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ALL DANCE CLASSES WILL RETURN TO CAMPUS IN THE FALL 2021.  FALL SEMESTER BEGINS AUGUST 16th. 

To register for the fall 2021 semester visit: https://classes.santarosa.edu

Classes Offered Once a Year in the Fall:

Advanced Modern, Dance 16.3-16.6. Tuesdays/Thursdays 12-1:30- with Tanya Tolmasoff-Knippelmeir 

Choreography, Dance 3.1.  Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30-3:30-  This class is a core requirement for the AA degree and Certificates.  Dance experience is recommended. 

TDC- SRJC Dance Program Touring Dance Company-  This is a late start class to provide time for the audition process.  TDC tours and performs at the local high schools, dance festivals, the Winter Gala and throughout the Bay Area.  


DANCE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Each year, SRJC dance students have opportunities to work with professional dance artists through master classes and choreography. Guest Artists include: Robert Moses, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Desmond Richardson, Ronald K. Brown, Jade Charon, Bernard Brown, Ballet Hispanico, Versa-Style Dance, Pilobolous, Stephanie Emmanuela da Silva, Joslynn Mathis-Reed, Dylan Smith and Sandor Diabankouezi.

  • TDC, SRJC's Touring Dance Company, tours throughout the Bay Area and has performed with: Stages of Change, The North Bay Dance Festival, Works in the Works and the Winter Spotlight Dance Gala. TDC also visits Sonoma County's high school dance programs and offers master classes to the young dancers of our community.

  • Students from the SRJC dance program have transferred successfully to UC, CSU and professional dance programs all around the country including: CSULB, SJSU, UC Berkeley, Sacramento State, San Francisco State, Sonoma State and UC Santa Barbara, Dominican and Alvin Ailey.

  • SRJC dancers connect with other college dance programs by participating in the American College Dance Conference each year. Students enroll in master classes, workshops, and lectures by esteemed dance professors from Community College, CSU and UC institutions. SRJC Faculty and Student choreography and performance is adjudicated at this conference and has the opportunity for selection in the top 10% of dances to be presented in the culminating performance of the conference. SRJC has been attending the American College Dance Conference every year since Spring 2017.  In the Spring of 2018, SRJC submitted a faculty piece, "Wigs and Tarts" to be adjudicated and was selected for the final Gala event; a high honor during the conference.

  • Dance teachers in our community that have studied dance at SRJC are currently credentialed teachers at El Molino, Windsor and Santa Rosa High Schools, and many of our dance students currently teach in or own many of the dance studios in Sonoma County.

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MISSION STATEMENT: Dance, as an academic discipline, encompasses the elements of dance as a performing art, as well as the science of dance as movement. The mission of the dance program is to promote dance as a medium of communication and expression uniquely effective in the conveyance of meaning, emotion and cultural values. The mission is also to train dancers in sound dance techniques so their bodies are effective instruments for this artistic expression. The techniques of the program increases students' level of physical fitness, coordination, and grace through dance training, and presents dance as a rigorous and specialized area of the performing arts, demanding a high level of physical preparation as well as a thorough understanding of aesthetics.

SRJC DancersThe Dance Mission includes the following objectives:

1. Creating an environment in which the general student population may experience dance as a means to enhance physical fitness and wellness, understand and appreciate other cultures and periods of history, interact cooperatively with men and women of various ages and cultural/ethic backgrounds, and learn aesthetics.

2. Preparing dance students to transfer as dance majors to public state and private colleges and universities.

3. Providing preparation for careers in dance including the areas of choreography, dance performance and dance instruction.

4. Maintaining diversity of instruction and course offerings.

Dance Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of a season with the SRJC dance department, the student will be able to:
1. Majors will develop proficiency in modern, jazz, and ballet dance forms, enabling them to pursue higher level dance degrees.

2. Majors will have practical experience in the performance and production aspects of dance.

3. Certificate dancers will have the skills and techniques to secure employment at local dance studios.

4. Recreational dancers will develop an appreciation for the rigors involved with learning a dance form, both physically and emotionally.

Interested in becoming a Dance Major?  Interested in a Dance Certificate?  Make sure to make an appointment to speak with the Dance Coordinator about your dance schedule by emailing Casandra Hillman chillman@santarosa.edu.