Master Classes

Master Class with Ashley Gayle - All Level Jazz! 

Thursday April 14th 12:00-1:30- TAUZER 951


Ashley Gayle graduated from UC Irvine with a B.F.A in Dance Performance and minor in Business Management in 2012. After moving back home to the Bay Area, she has performed   with  Alayo Dance Company, PUSH Dance Company, LV Dance Collective, David Herrera Dance Company, Mix’d Ingrdnts, and Urban Jazz Dance Company.  She regularly teaches youth and adults   throughout the Bay Area and is also the Co-Director of Visceral Roots Dance Company. 


Celebrating Black Voices in Dance

On behalf of the Santa Rosa Junior College Dance Program and the SRJC Kinesiology, Athletics, and Dance Department, we invite you to join us for our artists in the lecture series: Celebrating Black Voices in Dance.  Our charge is to foster unity, innovation, celebration, and advocacy of Black Choreographers, Artists and Educators, and the work they do within their communities.  Through screening and discussing repertory that focuses on Black lives, social justice, and how dance responds to the difficulties of this moment, this exclusively virtual event weaves each artists’ own historical perspective of movement and cultural connection. Eminent speakers include Robert Moses, Jade Charon, and Bernard Brown.   

Bernard BrownSRJC Dance Program welcomes:  BERNARD BROWN

Thursday, April 8, 2021

TIME:  5:00pm-6:30pm 

No registration required.  FREE.  

ABOUT THE LECTURE:  Bernard Brown’s work as an artist, educator, and arts activist provide the motivation for the concept of “Movement as Intervention.” View excerpts of Brown’s latest work, “Processing Sugar Notes,” and delve into Dance and Citizenship in this workshop. This is open to all levels of dancers.

ABOUT BERNARD BROWN: A choreographer, performer, activist, and educator, Professor Bernard Brown adds his talent and creativity to the Performing Arts: Dance Academy. He teaches dance in Sacramento State’s Department of Theatre and Dance and serves as artistic director for Sacramento/Black Art of Dance, a modern dance company. He describes dance as a catalyst that “sparks dialogue and change within our communities.”  Brown has performed as a dancer in numerous places including the Kennedy Center, New York’s Lincoln Center, and the Hollywood Bowl. He choreographed Scott Joplin’s opera, Treemonisha,” for Skylark Opera Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work “Champion” was presented at the launch of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin in 2016. Brown has taught dance at UCLA, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He earned his master of fine arts in dance from UCLA and his bachelor of fine arts in dance from the State University of New York at Purchase.


All artists in this series sponsored by the SRJC Dance Program and the SRJC KAD Department.

For more information please contact Casandra Hillman, Dance Coordinator, at or visit

Jade Charon Photo SRJC Dance Program welcomes:  JADE CHARON 

TIME:  5:00pm-6:30pm 

No registration required.  FREE.  

ABOUT THE LECTURE:  This workshop looks at the history and cultural connections of Gold Hoop earrings from Africa to the streets of Black and Brown neighborhoods in America. Students will screen the movie Gold, observe a PowerPoint presentation, and be lead through a dance movement-based workshop that explores the reclamation of power using dance as resistance. The class will culminate with discussion and unison, reciting positive affirmations.

ABOUT JADE CHARON: Jade Charon is an interdisciplinary artist,  choreographer,  filmmaker, and international dance educator, hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin based in Los Angeles, California. Charon received a MFA in Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BA in Dance and Theater from Columbia College Chicago. Charon was awarded the 2020 Hicks Choreographer Fellowship from the School of Jacob's Pillow where she received mentorship from Dianne McIntyre and Risa Steinberg,

In 2018, Charon was selected as the Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellow from BAM(Brooklyn Academy of Music) . Through this fellowship she traveled to Africa, and researched Contemporary and Traditional African dance in the countries of Senegal and Burkina Faso to research and learn traditional and contemporary West African dance.

As a filmmaker, her films have been accepted in festivals and conferences such as: American Dance Festival Movie By Movers, The Outland Dance Project Dance Film Festival, and the national Women in Dance Conference. In 2016, Charon’s film Reverse,  caught the attention of the New York Times, and she and  her company were interviewed and featured by the New York Times and aired on their social media platforms. In 2017, The LA Times also mentioned Charon’s art activism in their article about protest dance in Los Angeles.

As an African American interdisciplinary artist, her own dance vocabulary mixes contemporary, modern, hip hop, gospel, and movements from the Afro Diaspora. In the commercial scene, Charon has performed as a background dancer for Kanye West. 

Charon aims to use her art as ministry to uplift her community  and was selected to give a Ted Talk on using dance as ministry for TedxUCLA. In 2013, Charon was selected to pioneer and design a dance program for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee through a national research study with The Wallace Foundation. This experience sprouted Charon into starting her own non-profit company, By Jade Charon Company. By Jade Charon has birthed films, arts curriculums, community outreach initiatives, and arts festivals, fusing art, education, mentorship, and social justice globally. Charon is also the founder 30:11 by Jade Charon LLC,  a leotard and activewear line, designed to support all body types with the hopes of eliminating body shaming.



ROBERT MOSES of Robert Moses KIN 

Thursday, February 25, 2021  5:00pm-6:30pm


No registration required
Free - sponsored by the SRJC Dance Program

ABOUT THE LECTURE:  Join Robert Moses, renowned choreographer and Founding Artistic Director of Robert Moses' Kin (RMK), for an inspiring artist talk and live demonstration. Moses will begin by screening and discussing repertory from "Short Stories," a program that focuses on Black lives, social justice, and the transformative power of art in our lives. He'll reflect on how dance can respond to the difficulties of our moment and take questions from the audience. Moses and an RMK Company Dancer will then hold a live demonstration in an open rehearsal format, giving valuable insights into Moses' creation process.

ABOUT ROBERT MOSES:  My mission as an arts administrator is to create opportunities for enlightenment, to reinforce and provide the community with avenues that lead to realized cultural and personal voice. I hope to support the arts community in both embracing and challenging accepted norms and to support the discovery of what is specific and unique in our varied human natures as we travel those avenues. I have for decades used my service on panels, as an arts leader, art work and teaching work as platforms for focused expression in an effort to detail ideas on race, class, cultural belief, gender, and aspiration and use each medium as the vessel through which we gain a greater understanding of our intellectual interests and thereby give voice to the existence of the expanded possibilities of education and our individual potential and communal responsibility. My efforts are meant as testaments, cultural expressiveness and creative impulse, and about the power of educational growth.

As an intellectual explorer and artist I am interested in the honor, dignity , and potential of each of us. By working with multiple populations, youth groups, gospel choirs, spoken word organizations and more as I have over the course of my career, I believe we can both blur and clarify the lines that define understanding. As an African American male, a father, and a parent of two children of blended heritage, I feel invested personally in many of the issues that concern students on campus. Because of that I seek to speak with the voices of my heritage, to speak to the possibilities that my children hold, to uncover and use the full promise of a historically informed African American aesthetic forged by decades of multicultural, pan generational, post gender interactions, to honestly and respectfully and clearly help students to find their way forward.

For more information about Robert Moses and RMK dance company please visit.