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…

Sinai Synagogue Shabbat Service

On March 24th and 31st we (Emma, Clara, and Giovanna) attended the Shabbat services at the Sinai Synagogue in South Bend. Those in attendance, approximately 10 other people with genders evenly split in number, were very friendly and made a point of welcoming us before and after the services. The Shabbat service welcomes the Sabbath…

Irish Dance with the Spraoi Agus Rince school of dance!

Julie, Abbey, and I ( Meghan) attended our first dance class with the Spraoi Agus Rince School on Monday March 6th, 2017 at the United States Marine Corps League. The adult class is available to take free lessons of Ceilidh dancing for anyone and comes with a very welcoming environment for all! The dances all…

Swirling Skirts and Flying Machetes

On Sunday March 26, 2017 Caitlin, Kelly, and I (Katie) had the opportunity to attend our very first Ballet Folklorico practice. Ballet Folklorico Azul Y Oro is a group of students at Notre Dame that practices and performs traditional Mexican folkloric dances. The group performs at many events throughout the school year including Latin Expressions…

America’s Best (Folk) Dance Crew

Chiara, Jennie, and I (Grace) attended our first folk dance session on March 7th, 2017 at St. Paul’s Memorial Church. At the beginning of the night, we were told to get in a line so we could begin dancing! The majority of line dances travel right, with the leader in front. Throughout the night we…

Latin Dance at Vegetable Buddies

Welcome! Madeline, Alexa, and I (Janie) had the opportunity to do ethnographic fieldwork at Vegetable Buddies and this is our photo blog of the events that took place at both of our visits to the Vegetable Buddies restaurant. We went to the Latin Family Dance sessions. The first hour of the night was a dance lesson,…

Holi: The Festival of Colors

(Post by Eliz Kochniarczyk, Kathryn Mathews, Yaritza Vidaurre) On Sunday, March 23rd, The Hindu Temple and Community Center of Michiana celebrated Holi, the festival of colors. Holi is a lively celebration which engages the traditions of several Hindu legends. It is also a holiday where, for one day, caste is forgotten and everyone joins together…

Finding Zen at Beyond Zen

  The class is moving between Cat and Cow poses where the hands and feet are placed underneath in a table position and the back moves up to cat and down to cow with the breath.

Diwali!

Devin and I attended  Diwali on November 11, 2015. Diwali is the “festival of lights”. It is the biggest holiday of the year for Hindus and celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Diwali lasts for five days, and includes many festivities, family gatherings, and food! Decorations inside of the Temple. People gather inside of…

Each Instrument Unique

Featured above is a multi-talented musician, Nolan. Nolan is an example of a regular open session member who brings a variety of instruments to the scene each week. During the first session, he played banjo (featured here), flute, and sang an Irish tune a capella.  Each instrument provided a unique sound that contributed to the full,…

The blood, sweat, and tears behind costumes

The picture featured above is of Ruby Jazayre modeling one of the various kinds of costumes in her closet. There are many different kinds of costumes to consider when purchasing a costume in belly dance. This is probably a more common version of the costumes you would see advertised through media. A majority of the…

Shoes are a girls best friend

Shoes are obviously a girls best friend, whats better than picking out what kind of shoes you want to dance in? Along with many variations of clothing, there are a couple of options when choosing your footwear. I was unable to capture an up close image of the most common dance shoe worn for belly…