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. 


The spring 2020 visiting artist season has been curated to feature artists working at the intersection of dance and disability in honor of the 30th anniversary of the ADA. More details on each artists' visit and the cross-campus partnerships to come soon! 

Kerry Thompson Ed.M. ‘08
Open event: Salsa-ASL Workshop 
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 4, 7-9pm
Location: Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St. 
Register online to reserve your spot! 

AXIS Dance Company
Open event: Master Class 
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 24, 7-9pm
Location: Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St. 

Alice Sheppard
Open event: Lecture/demonstration  
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 7, 7-9pm
Location: Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St. 

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

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)