Santa Rosa Junior College offers an extensive, diversified program of instruction
including classes in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop/Funk, Tap and Folk
Dance at all levels of technique. Also, courses in Dance History, Composition,
Improvisation, Rhythmic Analysis, 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.
- 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.
- Technique classes: For the Beginner (level I), Intermediate
(level II and III) and/or Advanced (level IV) dancers can experience and
train in the dance genres of choice.
- Theory Courses:
- 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.
- Dance Composition I and II - The fundamentals of dance
composition, i.e., the choreographic process. Students will choreograph
movement studies apply a variety of choreographic approaches.
- 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.
- 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.
- Performance and Production courses:
- 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.
- 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.
- Choreography for Performance - The intermediate to
advanced dance students have the opportunity to develop choreography
from intitial 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.