Dance Course Offerings

Santa Rosa Junior College offers an extensive, diversified program of instruction including classes in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop/Funk, Latin Dance, Tap and Folk Dance at all levels of technique. Also, courses in Dance History, Composition, Improvisation, Music for Dance, assist the dance enthusiast with further study in dance. The dancer can perform through the Dance Ensemble, Dance Production and Choreography for Performance courses to complete their study in dance.

  1. Introduction to Dance Movement: This class is preparation for all the beginning technique classes, teaching the beginning skills of Ballet, Modern and Jazz and Hip Hop/Funk dance.
  2. Technique classes: For the Beginner (level I), Advanced-Beginner (level II), Low-Intermediate (level III), Intermediate (level IV), High Intermediate (level V), and/or Advanced (level VI) dancers can experience and train in the dance genres of choice.
  3. Theory Courses:
    1. Dance History - This course focuses on dance in western civilization through a brief study of dance in traditional cultures followed by a survey of dance history from ancient times through the 21st century. Through this course, the student will become aware of the significance of dance as ritual, social tradition, and as an art form. This course includes comparison of dance to other forms of expression in traditional societies, ancient cultures, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, as well as in 15th - 21st century western cultures. Survey of Dance History examines the development of ballet, modern dance, and other contemporary western theatrical dance forms.
    2. Music for Dance - The fundamentals of dance composition, i.e., the choreographic process. Students will choreograph movement studies apply a variety of choreographic approaches.
    3. Rhythmic Analysis - The study of musical skills pertinent to the dancer including: notation literacy; basic knowledge of rhythmic forms; score reading and fundamental analysis; familiarity with the elements of a variety of musical styles; and rudiments of live accompaniment.
    4. Improvisation - Focuses on exploration of the aesthetic dance elements of space, time and energy through guided individual movement experiences and structured duet and group improvisations.
  4. Performance and Production courses:
    1. Dance Ensemble - Designed to provide the student with practical performing. The students develop their own choreography and perform both student and faculty compositions in a variety of venues in local schools.
    2. Dance Production - Students rehearse and prepare to perform student-choreographed dances for the annual dance concert. The focus is on developing technical and performance skills, as well as productive work habits in relation to rehearsing and practicing choreography. This course is designed for intermediate to advanced level dancers, and also serves as an introduction to facets of dance production.
    3. Choreography for Performance - The intermediate to advanced dance students have the opportunity to develop choreography from initial concept through completion and performance. Students will conduct rehearsals, receive feedback on choreography, show their work, and prepare to present dances in a dance production. Students in this course may also perform in dances choreographed by fellow students.