Visiting Artists Series

THE WONDERTWINS Master Class, Fall 2019. Photo Credit: Annielly Camargo.The Harvard Dance Center hosts preeminent dancers, choreographers and interdisciplinary innovators who facilitate deep engagement with the Harvard community, including collaborations with Dance Center partners from across the university. Guest artists and choreographers teach master classes, lead talks, visit curricular courses and hold residencies throughout the academic year, cultivating exceptional opportunities for students to work with intergenerational luminaries and groundbreakers in the field and in disciplines linked to dance.

Programming is inclusive of all abilities and levels of experience. Many events are open to the Cambridge and Boston area dance communities. All class participants must be at least 18 years of age or an undergraduate student.


Dancer, choreographer, scholar, and educator Nailah Randall-Bellinger is in residence at Harvard Dance Center creating a new work commissioned by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA). 

The work, titled Initiation– In Love Solidarity, is a choreographic narrative exploring the embodiment of the Middle Passage, and the resilience and evolving identities of women in the African diaspora. A film component of the work and live performance will be presented in various formats this fall. 

Please visit the Fall 2021 Artist-in-Residence page to learn more about the project and programmed events on campus. 

Previous Dance Center Visiting Artists

Spring 2021

A series of four virtual artist-led conversations around artistry, identity, and advoacy that included: Nailah Randall-BellingerJoh Camara, Sunanda NarayananLaura RodriguezTarikh CampbellJean Robens Georges, Jeffrey L. PageAmirah Sackett, Lonnie Stanton,  Yury YanowksyPeter Chu, Chanel DaSilva, and Shamel Pitts

Fall 2020

Kerry Thompson Ed.M. ‘08 (Disability Inclusion), Kinetic Light (Interdisciplinary Arts and Disability), AXIS Dance Company (Physically-Integrated Contemporary)

Spring 2020

Kerry Thompson Ed.M. ‘08 (Salsa-ASL) 

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 (Physically-Integrated Contemporary), 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)

Image description and photo credit: 

THE WONDERTWINS teaching a master class at Harvard Dance Center, Fall 2019. THE WONDERTWINS, Billy and Bobby McClain, are in synchronized mid-dance movement in a large studio. They are identical twins with slick-back pony tails and wearing oversized black t-shirts with The Wondertwins logo in white lettering over a long sleeve blue shirt; one wears red baggy sweatpants and the other wearis dark blue baggy sweatpants. Dance students are watching around the perimeter of the studio. Photo Credit: Annielly Camargo.