Classes and Courses

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CREDIT COURSES IN DANCES

Credit courses in dance are offered and cross-listed through Theater, Dance & Media (TDM) and may be applied to the concentration. Additional graduate courses in dance or in fields linked to dance have been offered through the Graduate School of Design and the Graduate School of Education. This page is meant to be a resource for students interested in dance in the curriculum. 

For students interested in credit courses in Dance,  please visit the TDM course list. Contact tdm@fas.harvard.edu for more information. 

 
 

PREVIOUSLY OFFERED CREDIT COURSES IN DANCE 

Argentine Tango: Poetry, Music, and the Dance (COMPLIT 120)
Ballet, Past and Present (SLAVIC 121/TDM 121K)
Contemporary Repertory: Dance Authorship in the 21st Century  (TDM 145B)
Deconstructing a Novel for Choreographic Thinking (TDM 147)
Embodied Intelligences: Koteba, Lindy Hop, Hip Hop, Philosophies & Culture (TDM 148P)
Fundaments of Improvisation & Composition, Dance (TDM 140R)
Gaga People: Movement Language (TDM 143)
Gaga Dancers: Movement Language (TDM 143B)
Hip Hop Dance: Exploring the Groove and the Movement Beneath and Beyond the Beat (TDM 149U)
Koteba Performance: Traditions of the Bamana (TDM 148P)
Latinx Movement Practice (TDM149)
Poetry in Flux - Dance Afoot (COMPLIT 119)
Repertoire for Advanced Dancers (TDM 145A)
Motion for Performers (TDM 148) 
Master Work: The Choreographic Process of William Forsythe (Music 103r)
Modern Motion: 100 Years of American Dance (Freshperson Seminar 31x)
Movement Lab (TDM 141)
Performing Culture: Exploring Identity and Power Through Hip Hop Dance (TDM 149UB)
Practical Tools for Presence: Countertechnique and Dramaturgical Thinking (TDM 142)
Production Studio: Harvard Dance Project (90DR)
(re)Facing (g)Odds: Black improvisational music, and dance (MUSIC 108R)
The Processes of Inter-Media and Choreographic Exchange (TDM 147L)
Performing Culture: Exploring Identity and Power Through Hip Hop Dance (TDM 149UB)
Production Studio: Harvard Dance Project (TDM 90DR)
Street Dance Activism: Embodying Liberation Through Somatic Practices and Rituals of Breath (TDM 181B)
The Garden (ARTS 20)
The Power and Relevance of the American Musical: 1776 and Other Musicals (TDM 194)

These courses are offered on a semester-to-semester basis, depending on the academic year. 

A grid of headshots for the Fall '22 Teaching ArtistsNON-CREDIT COMMUNITY DANCE CLASSES

The Harvard Dance Center is offering live, hybrid classes in the 2022-2023 academic year, with options for both in-person as well as virtual participation. Classes are in a broad range of movement styles and dance traditions  and are designed for all levels and abilities. Taught by the Dance Center's exceptional teaching artists, many classes also feature live musical accompaniment. 

Classes are open to the Harvard community, which includes Harvard students, faculty, staff, family affiliates, and alumni, as well as current MIT affiliates.

All Dance Center community classes are offered via a 10-week series, with drop-in options available. We encourage enrolling for the full series to experience the breadth, engagement, and community that each class offers. All participants must register online whether they enroll in the full series or drop-in. 

FALL 2022: SEPTEMBER 6-NOVEMBER 12

We offer hour and a half in-person classes with a live virtual option via Zoom. Additional Monday classes will be held on Nov. 14 and 21 to make up for holiday observances Labor Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day. 

Please note: Thursday's Soca Fusion, Monday's Hip Hop, and Conditioning: Strength & Stretch are currently at capacity. Additional space in the class may become available after the first week. Please check back! 

