Author: SARINA DORIE for The Chronicle

Examining appreciation versus appropriation in the Springfield belly dance community

When Diana Yochkova Smith performs, audiences see her passion and skill. Many see the name “Diana Smith” and dismiss the olive complexion; they assume she is a Caucasian American belly dancing.  That is incorrect on multiple levels. Smith is an immigrant from Bulgaria who takes dance classes in Springfield. Her[Read More…]

No Art Walk? No problem

Art aplenty despite no formal event SPRINGFIELD – During the winter months, the Springfield’s Second Friday Art Walk often has fewer venues participating because there aren’t as many art enthusiasts interested in walking from building to building in the cold and rain. For that reason, Island Park Gallery at Willamalane’s[Read More…]