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 email@example.com
Anjali is a South Asian Classical Dance group
which mainly fuses Bharat Natyam and Kathak
choreography. Check out some videos here!
Yerramilli or Shebani Rao
for more information
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 Alejandro
Bustillos or Mollie
Dibrell for more information
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 Emily Yin
for more information.
A Different Drum
Different Drum was founded in 1996 as a
company that nurtures quality choreography and
embraces all styles of dance. 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
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 from four to ten hours a week.
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 technique and composition class and
master classes with guest artists every two weeks.
Members learn new skills in composition and branch
out to new movement styles, while taking class
from professional dancers and refining their
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: Sarai
Itagaki or Elizabeth Eddy.
Breakdancing, b-boying, pop and lock are all
dance styles that emerged together out of hip hop
movement that began in the late 1970's, starting
in the streets of Manhattan and the South Bronx
and eventually making its way across the country.
Starting as a means of political expression the
style of dance grew to become not only an art
form, but a life-style with a culture that was all
it's own. FXC is a dance group whose members are
not interested in perfecting someone else's
technique, but, as freestyle artists, are
interested creating an original style, as
originality and individuality are what have always
been at the center of the hip hop movement.
This group is for anyone who loves real hip hop,
what it was and what it's become, as well as those
who just want to get to know something about it.
All are welcome to get together and just dance to
good music, learn from each other, and learn to
appreciate a cultural movement that will never be
rivaled. Contact John Pyun
or Daniel Ni
for more information.
Fusion was founded in the
fall of 2007 with the goal of creating a new type
of dance, one that would mix the styles of modern
and traditional belly dance with that of hip-hop.
The group performs to a wide range of musical
genres, from hip-hop to middle eastern pop, and
members join with experience in a variety of dance
styles. Each dancer has the opportunity to
choreograph a piece according to his or her own
style and to learn from other members.
The group also seeks to bring cultural awareness
of the various forms of belly dance, both past and
present, to the campus through events year-round.
For more info, email Marissa
Groove 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 Audrey
Ballard, Artistic Director Melinda
Zhang, or see Groove's website at http://www.yale.edu/groovedancecompany/.
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!
O'Carroll 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.
Sharma or Grace
Needleman 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, a great hit
in the Yale-New Haven community, thrilling
audiences of all ages. The dance troupe has been
invited to 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 public schools.
In its 11th 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.
The 2010-11 academic year promises to be another
exciting and eventful season! We welcome all who
are interested, regardless of dance or drum
experience. Please contact our Executive Director,
Brudner, for more information.
This group is dedicated to the performance of
traditional Chinese lion dance and participates in
many Asian cultural events on campus. It has
recently been disbanded, but could be revived with
Pham for more information
Mostly Waltz at Yale
Waltz at Yale is dedicated
to promoting waltz
and various other social dances in the New
Haven area. We host a variety of classes and
dance events throughout the school year and
summer. For more information, please follow
the above link to our website or contact us
The Phoenix Dance Troupe is an
entirely student-run Chinese 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 Chinese groups and regions, from
the Tibetan plateaus, Mongolian steppes, the water
villages of the South to the northwestern deserts.
With 56 distinct ethnic cultures, Chinese
traditional dance has lots to offer.
Phoenix Dance Troupe is a Chinese folk dance
group that teaches and performs Chinese 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, Kaleidoscope, and RICE. Through its
performances, the group hopes to spread both
artistic and cultural awareness to its members and
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.
Just show your interest and welcome aboard! For
more information, email Angela She
or Angela Yu.
Artistic Director: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rangeela is Yale's first Bollywood dance team.
Rangeela is a new group, debuting this school
year, and as a fusion dance team welcomes dancers
of all styles and levels who share enthusiasm for
Bollywood. Contact Krisha Desai
Suterwala for more information.
Rhythmic Blue is Yale
University's premier hip-hop and contemporary
dance group. We were founded in 1991 by two
undergraduate students who recognized the coming
of age of non-traditional styles of dance. These
innovative dance forms have been popularized by
the advent of a new school of thought in musical
compositions that fuses hip-hop, pop, rock,
dance-hall, reggae and Latin music with vivid
visual imagery. This co-ed, multi-cultural group
relies on the diversity and creative talent of its
dancers for its unique and ingenious style,
reflected by a repertoire that draws on various
forms of dance - ranging from various forms of
hip-hop and R&B, breakdancing, popping and
locking, liturgical, and contemporary lyrical,
jazz and African dance fusions. We hold a show on
the Yale campus once a semester, at which we
present our one-of-a-kind energy and newest
choreography in full force! Please contact Naomi Chou
for more information.
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 Agustin
Paniagua or Claudia
Martinez. Visit our website at yale.edu/sabrosura.
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 Eliot Kim
Moug 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
dancing show at Yale that consists of only tap
dances, showing the incredible range of styles
within this art form. In past years, Taps'
performance have consisted of
student-choreographed pieces ranging in style from
modern rhythm tap to classical Broadway tap.
Itagaki or Rebecca
Treger for more information.
Yale Ballet Company
Yale Ballet Company is an informal dance group
for lovers of ballet. We give ourselves
technique class, learn famous variations, and
bring in guest artists to teach us. For more
information, contact Aren
Vastola or Amymarie
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.
Granzberg 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 email@example.com.
The oldest and most respected dance group on
campus, Yaledancers is comprised of
talented, committed dancers, ranging in skills
from those who have trained and performed
professionally, to those who have just discovered
Members, selected by audition each fall, meet
twice weekly for classes taught both by students
and guest artists, culminating in two sellout
shows (Fall and Spring) to showcase original guest
and student choreography. The company prides
itself on their ability to perform a wide variety
of dance styles, including classical and modern
ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and modern dance.
Yaledancers also provides a social outlet and
sense of community for members, creating lasting
friendships among both graduate and undergraduate
students. For more information, contact Gabrielle
Karol or Charlotte
Yale Swing &
Yale Swing and 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.
Diaz 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!