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: 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: SEPTEMBER 28-DECEMBER 5

In accordance with Harvard's plan for Fall 2020, the Dance Center will be offering one-hour live virtual classes for 10 weeks via Zoom. Register today! Each class will be offered twice a week: 

Ballet Barre
Bharatanatyam
Contemporary
Conditioning
Hip Hop
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

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 October 12) and running through the end of the series.

All participants must register online whether they enroll in the full series or drop-in.

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 October 4.
  • Half refund available with withdrawal by October 11.

Harvard’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for eligible employees:  $40

Drop-in, starting October 12: $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 a week for all students to enjoy. 
  • Please read the Dance Center's Fall 2020 Virtual Class FAQ

On Monday, September 28, 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.

FALL 2020 CLASS SCHEDULE

Schedule for Non-Credit Classes

BALLET BARRE
Yury Yanowsky
Tuesday, 7-8PM

Jean Robens Georges
Thursday, 5-6PM

BARATANATYAM
Sunanda Narayanan
Tuesday, 6-7PM
Thursday, 6:30-7:30PM

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

Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Saturday, 10-11AM

CONTEMPORARY
Lonnie Stanton
Monday, 7-8PM

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

HIP HOP
Aysha Upchurch
Tuesday, 7-8PM

Tarikh Campbell
Monday, 6-7PM

SOCA FUSION
Ella Wechsler-Matthaei
Tuesday, 5-6PM
Thursday, 7-8PM

WEST AFRICAN DANCE
Joh Camara
Wednesday, 6-7PM
Saturday, 1-2PM

VIRTUAL CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Ballet Barre

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

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 ET; Th, 5-6pm ET 
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 I

Semester: 

Fall

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.
Day/Time: Thu, 6:30-7:30pm ET
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.

Bharatanatyam II

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020
Level: II
Instructor: Sunanda Narayanan
For students who have taken Bharatanatyam I 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 ET
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: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020
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 ET
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: 

Fall

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. 
Day/Time: Sat, 10-11am ET
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: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

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, 7-8pm ET
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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Contemporary

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

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 ET
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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Hip Hop

Semester: 

Fall

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. 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, 6-7pm ET
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

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Level: All levels
Instructor: Aysha Upchurch
Informally titled “Groovology,” this class will focus on the groove and bounce so important to Hip Hop and Street Dance. From a basic two step to new party/social dances, play with and understand musicality, groundedness, and improvisation -- essential ingredients to Hip Hop dance's swag (in its Africanist aesthetic lineage). We will travel from funk to R&B, old school to new school Hip Hop, and other styles of popular music to develop and push our musical ear and body so they can embrace groove confidently. Each class include a conditioning warm-up, spotlight on a groove, and short combinations to sharpen sequencing/choreography skills. (Please note that commercial choreography is not a central component of class, though short routines will help students gain building blocks to help them pick up sequences and define their own style.)
Day/Time: T,  7-8pm ET
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

Soca Fusion

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Level: All levels
Instructor: Ella Wechsler-Matthaei
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 ET;  Th, 7-8pm ET
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: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

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 ET; Sat, 1-2pm ET
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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