Dance Courses

Credit Courses in Dance

Visit Dance Courses for Academic Credit (cross-listed in Theater, Dance & Media)

Non-Credit Classes in Dance

Fall 2018 Non-credit classes will begin on Monday, September 17, and end on Saturday, December 1 (10 weeks). There will not be classes during Thanksgiving week (November 18-25). 

Online registration for the Fall 2018 non-credit class semester will open August 28, 2018.

Sign up for the Dance email list to receive a reminder about registration and updates on Fall programming! 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR REGISTERING OR PAYING BY DROP-IN:

  1. CLICK HERE TO BE TAKEN TO THE NON-CREDIT CLASS REGISTERATION PAGE or visit harvarddance.asapconnected.com;  
  2. Click on “CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT” (remember to select your user type at the top of the page!) OR “LOGIN” if you are returning;
  3. Select your class(es) on the left, and click on “Register Now!” or “Drop-In” to add to your shopping cart;
  4. Select “Continue Shopping” or “Checkout;”
  5. Complete secure payment online*!

*Please note that if you are registering as a TAP eligible employee, completed TAP forms will be required to complete registration. If you are a student hoping to pay by term bill, unfortunately, we are unable to accept term bill payments online. If you cannot pay by credit card and need to pay by term bill, please call the Dance office at 617-496-0314.

Harvard Dance Center non-credit classes are open to the entire Harvard community, including faculty, staff, alumni, and MIT affiliates. A broad range of dance disciplines taught by experts in the field, Harvard Dance Center offers an expansive high quality dance education for all types of movers.

Class Fees for the 10 Week Semester:

  Student Harvard Community
(includes staff, faculty, & MIT)
1 Class  $70 $100
2 Classes  $90 $150
Drop-In $10 $15










Methods of Payment: Credit Card, University Term Bill, TAP. Money should never be a barrier; please let us know if you need assistance. 

FALL 2018 CLASS SCHEDULE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

Photo: Margaret Canady '20, Credit: Liza Voll. 

Harvard University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact 617-495-8683 in advance of your participation or visit. The Harvard Dance Center is accessible for individuals using wheelchairs. 

Class Descriptions

Ballet @ Noon - New!

Semester: 

Spring

Level: II 
Instructor: (TBA)
For dancers who have taken Ballet I or have some prior ballet experience, these classes will focus on building upon the basic designs of ballet technique, learning more complex phrases of movement, and musicality. Designed to fit into the lunch hour, this class is slightly truncated, at 1 hour and 15 minutes. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1

Attire:  Dance/yoga/workout wear — something comfortable to move in. Socks and or ballet shoes* recommended. * Please reach out to find out more about our shoe sponsorship program.

Ballet I

Semester: 

Spring

Level: I
Instructor: Corina Gill
Ballet for every body. A continuation from the Fall, this course focuses on the curvilinear designs of ballet technique and its inextricable connection to musicality and motion. Starting from ballet barre and building to center work at a pace for those taking ballet for the first time or dancers who want to revisit the basics. Students taking this class must sign up for the full 10 weeks. This course is for registered participants only; no drop-ins.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1

Attire: Dance/yoga/workout wear — something comfortable to move in. Socks and or ballet shoes* recommended. * Please reach out to find out more about our shoe sponsorship program.

Ballet II

Semester: 

Spring

Level: II
Instructor: Elizabeth Epsen
For dancers who have taken Ballet I or have some prior ballet experience, these classes will focus on building upon the basic designs of ballet technique, learning more complex phrases of movement, and musicality.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2

Attire: Dance/yoga/workout wear — something comfortable to move in. Socks and or ballet shoes* recommended. * Please reach out to find out more about our shoe sponsorship program.

Ballet III

Semester: 

Spring

Level: III
Instructors: Corina Gill and TBA 
Focusing on developing advanced, integrated coordinative skills and dynamics, this class fosters a more diverse vocabulary for dancing in the spirit of rigor, curiosity and individual artistry. At least three years of advanced level ballet required.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 on Tuesdays and Studio 1 on Saturdays

Attire:  Dance/yoga/workout wear — something comfortable to move in. Socks and or ballet shoes* recommended. * Please reach out to find out more about our shoe sponsorship program.

Bharatanatyam

Semester: 

Spring

Level: All levels 
Instructor: Sunanda Narayanan
A class for all levels introducing students to Bharatanatyam, an ancient classical dance form of India that has been continuously practiced and performed for over a millennium. This dance style is highly stylized combining pure dance and mime accompanied by music, rhythm, and lyrics. Students will learn about intricate pure dance movements that demand coordination and that combine footwork, hand gestures, eye, and neck movements. Students will also learn to communicate using facial expressions to convey the meanings of song, as well as the history and spiritual connection of the art form. Each class will include a warm up and dance movements that will lead to learning short dance pieces.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 

Attire: Suggested attire for class is leggings, long t-shirts or tunics, and bare feet. 

