Non-Credit Community Classes

LIVE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY DANCE CLASSES FOR ALL LEVELS

The Harvard Dance Center offers an expansive, high-quality dance education for all types of movers. Non-credit community movement classes are open to the entire Harvard community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni as well as MIT affiliates. Our classes represent a broad range of dance styles and traditions and are taught by Boston area professional teaching artists. 

Accessibility: All classes are taught specifically to be inclusive of people with a range of disabilities. If you anticipate needing any type of access service, please email dance@fas.harvard.edu in advance of your participation.

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
Bharatanatyam
Contemporary
Conditioning
Hip Hop
Latinx/Soca 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

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! 

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. 

COST

Harvard Undergraduate and Graduate Students
FREE!
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

BALLET BARRE
Yury Yanowsky
Tuesday, 7-8PM EST

Jean Robens Georges
Thursday, 5-6PM EST

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

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

Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Saturday, 10-11AMEST

CONTEMPORARY
Lonnie Stanton
Monday, 6-7PM EST

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

HIP HOP
Tarikh Campbell
Monday, 7-8PM EST

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

LATINX/SOCA FUSION
Laura Rodriguez – New Guest Teacher! 
Ella Wechsler-Matthaei
Tuesday, 5-6PM EST

SOCA FUSION
Thursday, 7-8PM EST
Makeda Wallace – New Guest Teacher! 
Ella Wechsler-Matthaei

WEST AFRICAN DANCE
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. 

VIRTUAL CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Ballet Barre

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Level: II/III
Instructors: Yury Yanowksy and Jean Robens Georges
Accompanists: Robin Cho and Yulia Yun
A classical ballet barre for participants who have some prior experience in ballet. It will include the fundamental exercises of the ballet barre technique, from plies to grandes battements, with a focus on alignment, expressive ports des bras and musicality. The class may also include specific, complimentary strengthening and stretch exercises as the need arises.
Days/Times: T, 7-8pm EST; Th, 5-6pm EST 
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of hard flooring. Carpet not recommended. Chair, desk, the wall, or countertop to hold on to in place of a barre. 
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Socks and or ballet shoes* recommended.

Bharatanatyam

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021
Level: II
Instructor: Sunanda Narayanan
For students who have taken Bharatanatyam or have other previous experience with the form. Bharatanatyam II will build on the intricate pure dance movements that demand coordination and that combine footwork, hand gestures, eye, and neck movements. Each class will include a warm up and dance movements that will lead to learning short dance pieces for small spaces.
Day/Time: T, 6-7pm EST, and Thu, 6:30-7:30pm EST
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3' of hard flooring.
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear, e.g. leggings, long t-shirts or tunics. Bare feet recommended.

Conditioning: Strength & Stretch

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021
Level: All levels
Instructor: Lonnie Stanton
Accompanist: Akili Jamal Haynes
A conditioning class with a Yoga base that will focus on a new area of the anatomy each week and build to a short yogic sequence. The sequence will connect like a concise dance phrase based on the weekly theme with each class ending in a movement sentence that includes toning options and stretching. 
Day/Time: W, 7:30-8:30pm EST
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of flooring. A yoga or exercise mat, towel, or carpet is recommended for comfort. 
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Bare feet recommended.

Conditioning: Strength & Stretch

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

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. 
Day/Time: Sat, 10-11am EST
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of flooring. A yoga or exercise mat, towel, or carpet is recommended for comfort. 
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Bare feet recommended.

Contemporary

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Level: All levels
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Accompanist: Allison Stamiris  
Adapted for the small space, an introduction to the fundamentals of classical Modern dance technique that shows its evolution into what is now called contemporary dance. Students are introduced to the basic vocabulary of Graham, Horton and Limón techniques, including such terms as the c-curve, undulation, lateral arch, fall and rebound, spiraling, release swing, and contract and release. The use of the torso and working in a way that is “grounded” are emphasized as defining modern dance movement qualities.
Day/Time: Sat, 11:15am-12:15pm EST
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of flooring. 
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Bare feet recommended.

