Jasmin Jahal

5355 W. Irving Park Road , Chicago, IL 60641 USA
(773) 777-4037

Professional Egyptian dance performer, instructor, choreographer and author specializing in classical oriental, interpretative and folkloric technique. Awarded "Best Modern Egyptian Dancer" by IAMED, Nov, 2003, and "Instructor of the Year" by Zaghareet Magazine's 2002 Golden Belly Awards.

Established a national Dance Certification program for the Jasmin Jahal Techinque of Oriental Dance in Sept 2006 and certifies dancers and instructors throughout the U.S.

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

CONCERT SOLOIST THROUGHOUT THE U.S.:

• Anderson, SC • Houston, TX • Oklahoma City, OK
• Atlanta, GA • Huntsville, AL • Paducah, KY
• Chicago, IL • Indianapolis, IN • Phoenix, AZ
• Cleveland, OH • Iowa City, IA • Port Huron, MI
• Columbus, OH • Kalamazoo, MI • Rockford, IL
• Columbus, SC • Kansas City, MO • Sand Francisco, CA
• Dallas, TX • Los Angeles, CA • Seattle, WA
• Decatur, IL • Madison, WI • Sedalia, MO
• Denver, CO • Miami, FL • South Bend, IN
• Des Moines, IA • Milwaukee, WI • Springfield, MO
• Detroit, MI • Minneapolis, MN • St. Louis, MO
• Eureka Springs, AK • Nenogus, TN • West Palm Beach, FL
• Ft. Worth, TX • Moline, IL • York, PA
• Grand Rapids, MI • New Orleans, LA •Key West, FL
• Hampton, VA • New York City, NY  

INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SOLOIST:

• Bern, Switzerland • Nurtingen, Germany
• Bonn, Germany • Stuttgart, Germany
• Cologne, Germany • Toronto, Canada
• Graz, Austria • Vienna, Austria
• Kitchener, Ontario, Canada • Zurich, Switzerland
• Madrid, Spain • St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

ARABIC NIGHTCLUBS:

• Chicago, IL • Bern Switzerland
• New York City, NY • Fez, Morocco

YOU TUBE, TELEVISION, THEATER, RADIO & FILM:

For the most current features about Jasmin Jahal, please visit YouTube. There you will see interviews, television news coverage, and many performance clips.

 

• "Women on Top", Sep 05
• "Fox News in the Morning", Channel 32, May 03
• ABC Channel 7 News, Fitness Special with Larry Nash, Mar 00
• CLTV, Feb 99 "Dancing in Chicago", Cable Channel 20, Oct/Nov 99
• "Search", Multi-cultural film documentary, Essanay Studios,
   Aug 98 AM1000 Radio, May 98
• "Early Edition", CBS, Apr 98
• "Augenblick", Austrian National Television, Jan 96
• Blue Danube Radio, Vienna, Austria
• "You're on the Air with Joan Schiller Travis",
   Chicago Public Access Channel 35, Aug 94
• "Heimat Fremde Heimat", Austrian National Television, Dec 93 & Jan 94
• "Rob Linkhart Show", Evanston, Illinois, Cable Television, Jan 93
• "Living Well America", Discovery Channel & CNBC, Dec 92
• Chicago Cable Television, Jul 91
• Television commercials for "Cairo at Night",
   Arabic Nightclub, Chicago, 90
• "The Bottom Line", Continental Cable Television, SPTV, Nov-Dec 89

CRUISE SHIP ENGAGEMENTS:

• "Nile Beauty", Egypt, 88
• "Stellar Solaris", Greece & Turkey, 85

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER:

•  Jasmin Jahal Dance Company, Jan 05 to present
•  Ward el Sahara (Flowers of the Desert) Dance Company,
   Jan 99 - Aug 02
• Desert Moon Middle Eastern Dance Company of Chicago, 87-98

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

• Illinois Arts Council
• International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance
• Chicago Dance and Music Alliance
• Arab Heritage Month
• Genesis at the Crossroads

DVD PRODUCER/DISTRIBUTOR:

