or, you may choose to take these same classes online through Zoom. Discount for 4 or more classes!

Welcome!

Belly dancing for fun, fitness, and grace! Join our dance community of all ages, sizes, and levels of experience to participate in the creative expression, as well as the health and fitness benefits, of Middle Eastern dance. The beauty of this dance form is that it makes you feel wonderful in your own unique body. We challenge all students to achieve a personal best!

Photo of a class.

Beginners

We are thrilled to announce the return of in person classes for beginners! If you are new to this style of dance, or have never danced before, we'd love for you to join us! Go to Schedule, click Regular Classes, click Level 1, choose Lvl 1: Kathy, Monday, 6:00p OR Lvl 1: Kathy, Tuesday, 7:30p, then look for In-Studio (St) classes & click on the dates in the table!  These same Level 1 classes are also offered as Zoom (Zm) options for those of you who prefer learning in the comfort of your own home studio. Register for class now!

School

The Cassandra School is the teaching arm of the renowned Jawaahir Dance Company  which is the premier professional Middle Eastern dance company in the Midwest. Our school was established in 1978, by Cassandra Shore, and offers year-round classes in Middle Eastern dance ranging from beginning to professional.

Cassandra's deep roots in the field of Middle Eastern dance and her regular research trips to the region allow her to provide insight that takes you beyond technique to a deeper level of expression and understanding. 

Learn from one of the most beloved and renowned teachers in the US and abroad!

Cassandra biography headshot.

Cassandra founded The Cassandra School in 1978 when it became clear that there was a need for more belly dance instruction in the Twin Cities. “I taught in the basement of Georges restaurant where I was a performer, but it wasn’t ideal.” Ever the visionary, Cassandra didn’t just want to do classes, she wanted to establish an eponymous dance school built to achieve a singular goal. “I wanted to make a place where people could do an intensive study of the topic. I wanted to take students to a professional level.”

One could say she’s achieved her goal and then some. Many of her earliest students achieved professional dance status and have even retired. Cassandra’s still going. What keeps it fresh for her? “It’s my life’s path: to be a dancer, teacher, and coach. It’s an evolution and a lifelong commitment.” Cassandra is deeply committed to her students, Jawaahir Dance Company, performing, and choreography. That she is a masterful teacher in addition to all that she does, makes her a legend among other teachers and performers.

Cassandra believes that a long career in dance is possible with care and good instruction. “We train your body with a focus on conditioning and body awareness. The way to become a good dancer is to focus on the basics.” Part of her teaching philosophy is to introduce Western audiences and students to a non‐Western art form. “It’s important to explain and show the stylistic differences in the way Arab dance is done in different Middle Eastern cultures. I talk about the cultural context.”

Education from Cassandra is relevant to dancers at all levels, and especially for beginning students. “It takes time to learn these nuances, to feel the music and relate to it. In the beginning we train people to hear Arab music, and to protect their bodies by having good posture moving to the music.” Cassandra also believes “belly dance has many gifts” like empowerment, relaxation, strength. “In order to get those gifts, good dance technique has to be the focus.”  

Text by Patricia Cumbie 

Kathy biography headshot.

Kathy sees herself as living proof that even if you don’t feel like you are a born dancer, you can achieve new levels of grace and fluidity by studying it. As a young woman, Kathy always worried that she “looked odd” and clumsy on the dance floor. As a college student in Madison, WI she secretly started taking jazz and ballet classes to address her awkwardness.

Then the day she slipped in to see the Middle Eastern dance class do a noon‐time performance released something obstinate within her. “I thought, oh my god, I am so wrong about this dance form. It was so intriguing. The women were graceful and had wonderful control. I loved their feminine costumes, so right then I decided to add Middle Eastern dance to my class schedule.” After a couple years, she moved to Chicago and kept studying with the renowned dancer Dahlena. But the chance to see Cassandra perform at a Turquoise International event changed her life’s path once again. 

