Yale University is home to many amazing dance
groups that cover every dance style imaginable. We
encourage you to check them all out, and attend as
many auditions, workshops, and classes as you can
in the fall!
Please note that some dance groups do not have a
website, but keep checking back in case there is
an update! Groups
wishing to update their information or
pictures should email Mahir
A Different Drum
Different Drum was founded in 1996 as a
company that is dedicated to providing a place for
dancers to sharpen and broaden their technical
abilities and to develop artistically as both
dancers and choreographers. We are committed to
constantly challenging and pushing ourselves to
grow and expand our boundaries.
We are the only dance group at Yale to offer two
weekly technique classes taught by professional
instructors. One of our two weekly technique
classes is a modern or ballet class taught by one
of our regular teachers. For the second class, we
hire a different professional guest artist. In a
given semester a typical lineup for our second
weekly technique class would include Graham,
Bhangra, West African dance, Classical Indian
dance, Ailey, Limon, and contemporary contact
A Different Drum (ADD) is entirely student run.
Members are encouraged to contribute choreography
and can tailor their time commitment to fit their
needs. We welcome and encourage all dance styles,
which our shows reflect.
We hope you'll come audition for us! We welcome
choreographers and dancers of all techniques and
promise low-key, fun auditions with the chance to
strut your stuff. For more information, contact: Hannah Leo
Folklorico Mexicano de Yale
The Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de
Yale (BFMdY) strives to preserve the
traditional dances and movements from Mexico.
BFMdY is a student organized and choreographed
dance company that engages in various performance
opportunities on and off campus.
BFMdY welcomes dancers of all levels and
experiences. No experience is necessary. Contact them
for more information.
is Yale's largest and most diverse dance group. We
are entirely student-run – anyone can join, dance,
choreograph and perform, no audition necessary!
The styles of our pieces range from lyrical to
jazz to hip-hop, and more! The music is fresh, the
moves are hot, the performances ALWAYS sell out
and the whole experience is just plain fun. Here's
how to get involved:
Attend our beginning-of-semester info session in
early September. Listen to the choreographers
pitch their dances, and sign up for as many
numbers as you want – each dance entails one hour
of practice a week. If you want to choreograph,
just let us know – anyone, boy or girl, freshman
to senior, can do it. Practice, and get pumped for
our end-of-the-semester performances, held twice
For more info, please feel free to contact Claire Zhang
Elm Street Breaker
We are Yale's one and only group of bboys and
bgirls, specializing in the foundational hip hop
dance form of breaking. Arguably the most athletic
and dynamic dance form, breaking is for everyone.
From headspins and fancy footwork to flips and
freezes, we pair our passion for creative
expression with a deep respect for hip hop
To throw down with us, sign up for our panlist,
Zhao, or visit our website (link coming soon).
Dance Company was founded in 2002 by
individuals who wanted to showcase many dance
styles and to have fun with dance. We have evolved
into a company that combines passion for all types
of dancewith a dedication to professionalism and
technicality. Our mission is to communicate the
joy of dance; we do this through dance education
as well as our popular performances for the Yale
Groove Dance Company holds weekly technique
classes, and rehearsals for a
student-choreographed show at the end of each
semester. Groove is Yale's most eclectic dance
group – while jazz, modern, and hip hop pieces are
staples of every show, we also incorporate any
style a dancer has interest in, including (but not
limited to) lyrical, ballet, cultural, Broadway,
and tap. Groove allows dancers to hone their
specialties as well as develop expertise in new
dance styles; a ballet dancer can focus on hip hop
and Bhangra one semester, and then choreograph a
lyrical piece the next. Groove also performs at on
and off-campus events throughout the year in
addition to our biannual performance.
Currently, we are the only dance group with its
own outreach program. We have an established
after-school dance program at the John C. Daniels
School, where members teach dance classes and
organize school-wide performances for 4th to 6th
Groove is a close knit community of passionate
people. We have attended professional performances
as a group, along with hosting a number of social
events each semester. Our company truly becomes more
than just a dance group. Members are selected by
auditions held in the fall and spring. If you have
any questions, please email President Laura Burston
or Artistic Director Sarah Strong.
We can't wait to dance with you!
Irish Dancers at
Irish Dancers at Yale hopes to bring students of
all backgrounds together to celebrate Irish
Culture and have fun through the art of Irish
Dance. We hope to showcase Irish Step Dancing at
Yale through performances open to the community.
We welcome dancers of all experience levels!
Oei for more information.
Jashan Bhangra Team
We seek to share our passion with the community.
We embrace bhangra as a competitive dance and
perform at national competitions.
We honor an ancient tradition and culture with
We are Jashan.
Rangi or Sagar Yadama
for more information.
