Dance Ambassadors Program
Founded 2019, the Tufts Dance Ambassador Program is designed to enhance student engagement with all things Dance at Tufts. Tufts Dance Ambassadors are a voluntary advisory group comprised of undergraduate students. These student ambassadors are a resource for students and are in regular communication with Dance faculty and administration. Ambassadors can be contacted via email with questions, ideas, and concerns having to do with Dance Program classes, extracurricular dance group activities, and outreach for Tufts Dance beyond the Medford Campus. For further information about the Tufts Dance Ambassador Program, contact Dance Program Director, Jaclyn Waguespack.
Dance Ambassadors 2022-2023
Lauren Abrahams (Class of '25)
Hi! My name is Lauren Abrahams and I’m a sophomore majoring in Community Health on the pre-med track and minoring in dance!! I enjoy cooking, drawing, playing and listening to music, and of course dancing!! I was lucky to find such a strong community in the dance program early on in my Tufts experience, and I can’t imagine Tufts without all the friends I’ve made through dance. I am assistant director of Harlem Grooves – a dance group on campus that focuses on jazz, modern, and hip hop, with the goal of honoring Black dance styles and artists! I also participated in the Fall Capstone showcase and other dance classes during the academic day! Feel free to reach out with any question. I’m more than happy to answer!
Andres Antonio (Class of '23)
Hi! I’m Andres (he/him), and I’m from Brooklyn, New York! I'm a senior majoring in engineering psychology and minoring in dance. I’m the co-director of Spirit of the Creative (SOC), Tufts’ hip hop choreography team, but I’ve also taken classes in breaking, improvisation, jazz, camera-based movement, and more. I also teach weekly dance fit classes with TUSC! Outside of dance, I am involved in the Tufts Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (THFES), and I play competitive Pokémon and Super Smash Bros. Feel free to email me with any questions!
Jade Hsu (Class of '25)
Hi!! My name is Jade and I’m a sophomore this year. I’m originally from Canada but grew up in Taiwan. My intended major is Cognitive Brain Science (on the pre-med track) and I am also minoring in dance. I’m so excited for this year and to get more involved with the dance community! If you have any questions at all feel free to reach out!
Jessica Mann (Class of '24)
Hi, I'm Jess! I'm a junior from New York City majoring in Psychology and minoring in Cognitive and Brain Sciences and Dance. At Tufts, I am a part of Sarabande Dance Ensemble and Tufts Tap Ensemble. Outside of dance, I love doing various indoor activities (I sunburn easily), hanging out with friends, finding new ways to organize things, and rewatching shows and movies that I have already seen an absurd number of times. I am also interested in arts management and got to work for Battery Dance Company in NYC this summer to help plan the Battery Dance Festival which was super cool. If you have any questions or just want to chat, please feel free to reach out. It has been quite a journey for me to figure out what I wanted to study outside of dance, so I am also happy to share my experience regarding starting college without being sure of what you want to major in!
Val Morlock (Class of '23)
Hi! My name's Val and I'm a senior majoring in mechanical engineering. I'm a member of Sarabande Dance Ensemble, and I’ve taken multiple dance classes at Tufts. I’ve greatly enjoyed my time so far participating in dance at Tufts extracurricularly, in classes, performing in senior capstones, and as a dance ambassador and dance monitor. Feel free to reach out with any questions!
Emma Olshin (Class of '24)
Hi! I'm Emma and I'm from Sharon, MA. I’m a biopsychology major, and I am minoring in child study and human development (CSHD) and dance. I am a member of Sarabande Dance Ensemble (a jazz/ contemporary group), as well as Spirit of the Creative (a hip hop choreography group), but I love trying out different styles through the Tufts Dance Program. In my free time, I love reading, thrifting, and sitting in the Campus Center with my friends. If you have any questions about dance at Tufts or anything else, please reach out!
Stella Pintar (Class of '25)
Hi! I'm Stella, a sophomore from Houston. Currently I'm planning to major in Sociology and minor in Urban Studies (but still deciding). I'm a proud member of Sarabande Dance Ensemble, one of Tufts' amazing dance groups. Besides dancing, some of my favorite activities on and off campus are picnicking on President's lawn, finding new music (currently I'm obsessed with Kehlani and Steve Lacy), and exploring new restaurants in Boston! I'd love to share more about dance opportunities and student life at Tufts so feel free to email me with any questions.
Julia Jaffe Zweifach (Class of '23)
Hi! I'm Juju. I grew up in San Francisco - I speak French, love to read, enter The New Yorker Caption contest every week, spend hours on Sudokus, and ADORE dancing. My happy places are being out in nature (scuba diving, biking, swimming in the ocean, hiking) and being in the dance studio. I compete in Latin Ballroom, love modern dance, and am so excited to continue exploring other styles through the Tufts Dance Program. I am in two dance groups on campus: Encendido and Tufts Ballroom Team. Reach out if you ever have any questions!