“It was the first time I saw a dancer who was the music. I could see what I was hearing. I didn’t want to take my eyes off Cassandra. A big lightbulb went on.” A year later she moved to the Twin Cities to study with Cassandra. She’s been teaching at The Cassandra School since 1990, and primarily teaches levels 1 through 3. Kathy is the ultimate teacher and the school’s most steadfast instructor besides Cassandra. “I want to share everything I know. I want people to understand Middle Eastern dance is a beautiful and complex art form that can be done by anyone.”

Kathy tends to be very hands on because she was once confounded by dance moves and she likes to explain them well. In her classes she also discusses and demonstrates different rhythms, and points out different instrument sounds in the music to encourage people to keep their ears open to what they are hearing and how it works with the movements. “I like to show where the movement is coming from, or where it’s easier to do in the body. I offer the info that I struggled to learn. It helps people progress more quickly from being beginners because when you advance that’s when it gets really fun.”

Text by Patricia Cumbie.

Margo biography headshot.

Margo Abdo O’Dell is a renowned teacher, performer, and choreographer of Middle Eastern dance. Noted for her polished technique and expressiveness, exceptional teaching skills, compelling theater productions, and informative articles, she has been a leader in the national Middle Eastern dance community.

Her local theatrical presentations portrayed an array of dances from, in, and around the Middle East as well as interpretive works grounded in traditional and contemporary movement genres, always inspired by her Lebanese heritage. She received numerous grants for her work from such funders as the Minnesota State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, Travellers, Women’s Foundation, McKnight Foundation, and more. Her performance video,Tajdeed, has been reviewed and highly recommended.

Repeatedly criss-crossing the country to teach, perform, and share this vibrant, passionate tradition has been a profound honor and pleasure. The receptiveness of students and audiences to engage with Arabic culture provides much gratification, especially in difficult global times.

Margo’s early dance training encompassed ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and Middle Eastern dance instruction from the finest choreographers/instructors in the U.S. and Middle East. She also brings her experience as a certified Integral Yoga Hatha instructor to her teaching and coaching.

Each life phase brings new challenges, prospects, and modes of creative expression. Margo invites her students along for the ride, the opportunity to gain personal insights, and experince the elation of uniting body/mind/spirit through movement. Dance, like yoga, should be a joyful celebration, not a competition. Be prepared to have fun in her classes!

Cassandra is her long-time friend and mentor and Margo is grateful for her years of encouragement and support. Margo was an original instructor at The Cassandra School and is delighted to return.

Text by Carstens Smith.

Renee biography headshot.

Renee has been teaching belly dance for about ten years, and it has always been her goal to be a teacher. “I just love teaching. It’s such a positive experience for students to dance with other dancers who are also studying together. The most important thing for me is that people enjoy themselves and connect with the movements and music.” In her classes people are encouraged to dance and feel moved by the music. It is also how Renee performs, expressing joy and connection to the art form.

Renee had been a gymnast in her youth. At a UN conference for women, she saw Middle Eastern dance for the first time and was intrigued. Her interest led to taking a class with Cassandra at the University of Minnesota. “Seeing Cassandra move in the classroom context was very inspirational. Her movements are so clear and clean. It hooked me right away. I fell in love with it.”

Now that Renee’s an instructor herself, currently teaching levels 1, 3 and a mixed level 3‐4, she said Cassandra’s influence has been so important to her teaching style. “It’s important to me to teach people things I’ve specifically learned from Cassandra, and that is to connect to the roots of the dance and respect the culture it comes from.” From Renee’s perspective, it’s one of the things that distinguishes The Cassandra School from many others—the attention to dance technique and Arab culture.

Like a lot of people who are passionate about the art form, Renee wants to share all the positive things belly dance can do for people. “Most of all I want to contribute to the elevation of the art form.” 

Text by Patricia Cumbie. Photo by Terra Sura.

A short clip of an in-studio class.

Here's a short clip of our director, Cassandra, performing with the band Amwaaj.

