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.

Ballet I

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: I
Instructor: Lonnie Stanton
Accompanists: Robin Cho and Yulia Yun
Ballet for every body. 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
Days/Times: M, W, 7:30-9pm
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

Offered: 

2020

Level: II
Instructor: Elizabeth Epsen
Accompanist: Jakov Jakoulov 
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
Days/Times: M, W 7:30-9pm


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

Offered: 

2020

Level: III
Instructors: Yury Yanowksy
Accompanists: Jakov Jakoulov and Yulia Yun 
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 1 on Tuesdays and Studio 2 on Saturdays
Days/Times: T 7:30-9pm, Sa 10-11:30am

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@Noon

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: II 
Instructor: Jean Robens Georges
Accompanist: Jakov Jakoulov
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
Day/Time: Th 12-1:15pm

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.

Bharatanatyam

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

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 
Days/Time: T 6-7:30pm

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

By Hand at Home

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2020

Dates: July 20 - August 10Handbuilt Trays upside down by Ruth Easterbrook
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook

Course descriptionJoin 2019-20 Artist in Residence, Ruth Easterbrook in exploring hand building with clay (or salt dough) from home. On-line demonstrations will address issues of construction, function and cover a variety of surface decoration techniques.  (4 classes)

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Conditioning: Strength & Stretch

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

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 1
Days/Time: Sa 10-11:30am

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

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: All levels
Instructor: Lonnie Stanton
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 aesthetic discernment and the capacity for play. No previous dance experience necessary.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1
Days/Time: T 7:30-9pm

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

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Contemporary I

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: All levels
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Accompanist: Akili Jamal Haynes 
This course introduces the fundamentals of classical Modern dance technique and shows its evolution into what is now called Contemporary dance. Students are introduced to the basic vocabulary of Graham, Horton and Limón techniques, including such terms as the c-curve, undulation, lateral arch, fall and rebound, spiraling, release swing, and contract and release. The use of the torso and working in a way that is “grounded” are emphasized as defining modern dance movement qualities. In addition to building a strong vocabulary of classical modern dance, as it applies to contemporary dance, the students will explore each style through a series of movement studies designed to develop one’s muscle memory and movement fluidity. Live accompaniment! 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1
Days/Time: F 6-7:30pm

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

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Contemporary I: Countertechnique - New!

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 9-April 20
Days/Times: Th 6:00-7:30pm
Level: I
Instructor: Joy Davis
Countertechnique is a system of movement designed by esteemed Dutch choreographer, Anouk Van Dijk. The technique offers a dynamic dance practice that focuses on directing and counter-directing the body through space so that each participant can develop authentic, sincere and unique movement vocabularies – tools that Van Dijk believes will prepare the dancing body and mind for negotiating demanding dance practices in the 21st century.  Scale, risk-taking, fluidity, strength and flexibility are skills this course aims to expand. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Note: No class on Thursday, March 16, for Harvard Spring Break. 

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Contemporary II/III

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: II/III
Instructor: Lonnie Stanton
Drawing upon myriad movement methods and somatic practices, this course provides exposure to current working methods of international and national Contemporary dance domains. Emphasis is placed on building stamina while exploring dynamic specificity and effective choice-making as an individual. Strength and clarity of movement will be built using tasks, phrases, and improvisation in order to increase availability to movement ideas and movement potential. Foundational dance training encouraged.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2
Days/Time: M 6-7:30pm


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

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Contemporary II/III

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: II/III
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Accompanist: Allison Stamiris 
These Saturday classes will concentrate on the exploration of movement quality, the creative process, and theoretical concepts of classical modern dance. While the course is based in the Lester Horton technique, other forms of classical modern dance will be referenced, including Martha Graham, Jose Limón, and Katherine Dunham techniques. The primary focus will be proper body alignment, quality of movement, phrasing, and dynamics. The class challenges dancers to explore their own range of motion as they perform dynamic movement studies of the various modern techniques. The class will provide a supportive environment that will encourage each dancer to move freely and safely. Students will be encouraged to express their artistic individuality with confidence as the grow more comfortable the their acquired broad verbal and movement vocabulary. Previous foundational dance training encouraged.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 
Days/Time: Sa 11:30am-1pm

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

Contemporary Latin/Ballroom

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: All levels
Instructor: Ilya Vidrin
Teaching assistant: Jessi Stegall 
For all levels, Contemporary Latin/Ballroom is a practice based in the foundations of ballet, American modern techniques, and Latin/ballroom principles. Each class begins with a rigorous warm-up designed to hone physical coordination, balance, and strength. Exercises are rooted in rhythm and musicality, evolving fluidly from individual movement to paired actions of moving together. Students will develop and practice foundational skills of partnering, emerging from dances like the cha-cha, rumba, salsa, waltz, merengue, samba, and tango. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2

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

Curation, Conservation and the Ceramic Object

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2020

Dates: July 24 - August 14
Days/Times: Fridays, 10am - 12noon EST
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Multiple

Course Description: 

The Harvard Art Museums and the Harvard Ceramics Program have been close collaborators in support of scholarly research of ceramic objects for many years. This course offers participants the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of historic ceramic objects from across the globe. Five curators and conservation scientists from the Harvard Art Museums will discuss their research of ceramic objects within the collection. Each class meeting will feature a different topic. (4 classes)... Read more about Curation, Conservation and the Ceramic Object

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