RARA Dance Studio

RARA School for the Performing Arts

Our program offers dance classes for all ages in every style of dance. Children can beginning as early as 18 months old.  Classes are taught in terms. Our two semester RECITAL TERM classes begin in September and end with on-stage recitals at a local high school in June. Shorter sessions of NON-RECITAL classes (8-12weeks) run in fall, winter, spring and summer sessions. Workshops, clinics, camps and special events run throughout the year.                           

Competition and Ensemble Classes:  The RARA Dance Team is the Select Performance TEAM

SPT is one team made of two groups: Competition Team & Ensemble. Dancers build confidence & self-esteem working in a team atmosphere.


Competition Team is for dancers who want serious dance training plus the challenge and excitement of competition and performances.  Competition classes: ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, tap and acrobatics. 2019 MAKE -UP AUDITIONS held during ENSEMBLE New Member Auditions: Register for Class #1912 $10 For Dancers entering 2nd -12th grades Friday June 14 6:00-8:00 pm. Please indicate you are attending to make-up for missing team auditions when registering. 


Ensemble is a team for dancers who want to share their love of dance with others in the community. They enjoy the opportunity to learn many styles of dance and are showcased in multiple performances throughout the year. 2019 New Member Auditions: Register for Class #1912 $10 For Dancers entering 2nd -12th grades Friday June 14 6:00-8:00 pm. 


Please stop by the front desk or contact the dance office for handouts with full information about auditioning and membership. (Ages 8 & up) (248) 656-2425


Dance classes are taught at RARA in our studios located at 500 East Second Street, downtown Rochester.  The center features four stage-sized dance studios each with a large screen monitor for viewing classes, a large family waiting area, vending machines and lots of parking.  A children's play place is available for an extra fee.   


Our dance teachers are trained, experienced, mature, and sensitive to the needs of both children and adults.  The teaching develops proper technique, and self confidence, enhancing body image, strength, and agility through dance.  The enjoyment of the performing arts is at the center of all we do. 

Attendance Policy:

Consistent 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 absence in the last six weeks of the recital term could jeopardize the dancer’s performance opportunity.

Make-up Policy:

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. There will be make-ups scheduled if the class is cancelled when an instructor is unable to conduct class. Make-up lessons may not be the same day or time as originally scheduled. If changes in the schedule are made, students will be notified by email or phone.   

Dress Code Policy:

Dancewear is worn for all classes.  Students may not 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 front desk.

Summer Dance Class Information:

Summer classes are offered in 5 week and 8 week sessions. Attendance of all lessons is not required. No classes are held July 1-6, 2019.

Students must be the listed age at time of registration and meet skill requirements where specified. Most classes perform a short routine on the last day of class. 

Recital Dance Class 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 may be a costume return fee of $20 if parent requests an exchange after delivery.

Semester Payments (Recital Classes)
  1st Semester    2nd Semester 
45 min preschool $170 $170
45 min youth classes $174 $174
60 min beg level $175 $175
60 min int/adv level $180 $180
45-60 min hip hop   $182 $182

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.

Closed Monday May 27th Memeorial Day Observed. July 1-6, 2019 No Dance Classes Happy Independence Day! 

RARA Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor for RARA? Contact us today and see how you can become a sponsor! Email us at Info@RARARecreation.org