Pan- African Dance Troupe



A Columbia University affiliated African Diasporic Dance Company 










Who We Are...  


ORISHA is a pan-African dance troupe at Columbia University, which blends dances and music of pan-African influence. By performing dances and music from West Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, ORISHA demonstrates that people from Africa and the African diaspora are “dancing to the same beat”.



                                                    What We Do... 


In its first semester (Spring 2008), ORISHA blended West African dances, Salsa, Capoeira, wining, and African and Bhangra beats to create a fusion of movement through dance that outlines the diversity of our members and anticipates the growing unity of global influence in our world.



Orisha       Events Calendar: 

September 2009:

09/06/09 11am-African, Black, European, Multicultural, Native American Meet and Greet- Room C555 Columbia University

09/06/09 1pm-Performing Arts Meet and Greet-Roone Arledge Auditorium Columbia University

09/06/09 7:30pm- NSOP  Showcase-Roone Arledge Auditorium Columbia University

May 2009:

05/04/09- Agoh? Ameh! A Pan-African Dance Show- Orisha's first full evening dance program in two acts- "The Strength of One" and "The Strength of Many"-Roone Arledge Auditorium Columbia University

April 2009:

04/19/09- POD Pre-Frosh Weekend Showcase- Roone Arledge Auditorium Columbia University

04/15/09- CU  Dance Off- Roone Arledge Auditorium Columbia University

March 2009:

03/27/09 8pm- "RAWcus"- Lerner Party Space- Columbia University

February 2009:

02/28/09 10pm- CU Black History Month Fashion Show/ Showcase- Roone Arledge Auditorium Columbia University

December 2008:

12/07/08 6pm-BSO Kwanzaa Celebration- Lerner Party Space

November 2008:

11/14/08 7pm- Saboreality- Roone Arledge Auditorium Columbia University

October 2008:

10/30/08 8pm- Beyond Borders Event- Roone Arledge Auditiorium Columbia University

10/26/08 6-8pm- Free African Dance Workshoop- Barnard Dance Annex

10/24/08 7:30pm- CSC Night Market- Columbia University

September 2008: 

Auditions are over for September.

 August 2008:

8/2/08 7pm- The Speakeasey Room- 442 Amsterdam Ave