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.

Adventures in Slipcasting, Prototyping and Mold-Making

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 12 - July 31
Days/TimAdventures in Mold Makinges: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Geoff Booras

Course description: Born out of design and production methods, slip-casting is an agile technique that can be applied to many facets of ceramics, from industrial ceramics to the fine arts. Whether producing quantities of functional vessels or creating a single, meticulous replication with a sculptural intent, slip-casting methods are extremely useful can help facilitate a variety of forms and number of objects. This class will explore the possibilities of slip-casting, paying special attention to the process of prototyping (including the application of 3D ceramic printing) and quality mold-making. This course is intended for those who have taken “Molds and Multiples” or are comfortable processing plaster and making basic, one-two part molds. (8 classes/10 weeks)
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Ballet I

Semester: 

Spring

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. This course is for registered participants only; 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. Long hair should be tied back. 

Ballet I/II

Semester: 

Spring

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.
Location: Director's Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)

Attire: Comfortable ballet clothing and ballet slippers. 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: 

Spring

Level: II
Instructor: Elizabeth Epsen
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. Long hair should be tied back. 

Ballet III

Semester: 

Spring

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. Long hair should be tied back. 

Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 8 - July 27Basics and Challenges
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)

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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 5 - July 24Stephanie Young
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm  
Level: Beginning - Intermediate                      
Instructors: Stuart Gair


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)
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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 7 - July 26Basics and Challenges
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. (8 classes/10weeks)
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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Summer

Dates:  June 4 - July 23 Basics with Steve
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
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. (8 classes/10 weeks)
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Bharatanatyam

Semester: 

Spring

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.

By Hand

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 6 - August 1 By Hand
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Seth Rainville

Course description: Clay is a fresh and relevant material for many artists today, but carries with it vast traditions of form, use, reference, and meaning. This course provides an overview of sculptural techniques used in ceramics including small and large-scale coil and slab building, surface modeling and design.  Slump molds will be made early in the class to bisque and use for trays and a variety of other objects. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of techniques through three projects, to discuss their work with peers, and find their own artistic voice through the medium. Note: No class will be held on Wednesday, July 4th for Independence Day Holiday.

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Combined Methods

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 6 - August 1Combined Methods
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. (8 classes/10 weeks) Note: There will be no class on Wednesday, July 4th for Independence Day holiday.
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Conditioning: Strength & Stretch

Semester: 

Spring

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 or socks.  
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Contemporary I

Semester: 

Spring

Level: I
Instructor: Whitney Cover 
In this introduction to Contemporary dance movement, we will explore dynamic alignment and efficiency of movement by warming the body with attention to structure and fluidity in the joints. Tasks and movement phrases will help students explore the body’s relationship to gravity, space, and weight while moving on and out of the floor. Emphasis is placed on building a mental toolkit for approaching phrasework and improvisation, while increasing awareness of our physical bodies in daily life as well as our capacity for play and discernment. No previous dance experience necessary; open to ALL bodies and abilities. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 (HDC 2), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet or socks. 

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