On-Going Classes

In-Studio (St): 90 minutes, $18. NO DROP-INS! Must preregister & prepay!
In-Studio Address: 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55406
READ ME: Student Protocols (includes parking & how to enter) Mpls mask guidance.
Teacher requests! Bring your vaccine card to your first class.

Zoom (Zm): 90 minutes, $15
Online (OL): 75 minutes, $15 (Cassandra's C&I class.)

All Class Times: US Central Time zone.
Discount: Pay for 4 or more classes and get $2 off each class.
Our online calendar is a helpful tool to see all class offerings.
Registration closes at 8:00pm CT the night before each class.

Click Regular Classes below to learn the beautiful art of belly dance.
Click Specialty Classes below to learn from Cassandra.

Click the level you are in, click which class to take, then click on the class date you can attend in the table. Registration closes 8:00p CT the night before class.

Our seasoned teachers guide you through the basic isolations of belly dance. Beginning classes are meant to be taken for several months because we love for you to build a strong foundation for your body to know how to move in comfort. 

You choose In-Studio (St) or Zoom (Zm) for this Level 1 beginner class.
Can't be with us in-studio? Scroll down to find Zoom option for this class.

In-Studio (St): click on the date(s) of the classes you want to take in the table below.
Teacher request! Bring your vaccination card to first class. NO DROP-INS!!!

3 St 11/1 Mon L1 Kathy 6:00-7:30p $ 18 1
3 St 11/8 Mon L1 Kathy 6:00-7:30p $ 18 1
3 St 11/22 Mon L1 Kathy 6:00-7:30p $ 18 1
3 St 11/29 Mon L1 Kathy 6:00-7:30p $ 18 1
3 St 12/6 Mon L1 Kathy 6:00-7:30p $ 18 1
3 St 12/13 Mon L1 Kathy 6:00-7:30p $ 18 1
3 St 12/20 Mon L1 Kathy 6:00-7:30p $ 18 1
3 St 12/27 Mon L1 Kathy 6:00-7:30p $ 18 1

Zoom (Zm): click on the date(s) of the classes you want to take in the table below.
Same class but held live on Zoom.

3 Zm 11/1 Mon L1 Kathy 6:00-7:30p $ 15 1
3 Zm 11/8 Mon L1 Kathy 6:00-7:30p $ 15 1
3 Zm 11/22 Mon L1 Kathy 6:00-7:30p $ 15 1
3 Zm 11/29 Mon L1 Kathy 6:00-7:30p $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/6 Mon L1 Kathy 6:00-7:30p $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/13 Mon L1 Kathy 6:00-7:30p $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/20 Mon L1 Kathy 6:00-7:30p $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/27 Mon L1 Kathy 6:00-7:30p $ 15 1

You choose In-Studio (St) or Zoom (Zm) for this Level 1 beginner class.
Can't be with us in-studio? Scroll down to find Zoom option for this class.

In-Studio (St): click on the date(s) of the classes you want to take in the table below.
Teacher request! Bring your vaccination card to first class. NO DROP-INS!!!

3 St 11/2 Tue L1 Kathy 7:30-9:00p $ 18 1
3 St 11/9 Tue L1 Kathy 7:30-9:00p $ 18 1
3 St 11/23 Tue L1 Kathy 7:30-9:00p $ 18 1
3 St 11/30 Tue L1 Kathy 7:30-9:00p $ 18 1
3 St 12/7 Tue L1 Kathy 7:30-9:00p $ 18 1
3 St 12/14 Tue L1 Kathy 7:30-9:00p $ 18 1
3 St 12/21 Tue L1 Kathy 7:30-9:00p $ 18 1
3 St 12/28 Tue L1 Kathy 7:30-9:00p $ 18 1

Zoom (Zm): click on the date(s) of the classes you want to take in the table below.
Same class but held live on Zoom.

