Courses and Classes

A student dancer in mid-movement on a darkly lit stage during a performance, lit by blue stage lighting. She is wearing gray pants and a navy blue long sleeve shirt.Fall 2021

Latinx Movement: Embodied Intersections of Latin Dance, Music, and Communal Practice (TDM 149)

Teacher: Laura Rodriguez (LROD), Lecturer in Dance, TDM 
Meeting Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 10:30am-11:45am
Location: Farkas 303
Description: A warm invitation to get up, connect with our bodies, and move together after a long day of zooming. Latinx Movement Practice rigorously explores the social and communal Latin Diaspora of movement, migration, and music from Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, and the United States. The course is taught with a blend of English, Spanish, and Spanglish. 

Together we will investigate and deepen our use of horizontal and vertical weight, isolations, polycentric movements, and hip whining techniques. We will weave a survey of the history, art, and literature from the Latinx experience through an embodied experience while fostering our virtual community. LROD (el rod) will facilitate Latinx Movement Practice with radical tenderness to embrace deeper states of power, awareness, and energetic alignment during movement rituals for heightened connectivity, and restorative power. ¡Vamos a Bailar! 

 Key Questions: 

  • How do we foster a sense of community in movement during the era of zoom and isolation? 
  • Can we deepen our movement intentions and embrace our artistic voices, while simultaneously creating space for joy and empowerment?
  • What are the ways we share and celebrate each other's movement investigations each week.

No previous Latin movement experience is needed to enroll. 
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The Processes of Inter-Media and Choreographic Exchange (TDM 147L)

Teacher: Laura Rodriguez (LROD), Lecturer in Dance, TDM 
Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 3-5:45pm
Location: Farkas 303
Description: This experimental laboratory supports interdisciplinary intersections with choreography, dance, and media. The purpose of Inter-Media and Choreographic Exchange provides each enrolled participant with a research laboratory to deepen new and established ways of artmaking/artivism through the lens of choreography. The course surveys the history of these intersections and the relationship of the moving body to unlock diverse projects related to, but not limited to, movement, filmmaking, lighting and projection design, performance art, visual art, sound design, and immersive installation design. Concepts of play, daydreaming, and spaciousness will be engaged in an adaptive and liberatory environment facilitated by Professor LROD. This course supports all stages of research, current projects, and some experience in the fields is recommended but not required. 

Questions? Email LROD: lrodriguez1@fas.harvard.edu 

Ballet, Past and Present (SLAVIC 121/TDM 121K)

TeacherDaria Khitrova, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Meeting Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-2:45pm
Location: TBA
Description: This course explores the history of ballet, classical and beyond. We will view and discuss ballets to help us think about what ballet is, and why it has been such an enduring art form in different eras and cultures. Why is it mute and does it have to be? What kind of stories can it tell and how should we read them? How do ballets survive and how do they change in the process? Who makes a ballet: a choreographer or dancers? Or is it, perhaps, a composer, designer, or story writer? Does ballet technique confine the body, as the pioneers of modern dance used to assert, or is it a form of idealist philosophy, the ultimate expression of human freedom, as twentieth-century theorists of ballet have suggested? The works to be studied include Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Rite of Spring, Les Noces, Apollo, and others. The course is classroom-only (no dancing component; only watching, reading, and discussing) but, if pandemics permit, will also include a visit to the theater as well as to a ballet class and, possibly, rehearsals. No pre-requisites. 
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Spring 2022

Embodied Intelligences: Koteba, Lindy Hop, Hip Hop, Philosophies & Culture (TDM 148P)

TeacherJeffrey L. Page, Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media 
Meeting Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Description: The origin of blues music—and therefore gospel, jazz, and hip-hop—has been traced directly to Mali, West Africa. Within Malian ideology, dance is a culture and there is no separation between dance and theatrical practice. Koteba is a masquerade performance tradition that utilizes the theatrical elements of satire to comment on and confront civic injustices within the Bamana ethnic society. Koteba is a word that means “big snail” in the Bamana language, and like the snail, it carries the ideologies and cosmologies of the Bamana people on its back. There are nearly 20 rhythm and movement stylings situated within Koteba. In a multiday festival, these dances are traditionally performed in succession, and often executed with the dancers forming concentric circles, which gives this theater tradition its snail-like name. Traces of this masquerade tradition can be found throughout the Caribbean and the United States in the form of Carnival and Mardi Gras. This class will focus on unpacking four of the dance and rhythm stylings over the course of 12 weeks: (1) Forokotoba, (2) Tansole, and (3) Bara/Baradong. The traditions of Noh drama, Sanskrit theater, and Greek tragedy have informed the development of American dance and theatrical forms, and similarly, a deep investigation of Koteba masquerade performance traditions will offer students of theater and dance informative tools as theorists, practitioners and historians.
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The Power and Relevance of the American Musical: 1776 and Other Musicals (TDM 194)

Teacher: Diane Paulus, Ryan McKittrick, Jeffrey L. Page
Meeting Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Description: With a focus on the American Repertory Theater’s upcoming revival production of the musical 1776 co-directed by Jeffrey L. Page and Diane Paulus, this course examines how the musical theater can uniquely and powerfully inspire audiences to reflect on history, politics, race, and identity.  

Analyzing scenes and songs from 1776 and other musicals including West Side StoryCabaretHairThe Wiz, and Hamilton, students will explore the multiple layers of meaning created by the combination of music, lyrics, choreography, staging, book scenes and design.  

