Extracurricular dance groups are popular centers of social and
creative student activity. These groups operate independently of the
Dance Program, though we enjoy a healthy cross-over between the
Dance Program and these groups. Dance groups rehearse in our Dance
Program studios and share informal campus programming. For further
information regarding the extra-curricular dance groups, please
Tufts Office for Campus Life at 617.627.3212 or via
individual group representatives.
COCOA Dancers – We are an African
dance collective that appreciates the beautiful art -- that is,
African dance and its history deep rooted in resistance and
self-empowerment. We specialize in dance of the African diaspora
and perform at black cultural events on and off campus and hold
open dances for the Tufts community. You can connect with us on
Encendido – Encendido is Tufts’
only Latinx Dance team that specializes in various Latinx dance
styles. They perform on and off campus, as well hold lessons for
the community. Encendido is glad to be a part of the Tufts
community! Instagram: @tuftsencendido
ENVY – ENVY is a step team at Tufts. We work hard
as a team to be innovative, entertaining, and elegant. We
express ourselves through rhythmic movements, powerful beats,
and intense facial expressions. We consider it our
responsibility to be entertaining and share the art of stepping
with those around us!
Sarabande Repertory Dance
Ensemble – A group of dedicated dancers who choreograph, produce,
and perform shows for on-campus and off-campus audiences each semester. Sarabande's
work is primarily modern, jazz, and ballet based.
Spirit of Color – A
student run performing arts dance troupe that encourages students to explore
their creativity through dance and share their artistic expression with others
Spirit of the Creative – Spirit of the Creative is an
audition-based urban dance group from Tufts University. The
group consists of permanent returning members as well as a
number of protégés that train and rehearse alongside our
permanent members every semester. As a student-run group, our
shows at the end of each semester are fully choreographed and
produced by our members. We are committed to growing as a team
and sharing our passion for dance with the Tufts community.
Tufts Ballroom – a student run dance group focusing on ballroom
and latin dance. We give lessons on a biweekly basis to anyone who is interested
in learning. In addition to lessons, we participate in both competitions and
social dancing, and have a show dance component. No audition or experience is required!
Tufts Bhangra – one of Boston's premier co-ed bhangra teams! Bhangra is a
traditional north Indian art form that has evolved in the United States into a high-energy
and competitive style of dance. We compete all over the country each year and we have
traveled to places like Santa Barbara, New York, Ohio State and more. On-campus, we
usually perform multiple times a semester, including performances at the annual TASA
Culture Show around the end of February! Each year, we have tryouts at the beginning
of the fall semester. Come check us out!
Tufts Burlesque Troupe – exists to create an identity affirming and
body celebrating community through dance. We are an ever-expanding, no cuts group
with over three hundred dancers. Our style of dance is diverse, encompassing everything
from traditional and contemporary burlesque to hip hop. We produce one show at the end
of each semester with approximately eighteen dances.
Burlesque welcomes dancers of all experience levels and backgrounds. Our number one
goal is for dancers to feel confident and sexy both on and off stage. For questions
and comments, please email us.
Tufts Dance Collective –
A no audition,
no experience necessary dance group
Tufts JumboRaas – JumboRaas is Tufts'
premier competitive Raas/Garba team, practicing the Indian folk
dance styles originating from the Western state of Gujarat. We
bring a modern twist on the traditional dance form to
performances across Tufts, the greater Boston area, and
inter-collegiate competitions across the nation. Most recently,
we were honored to have won 2nd place at a national competition
in Pittsburgh in February 2018! We are entirely student-run and
no prior experience is required to join!
Tufts La Salsa – is Tufts' only Latin dance group. We dance a variety of
Latin dances, focusing mostly on salsa and bachata. We have an open club and a performance team.
The club is open to everyone. We teach club lessons every Tuesday from 8:30 - 9:30 in Jackson Lab.
We also go out to local latin dance clubs, occasionally sponsoring the outing. We also host
the on-campus event, Noche Caliente.
Our dance team rehearses all year round, often performing at the end of the first semester
and always performing our pieces at culture shows, dance showcases, fundraisers, and other
events throughout the second semester.
We create our own choreography, drawing both on tradition and fusion, and and encourage
students' connection and reconnection to Latino culture through the rhythms and movements
of Afro-Latino dance, both social and performance.
Tufts Middle Eastern Dance – (formerly
Tufts Belly Dance), was founded in 2008 to expose students to
the exciting world of middle eastern dance. Our group offers
beginner and intermediate classes taught by local professional,
Seyyide Sultan. We host annual shows in the Fall and Spring
semesters. In addition to our own show, we guest perform
seasonally across campus events. Our group draws from a wide
variety of dance styles, including Egyptian, Lebanese, Turkish
and Tribal. We welcome all identities who are excited to
celebrate and earn more about Middle Eastern dance and dance
culture. Contact us at
Tufts Pulse – We are Tufts' only
competitive Indian classical dance team on campus. As students,
we choreograph both fully classical pieces (often surrounding
themes of social issues) with classical music and fusion pieces
with western music, performed both on and off campus (previous
years have taken us to Harvard and Wellesley!) You don't need to
have previous experience to try out- people on our team come
from many different dance backgrounds and levels of experience.
If you are interested in learning more, email us at
or follow us on instagram (@tuftspulse)!
Tufts Tap – a student run group that puts on a tap
show each semester with songs ranging from Hammer Time to
instrumental Lady Gaga. We also take part in community
performances and at tap shows in the area. For more information,
please email us.
Tufts Wuzee - (舞姿 wu3zi1, a dancer's aura
and energy) is a Chinese fusion dance group. Combining a variety
of traditional Chinese dance styles with contemporary elements,
Wuzee strives to spread the appreciation of Chinese culture
through dance. Besides the annual Wuzee showcase in March, we
perform at various events all year round. Wuzee welcomes dancers
from all backgrounds and experience levels. For questions and
outreach, please email us.