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, usually on Fridays at 5pm. 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, Visiting Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media, and sometimes hosted by students and student-led dance groups. 

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  

SPRING 2020 DATES

Friday, January 31, 5-5:30pm - Guest Hosted by Expressions 


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