- Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
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, Renata Celichowska.
Dance Ambassadors 2021-2022
Andres Antonio (Class of '23)
Hi! I’m Andres (he/him), and I’m from Brooklyn, New York! I'm a junior majoring in engineering psychology and minoring in dance. I’m the assistant director of Spirit of the Creative (SOC), Tufts’ hip hop choreography team, but I’ve also taken classes in breaking and traditional improvisation. I also teach Zumba classes! 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.
Thomas Felt (Class of '22)
Thomas Felt is a Wisconsin dancer in the class of 2022. He has taken classes in ballet, modern, and jazz. Thomas is majoring in computer science through the school of engineering and biopsychology through the school of arts and science and minoring in dance. He also participates in various clubs on campus including Torn Ticket II: Tuft's musical theatre group.
Abagail Lee (Class of '22)
Hi, I'm Abby! I'm from Westchester, NY and I’m majoring in psychology with a double minor in dance and child studies/human development. I’m also a member of Sarabande Dance Ensemble - a ballet/jazz/contemporary dance group on campus - and I teach musical theatre dance workshops for Torn Ticket II (Tuft's student-run musical theatre group). Besides dance, I love to sing, act, bike, eat pasta, wiggle my ears, and watch Love Island on repeat. Feel free to email me with any questions.
Jessica Mann (Class of '24)
Hi! I’m Jess, a sophomore from New York City. I'm beyond excited to be a dance ambassador this year and continue my involvement in the department. Still figuring out my major… but right now math is looking like a strong contender. I am a member of Sarabande Dance Ensemble and Tufts Tap Ensemble. Outside of dance, I love spending time with friends, family (including my adorable cockapoo), and rewatching tv shows I’ve already watched countless times:) Please feel free to reach out with any questions or just to chat!
Tharina Messeroux (Class of '22)
Hello! My name is Tharina Messeroux. I'm from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I am a senior majoring in Environmental Health Engineering with a double minor in Dance and Food Systems & Nutrition. I am one of the captains of COCOA, Tufts' only African competition dance team. I am also a member of Spirit of the Creative (SOC), a hip-hop choreography dance group on campus; and an E-board member of Harlem Grooves, a dance group focused on Black American dancing styles, specifically hip hop, modern, jazz and swing. Aside from dancing, I really enjoy cooking and exploring new recipes. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!
Val Morlock (Class of '23)
Hi! My name's Val and I'm a junior majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in dance. I grew up about 10 minutes away from Tufts in Winchester, MA. I'm a member of Sarabande Dance Ensemble, but I’ve taken classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, and pointe. Other than dance, I love going to the Cape, watching The Office, and spending time with friends. I love being involved in dance at Tufts; 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 in the class of 2024, and I am planning on majoring in psychology, as well as double minoring in education and dance. I am a member of the Sarabande Dance Ensemble (a ballet/jazz/contemporary group), but I love trying out different styles through the Tufts Dance Program. When I'm not doing homework or dancing, I love going for walks, doing crossword puzzles, and watching cooking shows with my friends. If you have any questions about dance at Tufts or anything else, please reach out!
Pearl Young (Class of '22)
Hello! My name is Pearl Young and I am a junior majoring in Biopsychology and double minoring in Dance and Child Studies & Human Development. As a dancer at Tufts, I was a devoted member of the women's step team ENVY and I have fallen in love with the dance community through the amazing classes and support that I have found via the Dance Program. I am excited to extend my involvement in dance at Tufts as the director and a senior choreographer of Harlem Grooves, a company style group that is dedicated to Black American styles. Outside of classes and dancing, I also love to write poetry and style clothing. Please feel free to contact me.
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!