Performances and Events


Following Harvard University's response regarding COVID19 on March 10, all programming and studio activity at Harvard Dance Center, including the Office for the Arts Director’s studio, are suspended for the rest of the spring 2020 term.

Please read the most recent letter from Dance Director Jill Johnson to the Harvard Dance Center community. If you have questions or concerns, you may email the Dance Center staff at


APRIL 23-26, 2020

A world premiere dance installation created by Jill Johnson in collaboration with HDP students and interdisciplinary partners.

Harvard Dance Center
66 Garden St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

More details coming soon. 

FALL 2019


Dancers pose in different positions like in a sculpture garden. Some are in wheelchairs, some are standing, one poses on the ground with a propped up cane. Dancers are dressed in all white and they are in a big open room in UN headquarters.


In partnership with Harvard Library, ON DISPLAY/HARVARDTuesday, December 3, 2019, in the Widener Library rotunda from 7-8pm.

A movement installation that allows performers and the public alike to fully witness each other, ON DISPLAY was developed by physically-integrated dance company Heidi Latsky Dance. The work commemorates the United Nation's International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd as part of an annual worldwide initiative called ON DISPLAY GLOBAL.


From Heidi Latsky Dance:

“Reverting the gaze is integral to disability culture. In this installation, the performers have the power to choose what they do or do not reveal, giving them control over a personal journey that cannot help but be affected by an audience. The tenuous and complex relationship between viewer and viewed that exists in performative work also permeates everyday life with people who are different in some physical way and hence draws attention to themselves whether they want to or not.”

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 or 617-495-8683 in advance of your participation or visit.

Image: Heidi Latsky Dance in "ON DISPLAY" at the UN headquarters in Washington D.C.




Presented by: Harvard Dance Center, Office for the Arts, and Theater, Dance & Media
Tickets: $5 student, $10 general admission. Free for TDM Concentrators. 

ASL interpretation will be provided for the Friday, April 26, performance. 


SEMINAL VOICES —An evening of new experiments with the methods of three visionary artists who have expanded the meaning of choreographic practice. And still do. See Harvard students perform and engage with work that spans 90 years of dance history. Evocative, idiosyncratic, distinctive and infinitely expressive, each of the these works provides dancers and audiences alike the opportunity to encounter dance history and participate in it.

The performance program is comprised of: gym dance for Harvard, 2019, Harvard Dance Project students in conversation with  Merce Cunningham, directed by Silas Riener (Cunningham Trust); Lamentation Variation, Harvard Dance Project students in Lamentation(1930) by Martha Graham, staged by Miki Orihara (Martha Graham Dance Company); and Bill T. Jones’ Story/Time (excerpt; 2012), reconstruction of excerpts staged by Christina Robson (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company).

At the invitation of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Harvard Dance Project students premiered gym dance for Harvard, 2019, at Baryshnikov Arts Center, in “Runs the Gamut,” an event exploring the legacy of Merce Cunningham’s choreography and his experimental use of chance procedures. The event was also in celebration of Cunningham's centennial. Harvard Dance Project performed alongside the Alvin Ailey School, The Juilliard School, and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

The Harvard Dance Center is excited to collaborate with local musicians Osnat Netzer, Preceptor in the Department of Music, and Erika Matei, Master’s candidate from Longy School of Music, who will perform Piano Piece, Op. 3, No. 2, by Zoltán Kodály (1910), the original score used for Lamentation (1930), choreographed by Martha Graham. Nate Tucker, composer and electronic musician, will be perform his original works for gym dance for Harvard, 2019 and Story/Time (excerpt).  READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE


SEMINAL VOICES received additional support from the Bromley Innovation Fund for Dance and the Provostial Fund for Arts and Humanities at Harvard University. 

The Harvard Dance Project (HDP) is a Theater, Dance & Media (TDM) credit course that aims to cultivate invention and foster the courage of artistry. Led by Dance Director and Senior Lecturer, Jill Johnson, HDP is a performance ensemble that provides students with the opportunity to be original cast members and collaborators in diverse dance works created by preeminent choreographers. The course focuses on performance research, collaboration, choreographic composition, and links choreographic thinking to other fields.

