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Student Groups

From salsa dancing and spoken word poetry to gospel music and all manner of a cappella, Swarthmore students regularly come together to put on shows and make a joyful noise. 

Belly Dancing          

This group has one-hour classes once a week with a professional teacher and focuses on the basics of belly dancing as well as more advanced moves such as how to use various props - all while keeping with the long-standing traditions of belly dancing.

Boy Meets Tractor

Boy Meets Tractor is Swarthmore's one and only sketch comedy troupe.


Chaverim is a Tri-Co a cappella group specializing in non-American music.

Drama Board

Each semester, the student-run Drama Board puts on a mainstage production in LPAC's Pearson-Hall Theater, in addition to smaller-scale shows elsewhere on campus.

Folk Dance Club     

Swarthmore Folk Dance runs weekly English and Scottish folk dancing lessons for PE credit, hosts contra dances and a yearly ball, sponsors trips to area folk dance events, and runs a longsword dancing group which performs 3 times per year.

Gospel Choir

Swarthmore Gospel Choir is a singing group open to all people of different backgrounds and beliefs. No auditions are required to join.​

Mixed Company      

Mixed Company (better known on campus as MoCo) is Swarthmore's oldest co-ed a cappella group, founded in 1991. Mixed Company performs several times each semester at Swarthmore in a variety of styles, ranging from pop and rock to ballads and R&B.


OASiS, which stands for Our Art Spoken in Soul, is Swarthmore's spoken word poetry collective.


OffBeat is Swarthmore's newest co-ed a cappella group! Now entering their third year, they perform everything from chart-topping pop songs to classic hits.

Really Bad Sketch Comedy           

Really Bad Sketch Comedy makes YouTube videos aimed at a somewhat edgier comedic viewpoint.

Rhythm N' Motion Company         

RnM was born from the response of several individuals who wanted to express themselves and create a community through the dance styles of the African Diaspora. The group has now evolved into a Tri-College performance based group. The styles of the African Diaspora now serve the group as an influential place mark in our history that we adhere to through the combination of current member’s diverse strengths with the styles of our founding.


The Salsa Club offers weekly salsa dancing lessons.

Sixteen Feet

Sixteen feet is a student-led, all-male a cappella group. They can often be seen performing gigs both on and off campus in their signature plaid shirts, denim jeans, and bare feet.

Swarthmore Capoeira                    

Swarthmore Capoeira is a cultural, dance, and martial-arts organization that seeks to build a community of practitioners of the Brazilian martial art on campus.

Swarthmore Life Drawing 

Swarthmore Life Drawing provides opportunities for Swarthmore students to draw from a live model and improve their figure and life drawing skills. This is for both experienced art students and people who are interested in beginning to learn to draw the figure.

Swarthmore Mariachi (Los Parangaricutirimicuaros)   

Los Parangaricutirimicuaros is an organization that believes in the benefits of exposing students to traditional Mexican mariachi music. Los Parangaricutirimicuaros is devoted to learning and improving the musical skills of its members. The band also seeks to increase accessibility to Latin music for all Swarthmore students and creates an atmosphere of comfortable communication regarding Mariachi music for those who wish to learn.

Swat Circus  

Whether you're a seasoned circus freak or you've never let your feet leave the ground, Swat Circus welcomes all who are interested in aerials, trapeze, juggling, tightwire, and more! We take weekly Saturday trips to the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts for a 90 minute class, and host other circus workshops on campus!


Swatango offers weekly Argentine tango lessons.


Terpsichore is an open student dance group. Anyone can choreograph or perform for Terpsichore's shows. In addition, Terpsichore promotes dance education on campus by organizing and sponsoring student-led classes, master classes with guest artists, and trips into Philadelphia to see professional dance performances.

The Yellow  Stockings Players      

The Yellow Stockings Players is Swarthmore's Shakespeare Troupe. They present a night of scenes in the fall and a show in the spring (recent productions include Twelfth Night and Titus Andronicus), and are given to all sorts of light-hearted revelries. No prior experience with Shakespeare is needed.


Swarthmore's oldest and only improv comedy group! We do regular shows and host play-dates for the whole campus.