All 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: 

Fall

Dates: September 16 - November 18Stuart Gair
Days/Times: Saturdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Stuart Gair

Course description: Ready to try your hand at the wheel? Become a member of the Harvard Ceramics community in this introductory throwing course with 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence Stuart Gair. Explore the basics of wheel throwing in this fun and casual class. The instructor guides you through a variety of forms to then decorate and glaze as well as introduces you to the studio. With this class, you will receive seven-day access to the studio to practice your new skills! (10 classes/12 weeks)


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Ballet I

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 12-Nov 16
Days/Times: T/Th 5:00-6:30 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. It is strongly encouraged that students register for both the Tuesday and Thursday class. 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. 
 

Ballet I/II

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 14-Nov 16
Days/Times: Th 6:30-8:00 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. Students for this class must register for the full 10 weeks. No drop-ins.
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. 

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: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 12-Nov 16
Days/Times: T 6:30-8:00 PM; Th 8:00-9:30 PM
Level: II
Instructors: Yury Yanowsky
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. 

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Ballet III

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 11-Nov 20
Days/Times: M/F 6:00-7:30pm
Level: III
Instructors: Yury Yanowsky
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, October 9, for Columbus Day (Indigenous People's Day) holiday.

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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Fall

Dates: September 8 - December 1 ***ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFTZac Michelson
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. (8 classes/10 weeks) Note: There is no class November 24 for Thanksgiving Break.

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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Fall

Dates: September 5 - November 21  ***WAITLISTED Stephanie Young
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/13 weeks)
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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Fall

Dates: September 7 - November 30Throwing on the Wheel   ***WAITLISTED  Only a few spaces available for Harvard Undergrads
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/13 weeks) Note: There will be no class on November 23rd for Thanksgiving Break.
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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Fall

Dates:  August 28 - November 27Harvard Ceramics  ***WAITLISTED for Graduate Students
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: There will be no class on September 4th (Labor Day) and October 9th (Columbus Day). 
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Bharatanatyam

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 13-Nov 15
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 2 (HDC 2), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Suggested attire for class is leggings, long t-shirts or tunics, and bare feet. Long hair should be tied back.

Cardio-Sculpting Workout

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 13-Nov 15
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 2 (HDC 2), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout wear or anything comfortable to move in. Students may wear socks or sneakers with socks pulled over the sneakers. Please bring a yoga mat or towel for floor work. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 

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Ceramic History in Studio

Semester: 

Fall

Dates: October 6 - November 17Ceramic History in Studio
Days/Times: Fridays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Instructor: Kathy King


Course description:

Travel through time from ancient to contemporary ceramics through lectures and hands-on engagement with historical techniques. This part seminar/part studio course will provide a series of six presentations on ancient to contemporary ceramic art history. We will examine the development of clay techniques, kilns, and surface treatments across the world from the “Porcelain Highway” to the “Funk Movement” of the 70’s and beyond. Students will try their hand at featured forms on and off the wheel and surface techniques that span history such as the use of Egyptian Paste, print transfer, sgraffito, mishima, china paint/overglaze enamels, etc. to inspire each artist in new directions with their work. (6 classes/9 weeks) Note: No class November 10 th Bai Ming Workshop.

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Combined Methods

Semester: 

Fall

Dates: September 6 - November 29KylaCup100   ***WAITLISTED
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/13 weeks) Note: There will be no class on November 22nd for Thanksgiving Break.
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Conditioning: Strength & Stretch

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 16-Nov 18
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. 

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