Courses

The Office for the Arts sponsors instruction via a number of courses offered by the Dance Program at the Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St. (a few for academic credit), and the Ceramics Program Studio, 224 Western Ave. in Allston. A Figure Drawing course is taught at Currier House, and fundamental Skills for Singing is offered at Holden Chapel. Seminars, workshops and master classes are also presented in the January interval between academic terms, called Wintersession, which feature prominent Harvard alumni/ae working in the arts and entertainment fields.

Absolute Beginners

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 18 - April 22    CLOSED
Days/Times: Saturdays, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate

Instructor: Marc Mancuso


Course description: Ready to try your hand at the wheel? Explore the basics of wheel throwing in this fun and casual class. The instructor guides you through preparing and centering the clay and then invites you to work on a variety of forms. These will later be able to be decorated and glazed. A great way to hone your skills or to let us introduce you to our studio! 10 classes/12 weeks.

Architectural Ceramics - Stacked Forms

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 7 - April 25   CLOSED
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced

Instructor: Allison Newsome


Course description Explore how totemic or stacked sculpture has been addressed and historically incorporated into architecture and public works – ultimately making multiple components that are then stacked together. These architecturally inspired forms may combine the human figure, animals, fruit and flowers. The surface treatment will focus on using polychrome painting on a white opaque surface with metallic oxides and stains inspired by Della Robbia. This class caters to those students continuing from the Fall semester as well as welcoming new students. The class work will be displayed on the grounds of the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds in Newton, MA. 12 classes/13 weeks.

Ballet I - (Class is Full)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 9-April 27 
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. An additional make-up class will take place on Thursday, April 27. 

Ballet I/II - (Class is Full)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 7-April 27
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. An additional make-up class will take place on Thursday, April 27. 

Ballet II

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: Feb 7-April 18
Days/Times: T TBA
Level: II
Instructor: 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.)

Note: No class on Tuesday, March 14, 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. 

Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Spring

Dates:  January 30 - April 24   CLOSED
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm 
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Steve Murphy

Course description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students. 12 classes/14 weeks. Note: No class on President's Day, Monday, February 20th

Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 3 - April 21  CLOSED
Days/Times: Fridays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
InstructorZac Mickelson

Course description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students. 12 classes/14 weeks

Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: January 31 - April 18     CLOSED
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
InstructorsStephanie Young


Course description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students. 12 classes/14 weeks.

Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 2 - April 20   CLOSED
Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Denny McLaughlin

Course description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students. 12 classes/14 weeks.

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. 

Combined Methods

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 1 - April 19   CLOSED
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Kyla Toomey

Course description: This course is primarily a studio class structured around student proposals for a current body of work in combination with thematic assignments. Assignments will highlight and examine advanced process based learning involving surface techniques, altered or complex forms, basic mold making and glazing techniques. 12 classes/14 weeks.

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. 

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