Konjo! West African Dance Troupe was founded in the
fall of 1998 by Yetsa Tuakli-Wosornu, Eyi
Tuakli-Wosornu, and Yemi Getahun. They saw the need
To promote the aesthetics of African culture on the
Yale campus through dance and music. Thus Konjo!,
which means "beautiful" in Amharic, came into
existence, and made its debut at the Black
Solidarity Conference Talent Show. Since then,
Konjo! has been, and continues to be active in the
Yale-New Haven community, thrilling audiences of all
ages. The dance troupe has participated in several
campus-wide events, including the annual
Yale-Harvard Talent show, Communiversity Day, the
Black Solidarity Conference Talent Show, and Black
Graduation, as well as events at local New Haven
In its 13th season, Konjo! West African Dance Troupe
continues to be dedicated to showcasing the beauty
of African culture through music and dance,
particularly through repertoire from Senegal, the
Gambia, Mali, and Guinea. This year Konjo has
chosen to take a sabbatical from its company
schedule, running a regular workshop series instead
as the company re-organizes for the 2014-2015
season. Dance and drum workshops will be held
multiple times over the course of the year and will
be open to all levels. We welcome all who are
interested, regardless of dance or drum experience.
Please contact our Executive Director, Shizue
RocheAdachi for more information.
MonstRAASity is Yale’s newest competitive South
Asian dance team. Raas is a form of traditional
folk-dance originating from Gujarat, India. Raas
uses wooden sticks called dandiya, and focuses more
on formations, form, and energy than most other
types of South Asian folk-dance. The sticks are
twirled as complex jumping and feet patterns follow
addicting rhythms. The routines are often mixed with
Western themes and popular music to add to the
energy and creativity of the dance. MonstRAASity
performed at various events throughout the last two
years, and acquired beautiful, authentic costumes
from India. The team really becomes family, and we
bond both on and off the dance floor. We welcome
everyone to audition--no experience is necessary!
Patel for more info.
Dance Troupe is an entire student-run Asian
traditional dance troupe. We hope to bring students
from all backgrounds together to celebrate the rich
and diverse dance traditions from different regions
across China. We perform dance pieces from different
ethnic Asian groups and regions, from the Tibetan
plateaus, Mongolian steppes, the water villages of
the South to the northwestern deserts.
We also teach and perform Asian dances on Yale
campus and in the neighboring community. Over the
years, Phoenix has performed at various cultural
events, including the Chinese American cultural
show and Kaleidoscope. Through its performances,
the group hopes to spread both artistic and
cultural awareness to its members and audiences.
Members partcipate in numerous big and small
traditional dances throughout the year and are
also encouraged to choreograph their own pieces.
We welcome dancers of all backgrounds and levels
- no experience necessary. We do not hold
auditions, and our troupe includes both males and
females. Just show your interest and welcome
aboard! For more information, email Katelyn Kang.
Rangeela is Yale's first Bollywood fusion dance
team. We combine styles of dance ranging from
Bollywood, to classical Indian, to hip-hop as well
as mix both Indian and Western music.
We have a ton of fun performing in shows on campus
and in shows at other schools. In the past, we've
gotten to dance with Shahrukh Khan (big deal
Bollywood celeb) and Nina Davaluri (Miss America).
We welcome anyone to audition no matter if they've
had any previous Bollywood dance experience!
For more info, please contact Naintara
Rajan or Kamya
Blue (RB) is Yale University's first and only
hip-hop and contemporary dance group. We were
founded in 1991 by two undergraduate students and
have had a steady following ever since, selling out
most of our shows on campus. Though RB focuses on
hip-hop, our members are allowed to branch out and
perform any style of dance, from breaking to modern
to contemporary African.
RB welcomes dances who have varied backgrounds and
talents. As a co-ed, multicultural group, we value
originality, diversity and creativity in our dances.
RB holds two large shows per year, one at the end of
each semester, to show off our newest choreography.
RB also performs at various events throughout the
semester, including charity events and the infamous
Harvard-Yale showdown. We're also looking to start
taking part in competitions on the East Coast, so
come join us if you want to be part of this exciting
new phase in our history! For more information,
please contact Nicole Feng
team at Yale founded in 2009 to bring together
students interested in Latin American dance for the
purpose of creating solidarity amongst the various
cultures of Latin America. Sabrosura is a
student-run organization whose performances feature
a variety of musical genres and subgenres such as
salsa, merengue, bachata, and cumbia. We rely on the
diversity and talent of our members for our
choreography and strive to share the cultural
product of our organization with both the Yale and
New Haven communities. Sabrosura culminates the year
in a showcase that features students from all across
Yale University passionate about Latin American
dance and committed to enhancing cultural
understanding within the Yale community. Auditions
are held annually in September. For more information
please contact Cristina
Moreno or Samantha
Founded in 1997, Steppin'
Out is Yale's first and only step team. In
this short period of time, this organization has
distinguished itself as a talented and dedicated
group. Their performances are known for their
levels of excitement and adrenaline brought to the
stage. The primary purpose of Steppin' Out,
commonly referred to simply as "SO", is to
introduce step, an African American dance form
derived from the celebratory and religious
practices of African dancers, to the Yale
community. Contact Caroline
Andersson or Keyanna
Jackson for more information.
Taps is a
dynamic, co-ed group of around 20 dancers dedicated
to performing and promoting tap dancing at Yale
University. Every year, Taps produces the only dance
show at Yale that consists of solely tap dance,
showing the incredible range of styles within this
art form. In past years, Taps' performances have
consisted of student-choreographed pieces ranging in
style from modern rhythm tap to classical Broadway
tap. Contact Erin
Kelly or Holly Hajare
for more information.
