Dance Courses

Looking for Academic Courses in Dance? Click here.

Dance Courses for Academic Credit (cross-listed in Theater, Dance & Media and Music).

Non-Credit Class Registration

Harvard Dance Center non-credit classes are open to the entire Harvard community, including faculty, staff, alumni, and MIT affiliates. Types of classes offered include Ballet, Bharatanatyam, Cardio-Sculpting, Conditioning, Contemporary, Contemporary Latin/Ballroom, Hip Hop, and West African dance!

Register online for Spring 2017 semester non-credit classes! Classes begin on Saturday, February 4, 2017, and run for 10 weeks. 

Create a class package that works with your schedule! You may:

  • register for a class that meets once a week, (example: West African Dance) 
  • register for a class that meets twice a week, (example: Ballet III on Mondays and Fridays)
  • register for a twice-a-week class package but with any two classes! (example: Contemporary I on Tuesdays and Conditioning Strength & Stretch on Saturdays)

Classes start on September 12th and are open to all Harvard Undergraduate and Graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae, including MIT! 

Not ready to commit? You may choose the Drop-In option any time! 

Class Fees:

# of Classes Per Week123456Drop-in (per class)
Student Price$70$90$160$180$250$270$10
Harvard Community* Price$100$150$250$300$400$450$15

*Harvard Community includes faculty, staff, and alumni/ae, including MIT! 

Methods of Payment: Credit Card, Check, University Term Bill, TAP. Money should never be a barrier; please let us know if you need assistance. 

Scroll down to see the list of Spring 2017 classes offered, descriptions, and meeting times. 

Harvard University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact 617-495-8683 in advance of your participation or visit. The Harvard Dance Center is accessible for individuals using wheelchairs. 

Drop-In Dance Classes:

Can't make it to a series of classes each month, but don't want to miss out on taking dance classes this fall? We've got a solution for you: Drop-in classes! 

This pay-as-you-go option is available for all non-credit classes at the Harvard Dance Center. 

Spring 2017 Class Listing

Ballet I - (Class is Full)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 9-April 20
Days/Times: Th 6:30-8:00 PM
Level: I
Instructor: Catherine Ulissey
Ballet for every body. A course which focuses on the curvilinear designs of ballet technique and its inextricable connection to musicality and motion. Starting from ballet barre and building to center work at a pace for those taking ballet for the first time or dancers who want to revisit the basics. Students taking this class must sign up for the full 10 weeks. No Drop-Ins. 
Location: Director's Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)

Attire: Comfortable ballet clothing and ballet slippers. Ms. Ulissey will be guiding students in a proper fitting for ballet slippers on the first day of class, thus students are asked to wait to purchase ballet slippers until after the first day. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. Long hair should be tied back. 
Note: No class on Thursday, March 16, for Harvard Spring Break. 

Ballet I/II - (Class is Full)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 7-April 20
Days/Times: T/Th 5:00-6:30 PM
Level: I/II
Instructor: Catherine Ulissey
A continuation of the concepts explored in Ballet I, building upon the basic designs of ballet technique and musicality. For dancers who have taken Ballet I or have some prior ballet experience. No drop-ins for this class. 
Location: Director's Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)

Attire: Comfortable ballet clothing and ballet slippers. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. Long hair should be tied back. 
Note: No class on Tuesday, March 14, and Thursday, March 16, for Harvard Spring Break. 

Ballet II

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 14-April 27
Days/Times: T 6:30-8:00 PM; Th 8:00-9:30 PM
Level: II
Instructors: Boyko Dossev
This course will build upon and enhance foundational ballet training with musicality, improved articulation and flow of motion. At least two years of intermediate level ballet required.
Location: Director's Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)

Attire: Comfortable ballet clothing and ballet slippers. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. Long hair should be tied back. 
Note: The first class will begin on Tuesday, February 14, and the last class will be Thursday, April 27. No class on Tuesday, March 14, or Thursday, March 16, for Harvard Spring Break. 

Ballet III

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 6- April 24
Days/Times: M/F 6:00-7:30pm
Level: III
Instructors: Boyko Dossev (2/13, 2/17), Tai Jimenez (2/24, 2/27, 3/3, 3/6, 3/10, 4/10, 4/14, 4/24), and Yury Yanowsky (2/6, 2/10, 3/20, 3/24, 3/27, 3/31, 4/3, 4/7, 4/17, 4/21)
A course which focuses on developing advanced, integrated coordinative skills and dynamics, fostering a more diverse vocabulary for dancing in the spirit of rigor, curiosity and individual artistry. At least three years of advanced level ballet required.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 (HDC 2), 66 Garden St., on Mondays and Studio 1 (HDC 1) on Fridays

Attire: Comfortable ballet clothing and ballet slippers. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. Long hair should be tied back. 
Note: No class on Monday, February 20 (President's Day), Monday, March 13, or Friday, March 17, for Spring Break. 

Bharatanatyam - New!

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 8-April 19
Days/Times: W 7:30-9:00pm
Level: I
Instructor: Sunanda Narayanan
A class for all levels introducing students to Bharatanatyam, an ancient classical dance form of India that has been continuously practiced and performed for over a millennium. This dance style is highly stylized combining pure dance and mime accompanied by music, rhythm, and lyrics. Students will learn about intricate pure dance movements that demand coordination and that combine footwork, hand gestures, eye, and neck movements. They will learn to communicate using facial expressions to convey the meanings of songs. Students will also learn about the history of this art form and its spiritual connection. Each class will include a warm up and dance movements that will build into the learning of small dance piece.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Suggested attire for class is leggings, long t-shirts or tunics, and bare feet. Long hair should be tied back.
Note: No class on Wednesday, March 15, for Harvard Spring Break. 

