All Courses

The Office for the Arts sponsors instruction via a number of courses offered by the Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St. (several 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 guest artist 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.

Ballet Barre

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Level: II/III
Instructors: Yury Yanowksy and Jean Robens Georges
Accompanists: Robin Cho and Yulia Yun
A classical ballet barre for participants who have some prior experience in ballet. It will include the fundamental exercises of the ballet barre technique, from plies to grandes battements, with a focus on alignment, expressive ports des bras and musicality. The class may also include specific, complimentary strengthening and stretch exercises as the need arises.
Days/Times: T, 7-8pm ET; Th, 5-6pm ET 
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of hard flooring. Carpet not recommended. Chair, desk, the wall, or countertop to hold on to in place of a barre. 
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Socks and or ballet shoes* recommended.

 

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: 

2020

Level: II
Instructor: Elizabeth Epsen
Accompanist: Jakov Jakoulov 
For dancers who have taken Ballet I or have some prior ballet experience, these classes will focus on building upon the basic designs of ballet technique, learning more complex phrases of movement, and musicality.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2
Days/Times: M, W 7:30-9pm


Attire: Dance/yoga/workout wear — something comfortable to move in. Socks and or ballet shoes* recommended. * Please reach out to find out more about our shoe sponsorship program.

Ballet III

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: III
Instructors: Yury Yanowksy
Accompanists: Jakov Jakoulov and Yulia Yun 
Focusing on developing advanced, integrated coordinative skills and dynamics, this class fosters 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 1 on Tuesdays and Studio 2 on Saturdays
Days/Times: T 7:30-9pm, Sa 10-11:30am

Attire:  Dance/yoga/workout wear — something comfortable to move in. Socks and or ballet shoes* recommended. * Please reach out to find out more about our shoe sponsorship program.

Ballet@Noon

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: II 
Instructor: Jean Robens Georges
Accompanist: Jakov Jakoulov
For dancers who have taken Ballet I or have some prior ballet experience, these classes will focus on building upon the basic designs of ballet technique, learning more complex phrases of movement, and musicality. Designed to fit into the lunch hour, this class is slightly truncated, at 1 hour and 15 minutes. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1
Day/Time: Th 12-1:15pm

Attire:  Dance/yoga/workout wear — something comfortable to move in. Socks and or ballet shoes* recommended. * Please reach out to find out more about our shoe sponsorship program.

Bharatanatyam I

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Level: All levels 
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. Students will also learn to communicate using facial expressions to convey the meanings of song, as well as the history and spiritual connection of the art form. Each class will include a warm up and dance movements that will lead to learning short dance pieces.
Day/Time: Thu, 6:30-7:30pm ET
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of hard flooring.
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear, e.g. leggings, long t-shirts or tunics. Bare feet recommended.

Bharatanatyam II

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020
Level: II
Instructor: Sunanda Narayanan
For students who have taken Bharatanatyam I or have other previous experience with the form. Bharatanatyam II will build on the intricate pure dance movements that demand coordination and that combine footwork, hand gestures, eye, and neck movements. Each class will include a warm up and dance movements that will lead to learning short dance pieces for small spaces.
Day/Time: T, 6-7pm ET
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3' of hard flooring.
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear, e.g. leggings, long t-shirts or tunics. Bare feet recommended.

By Hand at Home

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 2: October 26 - November 30 (6 classes)Handbuilt Trays upside down by Ruth Easterbrook
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook

Course description: Join 2019-20 Artist in Ruth Easterbrook in exploring hand building with clay from home. Each session includes on-line demonstrations and will address issues of construction, function and cover a variety of surface decoration techniques. 
*Session 1 class on October 12th will take place on Columbus Day/Indigenous People's Day.

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By Hand at Home with Deighton Abrams

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 1: September 9 – October 14 (6 classes)abrams_handbuilding_weblow.jpg
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 2:00pm - 4:00pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course description: Join 2020-21 Artist in Residence Deighton Abrams in exploring hand building with clay from home. Each session includes on-line demonstrations and will address issues of construction, function and cover a variety of surface decoration techniques.

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Conditioning: Strength & Stretch

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020
Level: All levels
Instructor: Lonnie Stanton
Accompanist: Akili Jamal Haynes
A conditioning class with a Yoga base that will focus on a new area of the anatomy each week and build to a short yogic sequence. The sequence will connect like a concise dance phrase based on the weekly theme with each class ending in a movement sentence that includes toning options and stretching. 
Day/Time: W, 7:30-8:30pm ET
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of flooring. A yoga or exercise mat, towel, or carpet is recommended for comfort. 
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Bare feet recommended.

Conditioning: Strength & Stretch

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Level: All levels
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Combines the classical modern dance Katherine Dunham barre vocabulary, yoga, Pilates, integrated breathing exercises, and musicality to build stamina and coordination essential to the dancing body. 
Day/Time: Sat, 10-11am ET
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of flooring. A yoga or exercise mat, towel, or carpet is recommended for comfort. 
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Bare feet recommended.

Contemporary

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Level: All levels
Instructor: Lonnie Stanton
Rooted in the contemporary dance techniques developed in the 1970’s to the present day, this class begins by warming the body with attention to structure and fluidity in the joints. Movement phrases for small spaces will help students explore the body’s relationship to gravity, space, and weight. Emphasis is placed on approaching dance phrasework and improvisation, while developing aesthetic discernment and the capacity for play. No previous dance experience necessary.
Day/Time: M, 7-8pm ET
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of hard flooring. 
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Bare feet recommended.

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Contemporary

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Level: All levels
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Accompanist: Allison Stamiris  
Adapted for the small space, an introduction to the fundamentals of classical Modern dance technique that shows its evolution into what is now called Contemporary dance. Students are introduced to the basic vocabulary of Graham, Horton and Limón techniques, including such terms as the c-curve, undulation, lateral arch, fall and rebound, spiraling, release swing, and contract and release. The use of the torso and working in a way that is “grounded” are emphasized as defining modern dance movement qualities.
Day/Time: Sat, 11:15am-12:15pm ET
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of flooring. 
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Bare feet recommended.

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Contemporary I: Countertechnique - New!

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 9-April 20
Days/Times: 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. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Note: No class on Thursday, March 16, for Harvard Spring Break. 

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Contemporary II/III

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: II/III
Instructor: Lonnie Stanton
Drawing upon myriad movement methods and somatic practices, this course provides exposure to current working methods of international and national Contemporary dance domains. Emphasis is placed on building stamina while exploring dynamic specificity and effective choice-making as an individual. Strength and clarity of movement will be built using tasks, phrases, and improvisation in order to increase availability to movement ideas and movement potential. Foundational dance training encouraged.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2
Days/Time: M 6-7:30pm


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

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