Visiting Artists Series

Group of diverse dancers huddled around master class teacher Jonathan Campbell
The Harvard Dance Center Visiting Artists Series hosts preeminent dancers, choreographers, interdisciplinary innovators and facilitates deep engagement with the Harvard community. Activities may include master classes, workshops, lectures, discussions, and visits to Theater, Dance & Media credit courses. We also work with Dance Center Partners to connect our Visiting Artists to a broad range of students, faculty, and fellows across campus. 

Open events for the Harvard and Boston area dance community are listed below. Priority is given to Harvard University undergraduate students. Other visiting artist activities will also be open to the Boston area dance community on a case-by-case basis. All class participants must be at least 18 years of age or an undergraduate student. 


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

The Spring 2020 Visiting Artists Series had been curated to feature artists working at the intersection of dance and disability in honor of the 30th anniversary of the ADA. The following artist engagments that had been planned for the Spring 2020 semester will likely be rescheduled for the Fall 2020 semester. Please check back soon for updates on the Fall 2020 Visiting Artist Series. 

Kerry Thompson Ed.M. ‘08
Event: Inclusion & Information Virtual Training Session 
Date/Time: Friday, May 8, 10-11am EST
Via Zoom: Instrustructions sent upon RSVP
Open to Harvard staff and faculty

Event: Salsa-ASL Workshop 
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 4, 7-9pm
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1, 66 Garden St. 
Open to the community 

As part of her engagement, Kerry Thompson will also be leading internal sessions for the Dance Center staff, faculty, and teachers around disability inclusion best practices. She will also be visiting Theater, Dance & Media courses.

AXIS Dance Company 
POSTPONED Event: Master Class with AXIS Dance Company 
Date/Time: TBD
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1, 66 Garden St. 
Open to the community 

POSTPONED Event: Dinner & Conversation with AXIS Dance Company
Date/Time: TBD
Location: Conservatory Room at Adams House, 26 Plympton St, Cambridge, MA (wheelchair accessible entrance to the right of 26 Plympton St.)
In partnership withOffice of Diversity Education and Support and the Accessible Education Office
Register online to reserve your spot! 
Open to Harvard Undergraduate students 

As part of their engagement, Executive Director Marc Brew and Rehearsal Director Sonsherée Giles will visit Theater, Dance & Media dance credit course. 

Alice Sheppard
POSTPONED Event: Lecture/demonstration  
Date/Time: TBD
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1, 66 Garden St. 
Open to the community 

POSTPONED Event: Panel Discussion on Disability and Diversity  
Date/Time: TBD
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1, 66 Garden St. 
In partnership withHarvard Law School Project on Disability
Open to the community 

POSTPONED Event: Dinner & Conversation with Alice Sheppard 
Date/Time: TBD
Location: Isaacson Room, Smith Campus Center 
In partnership with: Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR) and the BGLTQ Office of Student Life
Open to Harvard Undergraduate students 

As part of her engagement, Alice Sheppard will also be visiting Theater, Dance & Media course. 

The Harvard Dance Center Visiting Artist Series is supported by The Office for the Arts (OFA) in addition to partners.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to participate in all Harvard Dance Center programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Dance Office at 617-495-8683 in advance of your participation or visit. The Harvard Dance Center is accessible for individuals using wheelchairs. 

Photo: MADBOOTS DANCE Master Class, Fall 2019. Photo Credit: Brooke Trisolini.

Previous Master Classes

Fall 2019
MADBOOTS DANCE (Contemporary)Bennyroyce Royon (Contemporary), Amirah Sackett (Hip Hop), The Wondertwins (Hip Hop) 

Spring 2019
Nejla Yatkin (Contemporary), Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company (Christina Robson) (Contemporary), Belinda McGuire (Contemporary)

Fall 2018
Chanel DaSilva and Zack Winokur (musical theater/creative process), Ayodele Casel (tap), Heidi Latsky Dance (Integrative contemporary dance), Carlos Lopez (ballet)

Spring 2018
Ronald K. Brown (Contemporary)Peter Chu (Contemporary), Chanel DaSilva (Contemporary), Shamel Pitts (Contemporary/Gaga)

Fall 2017
Ayodele Casel (Tap), Seane Corn (Yoga), Francesca Harper (Improvisation), Antoine Hunter (Afro Cuban Modern with ASL).

Spring 2017
Peter Chu (Contemporary), Andrea Miller (Contemporary), Tina Fehlandt (Modern/Contemporary), Okwui Okpokwasili (Embodied Practice), Joe Turner Lin (Movement and Film), Jill Johnson & Christopher Roman (Movement Lab)

Fall 2016
Sidra Bell (Contemporary), Carmen Beuchat (Modern), Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar (Theater & Dance), Álvaro Restrepo (Contemporary dance/philosophy), Shantala Shivalingappa (Kuchipudi Classical Indian/Contemporary)

Spring 2016
Karole Armitage (Performance Workshop Intensive), Carlos López (Master Class), and Peter DiMuro (Master Class).  

Fall 2015
Joh Camara (West African), Mikko Nissinen (Ballet), Dwana Smallwood (Contemporary), Risa Steinberg (Limón/Modern), Ebony Williams (Hip Hop)

Spring 2015
Brian Brooks (Contemporary), Ronald K. Brown (Contemporary), Reggie Wilson (Contemporary)

Fall  2014
Michelle Dorrance, Francesca Harper (Contemporary), Jill Johnson (Forsythe), Mikko Nissinen (Ballet), Pilobolus (Contemporary), Sydney Skybetter (Digitial Storytelling)

Spring 2014
Shaun Amyot (Ballet), Mikko Nissinen (Ballet),  Dwight Rhoden (Contemporary)

Fall 2013
Kyle Abraham (Contemporary), Aszure Barton (Contemporary), Peter Chu (Contemporary), Ariel Freedman (Gaga), Francesca Harper (Contemporary)

Spring 2013
Ronald K.  Brown (Contemporary), Patrick Corbin (Contemporary), Francesca Harper (Contemporary), Pontus Lidberg (Contemporary), Andrea Miller (Contemporary), Jon Morris, Rika Okamoto, Josh Rhodes (Contemporary)

Fall 2012
Reid Bartelme (Contemporary), Ariel Freedman (Gaga), John Jasperse (Contemporary), Andrea Miller (Contemporary), Mikko Nissinen, Desmond Richardson (Contemporary), Chet Walker (Fosse)

Spring 2012
Patrick Corbin (Contemporary), Jorma Elo (Ballet), David Hallberg (Ballet), Jill Johnson & Christopher Roman (Contact Improv), Ohad Naharin (Gaga), Pauline Oliveros (Contemporary), Dwight Rhoden & Desmond Richardson (Contemporary), Christopher Roman (Contemporary)

Fall 2011
Danielle Agami (Gaga), Ronald K. Brown (Contemporary), William Forsythe (Forsythe), Margie Gillis (Contemporary), Jill Johnson (Improv), Jill Johnson & Michael Palmer (Poetry & Dance),  Andrea Miller (Contemporary), Mikko Nissinen (Ballet),  Josh Rhodes (Contemporary), Sheron Wray (Contemporary)