Cardio-Sculpting Workout

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 15-April 26
Days/Times: W 6:00-7:30pm
Level: All levels
Instructor: Sarah Speltz
This course will provide a cardio-dance and strength workout through various fitness formats. Dance choreography will be inspired by Latin, hip-hop, house, and contemporary styles and be set to multiple different types of music. Each class will include a warm-up, isolations, intense cardio dancing, and a cool-down which leads to bodyweight resistance training for sculpting lean muscle and a strong core. No prior experience necessary.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout wear or anything comfortable to move in. Students may wear socks or dance shoes. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 
Note: No class on Wednesday, February 8. The first class of the semester will be held on Wednesday, February 15, and the last class is on Wednesday, April 26.  No class on Wednesday, March 15, for Harvard Spring Break. 

Conditioning: Strength & Stretch

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 4-April 22
Days/Times: Sa 10:00-11:30am
Level: All levels
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Combines the Katherine Dunham barre vocabulary, yoga, Pilates, integrated breathing exercises, and musicality to build stamina and coordination essential to the dancing body. (Note: please bring a yoga or exercise mat).
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 
Note: No class on Saturdays, March 11 or March 18 for Harvard Spring Break. 

Contemporary I: Countertechnique - New!

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 7-April 25
Days/Times: T 7:30-9:00pm; Th 6:00-7:30pm
Level: I
Instructor: Joy Davis
Countertechnique is a system of movement designed by esteemed Dutch choreographer, Anouk Van Dijk. The technique offers a dynamic dance practice that focuses on directing and counter-directing the body through space so that each participant can develop authentic, sincere and unique movement vocabularies – tools that Van Dijk believes will prepare the dancing body and mind for negotiating demanding dance practices in the 21st century.  Scale, risk-taking, fluidity, strength and flexibility are skills this course aims to expand. The class will be builidng on new concepts week to week, therefore, studets are encouraged to register to take this as a twice-a-week class. If only once-a-week is possible, students are encouraged to take the Tuesday class. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 
Note: No class on Tuesdays February 14 or March 14, and no class on Thursday, March 16, for Harvard Spring Break. Make-up classes will be held on April 20 and April 25. 

Contemporary II/III

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 7-April 18
Days/Times: T 6:00-7:30pm
Level: II/III
Instructor: Sheryl Pollard-Thomas
This course will concentrate on the exploration of technique, the creative process, and theoretical concepts of modern dance. The class will provide a supportive environment that will challenge all students based on each individual student's mode of learning. The primary focus will be proper body alignment, quality of movement, phrasing, and dynamics. Students will acquire a broad verbal and movement vocabulary. This course will introduce components based on Graham, and Limon techniques, but will primarily focus on Horton technique.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 
Note: No class on Tuesday, March 14, for Harvard Spring Break. 

Contemporary II/III

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 4-April 22
Days/Times: Sa 11:30am-1:00pm
Level: II/III
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
This course will concentrate on the exploration of technique, the creative process, and theoretical concepts of modern dance. The class will provide a supportive environment that will challenge all students based on each individual student's mode of learning. The primary focus will be proper body alignment, quality of movement, phrasing, and dynamics. Students will acquire a broad verbal and movement vocabulary. This course will introduce components based on Graham, and Limon techniques, but will primarily focus on Horton technique.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 
Note: No class on Saturday, March 11, and Saturday, March 18, for Harvard Spring Break. 

Contemporary Latin/Ballroom - New!

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb. 9-April 20
Days/Times: Th 7:30-9:00pm
Level: I
Instructor: Ilya Vidrin
A class for all levels, Contemporary Latin/Ballroom applies foundations from ballet and modern techniques to Latin/Ballroom dynamics; this class strongly emphasizes bodily rhythm, coordination, and musicality. Starting with a warm-up to support pelvic stability and core strength, the class moves through movement patterns from dances like the cha-cha, rumba, salsa, merengue, samba, and tango. Exercises build and move fluidly from solo to partnered actions, always emerging and evolving from foundational Latin/Ballroom principles. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 (HDC 2), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and socks. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 
Note: No class on Wednesday, March 16, for Harvard Spring Break. 

Hip Hop - New!

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 6-April 24
Days/Times: M 6:00-7:30pm
Level: I
Instructor: Tarikh Campbell
Geared towards all levels, this class breaks down the movement through an understanding of body control and texture. Each class offers a new choreographic phrase and develops dancers' movement retention, musicality, and performance qualities. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 (HDC 2), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout wear or anything comfortable to move in. Students may wear socks, dance shoes, or sneakers that have never been worn outside. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 
Note: No class on Monday, February 20 (President's Day). No class on Monday, March 13, for Spring Break. 

West African Dance

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 4-April 22
Days/Times: Sa 1:00-2:30pm
Level: All levels
Instructor: Joh Camara 
A class for all levels introducing students to traditional West African dance and culture. Students will develop body strength and flexibility by learning intricate feet patterns, hand movements, and full movement sequences. Each class will include live drumming, a warm-up, a break-down of the movements, high energy dancing, and will close with a community dance circle.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 
Note: No class on Saturday, March 11, and Saturday, March 18 for Harvard Spring Break.