Dance

Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson

Dance Director, Harvard Dance Center, Theater, Dance & Media (TDM); Senior Lecturer, Theater, Dance & Media; Artistic Director, Harvard Dance Project
(TDM 140R, TDM 141, TDM 90DR)

Hip Hop

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Level: All levels
Instructor: Aysha Upchurch
Informally titled “Groovology,” this class will focus on the groove and bounce so important to Hip Hop and Street Dance. From a basic two step to new party/social dances, play with and understand musicality, groundedness, and improvisation -- essential ingredients to Hip Hop dance's swag (in its Africanist aesthetic lineage). We will travel from funk to R&B, old school to new school Hip Hop, and other styles of popular music to develop and push our musical ear and body so they can embrace groove confidently. Each class include a conditioning warm-up, spotlight on a groove, and short combinations to sharpen sequencing/choreography skills. (Please note that commercial choreography is not a central component of class, though short routines will help students gain building blocks to help them pick up sequences and define their own style.)
Day/Time: T,  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 or sneakers recommended.... Read more about Hip Hop

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.

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.
2020 Feb 11

An Evening with Ayodele Casel

4:15pm

Location: 

Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge MA, 02138
AyodeleTap dancer and choreographer Ayodele Casel will discuss her new project Diary of a Tap Dancer, a theatrical work positioning tap dance as the driving force of the narrative. This project aims to create a fuller and more accurate picture of the legacy of the art form by centering the voices of its unmarried women within a... Read more about An Evening with Ayodele Casel

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