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 Melia
Ungson or Mahir
A Different Drum
Different Drum was founded in 1996 as a
company that nurtures quality choreography and
embraces all styles of dance. We also emphasize
improving technique and trying new styles, holding
two professionally taught classes each week. Our
diverse shows reflect that variety: they showcase
works in modern, lyrical, ballet, jazz, hip-hop,
tap, African, and any other styles our members
bring to us.
A Different Drum (ADD) is entirely student run.
Members are encouraged to contribute choreography
to the shows and can dance in as many other pieces
as they’d like. Dancers can tailor their time
commitment to fit their needs.
Members are encouraged to help build an enriching
and innovative environment for new work to
develop, as choreographers and dancers, and to
think creatively about potential collaborations
with musicians and other artists on campus. In
addition to regular rehearsals for our shows, we
have a weekly professionally-taught technique
class and a master class with different guest
artists every week. Members learn new skills in
composition and branch out to new movement styles,
while taking class from professional dancers and
refining their technique.
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: Melia
Ungson or Christine
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
Danceworks 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 music is fresh, the moves
are hot, the performances ALWAYS sell out and the
whole experience is just plain fun. Here's how to
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
Danceworks is always looking for new members and
new choreographers. We've done everything from
ballroom to hip-hop, lyrical to step, tap to West
African. We give you a dedicated group of
energetic dancers who have more fun than anyone
else on campus. Tell your friends, tell your
family, and keep your eyes peeled for our
September info session.
Questions? Concerns? Contact Laurel
German or Maria
Ratskevich for more information.
Elm Street Breakers
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.
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.
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.
Deeconda 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 entirely 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 participate 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 Helen Fang
(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 Jarrell Ng
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
Severino or Christopher
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 Brea Baker
Mahoney 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.
Rey for more information.
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 Lea Winter.
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.
Cruciger 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 Laura Bass
Yale Swing &
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.
Goff 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 www.yaletangoclub.org or
join us at 8pm on Sundays at GPSCY Bar (204 York
St.). For more information, contact Brianna
Ya-Yue Chinese Dance Troupe
Yue(雅乐) Chinese Dance Troupe
student group. We are
dedicated to bringing Chinese
folk/traditional dance and culture to Yale
and the outside
community. We perform
two to three dances every year
at the Spring Festival
Gala hosted by
Chinese Student and Scholars at
Yale) and other
occasions. We welcome everyone who
is interested in
Chinese folk/traditional dance to join us!