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.

Spring 2021 Artist Talks

Artistry. Identity. Advocacy. 

“Artists have a really bad habit of being resilient.” --Toni Morrison

Choreographers and dancers are problem-solvers. They move through crises rather than around them. Join us this spring for community gatherings with Harvard Dance Center’s exceptional teaching artists in a series of artist-led dialogues that explore how artistry, identity, and advocacy take shape in turbulent times.


Wednesday, May 19, 11:30am-12:45PM EST
A conversation with Theater, Dance & Media faculty Jeffrey L. Page and Laura Rodriguez around embodied protest and cultural change. 
Access provided: Live CART captioning. Please contact if you anticipate needing another type of access.

Friday, April 16, 4-5PM EST
Dialogue facilitated by Jill Johnson with returning visiting artists: Peter Chu, Chanel DaSilva, and Shamel Pitts.
Access provided: Live CART captioning. Please contact if you anticipate needing another type of access.

Thursday, April 1, 4-5PM EST
Dialogue facilitated by Tarikh Campbell with Harvard Dance Center and Theater, Dance & Media teaching artists: Jean Robens Georges, Jeffrey L. PageAmirah Sackett, Lonnie Stanton, and Yury Yanowksy
Access provided: Live CART captioning. Please contact if you anticipate needing another type of access.

Thursday, March 18, 4-5PM EST
Dialogue facilitated by Nailah Randall-Bellinger with Harvard Dance Center teaching artists: Joh Camara, Sunanda Narayanan, and Laura Rodriguez
Access provided: Live CART captioning and audio description. Please contact if you anticipate needing another type of access.

All talks are live via Zoom meeting and open to the public. 

The Harvard Dance Center Spring '21 Artist Talks are supported by The Office for the Arts (OFA). 

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.

Previous Dance Center Visting Artists

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)