REGISTER FOR FALL ’22 NON-CREDIT COMMUNITY CLASSES 

READ THE FALL '22 NEW REGISTRATION SYSTEM PRIMER

Still have questions about Non-Credit Community Classes? Read the Fall '22 FAQ Sheet

FALL 2022 CLASS SCHEDULE 

Monday

Hip Hop, 6-7:30pm,  Studio 1, taught by Tarikh Campbell
Contemporary, 7:30-9pm, Studio 1, taught by Lonnie Stanton

Tuesday

Soca Fusion, 6-7:30pm, Studio 1, taught by Ella Wechsler-Matthaei
Bharatanatyam II, 6-7:30pm, Studio 2 (lower level), taught by Sunanda Narayanan
Ballet Fundamentals, 7:30-9pm, Studio 1, taught by Lonnie Stanton

Wednesday

West African Dance, 6-7:30pm, Studio 1, taught by Joh Camara
Ballet III, 7:30-9pm, Studio 1, taught by John Lam 

Thursday

Hip Hop, 6-7:30pm, Studio 1, taught by Tarikh Campbell
Soca Fusion, 6-7:30pm, Studio 2, taught by Ella Wechsler-Matthaei
Ballet II, 7:30-9pm, Studio 1, taught by Jean-Robens Georges

Friday

No classes

Saturday

Conditioning: Strength & Stretch, 10-11:30am, Studio 1, taught by Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Contemporary II/III, 11:30am-1pm, Studio 1, taught by Nailah Randall-Bellinger
West African Dance, 1-2:30pm, Studio 1, taught by Joh Camara 

COST

Harvard Undergraduate and Graduate Students

FREE!

Harvard Community - Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and MIT Affiliates

  • 10-week series
    • Virtual only: $70
    • In person: $100
    • Combination: $120
  • Individual drop-in classes after Tuesday, September 20
    • Virtual: $10
    • In person: $15
  • Harvard’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for eligible employees: $40
  • Multi-class discount: 25% off registering for more than one class series

Refund Policy

  • Full refund available within the first week, withdrawal by Monday, September 12.
  • Half refund available within the second week, withdrawal by Monday, September 19.
  • No refunds after Monday, September 19.
  • Drop-in registrations are non-refundable but may be switched to alternate dates if necessary.

IN-PERSON STUDIO PARTICIPATION: KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY SAFE & HEALTHY 

Vaccinations and Boosters

  • Harvard University requires all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated and boosted per CDC guidelines. Exceptions may be provided for medical or religious reasons.
  • All other visitors to campus are not covered under the University’s vaccination mandate. Unvaccinated persons should ensure they take steps to plan and protect themselves while on campus, including face coverings and distancing (when possible).

Face-coverings

  • Face coverings are optional, according to University policy, though some teachers may require them. Please pay attention to specific class requirements.
  • The Dance Center has disposable medical-grade masks available if desired. 

Bring Your Own Water Bottle

  • We encourage you to bring your own water bottle(s). There are two water fountains at the Dance Center, including a bottle filler on the main floor.

No Food or Drink

  • There is no food or drink (other than water) allowed anywhere in the Dance Center. 

VIRTUAL PARTICIPATION

  • For students electing Virtual Only or Combination In-Person and Virtual participation, Zoom links will be provided.
  • Register once to join us for the full series or simply drop in as your schedule permits - your access will be the same.
  • Classes will not be recorded.

QUESTIONS? 

Contact: dance@fas.harvard.edu 

ACCESSIBILITY

All classes are taught specifically to be inclusive of people with a range of abilities. A virtual option provided for all classes with automated closed captioning. The Dance Center’s main floor, housing Studio 1 and two all-gender restrooms, is wheelchair accessible. For elevator access to the lower level, or for any other access needed, please email dance@fas.harvard.edu. We welcome the conversation! 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

A grid of 9 squares with 8 headshots of the Dance Center's Spring 2022 non-credit community class teaching artists and 1 square in the upper left corner that is a Kelly green background with "HARVARD DANCE CENTER SPRING '22 TEACHING ARTISTS" in white font. Headshots from left to right are Soumya Rajaram and Tarikh Campbell in the top row; Joh Camara, Nailah Randall-Bellinger, and Lonnie Stanton in the second row; Ella Wechsler-Matthaei, John Lam, and Jean-Robens Georges in the third row.