Non-Credit Classes

Movement and conditioning classes for all levels of experience! 

Register today for spring 2018 non-credit classes! Online registration is required for all non-credit classes, both as a 10-week series or drop-in.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR REGISTERING OR PAYING BY DROP-IN:

  1. CLICK HERE TO BE TAKEN TO THE NON-CREDIT CLASS REGISTERATION PAGE or visit ofa.asapconnected.com;  
  2. Click on “CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT” (remember to select your user type at the top of the page!);
  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*!

*Please note that if you are registering as a TAP eligible employee, completed TAP forms will be required to complete registration. 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 call the Dance office at 617-496-0314.

Registration for a 10-week class package ends Friday, February 9. Classes will begin on Saturday, February 3. Drop-in classes are available throughout the semester!

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











Drop-in classes must be paid online prior to the class by clicking on the drop-in link. 

*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.

Methods of Payment: Credit Card, University Term Bill, and TAP. Money should never be a barrier; please let us know if you need assistance. 

Refund Policy: Changes to or cancellations of your registration may be made during the first full week of classes (February 3-9) for a full refund. Cancellations made during the second week of classes (February 10-16) will be refunded at 50%. Refunds will not be offered after February 16. 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." If space becomes available, people on the waitlist will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, with waitlisted Harvard students taking priority. You will be contacted before classes begin if space becomes available in class. If you are not contacted about an available spot, please do not attend class.

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 2018 CLASS SCHEDULE 

MONDAY
Hip Hop - 6:00-7:30pm - Studio 1 (Tarikh Campbell)
Ballet III - 6:00-7:30pm - Studio 2 (Yury Yanowsky) 
Contemporary I - 7:30-9:00pm - Studio 2 - (Whitney Cover)

TUESDAY 
Ballet I/II - 5:00-6:30pm - OFA Director's Studio (Katie Ulissey) 
Ballet II - 6:30-8:00pm - OFA Director's Studio (Elizabeth Epsen)
Contemporary II/III - 7:30-9:00pm - Studio 2 (Whitney Cover)

WEDNESDAY 
Bharatanatyam - 7:30-9:00pm - Studio 2 - (Sunanda Narayanan)
Contemporary Latin/Ballroom - 7:30-9:00pm - OFA Director's Studio (Ilya Vidrin) 


THURSDAY
Gaga/people - 6:00-7:30pm - Studio 2 (Mario Zambrano) 
Ballet I/II - 5:00-6:30pm - OFA Director's Studio (Katie Ulissey) 
Ballet I - 6:30-8:00pm - OFA Director's Studio (Katie Ulissey) 
Ballet II - 8:00-9:30pm - OFA Director's Studio (Elizabeth Epsen)

FRIDAY
Ballet III - 6:00-7:30pm - Studio 2 (Yury Yanowsky) 
Contemporary I - 6:00-7:30pm - Studio 1 (Whitney Cover)

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

Photo: Margaret Canady '20, Credit: Liza Voll. 

Class Descriptions

Ballet I

Semester: 

Spring

Level: I
Instructor: Catherine Ulissey
Ballet for every body. A course which 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: Director's Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)

Attire: Comfortable ballet clothing and ballet slippers. Ms. Ulissey will be guiding students in a proper fitting for ballet slippers on the first day of class, thus students are asked to wait to purchase ballet slippers until after the first day. Long hair should be tied back. 

Ballet I/II

Semester: 

Spring

Level: I/II
Instructor: Catherine Ulissey
A continuation of the concepts explored in Ballet I, building upon the basic designs of ballet technique and musicality. For dancers who have taken Ballet I or have some prior ballet experience. Students for this class must register for the full 10 weeks.
Location: Director's Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)

Attire: Comfortable ballet clothing and ballet slippers. Long hair should be tied back. 

Ballet II

Semester: 

Spring

Level: II
Instructor: Elizabeth Epsen
This course will build upon and enhance foundational ballet training with musicality, improved articulation and flow of motion. At least two years of intermediate level ballet required.
Location: Director's Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)

Attire: Comfortable ballet clothing and ballet slippers. Long hair should be tied back. 

Ballet III

Semester: 

Spring

Level: III
Instructors: Yury Yanowsky
A course which focuses on developing advanced, integrated coordinative skills and dynamics, fostering 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 2 (HDC 2), 66 Garden St., on Mondays and Studio 1 (HDC 1) on Fridays

Attire: Comfortable ballet clothing and ballet slippers. Long hair should be tied back. 

Bharatanatyam

Semester: 

Spring

Level: I
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. They will learn to communicate using facial expressions to convey the meanings of songs. Students will also learn about the history of this art form and its spiritual connection. Each class will include a warm up and dance movements that will build into the learning of small dance piece.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 (HDC 2), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Suggested attire for class is leggings, long t-shirts or tunics, and bare feet. Long hair should be tied back.

Conditioning: Strength & Stretch

Semester: 

Spring

Level: All levels
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Combines the 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 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

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

Semester: 

Spring

Level: I
Instructor: Whitney Cover 
In this introduction to Contemporary dance movement, we will explore dynamic alignment and efficiency of movement by 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 mental toolkit for approaching phrasework and improvisation, while increasing awareness of our physical bodies in daily life as well as our capacity for play and discernment. No previous dance experience necessary; open to ALL bodies and abilities. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 (HDC 2), 66 Garden St.

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

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Contemporary II/III

Semester: 

Spring

Level: II/III
Instructor: Whitney Cover
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.  Using tasks, phrases, and improvisation we will continue to build strength and clarity of movement in order to increase our availability and movement potential. Foundational dance training encouraged.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 (HDC 2), 66 Garden St.

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

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Contemporary II/III

Semester: 

Spring

Level: II/III
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
This course will concentrate on the exploration of movement quality, the creative process, and theoretical concepts of modern dance. While the course is Horton based other forms of modern dance will be referenced, including Graham, Limon and Dunham. The primary focus will be proper body alignment, quality of movement, phrasing, and dynamics. The class challenges the dancer 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.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

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

Contemporary Latin/Ballroom

Semester: 

Spring

Level: I
Instructor: Ilya Vidrin
A class for all levels, Contemporary Latin/Ballroom applies foundations from ballet and modern techniques to Latin/Ballroom dynamics; this class strongly emphasizes bodily rhythm, coordination, and musicality. Starting with a warm-up to support pelvic stability and core strength, the class moves through movement patterns from dances like the cha-cha, rumba, salsa, merengue, samba, and tango. Exercises build and move fluidly from solo to partnered actions, always emerging and evolving from foundational Latin/Ballroom principles.
Location: Director's Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)

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

Gaga/people

Semester: 

Spring

Level: All levels
Instructor: Mario Zambrano
Gaga—the movement language created by Ohad Naharin, artistic director and choreographer of Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv—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 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

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

Hip Hop

Semester: 

Spring

Level: I
Instructor: Tarikh Campbell
Geared towards all levels, this class breaks down the movement through an understanding of body control and texture. Each class offers a new choreographic phrase and develops dancers' movement retention, musicality, and performance qualities. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

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: 

Spring

Level: All levels
Instructor: Joh Camara 
A class for all levels introducing 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 include live drumming, 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. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 

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