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.

Constructed Vessels

Semester: 

Fall

Dates:  September 5 - November 28Colby Charpentier
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Colby Charpentier

Course description: Work with 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence, Colby Charpentier, learning approaches to building complex forms from multiple parts. An amalgam of techniques will be demonstrated with the idea of expanding our studio practice. We will aim to exploit the material properties of clay with the goal of better executing our vision in clay. A variety of building and forming techniques will be encouraged (wheel and hand building). We will address all parts of the artistic process, starting with ideation, building, and eventually learning approaches to surfacing sculptural work. This class is open to a wide range of skill levels. While technique will be a core focus, we will aim to push ourselves off-balance and create situations where creative problem solving is requisite. (12 classes/13 weeks) Note: There will be no class on Wednesday, November 21st for the Thanksgiving Break.
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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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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

Level: II/III
Instructor: Whitney Cover
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.  Using tasks, phrases, and improvisation we will continue to build strength and clarity of movement in order to increase our availability and movement potential. Foundational dance training encouraged.
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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Contemporary II/III

Semester: 

Spring

Level: II/III
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
This course will concentrate on the exploration of movement quality, the creative process, and theoretical concepts of modern dance. While the course is Horton based other forms of modern dance will be referenced, including Graham, Limon and Dunham. The primary focus will be proper body alignment, quality of movement, phrasing, and dynamics. The class challenges the dancer to explore their own range of motion as they perform dynamic movement studies of the various modern techniques. The class will provide a supportive environment that will encourage each dancer to move freely and safely. Students will be encouraged to express their artistic individuality with confidence as the grow more comfortable the their acquired broad verbal and movement vocabulary.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

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

Contemporary Latin/Ballroom

Semester: 

Spring

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

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

Explore Soda Firing

Semester: 

Fall

Dates:  September 7 - November 30 Denny McLaughlin
Days/Times: Fridays, 10:00am – 1:00 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Dennis McLaughlin

Course description: Explore nature-inspired visual and tactile surfaces on wheel thrown forms by using soda slips and washes as well as patterns and textures. Fresh spontaneous approaches on soft clay, as well as more structured methods of building functional work with thrown forms will be developed. A three-dimensional artist, from either clay or another discipline will be selected by each student to inspire the development of new methods that go beyond the familiar solution in making a soda fired functional pot.  The experience of building a larger vocabulary of soda firing possibilities and results will lay the groundwork for new directions for functional work. (12 classes/13 weeks)
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Fall 2016 Figure Drawing at Currier

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

DatesSeptember 21-November 30* (no class Nov. 23)
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 7:30-10 pm 

Level: All levels welcome

Instructor: Heddi Siebel

Course description: Drawing from the human figure is an enjoyable and powerful exploration into the cultural context of one’s own world. This course uses simple materials—charcoal and erasers, inks and brushes—as means of discovery.... Read more about Fall 2016 Figure Drawing at Currier

Figure Drawing

Semester: 

N/A

Dates: Sept. 23 – Dec. 2 (no class Nov. 25)

Days/Times: Wednesdays, 7:30-10 pm 

Level: All levels welcome

Instructor: Heddi Siebel
Course description: Drawing from the human figure is an enjoyable and powerful exploration into the cultural context of one’s own world. This course uses simple materials—charcoal and erasers, inks and brushes—as means of discovery. Ideas evolve through the process of the “drawn” language...

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Figure Drawing at Currier

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: September 13-November 29* (no class Nov. 22)
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 7-9:30 pm 

Level: All levels welcome

InstructorHeddi Siebel

Course description: Drawing from the human figure is an enjoyable and powerful exploration into the cultural context of one’s own world. This course uses simple materials—charcoal and erasers, inks and brushes—as means of discovery. Ideas evolve through...

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Figure Drawing at Currier

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2018

Dates: September 26-December 5
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 7-9:30 pm 

Level: All levels welcome

InstructorHeddi Siebel

Course description: Drawing from the human figure is an enjoyable and powerful exploration into the cultural context of one’s own world. This course uses simple materials—charcoal and erasers, inks and brushes—as means of discovery. Ideas evolve through the process of the “...

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Figure Drawing at Currier

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: September 13-November 29* (no class Nov. 22)
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 7-9:30 pm 

Level: All levels welcome

InstructorHeddi Siebel

Course description: Drawing from the human figure is an enjoyable and powerful exploration into the cultural context of one’s own world. This course uses simple materials—charcoal and erasers, inks and brushes—as means of discovery. Ideas evolve through...

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Gaga/people

Semester: 

Spring

Level: All levels
Instructor: Mario Zambrano
Gaga—the movement language created by Ohad Naharin, artistic director and choreographer of Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv—is a continuous, sensation-based movement class. Students are encouraged to interpret and experience the somatic practice of listening to the body while activating a total sensorial attention. Gaga offers a creative framework for students to engage with physicality and imagination, bridging the activity between body and mind while increasing physical potential. There are no mirrors in Gaga, and there are no observers. The class moves in continuum without breaks for a minimum of an hour. Gaga/people is intended for and welcomes students who have not had any previous dance training.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Comfortable clothes you can move in and bare feet or socks.

Harvard Student Ceramics Lab

Semester: 

Fall

Dates: September 10 - November 26Harvard Student Course
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30pm and by appointment.
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Kathy King

Course description: This non-credit, directed study course is designed to assist Harvard undergraduate, graduate students and fellows with academic projects that utilize ceramic materials and their applications. Students will work with Director of Education, Kathy King, to gain access to the studio and be given orientation and training for all materials and equipment. Establishment of project goals, work flow and instruction on construction methods will be provided. If students wish to receive credit for their work at the Ceramics Program, they would need to contact their advisor to arrange this with Director King. Students who cannot make the Monday, 6:30 - 9:30 meeting time can arrange individual appointments with Director King. 
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Hip Hop

Semester: 

Spring

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 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout wear or anything comfortable to move in. Students may wear socks, sneakers with socks pulled over them, or sneakers that have never been worn outside. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 
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