welcome to common origins!

who are we?

Common Origins is a non-audition, urban / hip-hop dance group based in Stanford, founded in 2010. We focus on creating a unique and challenging environment that brings both experienced and new dancers together through their shared passion for dance. Throughout the year, we aim to train both our dancers and choreographers by teaching and performing a wide range of fresh, exciting choreography. Despite mainly being a urban / hip-hop dance team, we hope to instill an appreciation of the art as a whole by recognizing that all types of dance can inspire and enrich CO's unique personality.

our philosophy

Every tree was once a seed. There are a lot of talented and amazing performers out there in the world. Watching them tear up and grace the stage, it's hard to imagine that we have anything similar between us. But, in the end, we are all the same. In the end, what link all of us together are our common origins. No matter how lofty, no matter how great, there was a point where all of us knew nothing -- a point where it all began. Common Origins is a group that was founded in the belief that everyone has the potential to be great -- they simply need the opportunity to take that first step.

Whether they're masters of the stage or just making their debuts, our members dance together as one group -- one family. This dynamic is what defines our time together -- challenging, yet warm and welcoming.

So, long after the applause has faded and the lights have dimmed, the show goes on. Because as long as our members remain performers at heart, our mission is accomplished. See, it's difficult to lose a connection so strong once you discover it's there: our common origins.

- Phil Delrosario (Common Origins co-founder)


Our annual show is this Saturday on December 1st!

Common Origins invites you to Breaking Ground 2018! Come blast off with us as we explore outer space, fight off aliens in unfamiliar skies, and find out where home really is. With dance teams of all styles, from Stanford and beyond, get your galactic groove on and help us close out fall quarter in one of the most popular dance shows of the year!

Featuring performances by:

Stanford Kayumanggi
Stanford Swingtime
XTRM Stanford K-pop
Main sQuad
Akasma Bellydance
Stanford Dv8
Stanford Chinese Dance
Stanford Urban Styles
Fullout Funk Squad
Legacy Dance
Stanford Bhangra
Common Origins Alumni
Mua Lac Hong - Vietnamese Dance
Alliance Streetdance
Stanford Tapthat

And special off-campus guests:

Yay Area
Eclipse K-Pop Dance

Check out our trailer!

Our show would not be possible without help from The Stanford Fund, ASSU Undergraduate Senate, and the Stanford Arts Grant.

Be sure to also check out our past full shows of Breaking Ground on YouTube by clicking below!

Breaking Ground 2016 - Return to Olympus

Youtube link!

Breaking Ground 2017 - Welcome to Hogwarts

Youtube link!