Events Photos Join Us Links
Biograpgy Parties Classes Dance Company Articals Travels
Johara and Snake Dance Theater present:


A Love Affair with the East

A Belly Dance Benefit , Vintage-Style
For The Bantwana Initiative

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8-10pm

Cambridge YMCA Family Theater
820 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

Tickets can be purchased via PayPal:
General Admission
Priority Seating
Additional ticket information can be found here


Snake Dance Theater presents a vintage belly dance show inspired by America's fascination with all things Egyptian and Egypt's adaptations of Hollywood style and western music. Sequin-studded performance by some of New England's most acclaimed soloists and companies from the world of Middle Eastern and tribal fusion dance.

Featuring Snake Dance Theater
(Johara, Alashiya, Tamsyn Bindal, Somaya Maghouz,
Aisha Aladeen, Nepenthe Ahlam, Bree, Lene Martinsen)

Snake Dance Theater Co Facebook Page
Facebook Event Page
Johara Boston Facebook Page

Special Guests

Hybrid & her pharonic ensemble
Narraya & Vadalna
Pia Louise Capaldi
Garabed Setrikian
and Johara's Serpentine Dancers

Also featuring musical theater artists Shira Price & Dan Marshall, Josef Gemanos, and swing dancers Joy Jing and Liat

Live music by Club Mediterranean (Michael Mesleh, Anthony Zannino, Johara, Somaya, & guest Ron Sahatjian) and vocalists Lisette Chao and Francesca Vries.

Lavish costuming design by Shadia Tohme Beadwear, Snake Dance Theater Co, and guests.

All profits go to support this year's charity:

The Bantwana Initiative

Bantwana Initiative helps local communities in sub-Saharan Africa support orphaned and vulnerable children and their caregivers.

More about The Bantwana Initiative

More than 25 million children have been orphaned and made vulnerable in sub-Saharan Africa by HIV, AIDS, and poverty. The Bantwana Initiative ('children' in Zulu) builds the abilities, skills, and networks of communities to support these vulnerable children and their families to access a range of support and comprehensive care they need to grow into healthy adults. Bantwana's programs create access to primary health care, nutrition, child protection, psychosocial support, education, and economic strengthening services for children and their families.Today, Bantwana partners with more than 100 local organizations in Swaziland, Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe and will offer services to approximately 100,000 vulnerable children in 2014. Bantwana is an initiative of World Education, Inc., a Boston-based nonprofit organization founded in 1951 to meet the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations through social and economic development programs.


$20 General Admission
(plus 1.50 processing fee)
$25 Priority Seating
(plus 1.50 processing fee)

To donate to the silent auction or get involved, contact Johara at:

Please consider donating
to the fundraiser even if
you can't attend.

For Tickets/Info Contact:
Johara and Snake Dance Productions: 617-922-3676

Video Links:


Snake Dance Theater YouTube Channel

Ya Masafer Wahdak Bellydance
by Snake Dance Theater Company

Vampire Bride a gothic bellydance
by Snake Dance Theater



with internationally acclaimed instructor
Ranya Renee from NYC.

Saturday, November 2, 2014, 1:30pm -5:00pm

Salsa Y Control Studio
161 Harvard Ave, Suite 13B, Allston, MA

Registration at 1pm

$70 Early Bird Special (by Oct. 2nd)
(plus 1.50 processing fee)
$80 Advance Tickets
(plus 1.50 processing fee)
$90 at the door

Group and private coaching will be available following the workshop.

Contact Johara for workshop or coaching by October 2nd to reserve a spot. or 617-922-3676

Join the Facebook event for up to date information!

RANYA RENÉE began her career more than thirty years ago as a theater actress and comedienne, and has been bellydancing since 1990. One of New York City's leading Egyptian- style instructors, Ranya specializes in juicy, holistic technique, theatrical performance skills and coaching centered around her Breathwork for Performance method. She presents live Arabic music and dance events and workshop series in New York, and tours internationally. Ranya's instructional DVDs (The Baladi, Modern Oriental, and Bellydance Taqasim) have earned rave reviews from dancers worldwide. Ranya is also the co-founder and co-director of the Theatrical Bellydance Project and the New York Theatrical Bellydance Conference (next to be held in 2016). Concurrent with her dance life, Ranya is pursuing a master's degree in psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York, focusing on embodied cognition and affect, mulling over the neuroscience of consciousness in between relished moments of booty-shaking.
On Facebook: Ranya Renee

Send all inquiries and your areas of interests to:
Facebook Event Page


Johara organizes theatrical productions, belly dance events and haflis in the Boston area. She has brought international dancers such as Amir Thaleb, Virgina Mendez, and Jehan Kamal to teach and perform in Boston. Joahara’s events also feature the incredible talents of New Entgandd dancers and rising stars of the scene.


