Non-Credit Classes


Harvard community members stretching and warming up in Studio 1 of Harvard Dance Center.

Movement and Conditioning Classes for All Levels

The Spring 2020 10-week session of Harvard Dance Center community classes will run January 27-April 11 . Online registration will open at 12pm NOON on Monday, January 13. Please check back soon to see the full schedule of classes  

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. CLICK HERE TO BE TAKEN TO THE NON-CREDIT CLASS REGISTRATION PAGE or visit harvarddance.asapconnected.com;  
  2. If you are a new user, click on “CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT” (remember to select your user type at the top of the page!), otherwise login with your username and password;
  3. Select your class(es) on the left, and click on “Register Now!” or “Drop-In” to add to your shopping cart;
  4. Select “Continue Shopping” or “Checkout;”
  5. Complete secure payment online*!

QUESTIONS? SEE OUR FAQ SHEET

Harvard Dance Center non-credit classes are open to the entire Harvard community, including faculty, staff, alumni, and MIT affiliates. 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 note that a separate completed TAP form for each registered TAP class (two max) is required upon registration. You will be prompted to upload the pdf document upon registering for the first class. If taking a second TAP class, please remember to upload the pdf form for the second class under "Student Documents" in your account. 

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 (September 9-14, 2019) for a full refund. Cancellations made during the second week of classes (September 16-21, 2019) will be refunded at 50%. Refunds will not be offered after September 21, 2019. 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. To be added to the waitlist, please click "ADD TO WAITLIST." 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. 

Fall 2019 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 
West African Dance @ Noon - 12:00-1:15pm - Studio 1 (Joh Camara) - New class! 

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

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

WEDNESDAY 
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)
Gaga/people - 6:00-7:15pm - Studio 1 (Mario Zambrano) 
Contemporary Latin/Ballroom - 7:30-9:00pm - Studio 1 (Ilya Vidrin) 

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

SATURDAY
Ballet III - 10:00-11:30am - Studio 2 (Yury Yanowsky) 
Conditioning: Strength and Stretch - 10:00-11:30am - Studio 1 (Nailah Randall-Bellinger)
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: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

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: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

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: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

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: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

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: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

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: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

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: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

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: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

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: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

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: 

Fall

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: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

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 1

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

Gaga/people

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Level: All levels
Instructor: Mario Zambrano
Gaga—the movement language created by Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv from 1990-2018, and current House Choreographer—is a continuous, sensation-based movement class. Students are encouraged to interpret and experience the somatic practice of listening to the body while activating a total sensorial attention. Gaga offers a creative framework for students to engage with physicality and imagination, bridging the activity between body and mind while increasing physical potential. There are no mirrors in Gaga, and there are no observers. The class moves in continuum without breaks for a minimum of an hour. Gaga/people is intended for and welcomes students who have not had any previous dance training.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 

Attire: Comfortable clothes you can move in and bare feet or socks.

Hip Hop

Semester: 

Fall

Level: All levels
Instructor: Tarikh Campbell
Using rhythm as base, this class introduces students of all levels to the fundamentals of the movement coordination and popular vocabulary in hip hop and the party dance era. Building this foundation will allow dancers to develop a style they feel comfortable with. The series will conclude with exercises in creativity, exploration, and freestyle.
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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West African Dance

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

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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