RARA School for the Performing Arts program offers a wide variety of dance classes (preschool, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, hip hop, musical theatre) for children and adults beginning at 2 ½ years of age. We teach these classes in terms. Our RECITAL TERM begins each September when students are enrolled for the two semester program, ending with the “grand finale.” Our recitals are held in June, presented at a local high school. Some dancers enjoy non-recital classes taught in 8-12 week terms throughout the year, FALL, WINTER/SPRING AND SUMMER. The SUMMER TERM provides students the opportunity to strengthen skills or sample new classes in a short 8 week session beginning each June.
Competition and Ensemble Classes:
Annual auditions are held each May and June. Please check back in April for more information.
Dance classes are taught at RARA in our studios located at 500 East Second Street, downtown Rochester. The center features four studios, parent waiting area, vending, and municipal parking.
Our dance teachers are trained, mature, and sensitive to the needs of both children and adults. They teach to develop technique and self-confidence, not stress, enhancing body image, strength, and agility through dance. Above all, the enjoyment of the performing arts is foremost.
Good attendance is imperative, as absences and tardiness can hold back an entire class. Please make every effort to have students at each class. More than one (1) absence in the last six weeks of the recital term could jeopardize the dancer’s performance opportunity.
There are no make-up or refund opportunities for students who miss class due to illness, travel, family situations, etc. Classes cancelled due to inclement weather conditions cannot be make up or refunded.
Dress Code Policy:
Dancewear is worn for all classes. Students cannot dance in street clothes. No loose fitting clothing or excessive jewelry, please. Hair must be worn off the neck, out of eyes and must be secured before class. See shoe requirements with the class listings. Detailed dancewear information is available on our website or request a handout at the program office.
Recital Term Information
Students must be the listed age at time of registration and meet skill requirements where specified.
Students are measured and costumes are ordered at the end of the fall semester.
Costume fees are included in the first semester payment.
Costumes are sized according to the manufacturers’ chart. Size charts are available for parents to view if concerned about sizing. There is a costume return fee of $20 if parent requests an exchange after delivery.
Semester Payments (Recital Classes)
|45 min preschool
|45 min youth classes
|60 min beg level
|60 min int/adv level
See listings for more advanced classes
Note: Both semester fees are listed with each class description denoted as follows:
EXAMPLE: Dance Baby Dance $170/170 (Two Payments).
EXPLANATION: The total cost for the recital term of a Dance Baby Dance class including the recital tights & costume is $340 paid in two payments of $170 each due at the beginning of the Fall and Winter/Spring Semesters.