Posts Tagged dance

Tap Tap Revolution!

During fall semester, Tap Ensemble outdid their previous energetic performances with a sassy and classy piece to Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” at their end-of-semester show, “Tap Tap Revolution.” Tap Ensemble is Tufts’ only performance group devoted exclusively to tap dancing — both classical and rhythm. Each semester, the group stages a high-energy show open to the community featuring pieces choreographed, taught, and performed by students.

Choreography by Dana Burton, A12.

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TDC Fall 2011

As the largest student-run organization on campus, Tufts Dance Collective’s shows are always one of the most anticipated events of the semester. Operating under the principles of inclusion and faith in everyone’s ability to dance, TDC proudly claims to have about ten percent of the Tufts population dancing! This incredibly inclusive group has become a Tufts tradition and even counts faculty as some of their many fans and participants. Their shows have no specific style or theme and dances in it range from hyphy/classy to middle school awkwardness and dubstep. This fall, their “Center for Kids Who Can’t Dance Good” show blew people away with dances as awesome as the Daftron Dance:

Choreographed by Mikey Bernstein, E12, and Scott Istvan, A12.

For more on TDC, check them out on Twitter and YouTube.

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Dance Like a Pro, for Free!

A little known secret on the hill is that the some of the best dance groups host dance classes for the Tufts community. These “open dances” are choreographed and taught by student dancers in different dance groups and generally encompass the style of the group. Some dance groups like SOC even feature their open dance in their end of the semester show! If dancing with the stars wasn’t enough motivation to check out these classes, watch the final outcome of learning a dance from a Sarabande choreographer:

Sarabande Open Class (11/13) – “Velvet Elvis” from Cindy on Vimeo.

Video by Cindy Ko, A12, choreography by Toka Beech, A12.

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Dununba: A Sneak Peak at World Dance Night

If at any time during the Tufts experience a Jumbo feels the need to dance and (somehow) finds that Sarabande, SOC, TDC, TBT, etc are not enough, that’s not a problem. Then there’s a place for them to go: The Tufts Drama and Dance Department! With dance offerings ranging from modern to Kathak dance, the opportunities are endless. Those who choose the more exotic dance classes have a chance to show off their new dancing skills at their end of the year showcase, World Dance Night. Featuring African, Kathak, Hip Hop Fusion and Salsa Dance, you won’t want to miss this! Here’s a sneak peak of the show from a rehearsal of the dance “Dununba:”

The show is on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 7:30 PM at Jackson Dance Lab. It’s free and open to the public! Contact dance@tufts.edu for more info.

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A Performance to ENVY

The Tufts all-female step team ENVY took to the stage again this past weekend. Performing in this year’s Voices Supershow, the girls of ENVY put on an innovative and humorous routine with impressive synchronicity.

Enjoy ENVY’s performance below:

Be sure to like ENVY on Facebook too!

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Tufts Tamasha Performs at Harvard

Tufts Tamasha, the all-female Bollywood fusion dance team on campus, turned heads at Raunak 2011 this past Saturday. Held at Harvard University, this annual intercollegiate South Asian dance collective asked the team to showcase their new moves yet again, along with teams from other universities like Yale, BU, and NYU. Check out Tamasha’s performance here: 

You can also like Tamasha on Facebook.

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Vote for BlackOut!

Back in April, Tuft’s only all-male step team BlackOut competed in Kollaboration’s talent competition and won the Boston title. Now, they need the help of the Tufts community to beat out the other finalists from other cities in order to compete in Los Angeles against the Kollaboration competitors.
Kollaboration is an arts and entertainment nonprofit organization with a mission to “Empower through Entertainment,” dedicated to promoting positive and accurate perceptions of Asian and Pacific Islanders by providing a platform for young artists to showcase their talents.

Just in case you needed more reasons to vote, check out their winning performance from the Kollaboration show:

The last day to vote is October 24th. As of right now, BlackOut is in the lead, but they need all the support they can get. Vote now, and good luck BlackOut!

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Learn to Salsa with La Salsa!

Ever wanted to learn how to dance the spicy Latin salsa? Now you can learn from the best: Tufts’s own La Salsa has begun an instructional video mini-series for all Jumbos to learn the secrets behind their moves. In their first installment, La Salsa co-leaders Suzanne Lis, A13, and Sam Newland, A13, show us the basic step, side step, right turn, Susie Q, and a turn for guys:

You can also learn these moves and more from the members of La Salsa every Tuesday from 9PM to 10PM in Jackson Gym. Already a master salsa dancer? Then be sure to audition for the performance team on Tuesday, October 4th at Jackson Gym from 10PM to 11PM. Buena suerte!

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Chair Dancing at Multicultural Performing Arts Show

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Ph.D. student and accomplished dancer Lara Park didn’t let a knee injury stop her from performing in the annual Multicultural Performing Arts Show, held Feb. 11. Check out her awesome “chair dance” to Florence and the Machine’s “Between Two Lungs.”

Park performed just ten days after undergoing knee surgery. “No matter what kind of movement challenges you have, if you have something to share, go for it,” says Park, who is hoping to apply the experience toward choreographing dance programs for individuals with movement challenges. “It’s amazing how you can still move an audience.”

100 percent of proceeds from the performance went to the Colleen Romain Scholarship Fund, benefiting local high schoolers.

Park previously participated in a “Dance Your Ph.D.” competition organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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