3 Zm 11/2 Tue L1 Kathy 7:30-9:00p $ 15 1
3 Zm 11/9 Tue L1 Kathy 7:30-9:00p $ 15 1
3 Zm 11/23 Tue L1 Kathy 7:30-9:00p $ 15 1
3 Zm 11/30 Tue L1 Kathy 7:30-9:00p $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/7 Tue L1 Kathy 7:30-9:00p $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/14 Tue L1 Kathy 7:30-9:00p $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/21 Tue L1 Kathy 7:30-9:00p $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/28 Tue L1 Kathy 7:30-9:00p $ 15 1

"I love your class. You are an awesome teacher and I always learn something from you. Thank you for listening, watching, guiding, and inspiring." - Bonnie B.

Feeling comfortable with the basics? Try branching out with our teachers who focus on stringing the basic isolations into more complex combinations within the musical phrases of Arab music. 

You choose In-Studio (St) or Zoom (Zm) for this Level 2 class.
Can't be with us in-studio? Scroll down to find Zoom option for this class.

In-Studio (St): click on the date(s) of the classes you want to take in the table below.
Teacher request! Bring your vaccination card to first class. NO DROP-INS!!!

3 St 11/4 Thu L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1
3 St 11/11 Thu L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1
3 St 11/18 Thu L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1
3 St 12/2 Thu L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1
3 St 12/9 Thu L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1
3 St 12/16 Thu L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1
3 St 12/23 Thu L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1
3 St 12/30 Thu L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1

Zoom (Zm): click on the date(s) of the classes you want to take in the table below.
Same class but held live on Zoom.

3 Zm 11/4 Thu L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1
3 Zm 11/11 Thu L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1
3 Zm 11/18 Thu L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/2 Thu L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/9 Thu L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/16 Thu L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/23 Thu L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/30 Thu L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1

You choose In-Studio (St) or Zoom (Zm) for this Level 2 class.
Can't be with us in-studio? Scroll down to find Zoom option for this class.

In-Studio (St): click on the date(s) of the classes you want to take in the table below.
Teacher request! Bring your vaccination card to first class. NO DROP-INS!!!

3 St 11/6 Sat L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1
3 St 11/13 Sat L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1
3 St 11/27 Sat L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1
3 St 12/4 Sat L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1
3 St 12/11 Sat L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1
3 St 12/18 Sat L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1

Zoom (Zm): click on the date(s) of the classes you want to take in the table below.
Same class but held live on Zoom.

3 Zm 11/6 Sat L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1
3 Zm 11/13 Sat L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1
3 Zm 11/27 Sat L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/4 Sat L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/11 Sat L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/18 Sat L2 Kathy 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1

"This (class) was wonderful! Yay, Kathy, and yay Zoom!" - Melinda B.

You're ready for movements that our teacher will offer with more subtlety and nuance in complex combinations for students who are seasoned and versed in all basics and all layering techniques.

You choose In-Studio (St) or Zoom (Zm) for this Level 3/4 class.
Can't be with us in-studio? Scroll down to find Zoom option for this class.

In-Studio (St): click on the date(s) of the classes you want to take in the table below.
 NO DROP-INS!!!

3 St 11/7 Sun L4 Renee 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1
3 St 11/14 Sun L4 Renee 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1
3 St 11/28 Sun L4 Renee 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1
3 St 12/5 Sun L4 Renee 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1
3 St 12/12 Sun L4 Renee 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1
3 St 12/19 Sun L4 Renee 10:00-11:30a $ 18 1

Zoom (Zm): click on the date(s) of the classes you want to take in the table below.
Same class but held live on Zoom.

3 Zm 11/7 Sun L4 Renee 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1
3 Zm 11/14 Sun L4 Renee 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1
3 Zm 11/28 Sun L4 Renee 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/5 Sun L4 Renee 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/12 Sun L4 Renee 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/19 Sun L4 Renee 10:00-11:30a $ 15 1

"(Renee is) passionate about teaching; she gives us the building blocks to work from then creates mini–choreographies to reinforce the skills that we’re learning. She’s a professional. I’ve always left her classes with a smile on my face." - Cathy P.