•   "Reach for the Stars" Volumes 1 and 2, Instructional Videotapes/
   DVDs sold throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and Japan
• "Jasmin Jahal LIVE", Performance Videotape voted "Best Entertainment
   Video of 1998" by the International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance
• "Sadaqa Al Banat", Performance videotape filmed in Stuttgart, Germany

DANCE STUDIO OWNER/DIRECTOR:

• Jasmin Jahal School of Dance, Chicago, Illinois, March 01-present
• Jasmin Jahal Center for International Dance, Des Plaines,
   Illinois, Sep 94 - Sep 96

PUBLISHED AUTHOR:

• Producer and writer for "Jasmin's Jareeda", an online newsletter
   for oriental dance, Feb 04 - present
• Editor and writer for "Audrena's Newsletter" produced by Audrena's
   International Bazaar, Illiinois, May 98 - Dec 02
• Published articles in various dance magazines, such as The Chronicles
   and Caravan Magazine, as well as for the internet magazine Bhuz.com

PRODUCER OF DANCE SEMINARS AND SHOWS:

• "Chicago's Shimmyfest", annual weeklong workshop and show,
   Chicago, IL, Aug 03 - present
• "Jasmin Jahal's Annual Student Showcase", Chicago, IL, Dec 96 - present
• "Ala Nar, The Art of Egyptian Dance", workshops with Abeer Will,
   and show starring Abeer Will and Jasmin Jahal, Chicago, IL,
   Feb 04, Feb 05 and Jun 06
• "Kismet One Man's Destiny", starring Jasmin Jahal and Ward el Sahara,
   2 evening performance, River Grove, IL, Aug 02
•  "Egyptian Dance Convention", starring Momo Kadous of Egypt,
   2-day workshop and concert, Rosemont, IL, Oct 00
•  "Heat of the Sirocco", starring Jasmin Jahal and Ward el Sahara,
   Schaumburg and Chicago, IL, Mar-Jun 99
• "Oriental Dance Magic", 2-day workshop starring Mahmoud Reda of Egypt,
   and show starring Jasmin Jahal, Elk Grove Vlg., IL, Apr 97
• "Middle Eastern Dance at its Best", starring Svenja Habiba of Germany,
   workshop and show, Elk Grove Vlg., IL, Aug 96
• "The Flame and The Flower I, II, III, IV", workshops and concerts starring
   Jasmin Jahal and Ruby Jazayre, Illinois and Indiana alretnately, 1993-96
• "An Evening in Egypt", starring Shokry Mohamed and Taha Moussa of
   Egypt, Two-day seminar and concert, DesPlaines, IL, May 94
• "Mid East Dance Conference", starring Ibrahim Farrah of NY, 3-day
   convention including lecture, two dance concerts, bazaar and 2-day
   seminar, Chicago, IL, Nov 94
• "Visions of Arabia", dance concert starring Jasmin Jahal and Desert
   Moon, Chicago, IL, Nov 92
• "Performing Arts Showcase: Middle Eastern Dance", concert series
   starring Jasmin Jahal and Desert Moon, Mt. Prospect, IL, Sep 91
• "Desert Moon Productions", starring Phaedra of NY, seminar and
   two dance concerts, Elk Grove Village, IL, Sep 90
• "A Taste of the Middle East", starring Jasmin Jahal and Desert Moon,
   dance presentations for Chicago neighborhood festivals, Summer 89

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:REGULAR WEEKLY CLASSES AT CHICAGO AREA DANCE CENTERS:

• Jasmin Jahal School of Dance, Chicago, IL Mar 01 - present
• Golf Maine Park District, Niles, IL, Sept 96 -present
• River Forest Community Center, River Forest, IL Mar 00 - Apr 03
• Dancers Delight Dance Studio, Chicago, IL Sep 96-Mar 01
• Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL Sep 98 - Aug 00
• Des Plaines Park District Jan 00 - Aug 00
• Oak Park Park District Jan 00 - Mar 00
• Oak Lawn Park District, Oak Lawn, IL Jan 99 - Dec 99
• Jasmin Jahal Center for International Dance, Des Plaines, IL
   Sep 94 - Sep 96
• The Dance Academy, Chicago, IL Oct 91 - Sep 94
• Mt. Prospect Park District, Mt. Prospect, IL Mar 90 - Sep 94
• Discovery Center, Chicago, IL Sep 92 - Sep 94
• Chiftetelli Dance Studio, Vienna, Austria Sep 93 - Feb 94
• Marylou's Academy of Movement, Chicago, IL Jan 83 - Aug 90
• 1212 South Michigan Club, Chicago, IL Jan 88 - Sept 88
• University of Illinois, Chicago Circle Campus, Chicago, IL Jan 87 - Dec 87

