Student-Led Dance Groups

Harvard Bhangra at Harvard Dance Center. Credit: Liza Voll.Student-led Dance Groups at Harvard

There are over 23 student-led dance groups representing a broad range of dance styles and traditions from all over the globe. See the calendar of student-led dance group events happening on campus! 





Asian American Dance Troupe  
Chunsa Dance Troupe (Korean Association)
Corcairdhearg: Harvard College Irish Dancers
Crimson Dance Team
Dancing to Heal
Expressions Dance Company
Fuerza Latina (Candela Salsa Dance Troupe)
Harvard Ballet Company
Harvard Ballroom Dance Team
Harvard Ballet Folkloric de Aztlan
Harvard Bhangra Dance Company
Harvard Breakers
Harvard Capoiera
Harvard Chinese Dance Troupe  
Harvard CityStep
Harvard College Middle Eastern Dance Company
Harvard Deepam
Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company
Harvard Raftaar
Pan-African Dance and Music Ensemble (PADAME)
Passus: Harvard College Step Team
Omo Naija


Kerry Thompson standing at the front of studio 1 signing 'thank you' in ASL, a group of students sit on floor around her signing ASL applause.A virtual Disability Inclusion Workshop led by dancer, teacher, and global disability rights activist Kerry Thompson Ed.M.08 for an engaging 101 on disability inclusion best practices in the arts.

Geared towards Harvard student leaders in the arts but open to any student interested in learning how to be more inclusive and accessible in their social media, website, marketing, events, and meetings, and for those who would like to better understand the language, culture, and challenges around disability. 

Led by Kerry Thompson Ed.M.08 

Live via Zoom meeting and open to Harvard students. 

Access provided: Live CART closed captioning. Please contact if you anticipate needing another type of access. 

Image description and photo credit: Kerry Thompson is standing at the front of the Harvard Dance Center studio 1 with both hands at her chin saying 'thank you' in ASL after the Harvard Dance Center's Salsa/ASL workshop in February 2020. Participants are sitting on the floor with their hands over their head in ASL applause. Photo Credit: Brooke Trisolini

Student-Led Dance Group Residency

All student-led dance groups may apply for a residency at the Harvard Dance Center. Two residencies will be held per academic year (one per semester), however, collaboration is encouraged and two or more student-led dance groups may submit a combined application for a joint residency. 

Selected student-led dance groups are given access to the Dance Center's 3,500 square foot Studio 1 during available hours. Examples of residency activities during the week are meet-and-greets, cyphers, open rehearsals, informal showings, workshops, community conversations, and performances. Students are invited to think creatively and broadly about how to use the time and space. 

Dance Center staff and faculty are available for mentorship and support throughout the year and can also help connect students to other potential advisors and/or collaborators. Students are expected to take full ownership of all managing and producing aspects of their residency. A required residency orientation meeting with the Dance Center staff will be scheduled in the first two weeks of the semester.

Additional Residency Information: 
Harvard Dance Center Residencies include the use of Studio 1. Multiple options are available to support the residency activities including: the (supervised) use of risers; setting up chairs in different audience configurations; use of the sound system via portable device, laptop, etc.; and pre-programmed lights accessible via Studio 1 wall panel. For residencies that include a showing or performance, a production meeting with the Dance Center's Production Manager will be required. Lighting design and production mentorship is available throughout the residency. Students are expected to set up, manage and operate all technical aspects of activities that use lighting and production elements.

Students are encouraged to think about how residency activities will be accessed for people with disabilities. Selected student groups will be required to attend a Dance Center offered workshop focusing on equity and inclusion best practices. 

Fall 2021 Application

Fall Application Deadline: Friday, September 10, 2021
Dance Center Residency Dates: Sun, October 31-Sun, November 7, 2021


For questions or to talk through a residency proposal, contact Elizabeth Epsen at