A Look Into Ruby Jazayre’s Belly Dancing Class!

Hello! Welcome to our Belly Dancing photo blog! Ellen, Rebecca, and I (Mary Kate) traveled to visit Ruby Jazayre’s belly dancing class in Mishawaka at the Battell Community Center the past couple Wednesdays in March. These pictures are taken from the March 29th class session! Rebecca, Ellen, and I were lucky enough to be able…

Holi for Future Generations

During our experiences with the Hindu Temple and Community Center of Michiana, we were introduced to Raj*, a community member and founder of the Temple. Raj told us  about the Hindu faith and the inner-workings of the Hindu religion. We were fascinated by his explanation of Hinduism and wanted to learn more about it. We decided…

An Interview with Rabbi Rob Weber

We met Rabbi Rob at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe on an unseasonably nice evening. We arrived about fifteen minutes early, but the Rabbi was already set up at a large table, drinking a coffee and eating a bagel. Before we began the interview, we made some small talk and the Rabbi bought us coffee,…

Ruby Jazayre: World–Renown Belly Dancer!

  Rebecca, Ellen, and I had the privilege of getting to know one of the best Middle Eastern dancers around. Her name is Ruby Jazayre. For 38 years, she has been learning, teaching, and performing belly dancing all over the world. We were able to sit down, talk with her, get to know her better,…

Interview with Sahag

        One of the only men who participated with the South Bend Folk Dancers while Chiara, Jennie, and I were conducting our research was Sahag Oxian. His Turkish, Macedonian, Greek, and Armenian backgrounds provided him with a wealth of historical information on each of the dances we performed. Even more, his enthusiasm…

Belly Dancing with Ruby Jazayre!

Below are audio recordings from Ruby Jazayre’s belly dancing class that were taken on Wednesday, March, 29 from 6:00-7:00 pm. In the clips, we can hear Ruby giving out directions to the class, and her critiquing the dance. The clips make it easy to picture Ruby standing in the front of a dance room filled…

Latin Dance Sound Track

Lesson Audio The following recording is a sample of the dance instructor teaching everyone more Latin moves. Consent Form: A Dance Music The following recording is a sample of the kind of music people danced to after each lesson that was taught. Since it was following directly after a lesson, people moved slowly as they…

Interview With Michael McMillion

Below is our interview with one of the Spraoi Agus Rince Irish Step Dance School instructors, Michael McMillion. The interview focused on his personal experience and life in the Irish Step dancing world, along with his involvement with the specific style of dance he teaches at the school called Ceilidh Dance. We learned more about…

Sinai Synagogue Welcoming Service Audio Recording

This is a recording of the Welcoming Service at the Sinai Synagogue taken on Friday, March 24th. The welcoming service is done right before the Shabbat Service to welcome the “Queen of the Week,” the Shabbat. Shabbat is celebrated from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday and commemorates the creation of the world. The…

Interview with Dusten Roe

We got the opportunity to interview Dustin Roe, a fellow dancer alongside Bridget, right before he started his night at Vegetable Buddies. We asked him various questions, about his dancing lifestyle and how he is involved with the Latin night experience. Most of the questions centralized around a theme of his identity in Latin dance…

An Interview with Grace from Beyond Zen

Dakota, Krysta and myself (Madeline) interviewed Grace from Beyond Zen about gender roles in yoga. She makes some great points about an increase in men coming to classes and why she thinks that might be the case. There seems to be an upward trend of men coming to yoga classes in the area. Grace: So we’re…