Originating in Punjab, Bhangra is a form of music and dance that has become extremely popular with college students across the nation. Modern artists and DJs frequently combine popular hip hop songs with Bhangra music to create a mix that best exemplifies the multicultural identity of many South Asian American students. The BhangraDores aspire to bring Vanderbilt's name to the forefront of intercollegiate Bhangra competitions by promoting awareness of this unique art form on Vanderbilt's campus and in the Nashville community.
To learn more about the BhangraDores, visit their Facebook page.
K-pop is a modern style of music and dance originating from South Korea. It encompasses an eclectic mix of hip hop, pop, rap, jazz, and an ever-growing range of styles and trends. This constantly evolving phenomenon has attracted a global audience, contributing to the spread of South Korean culture referred to as the Hallyu wave. The student organization K-Pop focuses on re-creating and teaching dances of various "idol" groups, fostering a close-knit community through song and dance, and ultimately increasing Vanderbilt's exposure to South Korean pop culture.
Momentum Dance Company
Momentum Dance Company (Momentum) is Vanderbilt’s first student-run dance performance group and includes members coming from a variety of artistic backgrounds, ranging from classical ballet studios to competition troupes. Momentum produces two full-length shows each year containing contemporary, lyrical, ballet, pointe, jazz, and hip hop pieces choreographed, directed, and performed by undergraduate company members. The company also engages in a variety of community outreach projects and performs at various campus and philanthropic events. Momentum works to make dance more accessible to the general public in an effort to provide a challenging and exciting experience for its dancers as well as a fulfilling and high quality performance for its audiences. The company fosters a sense of genuine emotionality, innovative storytelling, and raw passion for movement, striving to further enrich Vanderbilt and Nashville with meaningful art.
Nach Vandy is the premier Bollywood Fusion dance team at Vanderbilt University that embraces cultural diversity through performance. It strives to create a dynamic representation of multiculturalism using Bollywood’s larger than life theatrics to illustrate the beauty and importance of diversity to the Vanderbilt University campus. Nach Vandy provides students with an opportunity to celebrate and learn about South Asian culture and heritage in addition to dance styles like Caribbean Dancehall, Belly Dancing, Latin Ballroom, and hip hop. In addition to performing in a multitude of shows on campus, Nach Vandy aims to compete in National Intercollegiate Bollywood Fusion competitions.
Nilaja Amari Dance Troupe
Nilaja Amari Dance Troupe (Nilaja Amari) is Vanderbilt’s premier African dance group. It is made up of a diverse group of students who are passionate about African culture and dance. Before the founding of Nilaja Amari, there were few opportunities for students to engage with African dance and culture. Through dance, Nilaja Amari strives to expose more of the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities to African culture and celebrate the diversity in the many styles from several different countries. By showcasing our efforts, we hope that the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities will also grow to appreciate African dance.
To learn more about Nilaja Amari, visit their Facebook page.
The purpose of Tap That! (Tap That) is to provide a space for the Vanderbilt community to learn about and enjoy tap dancing; to create opportunities for tap dancers to choreograph and perform; to network with other performance groups and Nashville area performers; to provide dance workshops for those interested in learning the art form; to explore the cultural significance of tap dancing through performances, discussions, and footage screenings; and to put on programming that both entertains and educates the Vanderbilt community through tap dancing.
Vanderbilt Juggling and Physical Arts Club
Vanderbilt Juggling and Physical Arts Club (JPAC) is an outreach organization that engages in service through physical arts and entertainment such as juggling, dancing, hooping, and physical comedy. JPAC is a recreational group of students with a variety of skills and levels of expertise. We not only juggle balls, clubs, and rings, but also spin plates and poi, as well as play with cigar boxes, staves, and hoops. We welcome beginners and will gladly teach newcomers. In fact, most members learn to juggle in just a few weeks. Each spring, JPAC puts on a sell-out performance called Juggleville to benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. We juggle from 3-6pm on Sundays on Alumni Lawn during happy weather and in the Auxiliary Gym in Memorial Gymnasium during sad weather. Stop by, we're sure you have a ball!
Vanderbilt Philippine Dance Theatre
Vanderbilt Philippine Dance Theatre (VPDT) is an organization dedicated to the traditional Filipino performances, Sayaw sa Bangko and Tinikling. Sayaw sa Bangko, the bench dance, brings drama to new heights as dancers twirl, jump, and lift each other in increasingly dangerous feats on benches stacked higher and higher. Tinikling, the dance of fast footwork, comes with its own percussion as dancers' feet weave between two bamboo sticks that beat out the quick pace of the music.
Vanderbilt Tango Club
Vanderbilt Tango Club (Tango Club) offers free classes and practicas to all Vanderbilt students, staff, and faculty! If you are not a part of Vanderbilt, no worries, the cost for our weekly lessons and practicas is only $5. The lessons vary week to week but always involve an important element of Argentine Tango.
VIBE is Vanderbilt's premier hip hop organization. VIBE’s commitment to diversity, group leadership style, and desire to spread the love of hip hop dance and culture all over Vanderbilt and Nashville make VIBE a valuable and unique part of campus life.
VIDA is Vanderbilt’s first and only Latin dance performance group. VIDA is unique in that it is both a cultural and performing arts organization that ultimately seeks to expose the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities to Latin American culture via dance.
Vitality Dance Company
Vitality Dance Company (Vitality) finds its purpose in providing the Vanderbilt undergraduate community with an opportunity to choreograph, perform, and take dance classes in a variety of dance styles.
VUPointe Ballet Theatre
VUPointe Ballet Theatre (VUPointe) is Vanderbilt's first and only ballet-oriented performing group. VUPointe aims to diversify the Vanderbilt community by providing access to high-level classical and neoclassical ballet. Members have the opportunity to maintain and perfect ballet technique, choreograph new pieces, and perform. The company puts on an annual Nutcracker and seasonal shows consisting of student choreography as well as excerpts from some of the most well-known classical ballets. VUPointe strives to expose campus to the fantastic art form of ballet.