Yoga

Our instructor, Grace, is telling us how to do certain stretches to relieve areas that tend to get tense under stress such as the shoulders, neck and back. In this particular section, she has us imagining becoming one with the floor, to feel ourselves sinking in relaxed. The lights in the room are very dim…

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…

“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…

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…

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,…

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.