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Thursday, February 3, 2022 5pm to 5:45pm

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Join a no-pressure, joy-filled, community cypher at Harvard Dance Center to get you moving in 2022! All abilities and types of movers are welcome– no prior dance training needed. 

Whether it's your first time at Harvard Dance Center or you're a regular in our studios, you will be welcomed in community into the cypher circle. Meet or reconnect with other dance and arts students, Dance staff and faculty, and collaborating partners from across campus.

Find your groove. Move and be moved.

For all types of movers at all levels of experience. 

CYPHER HOST: Aysha Upchurch 
MUSIC: Collaborative playlist - add a track you want to dance to!
DATE: Thursday, February 3, 5pm
LOCATION: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1, 66 Garden St., Cambridge, MA


Due to current conditions with Covid, only active Harvard affiliates enrolled in Harvard's testing cadence will be admitted. All participants must provide their Harvard ID at the door. See below for additional COVID safety protocols.

What is a cypher?

A cypher is freestyle dance jam where an open circle is created and people take turns dancing in the center. The cypher (or cipher) has deep, long-standing cultural roots in hip hop culture, African tradition and even religious beliefs. 

Cyphers at Harvard Dance Center are informal freestyle dance jams in an open circle that are inclusive, joyful, supportive, and community-building. All abilities and types of movers are welcome– no prior dance training needed.

Dance Center Covid Safety Protocols

  • Only active Harvard affiliates enrolled in Harvard's testing cadence will be admitted. All participants must provide their Harvard ID at the door.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid, please stay home.
  • Face coverings are required to enter the building and must stay on throughout the workshop. Extra masks are available if needed.
  • The Dance Center is equipped with multiple HEPA filters for air filtration.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance of the studio.
  • Capacity in Studio 1 has been reduced to allow for more space between participants.
  • Please pay attention to specific traffic flow patterns indicated by signs.
  • Only water is allowed to be consumed in the studio. Please make best efforts to minimally remove mask while drinking. Please bring your own filled water bottle.



The Dance Center’s main floor, which houses Studio 1 and two all-gender restrooms, is wheelchair accessible. If you anticipate needing any other type of access to participate, please email dance@fas.harvard.edu. We welcome the conversation!

Image Description:

Cypher host Aysha Upchurch faces the back of the Dance Center's Studio 1 with arms raised towards cypher participants in the background. She wears a white and blue denim vest with "ARTIST ARTIST ARTIST" embroidered on the back, black leggings, and a navy blue bandana framing her tied up dreadlocks.

Photo credit: Ilya Vidrin

The Harvard Dance Center is funded through the Office for the Arts, with additional support from Theater, Dance & Media. 

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