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Extracurricular Dance

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 contact the 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 Instagram: @cocoadancers

  • 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 tuftsbellydance@gmail.com.

  • 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 pulse.tufts@gmail.com 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.