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The Harvard Dance Center is fully wheelchair accessible. ASL interpretation will be provided for the Friday, April 26, performance.  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.


Harvard Town Hall with Artist-in-Residence Ayodele Casel

Join famed tap dancer and choreographer Ayodele Casel for an interactive Town Hall at Harvard Commons Space in the Smith Campus Center on Thursday, November 1, at 5:30pm. Casel’s autobiographical show, While I Have the Floor, premiered to rave reviews and a sold out run at the Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston, SC. Together with members of tall poPpy, inc. (the show's production company) Torya Beard and Darren Biggart, the Harvard community is invited to explore how claiming authorship can strengthen community. An interactive experience of performance and conversation, this Town Hall is designed to investigate how claiming identity and legacy can create a path to agency and action. Casel will also perform an excerpt from While I Have the Floor

Thursday, November 1, 2018
Harvard Commons Space at The Smith Campus Center
1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Ayodele Casel is a 2018-19 artist-in-residence supported by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA). 

Ayodele Casel will also be leading a tap master class on October 29, 7:30-9pm, at Lowell Lecture Hall as part of the Harvard Dance Center Master Class & Lecture Series. Observers are welcome! Participation is free, but registration is required for both participants and observers. 

While I Have the Floor at Harvard is an oral history project that aims to create a platform for people to tell their personal stories and to be heard. Taking its cue from tap dancer and choreographer Ayodele Casel’s autobiographical piece by the same name, these stories will create a collective registry of our current time, and provide a long-term catalogue from which to discover history.  The project endeavors to be a marker of evolving zeitgeists, forces, challenges and triumphs in our own lives and in our culture – and the chance to learn from them.  What led us to this point of extreme division in our culture?  How do we address the important civic issues of our day when fellow citizens are dehumanized? Can hearing someone else’s story foster empathy, compassion and greater, understanding? What are the stories that disarm us or dare us to change?  What are our enduring hopes?  From students, custodians, engineers and librarians, to artists, bus drivers, chaplains and teachers – these stories provide a chance for people to be heard – and to listen. While they have the floor, what is it they would like to say?

FALL 2018

Sidra Bell Lec/Dem October 9, 2018
The Harvard Community is invited to a private lecture/demonstration at Harvard Dance Center by visiting artist Sidra Bell as part of the Theater, Dance & Media credit course Contemporary Repertory: Dance Authorship in the 21st Century.
Internationally acclaimed choreographer Sidra Bell will be discussing her work and presenting selections from her repertory performed by her company Sidra Bell Dance New York.



Sidra Bell is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, an Adjunct Professor at Ball State University in Indiana, and was an Adjunct Professor at Barnard College in New York City. She holds a BA in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. As artistic director of Sidra Bell New York, Bell is an award-winning choreographer and her work has been seen throughout the United States and across the globe. She has taught her unique creative practice at major institutions for dance and theater throughout Canada, Europe, South America, and the United States. Bell is the Creative Director of MODULE, a New York City-based immersive laboratory for movement and theater artists. Read more.

Sidra Bell Dance New York is an internationally recognized boutique brand of prolific movement illustrators based in New York City that presents and fosters a canon of innovative and progressive dance theater in a world of ideas and (im)possibilities.


Open House Pizza Party & Cypher
Mix with other students interested in dance and/or Theater, Dance & Meda (TDM)
Meet Dance and TDM staff and faculty, plus other arts leaders across campus
Ask questions
Eat free pizza

Meet and jam with the new Director of Undergraduate Studies Debra Levine! Plus extra bonus, master tap dancer Ayodele Casel will also be joining our jam! 


6:00-6:30pm - Mix, mingle, ask questions, eat pizza
6:30-7:30pm - Cypher led by Aysha Upchurch AIE'15

RSVP on Facebook

What is a cypher?
A cypher is freestyle dance jam where an open circle is created and people take turns dancing in the center. The cypher (or cipher) has deep, long-standing cultural roots in hip hop culture, African tradition, and even religious beliefs.


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Accessibility: Persons of all abilities are encouraged to participate in all Harvard Dance Center programs. The Harvard Dance Center studios at 66 Garden St. are accessible for individuals using wheelchairs. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact 617-495-8683 in advance of your participation or visit.