Ruby Jazayre is an accomplished performer, instructor and choreographer of Middle Eastern Dance, of which she has enjoyed total involvement since 1978. In the years that followed she gained acclaim throughout the United States, becoming a popular seminar performer and instructor.
Ruby thrills audiences and inspires students with her earthy dynamics, powerful hips and bold personal style. Ruby’s dance creations demand attention. From South Bend, Indiana, she began her study in her home town, and continued her research by traveling nationally to study with the best loved and highly respected performers and teachers from around the world.
Since 1981, her principal mentor had been the late Ibrahim “Bobby” Farrah of New York City, author, dance master, director of the Near East Dance Theatre of NYC, and editor of Arabesque Magazine, who had been her most evocative influence to date. She participated in countless seminars with Mr. Farrah including annual visits to New York City for his intensive teachers’ courses and personal study. In 1985, she traveled with Mr. Farrah to Egypt and Morocco to experience Arabic culture and dance first hand. Bobby introduced her to Mahmoud Reda, former Vice Minister of Cultural Affairs in Egypt, artistic director of the world renown “Reda Dance Troupe”, author and actor in films throughout the Middle East. Ruby continues to study with Mr. Reda when he visits the USA.
As a popular seminar performer and instructor, Ruby’s appearances include many major American cities such as Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis, New York, Palm Beach, San Francisco and St. Louis. She has appeared in Toronto , Canada, and has displayed her abilities throughout Germany. In Indiana, Ruby teaches on a regular basis, and in January 2001 she joined the faculty of Indiana University South Bend, Ernestine Raclin School of the Arts, Department of Theatre and Dance. April, 2008, she received Merit Status, the highest achievement of adjunct status. She is well known for her masterful drum solos and for her natural “Beledi Style Dancing”, so much so that the renowned Ibrahim Farrah named her the “Queen of Beledi”. As an instructor, her earthy approach, style and choices of music will leave everyone “feeling good”.
Ruby’s methodology puts her students at ease so that they may learn in a relaxed atmosphere. She incorporates elements of isolation and hip articulation into her combinations of movement for a “total body and mind” workout. Her unique ability to breakdown movement allows for every level of dancer to benefit and learn.
Ruby produced her first instructional video, “A Private Lesson with Ruby Jazayre”, choreography volume 1, “Na’asa”, which was nominated for Best Instructional Video of 2001 by the International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance. Volume 1, 2 and 3 of her Technique Series of “A Private Lesson with Ruby Jazayre” quickly followed.
An experienced performance artist, Ruby has danced in countless venues including nightclubs, theaters, universities, festivals, and seminar concerts. A soloist throughout the United States, appearances include; Ann Arbor, Mi Atlanta, Ga Boston, Ma Cassopolis, Mi Chicago, Il, Chisholm, Mn Cleveland,Oh Columbus, Oh Dallas, Tx Detroit, Mi Eureka Springs, Ak Farmington Hills, Mi Goshen, In Grand Rapids, Mi Houston,Tx Indianapolis, In Iowa City, Ia Kalamazoo, Mi Kansas City, Mo LaCrosse, Wi Lansing, Mi Los Angeles, Ca Lousivlle, Ky, Madison, Wi Mendicino, Ca Miami, Fl Milwaukee, Wi Minneapolis, Mn New Orleans, La New York City, NY Omaha, Nebraska Paducah, Ky Philadelphia, Pa Pittsburg, Pa San Francisco, Ca South Bend, In St. Louis, Mo West Palm Beach, Fl York, Pa Appearances outside of the USA include; Montreal, Ca, Passau (and surrounding villages), Germany Toronto, Ca San Marcos, Guatemala Dance
Subjects taught by Ruby Jazayre: Technique Basics Choreography technique Troupe dynamics Classical orientale dance Egyptian Baladi Interpretive orientale fusion Veil Technique Pharonic candle dance Hip Articulation Sword dance Raqset el Assaya Finger cymbal technique/sagat A mentor for many aspiring students, she has motivated many of her students to pursue this beautiful art form professionally.
Twice a year Ruby produces a dance seminar with a performance venue, bringing professional artists from around the globe to her home town of South Bend, In. In offering this locally, she provides an opportunity for her students to experience the dance beyond their own “backyard”. ____________________________________________________