Santa Rosa Junior College Distance Education

DANCE 57: The History of Jazz Dance

The History of Jazz Dance is an Undergraduate, 3 unit completely online course suitable for anyone interested in this important American social and theatrical dance form of the 20th century.  Recommended for college students who need to complete G.E. requirements, for teachers of jazz dance at the high school and college level, and as an elective for college dance majors. 

All the details

  • Offered through Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) an accredited California college.
  • Fulfills General Education requirement in Arts & Humanities and Ethnic studies. 
  • This course costs $138 ($46/unit)
  • This is a 12 week course, September 19th - December 9th, 2022 (registration is taking place now!)
  • Click below for more information on the course. Scroll to "D" and choose DANCE then scroll through the list to find DANCE 57! Make sure "Show Course Info" is selected to see the course description. 

Ready to register?

First you will need to apply to SRJC if you aren't already a recent student. To do that you will set up a profile with the California Community College system.

About the Instructor

Lara Branen co-founded and directed the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop for 4 decades - a summer dance intensive held in Boulder, Colorado as well as professional dance company Interweave Dance Theatre of Boulder established in 1995. Interweave is listed in the new book Rooted Jazz Dance. Lara received the Living Legends of Dance Award from the University of Denver in 2018 in recognition of her work with Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop and Interweave. She holds a Masters in Dance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has taught dance (primarily jazz dance) at Santa Rosa Junior College since 1988.

Lara in a 2018 performance of Interweave Dance Theatre "Glam Slam" along with members of the company. (Photo by Wendy Turner)