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: TBA
Location: TBA
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. 
Visit TDM 149 course description

Ballet, Past and Present (SLAVIC 121/TDM 121K)
Teacher: Daria KhitrovaAssociate 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)
Teacher: Jeffrey L. Page, Gross-Loh 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. 
Visit TDM 194 course website​​​​​​​. 


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 12 squares with 11 headshots of the Dance Center's Spring 2021 virtual community class teaching artists and 1 square of the Harvard Dance Center logo in the bottom right corner.
From left to right: Amirah Sackett, Sunanda Narayanan and Tarikh Campbell in the top row; Lonnie Stanton, Nailah Randall-Bellinger and Jean-Robens Georges in the second row; Yury Yanowsky, Joh Camara and Ella Wechsler-Matthaei in the third row; Makeda Wallace and Laura Rodriguez in the bottom row.
Live Virtual Community Dance Classes

The Harvard Dance Center is offering virtual live, interactive classes, adapted for small spaces and in a broad range of movement styles and traditions. For all levels and abilities, classes are open to the Harvard community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as MIT affiliates. Post-class recordings are offered for a-synchronous viewing. Taught by the Dance Center's exceptional teaching artists, many classes also feature live musical accompaniment. 

Accessibility: All classes are taught specifically to be inclusive of people with a range of abilities. If you anticipate needing any type of access to participate, please email in advance of your participation.

Check out the Dance Center's Spring '21 Artist Talks featuring artist-led dialogues with the Dance Center's teaching artists! 


Spring 2021: January 25-April 3

In accordance with Harvard's online 2020-21 academic year, the Dance Center will continue to offer its 10-week series of one-hour live virtual classes via Zoom in the Spring 2021 semester: 

Ballet Barre
Hip Hop
Latinx Fusion
Soca Fusion
West African Dance

All classes are live and interactive, and some feature live music. Post-class recordings will be available to registered participants who are unable to attend the live classes or reside in time zones other than Eastern Standard Time.

Registration and Drop-ins 


Register today

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 (as of February 8) and running through the end of the series.

All participants must register online whether they enroll in the full series or drop-in.

Note: There will be no classes held on Wellness Days: Monday, March 1; Tuesday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 31. There will also be no classes held on President's Day, Monday, February 15. Additional make-up classes will be scheduled the week of April 5-8. 


Harvard Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Register once to join us for the full series or simply drop-in as your schedule permits - your access will be the same.

Harvard Community: Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and MIT Affiliates
10-week series: $70

  • Multi-class discount: 25% off registering for more than one class series
  • Full refund available with withdrawal by January 30.
  • Half refund available with withdrawal by February 6.

Harvard’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for eligible employees:  $40

Drop-in, starting February 8: $10/class

Our Virtual Studios: Zoom and Google Classrooms 

  • Registrants will access their class(es) via Google Classrooms. 
  • Zoom link(s) will be posted each Monday in these virtual classrooms as well as the post-class recordings for asynchronous learning. 
  • Class recordings will be posted the following day and remain available for up to 3 weeks. 
  • Please read the Dance Center's Virtual Class FAQ

On Monday, January 25, all registrants will be sent an email with an invite to their Google Classroom, which contains a link and a specific class code for secure access. Each class has its own code. Visit the classroom(s) to access the weekly Zoom link.

Community drop-in students will receive an email with the direct Zoom link to class by no later than 4pm on the day of their selected class, or by 4pm Friday for their selected Saturday class.

Spring 2021 Class Schedule 

Calendar view of the Dance Center virtual classes

Yury Yanowsky
Tuesday, 7-8PM EST

Jean Robens Georges
Thursday, 5-6PM EST

Sunanda Narayanan
Tuesday, 6-7PM EST
Thursday, 6:30-7:30PM EST

Lonnie Stanton
Wednesday, 7:30-8:30PM EST

Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Saturday, 10-11AMEST

Lonnie Stanton
Monday, 6-7PM EST

Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Saturday, 11:15AM-12:15PM EST

Tarikh Campbell
Monday, 7-8PM EST

Amirah Sackett – New Guest Teacher! 
Thursday, 6-7PM EST

Laura Rodriguez – New Guest Teacher! 
Tuesday, 5-6PM EST

Thursday, 7-8PM EST
Makeda Wallace – New Guest Teacher! 

Joh Camara
Wednesday, 6-7PM EST
Saturday, 1-2PM EST

Note: There will be no classes held on Wellness Days: Monday, March 1; Tuesday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 31. There will also be no classes held on President's Day, Monday, February 15. Additional make-up classes will be scheduled the week of April 5-8.