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.

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

Level: II/III
Instructor: Whitney Cover
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.

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

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Contemporary II/III

Semester: 

Spring

Level: II/III
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
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 Limon 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 

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

Contemporary Latin/Ballroom

Semester: 

Spring

Level: All levels
Instructor: Ilya Vidrin
For all levels, these classes are based in the foundations of ballet and classical modern techniques and Latin/Ballroom dynamics. Starting with a warm-up to support pelvic stability and core strength with a focus on physical rhythm, coordination, and musicality, the class moves through movement patterns from dances like the cha-cha, rumba, salsa, merengue, samba, and tango. Exercises build and move fluidly from solo to partnered actions which emerge and evolve through foundational Latin/Ballroom principles.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1

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

Explore Soda Firing

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates:  February 8 - April 26 Denny McLaughlin
Days/Times: Fridays, 10:00am – 1:00 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Dennis McLaughlin

Course description: Explore nature-inspired visual and tactile surfaces on wheel thrown forms by using soda slips and washes as well as patterns and textures. Fresh spontaneous approaches on soft clay, as well as more structured methods of building functional work with thrown forms will be developed. A three-dimensional artist, from either clay or another discipline will be selected by each student to inspire the development of new methods that go beyond the familiar solution in making a soda fired functional pot.  The experience of building a larger vocabulary of soda firing possibilities and results will lay the groundwork for new directions for functional work. (12 classes/13 weeks)
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Explore | Refine

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: February 7 - April 25Zac Throwing
Days/Times: Thursdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Zac Mickelson

Course Description: This class format focuses on breaking old habits and considering new directions to take our work including utility, form and surface. There are three, three-week cycles to this 12-week class. For two weeks, students, with the guidance of the instructor will “explore” through experimentation with different forms. The third week, the group comes together to “refine” through critique intended to refine our ideas. This format is then repeated two more times. Though this class does focus primarily on the wheel, hand builders are welcome! Class demonstrations will be given based on student input with the remainder of the class being one-on-one help. (12 classes/13 weeks)

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Fall 2016 Figure Drawing at Currier

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

DatesSeptember 21-November 30* (no class Nov. 23)
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 7:30-10 pm 

Level: All levels welcome

Instructor: Heddi Siebel

Course description: Drawing from the human figure is an enjoyable and powerful exploration into the cultural context of one’s own world. This course uses simple materials—charcoal and erasers, inks and brushes—as means of discovery.... Read more about Fall 2016 Figure Drawing at Currier

Figure Drawing

Semester: 

N/A

Dates: Sept. 23 – Dec. 2 (no class Nov. 25)

Days/Times: Wednesdays, 7:30-10 pm 

Level: All levels welcome

Instructor: Heddi Siebel
Course description: Drawing from the human figure is an enjoyable and powerful exploration into the cultural context of one’s own world. This course uses simple materials—charcoal and erasers, inks and brushes—as means of discovery. Ideas evolve through the process of the “drawn” language...

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Figure Drawing at Currier

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: September 13-November 29* (no class Nov. 22)
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 7-9:30 pm 

Level: All levels welcome

InstructorHeddi Siebel

Course description: Drawing from the human figure is an enjoyable and powerful exploration into the cultural context of one’s own world. This course uses simple materials—charcoal and erasers, inks and brushes—as means of discovery. Ideas evolve through the...

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Figure Drawing at Currier

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2018

Dates: September 26-December 5
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 7-9:30 pm 

Level: All levels welcome

InstructorHeddi Siebel

Course description: Drawing from the human figure is an enjoyable and powerful exploration into the cultural context of one’s own world. This course uses simple materials—charcoal and erasers, inks and brushes—as means of discovery. Ideas evolve through the process of the “drawn”...

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Figure Drawing at Currier

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: September 13-November 29* (no class Nov. 22)
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 7-9:30 pm 

Level: All levels welcome

InstructorHeddi Siebel

Course description: Drawing from the human figure is an enjoyable and powerful exploration into the cultural context of one’s own world. This course uses simple materials—charcoal and erasers, inks and brushes—as means of discovery. Ideas evolve through the...

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Gaga/people and Gaga @ Noon - New!

Semester: 

Spring

Level: All levels
Instructor: Mario Zambrano
Gaga—the movement language created by Ohad Naharin, artistic director and choreographer of Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv—is a continuous, sensation-based movement class. Students are encouraged to interpret and experience the somatic practice of listening to the body while activating a total sensorial attention. Gaga offers a creative framework for students to engage with physicality and imagination, bridging the activity between body and mind while increasing physical potential. There are no mirrors in Gaga, and there are no observers. The class moves in continuum without breaks for a minimum of an hour. Gaga/people is intended for and welcomes students who have not had any previous dance training.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 

Attire: Comfortable clothes you can move in and bare feet or socks.

Harvard Student Ceramics Lab

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 4 - April 22 Harvard Student Course
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30pm or by appointment.
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Kathy King

Course description: This non-credit, directed study course is designed to assist Harvard undergraduate, graduate students and fellows with academic projects that utilize ceramic materials and their applications. NOTE, you must be approved by Director King prior to registering for this class. When approved and registration complete, students will work with Director Kathy King, to gain access to the studio and be given orientation and training for all materials and equipment.

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Hip Hop

Semester: 

Spring

Level: All levels
Instructor: Tarikh Campbell
For all levels, this class breaks down hip hop movement through an understanding of body control and texture. Each class offers a new choreographic phrase and develops dancers' movement retention, musicality, and performance qualities. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1

Attire: Workout wear or anything comfortable to move in. Students may wear socks, sneakers with socks pulled over them, or sneakers that have never been worn outside. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 
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Independent Studio

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Dates: January 28 - May 4Independent Study
Days/Times: N/A
Level: Advanced

Course description: Self-directed work for advanced participants previously enrolled in a Ceramics Program course and who have passed the Electric Kiln test. Independent Studio students have proven that they are capable of processing their own work. This course includes studio access and other opportunities. (14 weeks) ... Read more about Independent Studio