Visiting Artists Series

THE WONDERTWINS Master Class, Fall 2019. Photo Credit: Annielly Camargo.

The Harvard Dance Center regularly hosts innovative dance artists for deep engagement with the Harvard community. Activities are often in collaboration with Dance Center partners across the university and have included teaching workshops and master classes, leading artist talks and community conversations, visiting curricular courses, and holding residencies throughout the academic year. 

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.



Biomechanics of Movement: Best practices for optimal dance physiology with Dr. Shriya Srinivasan

Date/time: Sunday, September 25, 11am-1pm
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1

This workshop, led by professional Bharatanatyam dancer and biomedical researcher Dr. Shriya Srinivasan, will provide an overview of the physiological principles and anatomy of dance. An interactive session putting theory into practice, participants will learn how to use the musculoskeletal system optimally for dance through best methods for warming up and cooling down the body, and strengthening exercises related to injury-prevention and performance. 


Inclusive Movments in the Dance Studio: A Workshop with Kerry Thompson

Date/time: Friday, September 30, 4-5pm
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1

Movement can mean many things– how we move our bodies or a rally for change. In this class, Kerry Thompson, a dance teacher who is a person with deafblindness, teaches both kinds of movements to advance disability inclusion for dance. Learn how to create a dance class that uses adapative dance techniques for a range of disabilities, both visible and invisible, while also creating an environment that is inclusive on and off the dance floor.

For the Harvard dance community, this workshop is open to anyone teaching or leading dance or movement, or who wants to learn more about adaptive dance techniques.  



The Dance Center’s main floor, housing Studio 1 and two all-gender restrooms, is wheelchair accessible. If you anticipate needing any type of access service to participate, please email

Visting Dance Innovators Program (VDIP)

The Visiting Dance Innovators Program (VDIP), co-presented by Harvard Dance Center and Theater, Dance & Media, bring visiting artists to campus for multipronged engagements that include movement workshops, artist talks, a panel discussion, and visits to credit courses.

Check back soon for new VDIP website and upcoming engagements with Fall 2022 VDIP visiting artists! 

Previous Dance Center Visiting Artists

Spring 2022

Dr. Shriya Srinivasan (Biomechanics of Movement), Kerry Thompson Ed.M. ‘08 (Art of Inclusion), Gerard & Kelly (Visiting Dance Innovators Program), Wideman Davis Dance (Visiting Dance Innovators Program)

Fall 2021

Semester-long residency with Nailah Randall-Bellinger for creation of a new work commissioned by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA). Learn more about the Fall '21 artist residency

Spring 2021

A series of four virtual artist-led conversations around artistry, identity, and advoacy that included: Nailah Randall-Bellinger,  Joh Camara, Sunanda Narayanan, Laura Rodriguez, Tarikh Campbell, Jean Robens Georges, Jeffrey L. Page, Amirah Sackett, Lonnie Stanton,  Yury Yanowksy, Peter 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.