Visiting Artists Series

FALL 2019

Master Class with Okwui Okpokwasili at Harvard Dance Center, Spring 2017.
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. 

Master Classes are open to the Boston area dance community, with priority 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. 


Bennyroyce Royon

Bennyroyce Royon is a Filipino American director, choreographer, dancer, and founder of Bennyroyce Dance, a project-based contemporary dance company based in New York City that cultivates multidisciplinary collaboration and inspires collective innovation. Learn more. 
Open event: Master Class 
Date/Time: Thursday, September 26, 7-9PM
Location: Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St. 
Register for free online!

The Wondertwins
Pioneers of hip hop and street dance, Billy and Bobby McClain, a.k.a. The Wondertwins have opened for Run DMC, LL Cool J, EPMD, Public Enemy, and Queen Latifah and were part of Bobby Brown’s “Don’t Be Cruel” US/UK tour, and Apollonia’s (Purple Rain) UK tour. In their distinctive style, The Wondertwins combine the technical facility of hip hop, the sophistication of the glory days of the Cotton Club, the flash of Rat Pack era Las Vegas, and elements of vaudeville, robot, tap, and mime. Learn more
Open event: Master Class 
Date/Time: Thursday, October 10, 7-8:30pm 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St. 
Register for free online!

Amirah Sackett
Amirah Sackett is an internationally recognized hip-hop dancer, choreographer, and teacher who believes her art and identity as both Muslim and American have the power to build bridges between communities fostering mutual understanding, increased knowledge, awareness, and unity. Amirah's all-female American Muslim trio called ‘We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic’ were featured in rapper Brother Ali’s music video “Mourning in America” and her eponymous work reached viral video fame. Huffington Post featured Amirah in their article “17 Muslim American Women Who Made America Great In 2016.” Learn more
Open event: Master Class 
Date/Time: Thursday, October 17, 7-9PM
Location: Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St. 
Register for free online! 

A Queer contemporary dance company based in New York City, MADBOOTS DANCE is founded and directed by Jonathan Campbell (Juilliard School, BFA) and Austin Diaz (NYU Tisch School Of The Arts, BFA). Together they create complex and theatrical environments steeped in athleticism. A hyper-physical, provocative, and collaborative ensemble, Jonathan and Austin’s work often mines topics of male identity and Queer culture. Learn more. 
Open event: Master Class 
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 5, 7-9PM
Location: Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St. 
Register for free online! 

Dr. Miriam Rowan, Psy.D.
Open event:

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: Okwui Okpokwasili Master Class, Spring 2017. Photo Credit: Michelle Jay.

Previous Master Classes

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)