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…

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…

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,…

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…

Interview with South Bend Latin Dance Night Member

Over the past few weeks we have been fortunate enough to work on our project with David Seymour, director and founder of South Bend Latin Dance Night. This past Saturday we able to get together with David and ask him about Latin Dance and what it means to him. Here is a snippet of what…

A Night Full of Dance!

In the beginning of the night everyone is invited to participate in a half hour dance lesson before open dancing begins. Bridget Hardy, the dance instructor leads the group lesson. Bridget walks everyone through the basic dance steps first before she begins to teach the partner sequences. Here are some photos of Sara and I learning…

Artistic Haven

“Langlab seeks to help foster cultural polyphony and good-natured jousting between different arts and aesthetic foxholes in the local community.” –LanglabSB  LangLab is also super family friendly. Whether it’s just you or the whole family, everyone is welcome! Sara and I have had the best experience going to Latin Dance Night. Everyone is so inviting…

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…

Listen to Mariachi ND

MariachiND is a band at Notre Dame that provides the campus with a source of traditional Mexican music.  Established in 1995, the group performs at events both on and off campus and occasionally participates in Mariachi competitions.  We were able to sit in on a few rehearsals and find out what “traditional Mexican music” actually…

South Bend Latin Dance at LangLab

Like many cities, South Bend is a treasure trove full of artistic diversity and talent. My fellow researcher, Sara, and I had quite the adventure as we traveled to one of these artistic havens, LangLab, located right here in South Bend, Indiana. LangLab hosts many different varieties of the arts including solo musicians, artists in residence,…

Introducing MariachiND

A dorm chapel is probably one of that last places that comes to mind when you think about where you might hear mariachi music. But every Monday night from 8:30-9:30, the men of Dillon Hall at The University of Notre Dame are treated to the melodies of Mariachi provided by the rehearsals of MariachiND, the premiere…