This year's fundraiser will support empowered-voices.org, a nonprofit organization, involved in projects to empower women in rural Uganda.
The sensual and dynamic choreographies will explore themes of love (romantic, lusty, sisterly, and spiritual) and war (physical and psychological).
This year marks Johara's 11th production since 2001.
The event includes a silent auction, photo exhibit, information tables, and light refreshments.
Featuring Johara & Snake Dance Theater Company
(Sabbi, Alashiya, Lene, Kelly, Lissette, and Katia)
An innovative and mesmerizing performer known for her unique blend of belly dance and classical forms
(guest artist in Snake Dance Theater shows since 2001) Website
Aria Michaels Paradise
A Boston based performer known for her dark fusion, theatrical style of movement based in the mystical realm of Romantic sensibilities.
(former member of Snake Dance Theater Co) FacebookWebsite
organizes theatrical productions, bellly 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.
"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.