The Johara Dance Ensemble is a professional Middle Eastern Dance troupe based in Fort Worth, Texas founded and directed by professional dancer Nadirah Johara. The Johara Dance Ensemble started performing officially as a group in September of 2005 and unofficially for two years before. The word 'Johara' in Arabic means Gem or Jewel. The group currently consists of ten lovely Jewels. All are talented, beautiful ladies with unique styles and experiences. The Johara Dance Ensemble is dedicated to providing authentic Middle Eastern Dance entertainment. A living art form, Middle Eastern Dance is enriched by interpretations and modern influences. The Johara Dance Ensemble honors the roots of this ancient dance through traditional styles, while simultaneously contributing to the evolution of the dance through contemporary interpretation. With an emphasis on vibrant, dynamic performance, Johara Dance Ensemble’s goal is to promote the art of Middle Eastern Dance and to correctly educate the public about this beautiful living art form.