Yale Ballet Company
Undergraduate Ballet Company is Yale’s only
dance group devoted solely to ballet technique and
performance. Despite our name, we welcome students
from all graduate and professional schools as well.
The company offers a space for ballet dancers at
Yale to work seriously on technique and enjoy
performance opportunities each year. We would love
to see you at auditions no matter what your
level—some of our dancers have trained and performed
professionally, while others are just returning to
dance in college.
Unique among Yale’s dance groups, YBC stages annual
full-length story ballets; past productions include
A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Legend of King
Arthur. These sellout performances usually take
place at the Co-op High School Theater, a beautiful
full-size auditorium located off-campus. Most
importantly, story ballets offer opportunities to
grow as a dancer, an actor, and a choreographer.
We prioritize regular technique class to keep our
dancers healthy and strong. We offer student-taught
company classes once a week on Sunday evenings, and
professionally taught classes each Tuesday through
our partnership with New Haven Ballet. Additional
class options include the Payne-Whitney Ballet
Classes as well as the New Haven Ballet Open and
Student Divisions, which we attend in groups at a
We offer a straightforward audition consisting of a
full ballet barre and center, with optional
pointework, variation, and partnering sections. We
hope to see you there!
For any further questions, contact Nicholas
We are an autonomous organization of
undergraduates, graduate and professional
students, outlaws, male models, and other Yale
affiliates who love the art of ballroom dancing.
We dance for competitions, for performances, and
most of all for fun.
We compete in International Standard (waltz,
tango, Viennese waltz, foxtrot, and quickstep),
International Latin (cha cha, samba, rumba, paso
doble, and jive), American Smooth (waltz, tango,
foxtrot, and Viennese waltz), and American Rhythm
(chacha, rumba, swing, bolero, and mambo). In
addition, our social dances include salsa,
merengue, bachata, and hustle/disco.
The Yale Ballroom Dance Club is
a satellite of the team for individuals and
couples who enjoy social dancing. Club lessons
teach dances like waltz, foxtrot, tango, salsa,
merengue, bachata, swing, and hustle/disco. These
lessons are designed for those who want to learn
to dance at a casual but thorough pace, without
the commitment and pressure of competitive
ballroom dancing. You need not come with a
partner, and no prior experience is required.
Dobrosavljevic for more information.
The Yale Belly Dance Society is
dedicated to bring the Middle Eastern dance and
culture to Yale's campus and the outside
community. YBDS was founded in 2003 with the goal
of promoting this exciting and challenging art
form while dispelling negative myths of belly
dance. The group primarily focuses on Egyptian
cabaret style dance (raqs sharqi), but also
includes elements of folkloric Egyptian dance,
Turkish traditional and cabaret, and American
Tribal Style. These dance styles are taught to
beginners through classes organized by Payne
Whitney Gymnasium and seen performed throughout
the year at many events by the YBDS Performance
Troupe, which consists of members of different
Classes are opened to the general community
whereas admission to the performance troupe is by
audition in early September. The audition serves
simply to demonstrate a basic level of technique
and ability to perform choreographies. All are
welcomed to audition! Members of the society enjoy
access to YBDS's collection of Middle Eastern
music CDs, technique DVDs, costumes and
performance props, as well as information on
workshops and belly dance events in the community
and nearby. For more information, please visit our
website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
the oldest dance company at Yale, is comprised of
talented, committed dancers, ranging in skills from
those who have trained and performed professionally,
to those who have just discovered dance. The company
prides itself on its ability to perform a wide
variety of dance styles, including classical and
modern ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern and more. More
than a company, "YD" is a community, forging lasting
friendships among both graduate and undergraduate
For more information, contact Kellyanna
Polk or Gracie White.
Yale Swing & Blues
Yale Swing & Blues
represents the non-competitive swing and blues
dancing community on campus. We provide a space
for people to get together and dance in a fun,
informal setting. Our regular events include
monthly swing dances, weekly blues practica, and
trips to local dancing events. We also offer Lindy
Hop and Blues lessons every semester, for a
nominal fee. Our events are open to undergraduate
and graduate students, faculty and staff, and
members of the broader New Haven community.
Larson for more information.
Yale Tango Club
Argentine Tango is a social partner dance that
focuses on connection and musicality. There are no
steps, no choreography, and no right or wrong foot
-- just the simple elegance of a warm embrace set
The Yale community is famous across the country for
its kindness and skill. Learn more at our site, contact us,
or join us at 8pm on Sundays at GPSCY Bar (204 York
Ya-Le Chinese Dance
(雅乐) Chinese Dance Troupe is a non-profit
student group. We are dedicated to bringing
Chinese folk/traditonal dance and culture to Yale
and the outside community. We perform two to three
dances every year at the Spring Festival Gala
hosted by ACSSY (Association of Chinese Students
and Scholars at Yale and other occasions. We
welcome everyone who is interested in Chinese
folk/traditional dance to join us!