Aysha Upchurch AIE'15 leading a cypher at Harvard Dance Center. Photo credit: Ilya Vidrin.Cyphers at Harvard Dance Center are informal freestyle dance jams in an open circle that are inclusive, joyful, supportive, and community-building. All abilities and types of movers are welcome– no prior dance training needed. Cyphers usually take place at the Dance Center and feature rotating hosts of live music and playlists. Cyphers  are sometimes hosted by Aysha Upchurch AIE'15 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.  


Thursday, February 4, 5pm EST - Virtual Open House Cypher hosted by Aysha Upchurch AIE'15 and special guest DJ Stylus the Vibe Conductor