Non-Credit Community Classes

FALL 2020 VIRTUAL MOVEMENT 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 faculty, staff, alumni, and MIT affiliates. In accordance with Harvard's plan for Fall 2020, the Dance Center will be offering a live virtual 10-week class series via Zoom. These classes represent a broad range of dance disciplines and are taught by Boston area professional teaching artists.

Fall 2020 Virtual Community Classes: September 28-December 5 

Ballet Barre
Bharatanatyam
Contemporary
Conditioning
Hip Hop
Soca Fusion
West African Dance 

NOTE: All classes will be offered live and are tuition-free for all students! (All undergraduates and graduates). Recordings of classes will be available for students in a range of time zones.

More information on registration and class fees for community members coming soon. 

Accessibility: Persons of all physical and mental abilities are encouraged to participate in all Harvard Dance Center programs. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation for the Fall 2020 semester's virtual classes or programs, please email dance@fas.harvard.edu in advance of your participation. 

FALL 2020 CLASS SCHEDULE

Coming soon! 

Class Descriptions

Ballet I

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: I
Instructor: Lonnie Stanton
Accompanists: Robin Cho and Yulia Yun
Ballet for every body. 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
Days/Times: M, W, 7:30-9pm
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

Offered: 

2020

Level: II
Instructor: Elizabeth Epsen
Accompanist: Jakov Jakoulov 
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
Days/Times: M, W 7:30-9pm


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

Offered: 

2020

Level: III
Instructors: Yury Yanowksy
Accompanists: Jakov Jakoulov and Yulia Yun 
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 1 on Tuesdays and Studio 2 on Saturdays
Days/Times: T 7:30-9pm, Sa 10-11:30am

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@Noon

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: II 
Instructor: Jean Robens Georges
Accompanist: Jakov Jakoulov
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
Day/Time: Th 12-1:15pm

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

Offered: 

2020

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 
Days/Time: T 6-7:30pm

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

Conditioning: Strength & Stretch

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

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 1
Days/Time: Sa 10-11:30am

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

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: All levels
Instructor: Lonnie Stanton
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 aesthetic discernment and the capacity for play. No previous dance experience necessary.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1
Days/Time: T 7:30-9pm

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

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Contemporary I

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: All levels
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Accompanist: Akili Jamal Haynes 
This course introduces the fundamentals of classical Modern dance technique and 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. In addition to building a strong vocabulary of classical modern dance, as it applies to contemporary dance, the students will explore each style through a series of movement studies designed to develop one’s muscle memory and movement fluidity. Live accompaniment! 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1
Days/Time: F 6-7:30pm

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

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Contemporary II/III

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: II/III
Instructor: Lonnie Stanton
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.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2
Days/Time: M 6-7:30pm


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

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Contemporary II/III

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: II/III
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Accompanist: Allison Stamiris 
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 Limón, 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 
Days/Time: Sa 11:30am-1pm

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

Contemporary Latin/Ballroom

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: All levels
Instructor: Ilya Vidrin
Teaching assistant: Jessi Stegall 
For all levels, Contemporary Latin/Ballroom is a practice based in the foundations of ballet, American modern techniques, and Latin/ballroom principles. Each class begins with a rigorous warm-up designed to hone physical coordination, balance, and strength. Exercises are rooted in rhythm and musicality, evolving fluidly from individual movement to paired actions of moving together. Students will develop and practice foundational skills of partnering, emerging from dances like the cha-cha, rumba, salsa, waltz, merengue, samba, and tango. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2

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

Hip Hop

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

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. Though still a young genre, Hip Hop dance has created many legends, including the Elite Force crew's Buddha Stretch, LINK, Ejoe, and Caleaf. Today it spans the globe, with dance festivals and battles on nearly every continent. It has even influenced additional popular styles of street dance, including Memphis Jookin and Litefeet. In this class, we will explore the basic elements of freestyle Hip Hop dance, from the bounce and rock to the party dances built on top of them. Through the class, students will be coached on how to interpret music through their movements and exercise creativity to develop their unique style. 
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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Soca Fusion - New Class!

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: All levels
Instructor: Ella Wechsler-Matthaei
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 
Soca Fusion is a high-energy and engaging class for all levels that aims to support students in rediscovering what self-expression feels like through Soca music. Students will explore a fusion of styles including Soca, Dancehall, Hip Hop, West African, and...

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West African Dance

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: All levels
Instructor: Joh Camara 
Accompanist: Sory Diabate 
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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