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Performing Arts

Whether you're a performer or a fan, there are plenty of chances to enjoy music, theater, comedy, and dance on campus year-round.

A dance showcase where students appear as silhouettes against an orange backdrop


Orange Shorts: An animation studio dedicated to helping students to collaborate and create animated film shorts outside the classroom


Zamboni Revolution: Syracuse's oldest improv comedy group performs several times a semester


Creations Dance Company: Founded as an African dance company 40 years ago, Creations has expanded its repertoire to include jazz, ballet, salsa/merengue, tap, modern, and hip-hop

Dance Works: An audition-based dance organization that performs hip-hop, lyrical, jazz, ballet, tap, and contemporary styles of dance

Kalabash Dance Troupe: A Caribbean and hip-hop group that promotes awareness of Caribbean culture through expressive dance

ONEWORLD Dance: Dedicated to entertaining, educating, and inspiring the Syracuse and surrounding communities through African dance and music

Otto's Empire Belly Dance Troupe: Celebrates multiple cultures associated with the art of belly dancing including Egyptian, Turkish, Greek, Lebanese, and more

Outlaws Dance Troupe: Aims to bring a passionate and original hip-hop dance experience to all with a diverse collection of members of varying styles and backgrounds

Raices: A Latin dance group committed to sharing the richness and diversity of Latino culture through music and dance


Black Celestial Choir: BCC seeks to encourage, uplift, and minister to the student body and surrounding communities

Black Legacy: A musical group that celebrates the classic sounds of Motown

Cheon Ji In: A traditional Korean drumming group

Groovestand: An award-winning a capella singing group that performs at various venues on and off campus throughout the year

Holiday Ensemble at Syracuse University: A group that performs and raises money for various charitable organizations in the community

Main Squeeze: A ladies' a cappella group known for its diverse musical styles and fun dance moves

The Mandarins: Syracuse's premier all-female a cappella group

Orange Appeal: A men's a cappella group dedicated to sharing a passion for music, regardless of major or minor

Otto Tunes: A mens' a cappella group founded in 2011

Oy Cappella: A primarily Jewish, co-ed a cappella group performing contemporary music

Sour Sitrus Society: Syracuse University's pep band

Setnor School of Music Performing Ensembles : Instrumental and choral ensembles open to all Syracuse students

Entertainment Programming

University Union : The official programming board, which schedules major concerts, weekly cinema screenings, comedians, and speakers


First-Year Players: The premier student-run musical theatre organization that revolves around giving non-drama major first-year and transfer students the opportunity to perform in an annual spring musical

Black Box Players: Produces many different kinds of theatrical events, include fully produced plays, cabarets, festivals, workshops, play readings, and improv shows

Merely Players: Seeks to create innovative and relevant performances of Shakespeare's works through the use of color-blind and gender-blind casting

What Theatre: A student theatre troupe that produces and performs original and professional musicals and plays

Syracuse Stage : The professional theatre of Syracuse, which presents several plays, classics, and musicals all year round