LARA BRANEN received her Masters in Dance from the University of Colorado in 1987. Lara has served on the Dance Faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College since 1988. She started her dance studies in ballet at Colorado College, Colorado Springs with Norman Cornick. She has studied jazz with Lynn Simonson in NYC, Joe Tremaine in L.A., Ed Mock and Anne Marie Garvin in S.F.
Lara is the Director of the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop held annually at the University of Colorado in Boulder and the Artistic Director of the workshop’s resident dance company Interweave Dance Theatre. Lara previously taught at the University of Colorado as well as in numerous private studios in the Denver Metro area. She taught aerobic dance at the Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa and was a Pilates Trainer at Sonoma County’s first Pilates studio, BodyChange. Lara has choreographed musicals including The Fantastiks, The Wiz, and SRJC productions: The Rock Opera Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Anything Goes, West Side Story and Aida. In addition to her work at SRJC for the annual dance productions and the touring Dance Ensemble, her choreography credits include several Sonoma County World Aid’s Awareness Day performances; various rock concerts and fashion shows throughout the 80’s in the Denver metro area and the International Skiwear Convention in Las Vegas.