Posts Tagged dance

Tufts Bhangra at Pao Bhangra XII

Tufts Bhangra recently went to Pao Bhangra XII, Cornell University’s 12th annual Bhangra Exhibition. Pao Bhangra features renowned teams to share their love and passion for Bhangra.

At Pao Bhangra this year were Tufts Bhangra, Anakh E Gabroo, First Class Bhangra and Yale Jashan Bhangra. Pao Bhangra is the largest student-run show at Cornell as well as the largest Bhangra exhibition in all of North America – last year’s show had an audience of more than 2,600 people. The theme of this year’s event was The Bhangra Olympics.

The Tufts University Bhangra Team was founded in 2001. The group is comprised of energetic and talented student dancers who are dedicated to bringing the best of Bhangra to audiences at Tufts and elsewhere.

Watch the video below to see Tufts Bhangra’s great performance at the 2013 Pao Bhangra:

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Med Students Dance for a Cause

Students at the Tufts Medical School recently showcased their talent for a cause at their annual Multicultural Performing Arts Show (MPAG). Proceeds of the show went toward the Colleen Romain Scholarship Fund, a scholarship that subsidizes college application fees for underprivileged high school seniors from the Boston Public School System.

The Medical School’s class of 2015 contributed to the effort with a bhangra/bollywood dance that highlights Tufts’s multi-talented students as well as the support and pride they find in this community. Check out their performance:

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Tufts Does the Harlem Shake

The first Harlem Shake video went viral in early February and since then countless groups – from students to companies to puppies – have remade their own versions of this internet meme. All over Tufts campuses various Tufts students have been contributing to this latest craze.

Check out these two Tufts Harlem Shake videos:

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Sarabande’s Black Swan Step Team

Sarabande–a Tufts dance troupe specializing in ballet, jazz, and modern styles–performed its fall show, “A Night at the Barre,” on November 15 and 17. The show featured ten dances performed and choreographed by members of the group, as well as guest performances by a variety of other dance groups, including Tufts Dance Collective, Spirit of Color, and Tufts Tap Ensemble, among several others.

But when Tufts’ Blackout Step Team couldn’t perform at the show,  Sarabande showed the Tufts community that they’re more than a dance troupe focused on ballet, modern, and jazz. Yessenia Rivas, A14, along with two fellow Sarabande members, took the stage as “Black Swan Step Team” and added a special twist to the dance genre Blackout is so well known for. Check out this video:

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Tufts Tap Ensemble: “Trashin’ the Camp”

Earlier this month the Tufts Tap Ensemble was a featured guest at Harvard’s Pan African Dance and Music Ensemble (PADAME) show. The dance troupe performs on campus several times each semester, and offers student-run workshops for anyone who wishes to learn more about tap dancing.

Check out this video of the group’s performance from PADAME – it’s a fun dance number performed to  ”Trashin’ the Camp,” from the soundtrack to the animated film Tarzan.

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Halloween Flash Mob

Take a group of spirited Tufts students, put them in a convenient venue, and throw in some of Michael Jackson’s famous dance moves, and you’ve got yourself a wildly successful Halloween flash mob! Some students gathered outside of the campus center on Halloween to perform their take on “Thriller,” to the delight of several curious bystanders.

For some seriously spooky fun, check out the video below:

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So You Think You Want to Dance?

With the fall semester almost upon us, Jumbos on and off the hill are preparing to jump back into demanding classes, lively social lives, and of course, their extra curricular activities. For those looking for a change or for members of the class of 2016 with the urge to dance, check out Tufts dance groups’ open classes. Open classes teach you the specific dance group’s signature moves without the stress of an audition or the commitment of joining one of these teams. To get a sneak peak into an SOC open class, check out this video of Ellie Caple’s, A13, choreography to Eyes by Kaskade Featuring Mindy Gledhill:

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Meet JumboRaas

What is JumboRaas? Oh, you know them, they’re the Tufts Garba Team! Formerly known as Raas and Beans, they became JumboRaas this past spring. The name adds the element of Raas, a type of Indian dance with sticks, to the traditional Tufts University Garba Team name. Along with a new name, the team is looking to recruit new dancers for the 2012-2013 year:


For more on JumboRaas check out some of their previous performances and connect with them on  Facebook.

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Introducing Tufts Tamasha 2012-2013

In preparation for the upcoming year, Tufts Tamasha recently posted a video of their members and past performances. Their aim is to introduce their 2012-2013 team while giving incoming students a taste of their group. Tufts Tamasha is an all-girls Bollywood/South Asian Fusion performing dance team, started in 2008 that blends elements of Western and Eastern dance, from bollywood and hip hop to bhangra and lyrical. The group holds auditions every fall and tentatively in the spring, so if their fusion style is right up your alley, give them a shot! No previous dance experience required.

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Another Angle

Tufts’ dance troupe Sarabande recently posted videos from their Nov. 15 fall show, “Another Angle,” to YouTube.

Check out this routine, set to “Sweet Disposition” by Temper Trap:

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