Click which class to take then click on the class date you can attend in the table.
Registration closes 8:00p CT the night before class.

This class is perfect for all levels as Cassandra leads you through dance and movement conditioning using a yoga mat, or standing, and basic isolation practice.

Online (OL): click on the date(s) of the classes you want to take in the table below.
Start time changed to 5:50pm!

3 OL 11/2 Tue C&I Cassandra 5:50-7:05p $ 15 1
3 OL 11/9 Tue C&I Cassandra 5:50-7:05p $ 15 1
3 OL 11/23 Tue C&I Cassandra 5:50-7:05p $ 15 1
3 OL 11/30 Tue C&I Cassandra 5:50-7:05p $ 15 1
3 OL 12/7 Tue C&I Cassandra 5:50-7:05p $ 15 1
3 OL 12/14 Tue C&I Cassandra 5:50-7:05p $ 15 1
3 OL 12/21 Tue C&I Cassandra 5:50-7:05p $ 15 1
3 OL 12/28 Tue C&I Cassandra 5:50-7:05p $ 15 1

"I am getting a lot of information from your classes and I really like when you break down how to do some of the basic movements. Makes me look at my own body to correct what I might be doing wrong. Loving it! Thank you for doing the classes." - Debbie P.

Cassandra delves deeply into one or two dance techniques. This class is best for dancers familiar with all basic techniques. Some of the topics covered will include undulations, shimmies and vibrations, circles, and travelling steps.

You choose In-Studio (St) or Zoom (Zm) for this Technique Topics class.
Can't be with us in-studio? Scroll down to find Zoom option for this class.

In-Studio (St): click on the date(s) of the classes you want to take in the table below.
 NO DROP-INS!!!

3 St 11/4 Thu TT Cassandra 6:00-7:30p $ 18 1
3 St 11/11 Thu TT Cassandra 6:00-7:30p $ 18 1
3 St 12/2 Thu TT Cassandra 6:00-7:30p $ 18 1
3 St 12/9 Thu TT Cassandra 6:00-7:30p $ 18 1
3 St 12/16 Thu TT Cassandra 6:00-7:30p $ 18 1
3 St 12/23 Thu TT Cassandra 6:00-7:30p $ 18 1
3 St 12/30 Thu TT Cassandra 6:00-7:30p $ 18 1

Zoom (Zm): click on the date(s) of the classes you want to take in the table below.
Same class but held live on Zoom.

3 Zm 11/4 Thu TT Cassandra 6:00-7:30p $ 15 1
3 Zm 11/11 Thu TT Cassandra 6:00-7:30p $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/2 Thu TT Cassandra 6:00-7:30p $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/9 Thu TT Cassandra 6:00-7:30p $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/16 Thu TT Cassandra 6:00-7:30p $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/23 Thu TT Cassandra 6:00-7:30p $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/30 Thu TT Cassandra 6:00-7:30p $ 15 1

"I've been enjoying Cassandra's Technique Topics classes so much! One of the few
pandemic silver linings is the ability to study regularly with such a master even when you live in different state. I do hope that these zoom classes continue in the future."  - Heidi T.

Cassandra focuses on technique of all advanced movements. She leads you through warm up drills and then creates intricate combinations that you repeat to build muscle memory.

You choose In-Studio (St) or Zoom (Zm) for this Technique Intensive class.
Can't be with us in-studio? Scroll down to find Zoom option for this class.

In-Studio (St): click on the date(s) of the classes you want to take in the table below.
 NO DROP-INS!!!

3 St 11/6 Sat TI Cassandra
Noon-1:30p $ 18 1
3 St 11/13 Sat TI Cassandra
Noon-1:30p $ 18 1
3 St 11/27 Sat TI Cassandra
Noon-1:30p $ 18 1
3 St 12/4 Sat TI Cassandra
Noon-1:30p $ 18 1
3 St 12/11 Sat TI Cassandra
Noon-1:30p $ 18 1
3 St 12/18 Sat TI Cassandra
Noon-1:30p $ 18 1

Zoom (Zm): click on the date(s) of the classes you want to take in the table below.
Same class but held live on Zoom.

