| Zenbat Gara Members are involved at many levels
of participation in addition to dance. To find out more about selected activities
and see photos, use the links on the right.
Besides obtaining information about dances
and costumes directly from the source in the Basque Country, Zenbat Gara members research
aspects of dance and culture through secondary sources. We are fortunate to have the
Basque Library at UNR
available to us. Their collection contains a wide variety of materials including books,
music, and video.
Wardrobe is one of Zenbat Gara's main
focuses. All clothing and most accessories are made by ensemble members. Each
individual contributes to the level of his or her ability. In this way members have
learned many other skills in addition to dance.
Since Zenbat Gara is almost entirely
self-funded members must participate in fundraising to sustain our activities. While
the ensemble receives compensation for performances, we raise most of our funds by selling
gateau Basque, a special custard-filled cake from Iparralde or the northern
From time to time members present Basque topics to the rest of the group as a way to
educate ourselves. The group is also called on periodically to give presentations on
Basque topics to other groups which sometimes take the form of lecture-demos or fashion
Although Zenbat Gara has a somewhat didactic focus, members also enjoy social activities
like excursions, potlucks and card parties.