RPA Shine Your Way

Dance, Music, and Tumbling Classes for Age 3-8

RPA Shine Your Way is program designed specifically for young performers ages 3-8.  We aim to teach our performers to shine from within.  Our classes are fun, positive, and challenging.  We encourage our students to be imaginative, expressive, motivated, unique, and to shine from within!

 

Students can move through all levels of the program beginning in introductory Rockets classes.  Then gaining independence as in the more challenging Dazzlers and completing the program as Sparklers.  Each level is catered to the age and ability of the students.  By the time they graduate from Sparklers, students will be prepared and excited to move into our older Rhythms classes.

 

Each session culminates in a special show just for the Shine Your Way students.  The students will have the chance to sparkle and shine on stage and demonstrate to friends and family all they have learned.

 

We look forward to introducing your child to the magical world of performing arts!   We can’t wait to see them Shine Your Way!

 

 

Ready to Register?  

Please read the Shine Your Way Policies, then Register using our links here!

FALL/WINTER SESSION BEGINS SEPTEMBER 3RD

RPA Shine Your Way Classes

Rockets - Ages 3 and 4

Rockets Tap/Ballet Combo

 

Tuesdays 4:00-4:55

 

A 55 minute class that introduces beginning tap and ballet steps through games, musical storytelling and creative movement. The class works on gross motor skills as well as taking turns, listening and following directions. Simple combinations are set to age appropriate music and taught in a fun, exciting environment! 

 

Rockets Jazz/Hip Hop Combo

 

Saturdays 11:15-11:55am

 

A 40 minute class that encourages children to express themselves through a variety of age appropriate music and movement styles. Dancers will work on beginning jazz and hip-hop steps while they play games, tell stories with their movement, and learn simple combinations set to fun, engaging music.  The class builds on gross motor skill development and facilitates taking turns, listening, and following directions. 

 


Rockets/Dazzler Acro

 

Mondays 3:45-4:25

 

This class is for the little gymnast in your household!  We will work on flexibility, balance, strength, and coordination while rocking out to kid friendly music.  The class consists of stretching, across the mats with hopping, skipping, and mastering basic tumbling skills like forward rolls and other basic acrobatics like bridges and head stands. 

 

Rockets Broadway

 

Thursdays 4:30-5:15

 

This class is for preschoolers who like to groove and sing along to their favorite songs!  We will sing songs with numbers, colors, shapes, and letters to learn to match pitch as well as promote cognitive development all while having fun! We will play acting games to stretch our imaginations and we'll dance with scarves and learn songs from movies and shows that kids know and love.  Kids will learn to share, take turns, and play well together!  

 

 



Dazzlers - Ages 5-7

Dazzlers Tap and Ballet

Saturdays 10:15-11:10am

 

This class focuses on the development of motor skills, music appreciation, and basic tap and ballet technique while nurturing creativity and fun! It is an hour filled with twirls, shuffles, plies and stomps! This class also facilitates dance room etiquette, group participation, an individual expression!

 

Dazzlers Jazz and Hip Hop

Saturdays 9:30-10:10am

 

This class focuses on the development of motor skills and learning basic jazz and hip-hop choreography, while playing dance games and using imagination! Simple combinations will be taught to age appropriate pop and hip-hop music. This class uses lots of fun props and costumes to help your dancer truly express themselves in a fun and creative environment!

 


Dazzler/Rocket Acro

Mondays 3:45-4:25

 

This class is for the little gymnast in your household!  We will work on flexibility, balance, strength, and coordination while rocking out to kid friendly music.  The class consists of stretching, across the mats with hopping, skipping, and mastering basic tumbling skills like forward rolls and other basic acrobatics like bridges and head stands. 

 

 

 

 

Dazzlers Broadway

Mondays 4:30-5:10

 

This class is for kids who love to ham it up!  We will explore the world of musical theater by singing, dancing, and acting - triple threat.  We will play basic theater games to help kids break out of their shells, and learn to act like different characters.  We will sing and dance (at the same time!) to classic and new broadway and movie tunes and learn the art of performance!

 


Sparklers - Ages 6-8 (1 year experience recommended)

Sparklers Tap and Ballet

Thursdays 4:00-4:55pm

 

This 55 minutes class is meant for dancers with previous tap and ballet experience. It will focus on the advancement of gross motor skills, classroom etiquette, and ballet and tap terminology and technique. The class blends structure and creativity, creates more advanced choreography, and includes fun, imaginative activities to keep your dancer fully engaged and loving the sounds and expressions of tap and ballet dance!

 

 

Sparklers Broadway

Wednesdays 3:15-3:55pm

 

This class is for kids who love to ham it up!  We will explore the world of musical theater by singing, dancing, and acting - triple threat.  We will play basic theater games to help kids break out of their shells, and learn to act like different characters.  We will sing and dance (at the same time!) to classic and new broadway and movie tunes and learn the art of performance!

 

 

 

Sparklers Jazz and Hip Hop

Thursdays 5:00-5:40pm

 

This class is meant for the dancer who has some classroom/group experience and wants to learn and perform specific jazz and hip-hop choreography. Age appropriate music and movement will be used to teach body isolations, hip-hop swag, as well as jazz leaps and turns, in a fun, engaging environment! Dancers are encouraged to express their own unique style and time in class will be given for creating combinations.



Mini Musical - The Granny Awards

We also produce two mini musicals each year for kids age 4 to Grade 5.  This September we will begin our next production, The Granny Awards.  Click here for more information!

