Harvard Dance Center

HARVARD DANCE CENTER

The Harvard Dance Center’s mission is artistic, academic, and civic leadership. It is a site that leads through equality and dignity for all, aims to foster agency through dance for students, and promotes the arts as agents of social change in the world. 

The Dance Center is the primary venue for dance on campus. Dance offerings include curricular courses led by Dance faculty in Theater, Dance & Media, as well as non-credit Harvard community dance classes which span a wide range of genres for all abilities and levels of experience. Non-credit classes are now free for all Harvard students and a robust tuition assistance program is available for Harvard community members. The Dance Center regularly hosts guest artists and choreographers who teach master classes and hold residencies throughout the academic year, fostering exceptional opportunities for students to work with luminaries and innovators in the field and in disciplines linked to dance.

The Dance Center partners with departments and organizations across campus to provide workshops and dialogues that address important campus and cultural issues. It provides mentorship, support, and residency opportunities for student emerging choreographers, as well as for student-led dance groups which represent over 20 traditions from across the globe.

ALL ARE WELCOME

The Harvard Dance Center is a space where every student can be fully self-expressed without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe based on race, ethnicity, cultural background or tradition, biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or physical or mental ability; a space where the social contract supports each person's self-respect and dignity, and encourages everyone to respect others.

We are anti-racist and are actively challenging our own assumptions and biases as we work toward true equity for all. In that spirit, we do not tolerate racism, discrimination, bias, and intolerance of any kind from anyone in, associated with, or visiting the Harvard Dance Center in person or virtual spaces.

University Resources 

  • Accessible Education Office (AEO): Partners with FAS students with visible and invisible disabilities to identify barriers and implement plans for access.
  • Anonymous Reporting Hotline: If you have experienced, witnessed, or been impacted in any way by racial discrimination, you can contact the Anonymous Hotline, open 24/7. This hotline may be used to report a variety of ethical, integrity, safety, security, and compliance concerns and may be used by anyone including, but not limited to, students, faculty, postdocs, staff, patients, vendors, contractors and visitors, anywhere in the world.
  • Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations: Offers programs, events, and grants designed to promote interracial and intercultural awareness and understanding in the Harvard community, as well as to highlight the cultural contributions of students from all backgrounds.
  • Harvard Title IX Office: If you have experienced, witnessed, or been impacted in any way by sexual or gender-based harassment, Harvard's Title IX office or your local coordinator can provide you with options that feels right for you. 
  • Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (OSAPR): A confidential space open to the entire Harvard community where people can process and understand their experiences and feel empowered to make the choice best suited to their needs. If you need immediate support call the 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 617.495.9100
  • Office of BGLTQ Student Life: Provides support, resources, and leadership development for BGLTQ students.
  • Office of Diversity Education and Support: Offers faciliated trainings, workshops, and dialogues that promote diversity and inclusion, as well as one-to-one support around issues of identity and belonging at Harvard.
  • Undocumented Students Support: Where you can find a number of resources available for undocumented students at Harvard College.  

Land Acknowledgement

Harvard University is situated on the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Massachusett people. Our University honors the historic Harvard Charter of 1650, which committed to our institution to “the education of English and Indian youth of this country.” As a chartered creation of the Massachusetts colonies and Commonwealth, Harvard evolved alongside the persistence of the Massachusett, Nipmuck, and Wampanoag Nations. Located near the Charles River, this place has long served as a site of meeting, exchange, and diplomacy among nations, with thousands of contemporary Native American people living in greater Boston and tens of thoughts in the state of Massachusetts. –– Harvard's Native American Program: Land Acknowledgment

The Dance Center would like to pay its respects to elders of the Massachusett, Nipmuck, and Wampanoag people both past and present, and is committed to decolonizing its relationships with people and land at a local level in Cambridge, in Boston, and wherever it is located in virtual classrooms around the world. We understand that this acknowledgement is only a first step in restorative justice and repair of the harmful legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement of Indigenous peoples.

Resources: 
LandMark: Global Platform of Indigenous and Community Lands  
Native Land   

Dance has existed in various forms at Harvard University and Radcliffe College, from social dances to master classes, since the late 1890s. In 1964 Radcliffe appointed Claire Mallardi, Dance Director Emerita, to develop dance into a full-scale program. The Dance Program has been a dynamic part of the Office for the Arts since 1973, and became a part of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 1999. Elizabeth Bergmann, former Chair of the University of Michigan’s Dance Department, served as Director of the Dance Program from 2000 until 2011, while also a Lecturer in the Committee on Dramatic Arts. Under her leadership and signaling a burgeoning presence of dance on campus, the Dance Program moved to a dedicated dance space, the Harvard Dance Center at 66 Garden Street, which houses two studios – the main studio converts to a theater where Dance events, annual Department performances, Emerging Student Choreographer Showings, and student-led dance company residencies are held. A third Dance studio is located at 74 Mt. Auburn Street.

Jill Johnson, Dance Director and Senior Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media, aims to honor the legacy of Dance at Harvard while advancing dance knowledge and literacy on campus, and with an evolving vision for dance studies at Harvard.

Theater, Dance & Media

Dance studies in the TDM interarts concentration are rooted in tradition and committed to innovation. Credit courses support studies in dance composition, improvisation, performance, choreographic design and history of dance with an emphasis on collaboration and trans-disciplinary inquiry.  Opportunities to perform wide-ranging repertory, commissioned work and installations are a focal component of coursework, and digital technology is leveraged to devise new methods for making and capturing the form. Guest artist faculty teach master classes, courses, hold residencies and create original work each academic year, fostering exceptional opportunities for students to work with luminaries and innovators who engage diverse and dynamic perspectives in the field and in disciplines linked to dance.  

 

The Harvard Dance Center opened in the Fall of 2005 and is one of the primary performance venues for dance at Harvard. The Center houses the Dance Office and features two studios and performance amenities for students and visiting artists. Studio One converts from a 3,500 square foot studio to a theater space with a capacity of 300. Both spaces are used for courses, artist residencies, classes and undergraduate dance company rehearsals and residencies. The Harvard Dance Center is accessible for individuals using wheelchairs. 

The Harvard Dance Center is open 7 days a week, 9am-midnight. The Dance Office hours are 9:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday. 

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Harvard Dance Center 
66 Garden Street | Cambridge, MA 02138
dance@fas.harvard.edu | 617-495-8683

Dance Center Staff