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.
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.
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.
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 JULIE INCE THOMPSON THEATRE (The Dance Complex)
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
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.
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!
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.