Cyphers

Image: Aysha Upchurch 'AIE leading a cypher at Harvard Dance Center. Photo credit: Ilya Vidrin.

Community cyphers at Harvard Dance Center are informal dance jams scheduled regularly throughout the year. They are open to anyone wanting to feel the beat and groove in a joyful community environment. No dance training needed! Cyphers are held in the Dance Center's spacious Studio 1 and are sometimes hosted by Aysha Upchurch AIE'15, Harvard Graduate School of Education adjunct lecturer on education, and sometimes hosted by students. 

What is a cypher?
A cypher is freestyle dance jam where an open circle is created and people take turns dancing in the center. The cypher (or cipher) has deep, long-standing cultural roots in hip hop culture, African tradition, and even religious beliefs. 

Interested in hosting a Dance Center cypher? Email Elizabeth Epsen, Communications & Program Coordinator for Dance, at epsen@fas.harvard.edu  


Image: Aysha Upchurch AIE'15 leading a cypher at Harvard Dance Center. Photo credit: Ilya Vidrin.