"Venus and Mars" presented by Johara and Snake Dance Theater

Sunday, June 16, 2013 6-8pm
Regent Theater 7 Medford St, Arlington, MA
Event Flyer

An evening of Theatrical Bellydance - from Middle Eastern to fantasy and Fusion - to help empower women in Uganda

Featuring Johara & Snake Dance Theater Company
(Sabbi, Alashiya, Lene, Kelly, Lissette, and Katia)


"Into The Fire" presented by Johara and Snake Dance Theater

Sunday, March 11, 2012 7-9pm
YMCA Theater 820 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Event Flyer

A Passionate Evening of Middle Eastern and Belly Dance Fusion, Along with Flamenco, Salsa, and Brazilian Capoeira

A Fundraiser for Maiti Nepal and its founder, CNN Hero 2010 Anuradha Koirala, in their fight against Human Trafficking in Nepal and India

Featuring new choreography by Johara & Snake Dance Theater Company (Jenny, Alashiya, Raquel, Sabbi, Lene, Katia and Kelly)

Special Guests: Za-Beth, Nepenthe, Lady Snake, Naraya, Capoeira Brasil Boston Academy, Middle Eastern Drum Ensemble, Salsa y Control Dance Fusion Company, Eve Agush, Axcent Dance Co.


"A Maiti Voice" presented by Johara and Snake Dance Theater

Sunday, March 6, 2011 7-9pm
YMCA 820 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Event Flyer

A dance concert and benefit for Maiti Nepal and founder Anuradha Koirala, CNN Hero 2010, in their fight against human trafficking in Nepal and India

An evening of Middle Eastern and Fusion Belly Dance, traditional Nepali, and Modern dance

Johara and Snake Dance Theater performed: Egyptian Raqs Sharqi, Turkish Rom (Gypsy), Andalusian, Lyrical Belly Dance, and Tribal Fusion

Special Guests: Nepali Folk Troupe, Susi and her youth dancers, Za-Beth, The Ahlam Selene Dance Company The Brookline Academy Dancers, Naraya, and Inaya Nour

The event included a silent auction and raffle.

Rites of Spring

May 2nd, 2010
Event Flyer

536 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.
Don’t miss this one night only show with its Maypole dance finale!

Featuring some of Boston’s best belly dance artists in traditional and fusion oriental dance styles--Johara and Snake Dance Theater along with Special guests: Susi, Sabrina and Odalisque,  Zabeth, and Mellisa Taylor The Brookline Academy Dancers Aria, Erin J Washington, and  Inaya from Snake Dance Theater

Massachusetts Dance Festival

November 6 - 7th 2009
Boston University Dance Theatre

The inaugural Festival highlights many of Massachusetts’ professional companies. It is a preview of artistic and educational collaboration occurring throughout the state, which will flourish under the umbrella of Massachusetts Dance Festival.  Our goal is to draw current residents – students, teachers, families, artists, businessmen and women – and tourists – to our great state. It is our hope that through our statewide efforts, dance and other arts professions will imbibe communities aesthetically, socially, and culturally, while increasing employment opportunities across industries.


Enjoy the world of Belly Dance: Classic Egptian, Turkish Rom Gypsy, Middle Eastern Techno, and Theatrical story dance like the Gothic 'Vampire Bride' and Hollywood-esq 'Dances of the Sultan' featuring Snake Dance Theater and some of New England's finest belly dance soloists and dance troupes!




"An Evening of Contemporary Middle Eastern Belly Dance and Fusion," was presented Sunday April 27th 2008 at the Julie Ince Thompson Theater in Cambridge, MA. This sold out event featured new work by Johara and Snake Dance Theater Company, local stars of Oriental and fusion Belly Dance, along with traditional Chinese dance -- Chu-Ling Dance Academy. Audience members familiar with Johara’s unique choreography and divers program were not disappointed. Her new work covered a wide range of styles: Contemporary Egyptian (Cane and Oriental Duet), lyrical solo to a Sezen Aksu balad by johara with wings, electrifying (space-age) Turkish techno, Isis Wings trio to Led Zeplin's Kashmere, and Hip Hop and Latin fusions (Beyonce, Shakira).

