Courses

The Office for the Arts sponsors instruction via a number of courses offered by the Dance Program at the Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St. (a few for academic credit), and the Ceramics Program Studio, 224 Western Ave. in Allston. A Figure Drawing course is taught at Currier House, and fundamental Skills for Singing is offered at Holden Chapel. Seminars, workshops and master classes are also presented in the January interval between academic terms, called Wintersession, which feature prominent Harvard alumni/ae working in the arts and entertainment fields.

Absolute Beginners for Harvard Students

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: February 23 - April 27
Days/Times: Saturdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginner
Instructor: Diane LulekThrowing on Wheel

Course description:  Harvard undergraduate and graduate students - ready to try your hand at the wheel? Explore the basics of wheel throwing in this fun and casual class. The instructor guides you through a variety of forms to then decorate and glaze as well as introducing you to the studio. A great way for Harvard students to take a break and explore your creative side in this fun introduction to clay! (10 classes/11 weeks)
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Ballet @ Noon - New!

Semester: 

Spring

Level: II 
Instructor: (TBA)
For dancers who have taken Ballet I or have some prior ballet experience, these classes will focus on building upon the basic designs of ballet technique, learning more complex phrases of movement, and musicality. Designed to fit into the lunch hour, this class is slightly truncated, at 1 hour and 15 minutes. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1

Attire:  Dance/yoga/workout wear — something comfortable to move in. Socks and or ballet shoes* recommended. * Please reach out to find out more about our shoe sponsorship program.

Ballet I

Semester: 

Spring

Level: I
Instructor: Corina Gill
Ballet for every body. A continuation from the Fall, this course focuses on the curvilinear designs of ballet technique and its inextricable connection to musicality and motion. Starting from ballet barre and building to center work at a pace for those taking ballet for the first time or dancers who want to revisit the basics. Students taking this class must sign up for the full 10 weeks. This course is for registered participants only; no drop-ins.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1

Attire: Dance/yoga/workout wear — something comfortable to move in. Socks and or ballet shoes* recommended. * Please reach out to find out more about our shoe sponsorship program.

Ballet II

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: Feb 7-April 18
Days/Times: T TBA
Level: II
Instructor: Boyko Dossev 
This course will build upon and enhance foundational ballet training with musicality, improved articulation and flow of motion. At least two years of intermediate level ballet required.
Location: Director's Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)

Note: No class on Tuesday, March 14, for Harvard Spring Break. 

Ballet II

Semester: 

Spring

Level: II
Instructor: Elizabeth Epsen
For dancers who have taken Ballet I or have some prior ballet experience, these classes will focus on building upon the basic designs of ballet technique, learning more complex phrases of movement, and musicality.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2

Attire: Dance/yoga/workout wear — something comfortable to move in. Socks and or ballet shoes* recommended. * Please reach out to find out more about our shoe sponsorship program.

Ballet III

Semester: 

Spring

Level: III
Instructors: Corina Gill and TBA 
Focusing on developing advanced, integrated coordinative skills and dynamics, this class fosters a more diverse vocabulary for dancing in the spirit of rigor, curiosity and individual artistry. At least three years of advanced level ballet required.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 on Tuesdays and Studio 1 on Saturdays

Attire:  Dance/yoga/workout wear — something comfortable to move in. Socks and or ballet shoes* recommended. * Please reach out to find out more about our shoe sponsorship program.

Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: February 8 - April 26Basics and Challenges
Days/Times: Fridays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
InstructorZac Mickelson

Course description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students. (12 classes/13 weeks)

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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: February 5 - April 23Stephanie Young
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm  
Level: Beginning - Intermediate                      
Instructors: Stephanie Young

Course description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students. (12 classes/13 weeks)
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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: February 7 - April 25Basics and Challenges
Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Denny McLaughlin

Course description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students. (12 classes/13 weeks)
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Basics and Challenges

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates:  February 4 - April 22Basics with Steve
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Steve Murphy

Course description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students. (12 classes/13 weeks).  Note: Class will be held on President's Day on February 18th, 2019.
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Bharatanatyam

Semester: 

Spring

Level: All levels 
Instructor: Sunanda Narayanan
A class for all levels introducing students to Bharatanatyam, an ancient classical dance form of India that has been continuously practiced and performed for over a millennium. This dance style is highly stylized combining pure dance and mime accompanied by music, rhythm, and lyrics. Students will learn about intricate pure dance movements that demand coordination and that combine footwork, hand gestures, eye, and neck movements. Students will also learn to communicate using facial expressions to convey the meanings of song, as well as the history and spiritual connection of the art form. Each class will include a warm up and dance movements that will lead to learning short dance pieces.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 

Attire: Suggested attire for class is leggings, long t-shirts or tunics, and bare feet. 

Ceramics as Sculpture

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: February 6 - April 24thNatalia Arbelaez
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Natalia Arbelaez

Course descriptionJoin 2018-19 Artist in Residence Natalia Arbelaez with this introduction to ceramic sculpture including pinch, coil and slab building, surface modeling and design. Works may be inspired by both three-dimensional form, animal imagery, imaginative creatures, the human form as well as the vessel. Use of molds, slab roller and extruder will be demonstrated and wheels can be accessed during class. Surface techniques will be explored and a range of slips and glazes will be introduced. Potters may find this class a great way to integrate handbuilt elements to their thrown work (wheels are available though basic instruction on throwing will not be a focus of this class). (12 classes/13 weeks)

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Combined Methods

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Colby CharpentierDates: February 6 - April 24th 
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor:Colby Charpentier

Course description: This course is primarily a studio class structured around student proposals for a current body of work in combination with thematic assignments.  Assignments will highlight and examine advanced process based learning involving surface techniques, altered or complex forms, basic mold making and glazing techniques. (12 classes/13 weeks)
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Conditioning: Strength & Stretch

Semester: 

Spring

Level: All levels
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Combines the classical modern dance Katherine Dunham barre vocabulary, yoga, Pilates, integrated breathing exercises, and musicality to build stamina and coordination essential to the dancing body. (Note: please bring a yoga or exercise mat).
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2

Attire: Workout wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet or socks.  
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Contemporary I

Semester: 

Spring

Level: All levels
Instructor: Whitney Cover 
An introduction to Contemporary dance movement techniques developed in the 1970’s to the present day, for all levels of experience. . The classes will explore dynamic alignment and efficiency of movement by first warming the body with attention to structure and fluidity in the joints. Tasks and movement phrases will help students explore the body’s relationship to gravity, space, and weight while moving on and out of the floor. Emphasis is placed on building a cerebral toolkit for approaching dance phrasework and improvisation, while increasing awareness of the body in the classes and for daily life. The classes also aim to develop esthetic discernment and the capacity for play. No previous dance experience necessary.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet or socks. 

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