 Students will read works by theorists, historians and practitioners, examining the cultural significance of these shows in the years they opened on Broadway, how they have evolved in revivals and adaptations over time, and how they resonate today.  In addition, students will engage directly with guest artists who will share their practical experience creating work in the musical theater. 
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PREVIOUSLY OFFERED CREDIT COURSES IN DANCE 

Contemporary Repertory: Dance Authorship in the 21st Century  (TDM 145B)
Deconstructing a Novel for Choreographic Thinking (TDM 147)
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) 
Movement Lab (TDM 141)
Master Work: The Choreographic Process of William Forsythe (Music 103r)
Modern Motion: 100 Years of American Dance (Freshperson Seminar 31x)
Practical Tools for Presence: Countertechnique and Dramaturgical Thinking (TDM 142)
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)

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

Additional Course Information 

To register, enter the Student Planning Portal.

These courses are cross-listed in Theater, Dance & Media and may be applied to the concentration. For a complete listing of courses offered and for information on the concentration, please visit TDM

A grid of 9 squares with 8 headshots of the Dance Center's Fall 2021 non-credit community class teaching artists and 1 square in the upper left corner that is a Kelly green background with "HARVARD DANCE CENTER FALL 21 TEACHING ARTISTS" in white font. Headshots from left to right are Sunanda Narayanan and Tarikh Campbell in the top row; Joh Camara, Nailah Randall-Bellinger, and Lonnie Stanton in the second row; Makeda Wallace, John Lam, and Jean-Robens Georges in the third row.

NON-CREDIT COMMUNITY DANCE CLASSES

The Harvard Dance Center is offering live, hybrid classes in the Fall 2021 semester, with options for both in-person as well as virtual participation. Classes are in a broad range of movement styles and dance traditions and 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, and alumni, as well as MIT affiliates.

REGISTER FOR FALL '21 NON-CREDIT COMMUNITY CLASSES!

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. If you anticipate needing any other type of access to participate, whether in person or virtually, please email dance@fas.harvard.edu. We welcome the conversation!

FALL 2021: SEPT 7-NOV 20

Offering hour and a half in-person classes with a live virtual option via Zoom. Classes will run for a total of 10-weeks, with a pause to accommodate student residencies from November 1-7.  Drop-in options will be available!

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

Face-masks

  • Face masks are required at all times indoors, according to University policy.
  • You’re encouraged to bring extra face masks for class since damp face masks from sweat can make it harder to breathe and are less effective. The Dance Center will have extra disposable masks available if necessary. 

Reduced studio capacity

  • All studios and dressing rooms will be operating at about a 30% decrease in capacity to allow for more space between dancers
  • Please pay attention to reduced max capacity signage in the dressing rooms 

Reducing density in the hallways

  • In order to reduce density in the hallways, we ask that you please do not arrive more than 10 minutes early for classes.
  • Please pay attention to signage indicating one-way traffic flow in and out of the studio and Dance Center 

Bring Your Own Water Bottle

  • Please bring your own water bottle(s). Water fountains at the studios are currently disabled due to COVID safety protocols. 

VIRTUAL PARTICIPATION

Google Classrooms

  • For students electing Virtual Only or Combination In-Person and Virtual participation, virtual access will be provided via Google Classrooms where a Zoom link will be posted each Monday.
  • A Google email is preferred for accessing Google Classrooms; please let the Dance Center staff know if you need assistance accessing this platform.
  • Register once to join us for the full series or simply drop in as your schedule permits - your access will be the same.

REGISTRATION & DROP-INS 

REGISTER FOR FALL '21 NON-CREDIT COMMUNITY CLASSES!

All Dance Center community classes are offered via a 10-week series. We encourage enrolling for the full series to experience the breadth, engagement, and community that each class offers. We will continue to offer the drop-in option as well, beginning the 3rd week of the series on Monday, September 20 and running through the end of the series. All participants must register online whether they enroll in the full series or drop-in. 

Read our Fall 2021 Non-Credit Community Class FAQ sheet

Note: There will be no classes held the week of November 1-7 due to a student group residency. There will be no classes held on Labor Day or Indigenous Peoples Day. Monday make-up classes will be held on Monday, November 22, and Monday, November 29.

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 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 with withdrawal by Sunday, September 12.
  • Half refund available with withdrawal by Sunday, September 19.

QUESTIONS? 

Contact: dance@fas.harvard.edu 

FALL 2021 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 Makeda Wallace
Bharatanatyam II, 6-7:30pm, Studio 2, 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
Ballet II, 7:30-9pm, Studio 1, taught by Jean-Robens Georges

Friday

Soca Fusion, 6-7:30pm, Studio 1, taught by Makeda Wallace 

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 

Note: There will be no classes held the week of November 1-7 due to a student group residency. There will be no classes held on Labor Day or Indigenous Peoples Day. Monday make-up classes will be held on Monday, November 22, and Monday, November 29.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

A grid of 9 squares with 8 headshots of the Dance Center's Fall 2021 non-credit community class teaching artists and 1 square in the upper left corner that is a Kelly green background with "HARVARD DANCE CENTER FALL 21 TEACHING ARTISTS" in white font. Headshots from left to right are Sunanda Narayanan and Tarikh Campbell in the top row; Joh Camara, Nailah Randall-Bellinger, and Lonnie Stanton in the second row; Makeda Wallace, John Lam, and Jean-Robens Georges in the third row.