Conditioning: Strength & Stretch

Semester: 

Spring

Level: All levels
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Combines the classical modern dance Katherine Dunham barre vocabulary, yoga, Pilates, integrated breathing exercises, and musicality to build stamina and coordination essential to the dancing body. (Note: please bring a yoga or exercise mat).
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2

Attire: Workout wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet or socks.  
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Contemporary I

Semester: 

Spring

Level: All levels
Instructor: Whitney Cover 
An introduction to Contemporary dance movement techniques developed in the 1970’s to the present day, for all levels of experience. . The classes will explore dynamic alignment and efficiency of movement by first warming the body with attention to structure and fluidity in the joints. Tasks and movement phrases will help students explore the body’s relationship to gravity, space, and weight while moving on and out of the floor. Emphasis is placed on building a cerebral toolkit for approaching dance phrasework and improvisation, while increasing awareness of the body in the classes and for daily life. The classes also aim to develop esthetic discernment and the capacity for play. No previous dance experience necessary.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet or socks. 

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Contemporary II/III

Semester: 

Spring

Level: II/III
Instructor: Whitney Cover
Drawing upon myriad movement methods and somatic practices, this course provides exposure to current working methods of international and national Contemporary dance domains. Emphasis is placed on building stamina while exploring dynamic specificity and effective choice-making as an individual. Strength and clarity of movement will be built using tasks, phrases, and improvisation in order to increase availability to movement ideas and movement potential. Foundational dance training encouraged.

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet or socks. 

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Contemporary II/III

Semester: 

Spring

Level: II/III
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
These Saturday classes will concentrate on the exploration of movement quality, the creative process, and theoretical concepts of classical modern dance. While the course is based in the Lester Horton technique, other forms of classical modern dance will be referenced, including Martha Graham, Jose Limon and Katherine Dunham techniques. The primary focus will be proper body alignment, quality of movement, phrasing, and dynamics. The class challenges dancers to explore their own range of motion as they perform dynamic movement studies of the various modern techniques. The class will provide a supportive environment that will encourage each dancer to move freely and safely. Students will be encouraged to express their artistic individuality with confidence as the grow more comfortable the their acquired broad verbal and movement vocabulary. Previous foundational dance training encouraged.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet or socks. 

Contemporary Latin/Ballroom

Semester: 

Spring

Level: All levels
Instructor: Ilya Vidrin
For all levels, these classes are based in the foundations of ballet and classical modern techniques and Latin/Ballroom dynamics. Starting with a warm-up to support pelvic stability and core strength with a focus on physical rhythm, coordination, and musicality, the class moves through movement patterns from dances like the cha-cha, rumba, salsa, merengue, samba, and tango. Exercises build and move fluidly from solo to partnered actions which emerge and evolve through foundational Latin/Ballroom principles.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and socks. 

Gaga/people and Gaga @ Noon - New!

Semester: 

Spring

Level: All levels
Instructor: Mario Zambrano
Gaga—the movement language created by Ohad Naharin, artistic director and choreographer of Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv—is a continuous, sensation-based movement class. Students are encouraged to interpret and experience the somatic practice of listening to the body while activating a total sensorial attention. Gaga offers a creative framework for students to engage with physicality and imagination, bridging the activity between body and mind while increasing physical potential. There are no mirrors in Gaga, and there are no observers. The class moves in continuum without breaks for a minimum of an hour. Gaga/people is intended for and welcomes students who have not had any previous dance training.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 

Attire: Comfortable clothes you can move in and bare feet or socks.

Hip Hop

Semester: 

Spring

Level: All levels
Instructor: Tarikh Campbell
For all levels, this class breaks down hip hop movement through an understanding of body control and texture. Each class offers a new choreographic phrase and develops dancers' movement retention, musicality, and performance qualities. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1

Attire: Workout wear or anything comfortable to move in. Students may wear socks, sneakers with socks pulled over them, or sneakers that have never been worn outside. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 
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West African Dance

Semester: 

Spring

Level: All levels
Instructor: Joh Camara 
For all levels, this class introduces students to traditional West African dance and culture. Students will develop body strength and flexibility by learning intricate feet patterns, hand movements, and full movement sequences. Each class will be accompanied by live drumming and will include a warm-up, a break-down of the movements, high energy dancing, and will close with a community dance circle.

Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet. 

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