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…