- Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
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.
BlackOut Step Team
We're Tufts all-male step team which performs on campus, local showcases, and at interstate and national competitions (which we win). We join together on stage with the motto of "One sight, One sound." Our practice times are Monday's 8-10 pm and Thursday's 9-11 pm. Our tryouts are rolling admission this semester. For more information, please email us.
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!
The mission of Harlem Grooves is to create a space dedicated to the history and progress of Black American traditional dance forms. These forms include but are not limited to contemporary, jazz, swing, and hip hop. This semester we are holding a series of hybrid workshops, to which are welcome! We have a signup sheet for 6 people who would like to dance socially distanced outside and anyone is welcome to join virtually. Toward the end of the semester, we plan to create a virtual performance using film of dancers performing the choreography from said workshops. If anyone has any questions please don't hesitate to visit our pages or contact us directly! If you are interested in dancing at all with Harlem Grooves, please fill out our dancer interest form.
Korean Dance Association (KoDA)
KoDA is a student-run dance group at Tufts University dedicated to learning, teaching, and performing choreographies from K-pop artists and popular Korean dance studios. We hold weekly open meetings, create monthly music video projects, and perform at a few events each semester. Everyone is welcome to join, no matter what background or prior experience!
Roti and Rum
Roti and Rum is Tufts University's only Caribbean Dance Team. Rhythm of the Islands hopes to share Caribbean culture through Rhythm, Unity, and Movement
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 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!
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.
(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!
Tamasha is Tufts University’s only Bollywood-Fusion dance team. We strive to bring people together from all over the US and the world that want to learn or have different dance backgrounds. Our choreography is a blend of Eastern and Western styles, more specifically a combination of Hip Hop, Bollywood, Contemporary, Classical, and Bhangra. Tamasha's goal is to create a piece that reflects the passions and cultures of our dancers so our choreography each year is unique from the rest.
Turbo is a break dance/hip-hop crew and a student organization at Tufts University. We promote B-boy/hip-hop culture on campus and provide opportunities to those who want to start breakin'/hip-hop dance and learn what it's all about. Whether you've been dancing for years or just looking to start, anyone is welcome to come! Practices are Tuesday at 8pm in Jackson Gym.
Pen, Paint & Pretzels, a.k.a. 3Ps
Tufts' umbrella organization for student-run performing arts groups on campus
Bare Bodkin Theatre Company
Bare Bodkin Theatre Company is dedicated to providing an outlet for student playwrights and directors to produce their work and other experimental works on and off campus.
Cheap Sox is an improvisational comedy troupe.
Major: Undecided is a sketch comedy group.
Torn Ticket II
Torn Ticket II is Tufts' fully student-run musical theatre organization.
Hype! is the only all student collegiate mime troupe in the United States.
The Institute is sketch comedy operating under the auspicious umbrellas of both 3Ps and TUTV.
Traveling Treasure Trunk
Tufts' only children's theatre troupe; a Unique blend of theatre performance and community service.
TUTV is a student-run production studio that strives to foster a supportive and collaborative community where anyone can learn about filmmaking and develop their own artistic voice.