Dance at Wellesley

You'll find a broad range of opportunities to learn and perform dance at Wellesley. Although there is no dance major, you will find PE offers classes in ballet, jazz, modern, African dance, Caribbean dance, classical Indian dance, Latin dance, and salsa. And there are numerous performance groups.

Dance Facilities

Dance Activities (a sampling)

Learm more about dance, which is represented in many forms, by Wellesley's student organizations.

  • ascenDance: A student-run contemporary ballet company; students act as choreographers, teachers, and dancers. It's open to all levels; there are no auditions.

  • Dance Collective: A modern based dance organization that focuses on student choreography, lessons with guest choreographers, performances, and experiences modern dance at other venues. "We do not hold auditions, we are simply involved because we love to dance and want to learn more about modern dancing." The Dance Collective also attends performances and classes at other locations to broaden our views of modern dance.

  • Freestyle: Wellesley's premiere hip hop dance troupe—an open and inclusive dance troupe founded in 1997 to enhance the performing arts and promote hip-hop and funk-oriented dance at Wellesley College.

  • MIT Ballroom Dance Team: Wellesley students can join.

  • Shruti Laya: The annual South Asian Culture Show, put on by Wellesley Association for South Asian Cultures (WASAC).

  • Wellesley College Ballroom Dance Team: Competitive ballroom dance training to the Wellesley College community and to provide opportunities for students to compete in collegiate ballroom competitions.

  • Wellesley College Dancers: A student-organized dance company that represents a variety of training in the art of dance. Focusing in classical ballet, lyrical, modern, and jazz. All dances and performances are student-choreographed and rehearsed on a weekly basis.

  • Yanvalou Drumming and Dance Ensemble: A faculty-directed ensemble that performs the traditional musics of Africa and the Caribbean. It provides students with an opportunity to perform on authentic instruments and to experience a variety of cultures through their musics. In collaboration with the Harambee dancers, Yanvalou presents several concerts during the academic year.