welcome to common origins!

who are we?

Common Origins is a non-audition 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. With a variety of influences, 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)


We're hosting all workshops online to help people remain connected, active, and socially distanced!

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Whether you saw our performances and want to join, are looking for a welcoming COmmunity for you, have danced before and want to get back into it, or have never really danced before and want to try something new, come through to our workshops! Open to all students, we hope you'll join us!

recent performances

Check out our performance at EnCounter Culture (ECC) 2020!

Common Origins - EnCounter Culture 2020

Youtube link!


Our annual show Fall Quarter was completely packed! Thanks so much to all who came out to cheer us on!

Check out the performance photos in our Facebook albums here:

Breaking Ground 2019 Photos

Weren't able to make it?

Click below to head over to our YouTube playlist of the full show, and don't forget to check out our other content, from past performances, to workshops, and even to individual member choreo showcases!

Breaking Ground 2019 - Dare to Dream (full show)

Youtube link!

Looking for our sets in the show? Acts I and II right here!

Breaking Ground 2019 - Dare to Dream (Act I)

Youtube link!

Breaking Ground 2019 - Dare to Dream (Act II)

Youtube link!

Breaking Ground 2019 was a roaring success! Thanks to the following teams across Stanford for helping us make this show one of the most popular at Stanford, fitting to our theme of Daring to Dream when chasing dance excellence in so many styles

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

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! (the past two years are shown, but more years of BG are on our YouTube channel!)

Breaking Ground 2018 - Galactic Grooves

Youtube link!

Breaking Ground 2017 - Welcome to Hogwarts

Youtube link!