If you can plié, piqué, and pirouette, check out the Harvard Ballet Company today! With weekly classes and biannual performances, this student-run organization will have you up on your toes in no time.
History and Alumni of the Harvard Ballet Company
The Harvard Ballet Company, or HBC, was created in 1993 at Harvard College and has since become a force to be reckoned with. Every year, the company gains new dancers, talented choreographers, and the driving force that precedes success.
Past HBC alumni have gone on to work with prestigious companies like the American Ballet Theatre, the Los Angeles Ballet, The Forsythe Company, and the Zürich Ballet.
Dance Styles and Performances
Despite its name, HBC performs multiple styles of dance. In addition to ballet, dancers can also showcase their skills in contemporary, jazz, and modern dance as well.
Company classes are held weekly and are taught by a variety of dance professionals and company members. The Harvard Dance Department offers more advanced classes multiple times a week as well, if you would like to supplement your company classes.
Every year, HBC produces two company-run performances, as well as a variable selection of benefit performances and performing in the Dance Festival at Arts First. Events can take place on or off-campus. The choreography for each show is provided by alumni, current company members, and local or renowned choreographers. See the trailer below for HBC’s 2011 performance “Out of Body.”
Become a Member of the Harvard Ballet Company
To become a member of the Harvard Ballet Company, dancers at Harvard College are encouraged to attend open company auditions at the beginning of every semester. Shortly after the company auditions, accepted dancers can then participate in casting auditions for upcoming productions.
Past HBC productions include styles that range from classical ballet to more contemporary work. HBC’s previous accolades include excerpts from Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Paquita, and La Bayadere, as well as a selection of performances choreographed by dance legend Martha Graham.
Dancers are also encouraged, through means of exposure to professionals and participation in performances, to develop their own choreography and, perhaps one day, debut a show of their own making on the HBC stage or beyond.
Become a Board Member of the Harvard Ballet Company
HBC is student-run, which means that members of the company can run for a seat on the Board of Directors every year. The Board is responsible for aspects of performance production that dancers and choreographers would not otherwise interact with, as well as provide members with the opportunity to try out being a part of an arts administration.
Contact the Harvard Ballet Company
If you have questions or would like more information about HBC, email HarvardBalletCompany@gmail.com or write to their mailing address:
Harvard Dance Center
Attn. Harvard Ballet Company
60 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138