Dance Courses

Credit Courses in Dance

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

Non-Credit Classes in Dance

Online registration for Fall 2017 class-packages will open on August 28, 2017. A link will be available from this page. Classes will begin on September 11, 2017

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 field, Harvard Dance Center offers an expansive high quality dance education for all types of movers. 

Create a class package that works with your schedule! Not ready to commit? You may choose the Drop-In option any time! 

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 2017 CLASS SCHEDULE

MONDAY
Hip Hop - 6:00-7:30pm - Studio 1 (Tarikh Campbell)
Ballet III - 6:00-7:30pm - Studio 2 (Yury Yanowsky) 
Contemporary I - 7:30-9:00pm - Studio 2 - (Whitney Cover)

TUESDAY 
Ballet I - 5:00-6:30pm - OFA Director's Studio (Katie Ulissey)
Ballet II - 6:30-8:00pm - OFA Director's Studio (Yury Yanowsky)
Contemporary II/III - 6:00-7:30pm - Studio 2 (Whitney Cover)

WEDNESDAY 
Cardio-Sculpting - 6:00-7:30pm - Studio 2 (Sarah Speltz)
Bharatanatyam - 7:30-9:00pm - Studio 2 - (Sunanda Narayanan)
Contemporary Latin/Ballroom - 7:30-9:00pm - OFA Director's Studio (Ilya Vidrin)

THURSDAY
Ballet I - 5:00-6:30pm - OFA Director's Studio (Katie Ulissey)
Ballet I/II - 6:30-8:00pm - OFA Director's Studio (Katie Ulissey)
Ballet II - 8:00-9:30pm - OFA Director's Studio (Yury Yanowsky)

FRIDAY
Ballet III - 6:00-7:30pm - Studio 1 (Yury Yanowsky) 
Contemporary I - 6:00-7:30pm - Studio 2 (Whitney Cover)

SATURDAY
Conditioning: Strength and Stretch - 10:00-11:30am - Studio 1 (Nailah Randall-Bellinger)
Contemporary II/III - 11:30am-1pm - Studio 1 (Nailah Randall-Bellinger)
West African Dance - 1:00-2:30pm - Studio 1 (Joh Camara) 

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. 

Fall 2017 Class Listing

Ballet I

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 12-Nov 16
Days/Times: T/Th 5:00-6:30 PM
Level: I
Instructor: Catherine Ulissey
Ballet for every body. A course which 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. It is strongly encouraged that students register for both the Tuesday and Thursday class. No Drop-Ins. 
Location: Director's Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)

Attire: Comfortable ballet clothing and ballet slippers. Ms. Ulissey will be guiding students in a proper fitting for ballet slippers on the first day of class, thus students are asked to wait to purchase ballet slippers until after the first day. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. Long hair should be tied back. 
 

Ballet I/II

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 14-Nov 16
Days/Times: Th 6:30-8:00 PM
Level: I/II
Instructor: Catherine Ulissey
A continuation of the concepts explored in Ballet I, building upon the basic designs of ballet technique and musicality. For dancers who have taken Ballet I or have some prior ballet experience. Students for this class must register for the full 10 weeks. No drop-ins.
Location: Director's Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)

Attire: Comfortable ballet clothing and ballet slippers. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. Long hair should be tied back. 

Ballet II

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 12-Nov 16
Days/Times: T 6:30-8:00 PM; Th 8:00-9:30 PM
Level: II
Instructors: Yury Yanowsky
This course will build upon and enhance foundational ballet training with musicality, improved articulation and flow of motion. At least two years of intermediate level ballet required.
Location: Director's Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)

Attire: Comfortable ballet clothing and ballet slippers. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. Long hair should be tied back. 

Read more about Ballet II

Ballet III

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 11-Nov 20
Days/Times: M/F 6:00-7:30pm
Level: III
Instructors: Yury Yanowsky
A course which focuses on developing advanced, integrated coordinative skills and dynamics, fostering 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 (HDC 2), 66 Garden St., on Mondays and Studio 1 (HDC 1) on Fridays

Attire: Comfortable ballet clothing and ballet slippers. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. Long hair should be tied back. 
Note: No class on Monday, October 9, for Columbus Day (Indigenous People's Day) holiday.

Read more about Ballet III

Bharatanatyam

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 13-Nov 15
Days/Times: W 7:30-9:00pm
Level: I
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. They will learn to communicate using facial expressions to convey the meanings of songs. Students will also learn about the history of this art form and its spiritual connection. Each class will include a warm up and dance movements that will build into the learning of small dance piece.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 (HDC 2), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Suggested attire for class is leggings, long t-shirts or tunics, and bare feet. Long hair should be tied back.

Cardio-Sculpting Workout

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 13-Nov 15
Days/Times: W 6:00-7:30pm
Level: All levels
Instructor: Sarah Speltz
This course will provide a cardio-dance and strength workout through various fitness formats. Dance choreography will be inspired by Latin, hip-hop, house, and contemporary styles and be set to multiple different types of music. Each class will include a warm-up, isolations, intense cardio dancing, and a cool-down which leads to bodyweight resistance training for sculpting lean muscle and a strong core. No prior experience necessary.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 (HDC 2), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout wear or anything comfortable to move in. Students may wear socks or sneakers with socks pulled over the sneakers. Please bring a yoga mat or towel for floor work. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 

Read more about Cardio-Sculpting Workout

Conditioning: Strength & Stretch

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 16-Nov 18
Days/Times: Sa 10:00-11:30am
Level: All levels
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Combines the 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 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 

Contemporary I - New!

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 11-Nov 20
Days/Times: M 7:30-9:00pm; F 6:00-7:30pm
Level: I
Instructor: Whitney Cover 
Description coming soon.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 (HDC 2), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 
Note: No class on Monday, October 9, for Columbus Day (Indigenous People's Day) holiday.

Read more about Contemporary I - New!

Contemporary II/III

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 16-Nov 18
Days/Times: Sa 11:30am-1:00pm
Level: II/III
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
This course will concentrate on the exploration of movement quality, the creative process, and theoretical concepts of modern dance. While the course is Horton based other forms of modern dance will be referenced, including Graham, Limon and Dunham. The primary focus will be proper body alignment, quality of movement, phrasing, and dynamics. The class challenges the dancer 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.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 

Contemporary II/III - New!

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 12-Nov 14
Days/Times: T 6:00-7:30pm
Level: II/III
Instructor: Whitney Cover
Description coming soon. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 (HDC 2), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 

Read more about Contemporary II/III - New!

Contemporary Latin/Ballroom

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 20-Nov 29 (starting & ending one week later than the rest of classes)
Days/Times: W 7:30-9:00pm
Level: I
Instructor: Ilya Vidrin
A class for all levels, Contemporary Latin/Ballroom applies foundations from ballet and modern techniques to Latin/Ballroom dynamics; this class strongly emphasizes bodily rhythm, coordination, and musicality. Starting with a warm-up to support pelvic stability and core strength, 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, always emerging and evolving from foundational Latin/Ballroom principles. 
Location: Director's Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and socks. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 

Hip Hop

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 11-Nov 20
Days/Times: M 6:00-7:30pm
Level: I
Instructor: Tarikh Campbell
Geared towards all levels, this class breaks down the 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 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

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. 
Note: No class on Monday, October 9, for Columbus Day (Indigenous People's Day) holiday.
Read more about Hip Hop

West African Dance

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Sept 16-Nov 18
Days/Times: Sa 1:00-2:30pm
Level: All levels
Instructor: Joh Camara 
A class for all levels introducing 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 include live drumming, 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. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio.