Credit Courses in Dance

Harvard Dance Project student in movement on stage with dramatic lighting and time clock in the background.

FALL 2020

The Garden (Course #TBD) - New Course! 
Cross-registration: AFVS, Music, TDM
Teachers: Claire Chase, Professor of the Practice, Department of Music; Jill Johnson, Director of Dance & Senior Lecturer, Theater, Dance & Media; Karthik Pandian, Assistant Professor of Art, Film, and Visual Studies 
Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 12-2:45PM
Location: (TBD)
DescriptionThe Garden is a transdisciplinary arts collective, co-taught by faculty mentors in music, visual art, and dance, along with resident artists, scholars, and curators. Our contemporary world offers distinct challenges and opportunities for artists as makers, scholars, and local and global citizens. We believe transdisciplinary learning equips students with the critical tools, awareness, and perspectives needed for thinking and action. This course is for students who seek to imagine new alternatives, to push the critical and scholarly boundaries of their creative practice, and to expand their artistic inquiry in a collegial, rigorous, and lively environment. Each faculty mentor works with a cohort of five students, providing regular, sustained one-on-one mentorship to develop their practice. All three faculty, their student cohorts, residents, and guests hold frequent convivial gatherings to share and receive feedback on work, collaborate, improvise and dialogue in the spirit of dynamic exchange.

Mentors: Claire Chase, Jill Johnson, Karthik Pandian
Residents: Makeda Best, Vincent Brown, Dan Byers


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)
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)

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


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 through Theater, Dance & Media and for information on the concentration, please visit

Image: Katherine Hairston '22 in Bill T. Jones' "Story/Time" (excerpt), Spring 2019. Photo credit: Liza