Student-Led Dance Groups and Residency

Photo: Harvard Bhangra. Credit: Liza Voll


Student-led dance groups at Harvard may apply for a one-week residency at the Harvard Dance Center! Residency activities may include informal showings, open rehearsals, workshops, or performances. Two-three residencies will be held per academic year (one per semester), but two or more student-led dance groups may submit a combined application for a collaborative residency.

Harvard Dance Center Student-led Dance Group Residencies offer the use of the Dance Center's 3,500 square foot Studio 1. Artistic and producing mentorship is available to students throughout the academic year, though students are expected to take full ownership of all managing and producing aspects of their residency. 

Additional Residency Information:
Harvard Dance Center residencies includes the 3,500 square foot Studio 1 with the option for risers or chairs, sound (via portable device, laptop, etc.), and pre-programmed lights accessible via Studio 1 wall panel. A required residency orientation meeting with the Dance Center staff will be scheduled in the first two weeks of the term and another required production meeting with the Dance Technical Supervisor will be scheduled following. Lighting design and production mentorship is available to students throughout the academic year, though students are expected to set up and run all technical aspects of their showings or performances.

For questions about the residency and/or application process, contact Elizabeth Epsen at


Student-led dance groups and Harvard undergraduate and graduate students may request to reserve studio spaces at Harvard Dance Center and the OFA Director's Studio, based on availability. For information on requesting studio space and using the Dance Center-run studios, please read fully the Dance Center Handbook


The Dance Center has two studios and one Green Room. Studio 1 capacity: 80. Studio 2 capacity: 30. Offers: Mirrors, barres, sprung floor with marley, pianos. Dressing rooms, showers, gender neutral restrooms. The green room can also be booked for small rehearsals. Capacity: 10.

The Director's Studio at the OFA, 74 Mt. Auburn Street. Capacity: 20. Offers: mirrors, sound system, barres, sprung floor with Marley, upright piano. There are two gender neutral restrooms that can be used as changing rooms. 

The following are the hours students may reserve are the following (based on availability):

Harvard Dance Center (Studio 1, Studio 2, and Green Room), 66 Garden St.

  • Monday-Sunday: 9:30am-11:45pm

Director’s Studio, OFA, 74 Mt. Auburn St.

  • Monday-Thursday: 4:30-11:00pm
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm
  • Saturday: 9am-5:00pm
  • Sunday: Noon-11:00pm



Following Harvard University's responses regarding coronavirus 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:

  • all studio reservations, 
  • all student group activities, 
  • all non-credit classes, 
  • and all visiting artists programming.

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 or call 617-495-8683. 


At the beginning of each semester, student-led dance groups are each assigned a weekly 2.5 hour rehearsal slot. Beyond this slot, additional space is available on an ad hoc basis up to 2 weeks in advance.

To request a recurring rehearsal time, please fill out the Student-Led Dance Group Weekly Recurring Request FormRecurring reservations for Spring 2020 will be confirmed the week of January 17, 2020.

Additional studio reqeusts should be made via RoomBook (online scheduler). You will receive a confirmation directly from RoomBook if your request is approved within the week. All undergraduates in the College can log into RoomBook with their HUID and PIN, but you must be an officer listed in theHub to make a reservation for a student group. Please contact Julie Leist at or Jonrobert Bagley at if you need assistance registering or for questions about RoomBook.

See the calendar of student-led dance group events and email to get your events added! For more information and resources read the Dance Center Handbook as well as the Student Organization Resource Guide



Inviduals who are not part of a student-led dance group looking to request studio space, please ubmit your requested times in the following form: Individual Ad-Hoc Request Form. A Dance Center representative will be in touch to confirm your reservation within the week of your request. 


There are over 23 student-led dance groups representing a broad range of dance genres and traditions from all over the globe. See the calendar of student-led dance group events happening on campus! 

Asian American Dance Troupe  
Chunsa Dance Troupe (Korean Association)
Corcairdhearg: Harvard College Irish Dancers
Crimson Dance Team
Dancing to Heal
Expressions Dance Company
Fuerza Latina (Candela Salsa Dance Troupe)
Harvard Ballet Company
Harvard Ballroom Dance Team
Harvard Ballet Folkloric de Aztlan
Harvard Bhangra Dance Company
Harvard Breakers
Harvard Capoiera

Harvard Chinese Dance Troupe  
Harvard CityStep

Harvard College Middle Eastern Dance Company
Harvard Deepam
Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company
Harvard Raftaar
Pan-African Dance and Music Ensemble (PADAME)
Passus: Harvard College Step Team
Omo Naija

Photo: Harvard Bhangra at Harvard Dance Center. Credit: Liza Voll.