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About Us

Johara Dance

Johara Dance is a theatrical, all-female dance company specialising in Arabic dance styles. We create spectacular productions fusing the rich dance culture of middle-eastern countries with complementary western traditions.

Audiences at a Johara Dance show experience a combination of dance and physical theatre, which has the power to communicate across language or cultural barriers. Our productions tell dramatic stories, drawn from well-known myths and archetypes, and express facets of human experience that speak to everyone.


Johara Dance grew out of the Josephine Wise Academy of Arabic Dance (JWAAD), which has provided in-depth middle-eastern dance training since 1990, into something much more than the sum of our parts.

Our work blends technique and expression from dances of the Middle East, Africa, India, Europe and the Americas, into a contemporary theatrical whole, which speaks to a modern audience. A public who finds it difficult to identify with classical or abstract dance finds Johara’s storytelling compelling and relevant.

Previous incarnations of the company have performed at Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis theatre and The Place theatre, as well as numerous other venues in London and South East England. As a company we have also toured the UK and France.

In 2004 founder Josephine Wise choreographed the opera Djamila by Bizet which was danced by members of the company in the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre and Villa Ephrussi De Rothschild in Cap Ferrat, France.

The Company



Johara Dance is a vibrant and diverse company, fronted by professional dancers with extensive training in eastern and western styles. Each dancer brings their own distinctive perspective to the use of movement and music.

Meet our soloists


The Johara ensemble is our corps of part-time dancers who use dance to enhance their lives, and are dedicated to excellence in performance.

Meet Johara

Josephine Wise


Josephine is a leading international choreographer and teacher. She has danced and taught extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Egypt and the Middle East over the last 35 years. She has toured the UK with her dance company Masriat, and has choreographed works for the theatre and opera in England and France. Her training is in Contemporary, Egyptian and Flamenco dance.


Find out more about Josephine