How many performances does diSiac put on per year and where are they performed?

We put on two main performances in the year, one towards the end of the fall semester, in late November / early December, and one towards the end of the spring semester, in April.  Our performance venues range from the Berlind Theater and Richardson Auditorium to Frist Campus Center's Film & Performance Theater.

For the past few years, we have also put on a show during Princeton Reunions. While we do not compete, we have a lot of cool opportunities to perform for a variety of social and charity events. These small performances vary from year to year, such as Communiversity and basketball games. This year, we were honored to perform for the 25th Reunion in the P-Rade.

Besides the performances, does diSiac host any other events on campus?

YES! In the past few years, we've held a semi-formal, which we invited the other larger student dance companies to. We also have so many random optional social events all over the place, it's hard to keep track. This past year, we took a trip to IHOP on a party bus, exchanged gifts at our secret Leprechaun party for St. Patrick's day, had a holiday party, hosted movie nights and organized study halls. 

Each semester we also host dance workshops which are free and open to the entire campus. Our workshop series also include guest workshops from well-established choreographers. In the past, we've had workshops from Billy Bell, Luam Keflezgy, Scott Forsyth, and Channing Cooke. They're a guaranteed fun way for students to release some stress during finals week and to learn from fellow students and amazing artists!

What makes diSiac unique?

While we're not the only group on campus that specializes in hip-hop and contemporary styles, diSiac is unique in that our choreography serves not merely to entertain an audience, but also to explore controversial topics (such as abuse), to challenge what we have done in the past, and to not be complacent. Additionally, Our choreography is never constricted within our main styles. We also pride ourselves in our workshop series (with 2+ master classes from renowned choreographers), our annual Reunions show, and taking on new performances and participants in new events every year. 

What is the audition process like?

We try to make our auditions process as fun, fair, and low-stress as possible. We mean it when we say that no previous dance experience is required!

Auditions start with a big group warm up, after which diSiac members perform both a lyrical and a hip hop combination around 1-minute long, and auditionees select which combination they would like to learn. After learning and practicing their chosen routine, dancers perform in small groups (4-5 dancers). At the end, we have a big freestyle circle.

In the fall, we hold callbacks, at which dancers who have been called back must learn and perform the routine they did not choose at the original auditions (lyrical or hip hop). Like before, they perform this routine in small groups. After this is done, dancers briefly review the routine they selected originally, and perform this one last time in their groups. Callbacks, like the first auditions, end with a freestyle circle. In the spring, we do not hold separate callbacks, and both routines are learned by everyone.

Whether you want to continue your dancing or want to see what dance is all about, come dance with us at auditions and have a great time!

Are there opportunities to practice styles other than hip-hop and contemporary within diSiac?

Absolutely!! Though diSiac does specialize in hip-hop and contemporary, members are free to propose and choreograph any style of their choice. In the past, we’ve practiced and performed styles including Jazz, Bollywood, Architecture, Modern, Breaking, and African. And many members who come from specialized backgrounds use their time in diSiac to dive into other styles and become more well-rounded, versatile dancers. For more specific stories about the opportunities to explore other styles in diSiac, definitely feel free to reach out to any of the officers or members. We’d love to share our experiences with you!

How much of a time commitment is diSiac?

diSiac can take up as much of your free time as you desire. We have some dancers whose main priority is diSiac, and who dance in 4-5 pieces every semester.  We have others who are heavily involved in other activities (varsity sports, a cappella groups, etc.), and who choose to dance significantly less (1-2 pieces per semester). Members request how many pieces they would like to be in for each show, if any, and each piece entails approximately 10 hours of rehearsal prior to the week of the show.

One unique thing about diSiac is that once you're in, you're in for good. Dancers who, for whatever reason, choose to take multiple semesters off dancing, are still considered company members, still have a say in all company decisions, and are still encouraged to come to all diSiac social events!

In sum, diSiac is whatever you want it to be for you. Literally!

Do diSiac members participate in other activities on campus?

YES! Anything! Track, Triangle Club, A Cappella groups, USG, Peer Health Advisors ... you name it. There are no limits. Because diSiac is such a flexible time commitment, people can really venture into whatever sorts of groups or activities as they please!

What is diSiac's relationship with the dance department?

None of the student-run dance companies are directly connected to the dance department. However, many diSiac members choose to be involved in the dance department, whether they are pursuing the dance certificate, exploring movement in a single course, or keeping up their technique in the weekly co-curricular ballet and modern classes. There is definitely room to accomodate as much dance as you want to on campus, whether that be through a student-run dance company, the dance department, or both. If you have any questions regarding dance department involvement that you would like to direct toward diSiac members, feel free to contact Jessica Berry '15 ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Colby Hyland '16 ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), or Alex Quetell '17 ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).