Non-Credit Classes

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IMPORTANT UPDATE:
Following Harvard University's response regarding COVID19 on March 10, all programming and studio activity at Harvard Dance Center, including the Office for the Arts Director’s studio, are suspended for the rest of the spring 2020 term.

Please read the most recent letter from Dance Director Jill Johnson to the Harvard Dance Center community. If you have questions or concerns, you may email the Dance Center staff at dance@fas.harvard.edu.

HARVARD COLLEGE FAQhttps://dso.college.harvard.edu/coronavirusfaq  

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MOVEMENT CLASSES FOR ALL LEVELS

Harvard Dance Center non-credit classes are open to the entire Harvard community, including faculty, staff, alumni, and MIT affiliates, and students from other local universities. A broad range of dance disciplines taught by experts in the field, Harvard Dance Center offers an expansive high quality dance education for all types of movers.

Class Fees for the 10-Week Semester:

  Harvard Student Harvard Community*
(includes staff, faculty, & MIT)
1 Class  $70 $100
2 Classes  $90 $150
Drop-In $10 $15











*Harvard Community includes Harvard staff, faculty, alumni, and MIT affiliates. Students MUST be 18 years or older to participate in any of Harvard Dance Center's classes.

Paying with TAP: Non-credit dance classes are part of Harvard's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for eligible Harvard employees. Please refer to the Harvard TAP Handbook for a full explanation of and guidelines around this benefit (see page 8 for number of TAP courses permitted per employee type).  

Please note that a separate completed and signed TAP form for each registered TAP class (two max) is required. Completed and signed TAP Forms must also be emailed as PDFs to Harvard Dance Center and confirmed with receipt prior to the start of classes. If TAP forms are not received and confirmed prior to the start of classes, the Dance Center is permitted to cancel your registration and you will be refunded in full.

Paying with Term Bill: If you are a student hoping to pay by term bill, unfortunately, we are unable to accept term bill payments online. If you cannot pay by credit card and need to pay by term bill, please send an email to dance@fas.harvard.edu

Financial Assistance: We believe that money should never be a barrier to participate in Harvard Dance Center classes. If you request financial assistance, please complete this form and we will be in touch with you. 

Methods of Payment: Credit Card, University Term Bill, and TAP. 

Refund Policy: Changes to or cancellations of your registration may be made during the first full week of classes (January 27-February 2, 2020) for a full refund. Cancellations made during the second week of classes (February 3-9, 2020) will be refunded at 50%. Refunds will not be offered after February 9, 2020. Drop-in classes are available for purchase anytime once the session begins, but are non-refundable once purchased.  

Waitlist Policy: If a class is at full capacity, the class will be marked FULL on the registration page. Waitlists will only be available for the Ballet I M/W classes and a linked form will become available if the class is full. People on the waitlist will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, with waitlisted Harvard students taking priority. You will be contacted if space becomes available in the class and will be given a payment deadline to confirm enrollment. 

Accessibility: Persons of all physical abilities are encouraged to participate in all Harvard Dance Center programs. The Harvard Dance Center studios at 66 Garden St. are accessible for individuals using wheelchairs, however, the Office for the Arts Director's Studio at 74 Mt. Auburn St, is at this time not accessible for individuals using wheelchairs. 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. 

SPRING 2020 CLASS SCHEDULE

(Please note that all classes will take place at the Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St., Cambridge, MA)

MONDAY
Hip Hop - 6:00-7:30pm - Studio 1 (Tarikh Campbell)

Contemporary II/III- 6:00-7:30pm - Studio 2 (Lonnie Stanton)
Ballet I - 7:30-9:00pm - Studio 1 (Lonnie Stanton) 
Ballet II - 7:30-9:00pm - Studio 2 - (Elizabeth Epsen)

TUESDAY 

Bharatanatyam - 6:00-7:30pm - Studio 2 - (Sunanda Narayanan)
Contemporary I - 7:30-9:00pm - Studio 2 (Lonnie Stanton)

Ballet III - 7:30-9:00pm - Studio 1 - (Yury Yanowsky) 

WEDNESDAY 
West African Dance @ Noon - 12:00-1:15pm - Studio 2 (Joh Camara)
Yoga for Restoration in partnership with OSAPR - Studio 1 - 6:00-7:00pm (Paulina Haduong) 
Ballet I - 7:30-9:00pm - Studio 1 (Lonnie Stanton) 
Ballet II - 7:30-9:00pm - Studio 2 - (Elizabeth Epsen)


THURSDAY
Ballet @ Noon - 12:00-1:15pm - Studio 1 (Jean Robens Georges)
Soca Fusion - 7:30-9:00pm - Studio 1 (Wechsler-Matthaei) - New class! 
Contemporary Latin/Ballroom - 7:30-9:00pm - Studio 2 (Ilya Vidrin) 

FRIDAY
Contemporary I - 6:00-7:30pm - Studio 1 
(Nailah Randall-Bellinger)

SATURDAY
Conditioning: Strength and Stretch - 10:00-11:30am - Studio 1 (Nailah Randall-Bellinger)
Ballet III - 10:30-12:00pm - Studio 2 (Yury Yanowsky) 
Contemporary II/III - 11:30am-1:00pm - Studio 1 (Nailah Randall-Bellinger)
West African Dance - 1:00-2:30pm - Studio 1 (Joh Camara) 

Image: Daniel Rivera '20 in WILL choreographed by Shamel Pitts. Photo Credit: Liza Voll 

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 Caribbean Folk, to release rigidity in the body and relearn what it means to be grounded. Classes will begin with a warmup crafted to wake up the body...

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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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