Photo and design (left) by Jerry Bezdekian

Fools for the Dance

April 1st, 2007 at the Regent Theater in Arlington, MA. Featuring some of New Engalnds top belly dancers, new work by Johara for Snake Dance Theater Company, workshop in Bharata Natyam Indian Dance with Mary Koperski.
Click to Enlarge

A Gypsy in Cairo

Click here to see a video clip of  "A Gypsy in Cairo".

Johara and Snake Dance Theater's third production "A Gypsy in Cairo' is a magical tale told through dance. It premiered April 15, 2005 at the Regent Theater in Arlington, Massachusetts before an audience of 400. The presentation featured Johara and a cast of over thirty Middle Eastern-style dancers, actors, and narration by Jennifer Bliss. Johara's theatrical production was inspired by the classic Egyptian musicals of the 1950s and 60s and includes all facets of Middle-Eastern dance and music: Turkish, Egyptian, Oriental, folkloric and fusion.

"A Gypsy in Cairo" brings together colorful choreography, humor, and sensuality in a unique blend of tradition and innovation reminiscent of what "Lord of the Dance" created with Irish Step. Even the newcomers to this dance style were swept away by the strong story line-complete with romance, intrigue, and comic relief-- in addition to incredible performances.

The story transports you to a world beyond where magic bracelets and serpentine dancers invoke the power of the Indian goddess to bring together two lost souls and where the golden Phoenix illuminates the path towards their destiny. Follow our lovers on their stormy journey through gypsy camps, crowded Egyptian market-places, and seedy cafes with Arabesque dancing girls. You will rejoice as fate reunites our lovers in Cairo during this Hollywood-style grand finale.

Click to EnlargeEast Meets West: Arabia American Style

Johara's second show, East East Meets West Arabia American Style in 2003, was a Retro Bellydance Show full of fun, colorful costumes, and fabulous performances by over twenty Middle Eastern "belly" dancers. From 20th century orientalist visions to present-day techno-Arabic fusion, the show looked back at the western world's interpretation of the East and Eastern adaptations of the West. The choreographies by Johara and guest artist such as Melina of Daughters of Rhea, Zari of San Francisco, Goddess Dancing, and Sabrina, combined elements of Middle Eastern Bellydance and American popular culture over the last decade through the use of music, dance movements, and costuming. More humorous and extraverted than her first work, this production nevertheless carried a message. It endeavored to reveal how Eastern and Western cultures-experiencing intense conflict and mutual mistrust have a long history of cultural exchange. The show appeared before a sold-out audience of 275 at the McCormick Theater of the University of Massachussetts, Boston campus. A second show was added with a new 1970s medley the following month at the Karoun restaurant in Newton, Massachusetts.

Celestial Bodies: 2001 Bellydance Odyssey

In January 2001 (the Chinese year of the snake) Johara founded Snakedance Theater Company. Johara's first production, Celestial Bodies:2001 Bellydance Odyssey, was an exploration of the five elemental forces-water, ail, earth, fire, and ether-which underlie every aspect of our lives from our movemnts to our ideas. This introspective, yet celebratory work incorporated Middle Eastern, modern, and African dance styles. The show featured original choreography and poetry by Johara and involved 11 professional and students dancers from Boston, New York, and LA including: Anita Cristina of The Goddess DancingI, Sabrina, Najmat, Jennifer Sears, and drumming by Micheal Gregian and Abes. They enchanted two sold-out audiences in Cambridge with its new approach to an ancient dance form.

Back to top



Click to EnlargeClick to Enlarge

The First Annual Belly Dance Awards was held in September of 2004. The Second and Third Annual Belly Dance Awards were held at Baladi (Greek American Club) on Green Street in Cambridge on Novemer 5th of 2005 and 2006. The ceremonies are also available for purchase on DVD through MDH Productions.

Click to EnlargeClick to EnlargeClick to EnlargeClick to EnlargeClick to EnlargeClick to Enlarge
Back to top


Amir Thaleb (center) & Virginia Mendez (left) Workshops and Gala Shows 2005 at The Brookline Community Center for the Arts. Amira Gamal (right) at 3rd Annual Belly Dance Awards.


Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge

Back to top

Home Travels Join Us