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Contemporary

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Level: All levels
Instructor: Lonnie Stanton
Rooted in the contemporary dance techniques developed in the 1970’s to the present day, this class begins by warming the body with attention to structure and fluidity in the joints. Movement phrases for small spaces will help students explore the body’s relationship to gravity, space, and weight. Emphasis is placed on approaching dance phrasework and improvisation, while developing aesthetic discernment and the capacity for play. No previous dance experience necessary.
Day/Time: M, 6-7pm EST
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of hard flooring. 
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Bare feet recommended.

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Hip Hop

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Level: All levels
Instructor: Tarikh Campbell
Hip hop is a culture created by Black and Hispanic youngsters in The Bronx, NY during the 70s. It is composed of four pillars: DJing, Breaking (also called break dancing), Graffiti, and MCing. During the 80s, a new dance style emerged from the New York party scene called "party dance," which is today known more commonly as hip hop dance. Adapted for a small space, this class will explore the basic elements of freestyle hip hop dance, from the bounce and rock to the party dances built on top of them. Students will be coached on how to interpret music through their movements and exercise creativity to develop their unique style. 
Day/Time: M, 7-8pm EST
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of hard flooring. 
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Bare feet or sneakers recommended.
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Hip Hop – New Class!

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Level: All levels
Instructor: Amirah Sackett
An all levels class focusing on the foundation and techniques of hip hop dance including toprocking, breaking, and popping. Students will be introduced to the history of hip hop dance and its evolution since its early beginnings. Goals for the class include mastery over steps and techniques, and application of those foundational movements into exploration of individual freestyle. The class is adapted for a small space. 
Day/Time: Thu, 6-7pm EST
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of hard flooring. 
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Bare feet or sneakers recommended.... Read more about Hip Hop – New Class!

Latinx/Soca Fusion

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Level: All levels
Instructors: Laura Rodriguez (Latinx Fusion) and Ella Wechsler-Matthaei (Soca Fusion)
Latinx Fusion (1/26-2/23):
Adapted for small spaces, this is a class focusing on high-energy based movement while including empowered space for joy, community, and ritual. Together students will explore the social and communal Latin Diaspora of movement, migration, and music from Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, and the United States. Drawing from the foundations of salsa, cumbia, bachata, and cha-cha in both traditional and contemporary contexts, the class will take students through a lush warm-up, movement investigations, tasks, and combinations. Includes studies in horizontal and vertical weight, isolations, polycentric movements, and hip whining techniques. No previous experience needed and all are welcome! ¡Vamos a bailar!

Soca Fusion (3/2-3/30): 
A high-energy and engaging class for all levels that aims to support students in rediscovering what self-expression feels like through Soca music. Adapted for a small space, students will explore a fusion of styles including soca, dancehall, hip hop, West African, and Caribbean folk, to release rigidity in the body and relearn what it means to be grounded. Beginning with a warmup crafted to wake up the body, choreography will be  broken down into accessible learning segments to allow all students to fully understand and execute the movements. Soca Fusion focuses on creating an inner confidence that students will be encouraged to maintain across all dance disciplines, and throughout their lives to live more freely and authentically. 
Days/Time: T, 5-6pm EST
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of hard flooring. 
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Bare feet or sneakers recommended.

Soca Fusion

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Level: All levels
Instructor: Makeda Wallace (1/28-2/25) and Ella Wechsler-Matthaei (3/4-4/1)
A high-energy and engaging class for all levels that aims to support students in rediscovering what self-expression feels like through Soca music. Adapted for a small space, students will explore a fusion of styles including soca, dancehall, hip hop, West African, and Caribbean folk, to release rigidity in the body and relearn what it means to be grounded. Beginning with a warmup crafted to wake up the body, choreography will be  broken down into accessible learning segments to allow all students to fully understand and execute the movements. Soca Fusion focuses on creating an inner confidence that students will be encouraged to maintain across all dance disciplines, and throughout their lives to live more freely and authentically. 
Days/Time: Thu, 7-8pm EST
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of hard flooring. 
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Bare feet or sneakers recommended.

West African Dance

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Level: All levels
Instructor: Joh Camara 
Accompanist: Akili Jamal Haynes and Sory Diabate 
An introduction to traditional West African dance and culture adapted for the small space. 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 virtual community dance circle. 
Days/Time: W, 6-7pm EST; Sat, 1-2pm EST
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of hard flooring. Carpet not recommended. 
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Bare feet recommended.

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