3 Zm 11/6 Sat TI Cassandra
Noon-1:30p $ 15 1
3 Zm 11/13 Sat TI Cassandra
Noon-1:30p $ 15 1
3 Zm 11/27 Sat TI Cassandra
Noon-1:30p $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/4 Sat TI Cassandra
Noon-1:30p $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/11 Sat TI Cassandra
Noon-1:30p $ 15 1
3 Zm 12/18 Sat TI Cassandra
Noon-1:30p $ 15 1

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FAQs

Belly Dance is a term for a beautiful feminine dance form from the Middle East. Its movements are thousands of years old and are based on traditional folk dances. Belly dance differs from Western dance forms by emphasizing the torso and using isolations to express the rhythmic and emotional qualities of Arabic music. Traditionally, it is an improvised solo dance — a dancer’s personal interpretation of the music. Attend Jawaahir’s performances and you will get a better feel of what the dance is about and its roots! 
Yes. You may progress more quickly than a non-dancer, but you need to learn the basics, as they are the building blocks for more advanced technique. Again, belly dance uses the body in very different ways than other dance forms.
Of course, and it will help you learn faster!
Like most dance schools programs, students remain at a level for about a year before moving to the next level. So usually a Level 1 student has studied for 0-1 years, Level 2 for 1-2 years, Level 3 for 2-4 years, etc. There is a lot of material to learn and master at each level which the next level will build upon. All this depends on your ability and, oh yes, how much you practice. Your teacher is your best guide and will tell you when you have mastered a level and are ready for the next.
Your first class
Through our online system only: 
Yes! We offer Level 1/beginning classes that you can choose to take in-studio but you must preregister and prepay. NO DROP-INS!!!
Yes! We offer the same in-studio Level 1/beginning classes that you can choose to take live via Zoom.
Your teacher will do a brief warm-up at the beginning of class as well as a brief cool-down at the end of class. The rest of class will be dance instruction relevant to Level 1/Level 2/Beginning students. All of this is done to an array of fun Arabic musical selections.
Yes! The dance is a great total body workout that builds strength, is easy on your joints, and increases your flexibility. Belly dance is also a great emotional release because it is fun and creative!
This will depend on the teacher. Traditionally the dance was and still is improvised, so a choreography or dance combinations are only tools to help you learn how the dance works with the music. The fun creative part comes when you learn to dance your own dance, as you feel it!
No. As you develop as a student you may choose to perform or not. Many students take classes just for their own pleasure. If you do wish to develop performance skills, there will be student opportunities that your teacher will let you know about. Whether you wish to perform or not, attending performances is very educational. 
Yes, there will be women of all sizes in the classes. The beauty of this dance form is that it makes you feel wonderful in your own body, no matter its size or shape.
Too old? Never! Our classes are filled with women of all ages, mostly 20s to 70s, and we do accept girls as young as 13. Classes are geared toward the adult learner, so girls younger than 13, due to shorter attention spans, must be accompanied by an adult. 
This depends on the type of injury and your doctor’s advice. Speak with your teacher about past injuries or body weaknesses so that she can give you alternative exercises or movements if necessary. Mostly you need to learn the difference between good and bad pain so that you don’t aggravate the condition. Some conditions can actually be improved through proper exercise. For example, lower back problems may be lessened by strengthening your abdominal muscles. Learn to listen to and respect your body.
Our Level 1 (Beginner) and Conditioning & Isolations classes are geared for non-dancers. You will learn basic movements and then build upon them.
Wear workout or dance wear, something comfortable to move in that you don’t mind sweating into! 
We dance barefoot, so you don’t need special footwear. Some students do wear dance slippers, half sole shoes, or sandals, but that is a personal choice.
Online: You may wear any scarf over your hips or ask your teacher about purchasing a hip scarf. In-studio: You are welcome to bring or purchase a hip scarf to accentuate the movements, but it isn’t necessary. We do have some hip scarves to share (COVID restrictions apply) and some available for purchase
We teach all students how to play finger cymbals, or zils, starting at our beginner level and continuing through all levels. Online: We sell them and encourage you to purchase  your own so that you can practice on your own. In-studio: The Cassandra School does provide zils you can use during our beginner in-studio classes (COVID restrictions apply) or you can purchase  your own. 
No. This is a good workout — it would be too hard on the fine fabrics of a costume.
Now! Our in-studio classes are ongoing.
You must preregister and prepay for all in-studio (St) classes. NO DROP-INS!
Yes, but you must preregister and prepay for all in-studio classes. NO DROP-INS!!!
  • Address: 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Mpls. Our studio is in the Hook & Ladder bldg.
  • Former police station lot behind our building (west side).
  • On-street parking.
  • Limited spots in north parking lot.
  • South parking lot is inaccessible.
  • Student Protocols will tell you everything you need to know.
  • Enter our studio from the north side of the Hook & Ladder building and use our purple metal door. (No access to our studio from south lot or glass doors.)
In-Studio classes are 90 minutes long.
  • $18 per class for in-studio (St).
  • Discount: Buy 4 or more classes, and get $2 off each class. That's $16 per class!
  • You must preregister and prepay for all in-studio (St) classes. NO WALK-INS!
There are NO MAKE-UPS for missed in-studio (St) classes. All students get the Zoom invitation sent to them in case you can't make it here. Have more questions? Speak to your teacher or email Cassandra at cassandra@jawaahir.org.

