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 is 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.
Encendido is Tufts' only Latinx Dance team that specializes in
various Latinx dance styles. We perform on and off campus, as well
hold lessons for the community. Encendido is glad to be a part of
the Tufts community!
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 is a group of dedicated dancers who choreograph, produce,
and perform shows on campus each semester. Sarabande's work is
primarily contemporary, jazz and ballet based.
Spirit of the Creative
Spirit of the Creative is an audition-based urban dance group from
Tufts University. Our 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.
Ballroom is 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 is one of Boston's premier co-ed bhangra teams!
Bhangra is a traditional Punjabi (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
TBT 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 contact us.
Tufts Dance Collective
TDC is a no audition, no experience necessary dance group
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
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
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.
Pulse is Tufts' only competitive Indian classical dance team on
campus! We are entirely student run, and we choreograph both fully
classical pieces (usually portraying social issues), as well as
fusion pieces. We've performed and competed on-campus and across the
country (previous years have taken us from Pittsburgh to Harvard and
almost to LA before COVID!). We recommend some familiarity with
classical dance forms, but people from our team come from different
dance backgrounds and varying levels of experience. Get in touch
with us to learn about auditions and more!
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Tufts Tap Ensemble
Tufts Tap Ensemble is the only dance group at Tufts devoted to tap
dancing. Each semester, we stage a show featuring a variety of
pieces which are choreographed, taught, and performed by students.
Our shows are open to Tufts students and performed on campus. We are
active within the Tufts community, performing for events such as
Community Day and Parents Weekend, and we guest-perform for other
student groups. We are also active in the greater Boston area and
have performed with tappers from BU, Brandeis, and Harvard.
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(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 get in touch!
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