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…

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…

“Into the Cottage”

This sound clip is taken from the class dancing the “Into the Cottage” Ceilidh dance. This clip is from Monday April 3rd, 2017 and was one of the dances Julie, Abbey, and I were able to learn. After learning, we got to dance along with everyone else. If you listen closely, you can hear the tapping of…

Musical Recordings from South Bend Folk Dancers, March 7th

The links below are audio recordings from our trip to the South Bend Folk Dancers’ weekly event on March 7th. All of the dances were recorded and brought back from Folk Dance conventions in Chicago or other cities by members of the Folk Dancers back in the 1970s,  making it almost impossible to trace the artists. Some…

Aarti – The Cornerstone of Hindu Prayer

(Post by Eliz Kochniarczyk, Kathryn Mathews, Yaritza Vidaurre) Kathryn Mathews, Yaritza Vidaurre, and I (Elizabeth Kochniarczyk) visited the Hindu Temple and Community Center of Michiana in South Bend, Indiana. We visited twice: once for the celebration of Holi, or the Hindu celebration of colors, and once for a Friday prayer service. For our audio recordings,…

Fiddler’s Hearth Soloist

At Fiddler’s Hearth open sessions on monday evenings, the instrumentalists mainly play in a group. However, every so often, an instrumentalist will take a moment and play independently. Featured, is a flautist who was new to the group. An except of his solo can be found below. These moments happen suddenly and lend to the…

Send the Light

Send the Light is an undated work written by Charles H. Gabriel. This religious hymn was sung beautifully during Sunday worship in The Zion Mennonite Church. The refrain is the following: “Send the light, the blessed Gospel light; Let it shine from shore to shore! Send the light, the blessed Gospel light; Let it shine…

“Jesus is the Only Way”

Pastor Tom Gearin preached with such power and authority. He seems to have very strong beliefs and enjoys sharing and educating the church community. In this particular part of the sermon, he talks about how Jesus is the only way to God. Additionally, he is a very nice person outside of the church as well….

Artmazing Race: Snite@Night Edition

At the Snite Museum “Artmazing Race” event, Allie and I were able to experience MariachiND in a setting outside of the usual rehearsals we attend.  Suited up in their trajes and totally in their element, we got to see and hear the results of all the hard work we saw them put in at their rehearsals. Below…

Introducing Fiddler’s Hearth Irish Sessions

Welcome to Fiddler’s Hearth! Located in downtown South Bend, Fiddler’s is a restaurant and bar that hosts open Irish music sessions every Monday night. These sessions are open to the public, including musicians of all ages and abilities. So order a shepherd’s pie, pull up a seat, and join us as we take you through…

Devotional Ritual of the Hindu Temple

The Hindu Temple and Community Center of Michiana provides a place where the Hindu Community of South Bend can gather and worship. We were able to attend and participate in a devotional ritual. Above is the entrance to the Temple.   The initial gathering space of the Temple is adorned with decorations along the wall…