WORKSHOPS, LECTURES AND PERFORMANCES AT MIDWEST COLLEGES & PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS:

• University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, May 06
• Buffalo Grove Park District, Buffalo Grove, IL, Jan 99 - Dec 05
• Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL, Music Dept., annually 94 - Apr 05
• Naperville Public Library, Oct 05
• Loyola Univeristy, Mar 05
• Barrington High School, Feb 05
• Western Illinois University, Jan 05
• Infinity Foundation, Nov 04
• Daley Center for the Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Sept 04
• Black Hawk College, Moline, IL, Nov 02
• Genesis at the Crossroads, Chicago Cultural Center,
   Chicago, IL, Mar 02
• College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL, Jan 02
• Columbia College, Chicago, IL, Dec 01
• Genesis at the Crossroads, Chicago, IL, Oct 01, Mar 04 and Aug 04
• Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL, Oct 00 & Oct 99
• Mt. Prospect Public Library, Mt.Prospect, IL, Oct 00
• Joliet Park District, Joliet, IL, Feb 00 - Oct 02
• Dominican University, River Forest, IL, Oct 99
• Oak Park Park District, Oak Park, IL, Set and Oct 99
• Elgin Park District, Elgin, IL, April 00
• University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, Oct 97 & Feb 98
• Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, Apr 97
• Naperville Center for the Performing Arts, Naperville, IL Jul 95
• University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, Dance dept., Jun 93
• Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago, IL, Dance dept., May 93
• Rosary College, River Forest, IL, Sociology dept., Apr 92
• Barat College, Lake Forest, IL, Dance dept., Nov 91

DANCE WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS SINCE 1987:

USA: USA: International
• Altoona, PA • Kansas City, MO • Bern, Switzerland
• Anderson, SC • Los Angeles, CA • Hildesheim, Germany
• Atlanta, GA • Madison, WI • Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
• Chicago, IL • Miami Shores, FL • Lausanne, Switzerland
• Cleveland, OH • Moline, IL • Madrid, Spain
• Columbus, OH • Naperville, IL • Nurtingen, Germany
• Columbus, SC • Oklahoma City, OK • Stuttgart, Germany
• Dallas, TX • Paducah, KY • Vienna, Austria
• Decatur, IL • Phoenix, AZ • WienerHeustadt, Austria
• Des Moines, IA • Port Huron, MI • Zurich, Switzerland
• Ft. Worth, TX • Seattle, WA  
• Grand Rapids, MI • Sedalia, MO  
• Hampton, VA • South Bend, IN  
• Ft. Worth, TX • Springfield, MO  
• Grand Rapids, MI • St. Louis, MO  
• Hampton, VA • St. Thomas,
   U.S. Virgin Islands
 

EDUCATION:

Middle Eastern dance studies from 1978 to present with great artists throughout the world. I attribute my artistry to my dance mentor, the late Ibrahim Farrah, former artistic director of the "Near East Theatre of Dance" & editor of "Arabesque" Magazine, New York, NY. My second most important mentor has been Mahmoud Reda, former Vice Minister of Cultural Affairs and artistic director of the "Reda Dance Troupe", Egypt Extensive classical dance education specializing in ballet and pointe, modern and jazz

De Paul University, B.S. Communications & B.S. Computer Science

Barbizon School of Modeling

REFERENCES:

Mahmoud Reda, Cairo, Egypt, tel. 3911073
Other references available upon request

 

First they ignore you, Then they laugh at you,
Then they fight you, Then you win.

– Gandhi