HARVARD DANCE CENTER MISSION
Equity, dignity, and transformation for all people through artistic, academic, and civic leadership in beloved community to advance dance literacy on campus and for the world. Dance education across all offerings aims to foster agency for students and promote the arts as vehicles of social change in the world.
We aim to provide meaningful engagement through dance and the arts – on campus, and in our greater Cambridge and Boston communities and beyond them. Dance Center physical and virtual spaces aim to provide inclusivity, reflection, dialogue, expression, fellowship, research, and invention. No matter the point of entry, from community dance classes and master classes, to student-led groups and the Theater, Dance & Media (TDM) concentration, our focus is to foster a transformative student experience and empower tomorrow's artists, innovators, and leaders.
Dance Center offerings afford the opportunity for students to pursue a primary or secondary concentration in Theater, Dance & Media. Harvard community dance classes span a wide range of dance traditions and practices. Non-credit classes are tuition-free for all Harvard students, and a robust tuition assistance program is available for all Harvard community members. The Center regularly hosts guest artists and choreographers who teach master classes 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, courses, classes, and events are inclusive of all abilities and levels of experience.
Central to programming is partnerships with departments, programs, and student organizations across campus. In collaboration with partners, the Dance Center provides workshops and dialogues that engage important campus and civic issues. We provide mentorship, support, and residency opportunities for emerging student choreographers, as well as for 23 student-led dance groups that represent over 20 traditions from across the globe.
DANCE STUDIES IN THEATER, DANCE & MEDIA
Dance studies in the TDM inter-arts concentration are rooted in and committed to global traditions, practices, and innovations in the field. Dance faculty in TDM and guest artists engage diverse and dynamic perspectives in the field and in disciplines linked to dance. Studio, production, lecture and hybrid courses support studies in dance composition, improvisation, performance, choreographic design, and history of dance with an emphasis on collaboration and trans-disciplinary inquiry. Opportunities to perform wide-ranging repertory, commissioned work, and installations are focal components of coursework, and digital technology is leveraged to devise new methods for making and capturing the form.
ALL ARE WELCOME
The Harvard Dance Center is a space where every student can be fully self-expressed without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe based on race, ethnicity, cultural background or tradition, biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or physical or mental ability; a space where the social contract supports each person's self-respect and dignity, and encourages everyone to respect others.
We are anti-racist and are actively challenging our own assumptions and biases as we work toward true equity for all. In that spirit, we do not tolerate racism, discrimination, bias, and intolerance of any kind from anyone in, associated with, or visiting the Harvard Dance Center in person or virtual spaces.
Advancing dance literacy on campus and for the world!
- Accessible Education Office (AEO): Partners with FAS students with visible and invisible disabilities to identify barriers and implement plans for access.
- Affinity Groups | Self-care and wellness space: Community spaces for affinity groups hosted throughout the spring. These spaces are part of a larger effort to support members of the community who are experiencing heightened anxiety in response to the current moment (Covid, racial injustice, world news, the political climate, etc.).
- Anonymous Reporting Hotline: If you have experienced, witnessed, or been impacted in any way by racial discrimination, you can contact the Anonymous Hotline, open 24/7.
- Anti-Asian Racism Resource | Counseling and Mental Health Services: Resources and support for Asian and AAPI students experiencing COVID-19 related harassment.
- Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations: Offers programs, events, and grants designed to promote interracial and intercultural awareness and understanding in the Harvard community, as well as to highlight the cultural contributions of students from all backgrounds.
- Hate Crimes | Harvard University Police Department
- Office of Gender Equity: If you have experienced, witnessed, or been impacted in any way by sexual or gender-based harassment, OGS can provide you with options that feels right for you. A confidential space open to the entire Harvard community where people can process and understand their experiences and feel empowered to make the choice best suited to their needs. If you need immediate support call the 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 617.495.9100.
- Office of BGLTQ Student Life: Provides support, resources, and leadership development for BGLTQ students.
- Office of Diversity Education and Support: Offers faciliated trainings, workshops, and dialogues that promote diversity and inclusion, as well as one-to-one support around issues of identity and belonging at Harvard.
- Undocumented Students Support: Where you can find a number of resources available for undocumented students at Harvard College.
"Harvard University is situated on the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Massachusett people. Our University honors the historic Harvard Charter of 1650, which committed to our institution to “the education of English and Indian youth of this country.” As a chartered creation of the Massachusetts colonies and Commonwealth, Harvard evolved alongside the persistence of the Massachusett, Nipmuck, and Wampanoag Nations. Located near the Charles River, this place has long served as a site of meeting, exchange, and diplomacy among nations, with thousands of contemporary Native American people living in greater Boston and tens of thoughts in the state of Massachusetts." –Harvard's Native American Program: Land Acknowledgment
The Dance Center would like to pay its respects to elders of the Massachusett, Nipmuck, and Wampanoag people both past and present, and is committed to decolonizing its relationships with people and land at a local level in Cambridge, in Boston, and wherever its community members are located in virtual classrooms around the world. We understand that this acknowledgement is only a first step in restorative justice and repair of the harmful legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement of Indigenous peoples.
Resources for learning more and taking action to decolonize relationships with people and land: