The only dance troupe of its kind at the University of Pennsylvania


Pan-Asian Dance Troupe seeks to celebrate and educate the community on Pan-Asian culture through traditional, modern, and fusion dances, and to establish an organization in which people of all nationalities can learn to express themselves through the art of dance.


The Pan-Asian Dance Troupe performs on campus and in the greater Philadelphia community throughout the year at cultural celebrations and in guest performances for other performing arts groups and campus organizations. Our troupe was formed at the end of the 2000-2001 school year with the merging of a Chinese and a Filipino dance troupe. Since then, our repertoire has grown to encompass styles representing a multitude of ethnicities and Asian minority groups, including Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Mongolian, and Thai. We showcase original pieces choreographed by our dancers that incorporate elements of Asian traditional, Asian folk, and modern styles such as contemporary and hip-hop.


Through dance, we continue to seek greater diversity and promote the appreciation of all Pan-Asian cultures.


No previous dance experience is necessary.

We hope to see you there!

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What do your auditions consist of?

Both our open and callback auditions begin with basic warm-ups and stretching, followed by a demonstration of the audition choreography.  For the remainder of the time, the dancers learn the combination and perform in small groups at the end of the session. In our open auditions, we typically teach a hip-hop combination.  In our callback auditions, we teach Asian traditional or fusion choreography, which includes open-hand styles and/or props.

2. What do you look for in dancers?

In addition to good dance technique, we also note prospective dancers' work ethic and attitudes throughout our auditions.  Show us your passion for dance and have fun with the choreography! Don't be afraid to ask questions and talk with our current members!

3. What if I don't have previous dance experience?

Don't let lack of dance experience discourage you from auditioning. Many of our current members had no previous dance experience when they joined the Troupe.  What's more important than experience is the potential to grow as a dancer.

4. I plan to audition for another group in addition to Pan-Asian, but the audition times overlap. What should I do?

We offer two open auditions, please attend the time that best accommodates your schedule.  If neither of these time slots fit into your schedule, please contact us for information regarding make-up auditions.

5. What should I wear to your auditions?

Please wear comfortable clothes and athletic/dance shoes that you can move easily in.


Still have questions? Please feel free to contact us!