The decision to cancel classes due to inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstance, is made by 2 hours before class. To find out if your class is cancelled, click the Upcoming Classes button at the top of this page. If class is cancelled, the class title will include CANCELLED and teachers will get a hold of students with instructions on how they will handle making up the missed class.

If you want to get email reminders, just go to Calendar, double click on your class to open the details window, and in the upper right corner select Reminder. Put in your email address and CalendarWiz will automatically send you an email reminder every time your class meets. Be sure and set the reminder time to be within 2 hours of your class time. 

All of our online classes are ongoing so you may start taking classes at any time. 
You don't need the Zoom app. Simply click on the link in your emailed invitation at the time of your class. It's that easy!
Through our online system only:  
Zoom (Zm) classes are 90 minutes long. Online (OL) classes are 75 minutes long.
  • $15 each for Zoom (Zm) & Online (OL) classes.
  • Discount: Buy 4 or more classes, and get $2 off each class. That's $13 per class!
  • You must preregister and prepay for all Zoom (ZM) & Online (OL) classes.
You can choose to be seen or not seen by selecting the camera on/off option on your device.
  • Check your Spam/Junk email folder. Unfortunately our invitation may end up there. Move it to your Inbox if you find it.
  • Make certain that you prepaid. You must pay by 8:00pm CT the night before your class in order to get an invitation.
  • When you register, make certain that you provide us with a valid email address in order to send you an invitation to class.
You get a new invitation for each and every class with a new link to click on. Make certain that you are clicking on the link to the newest class invitation. Also, if you click on the link and you’ve not been admitted once class start time has passed, try leaving the zoom meeting and clicking the link again.
Due to the nature of online class participation, there will be no make-up classes and no refunds for missed classes. If it's our fault, we will fix it.

The decision to cancel classes due to inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstance, is made by 2 hours before class. To find out if your class is cancelled, click the Upcoming Classes button at the top of this page. If class is cancelled, the class title will include CANCELLED and teachers will get a hold of students with instructions on how they will handle making up the missed class.

If you want to get email reminders, just go to Calendar, double click on your class to open the details window, and in the upper right corner select Reminder. Put in your email address and CalendarWiz will automatically send you an email reminder every time your class meets. Be sure and set the reminder time to be within 2 hours of your class time.

If you still have questions, email cassandra@jawaahir.org, or call +1.612.872.6050.