All the Important Info for Our Fall/Winter Session:

 

 

Session Dates:

September 3 - January 19

No classes on 

  • October 31 (Halloween)
  • November 25-30 (Thanksgiving Break)
  • December 23-January 4 (Winter Break)

 

 

Shine Your Way Recital 

For all Shine Your Way students

Rehearsal: January 23

Performance: January 26 in the afternoon

(The rehearsal and performance dates are still tentative as we need to confirm with the venue which is closed over summer - we will confirm by end of August)

               

 

Semester Tuition for Fall Session (September-January)

Class fees are broken into 5 installments, due on September 1, October 1, November 1, December 1, and January 1.  When you enroll, you will enter your credit card for auto-payments so you won’t need to remember when it is time to pay.  Or you can pay for the entire session upfront with cash or check.  If you decide to pay for the whole session up front by cash or check.  Please email or call the studio to pay by cash or check.  All fees are non-refundable.

 

Please note, most studios charge separately for recital costumes, recital fees, registration fees, and performance video.  We include all these in your tuition so it is simpler for you!

 

All Shine Your Way Classes:  (includes recital costume, certificate, production fee, digital video of performance)

 

5 INSTALLMENTS PAYMENT PLAN

1 weekly class = $82/installment 

2 weekly classes = $138/installment 

3 weekly classes = $178/installment 

4 weekly classes = $202/installment 

This does not include the one time payment for SYW uniform shirt for $20.  Returning students can wear their shirt from last year if it still fits.

 

This does not include the one time payment for SYW uniform shirt for $20.  Returning students can wear their shirt from last semester.

 

Bring-A-Friend Discount:  We encourage our Rhythms students to refer their friends to the studio.  If your friend decides to register for classes, you receive $50 credit towards future camps or classes. Please email us to let us know if you have earned the discount.

 

Family Discount: Families who have more than one student enrolled at Rhythms (including adults) will receive a 10% discount off their total tuition.

 

Dress Code and Shoes

Students must be dressed appropriately for all classes.  Hair must be worn away from the face in a ponytail or bun; short hair must be clipped back.  For shoes and tights, we recommend Marin Dancewear in southern Novato.

 

Shine Your Way Uniform: 

Shine Your Way shirt ($20 - see below)

Black fitted shorts or leggings or black leotard and tights

Black skirts and tutus are also allowed

Tights (optional) pink, white, black, or tan

 

SHOES:

Ballet: Pink leather ballet slippers

Tap: Black Mary-Jane tap shoes (shiny)

Jazz/Hip Hop: Black jazz shoes

Broadway: Black jazz shoes

Acro: Barefoot, no feet on tights if your child wears tights

 

Tuition does not include the uniform shirt required in every class.  The shirt costs $20.  You can pay for your shirt at your first class with cash, check, or credit card (we can charge to your card on file).  If your child already has a shirt, they do not need to purchase another. 

 

 

Enrollment Minimum

We require at least 5 students enrolled in a class for us to offer the class.  If the minimum is not met, we reserve the right to cancel the class.  We will try to help these students find another class that will be right for them.

 

 

Attendance and Make-Up Classes

Regular attendance in class is vital to each student’s progress.  If a student is going to be absent, please call the studio in advance to let us know.  Students who miss class are invited to take a make-up class at or below their class level.  Please speak with Megan in the office to set up make-up classes.  If a student misses or is significantly late to more than 4 classes during a semester, the student may not be able to participate in the recital.

 

 

Substitutes

In the event that one of our regular instructors is unable to teach, Rhythms Performing Arts reserves the right to provide a qualified substitute to teach the class.  In the event that we cannot find a suitable substitute, a make-up class will be scheduled for the whole class (usually on one of our week long breaks).   If your child cannot attend the make-up class, they may take another class of their choice.  Refunds cannot be offered in these cases but we will try to schedule classes at times that work for the majority of students.

 

 

Observation Policy

For the first three weeks of classes, parents (no younger siblings) are invited to come inside the studio to observe the classes.  After that, we encourage parents to drop students off and come back for the final 5 minutes so the kids can perform for you.  

 

 

Parking Lot Procedures

Our parking lot is a busy place. At times we have 100 different students coming and going at the same time.  Here are a couple of suggestions and requests to keep our parking lot safe:  

Consider picking up your child 5-10 minutes late if you're not rushing somewhere else.  They can wait in the "Safe Zone" and it will be a bit less crowded.  For our younger students, we prefer if they wait for parents upstairs.

When picking up your child, please pull into an actual parking spot instead of stopping in the middle of the lot or trying to pull over on the street.

Please DO NOT double park for any reason.  We have gotten complaints from our neighbors and we would like to keep the peace with the whole neighborhood.

Our teachers are very understanding about kids arriving a few minutes late.  Please don't stress or drive unsafely just to get your child to class on time.  We'd rather you be safe and happy.

Your child's safety is our first priority.  Thank you for understanding and helping to keeps our Rhythms students safe!!

 

 

Communication and Information

 

Website

We aim to keep our website up to date with all of the information you need.  We have recital info, class descriptions, faculty bios, and lots more!  If you have a question, please start by checking out the website to find your answer.

 

Email

We encourage all of our families to provide their email addresses while registering.  We do all of our communication through email to eliminate paper waste and get information to you faster.  The Rhythms email address is RhythmsPerformingArts@gmail.com.  Please add it to your address book so our emails don’t end up in your spam folder.  We also recommend emailing the studio when you have a question outside of business hours.  We can usually respond faster that way.

 

Texting using GroupMe App

This year we have started a group text using the app GroupMe.  This is a free app that you can download in the app store and then join our group.  This will be a quick way for us to send you reminders about due dates, upcoming events, etc.  

 

SYW Parent Group on GroupMe : https://groupme.com/join_group/51575197/ywyIlUyq 

 

 

Megan’s Office Hours (Our Office Manager):

Monday - Thursday: 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Friday: 1:30pm - 6:30pm

 

 

Shine Your Way Winter Recital

All classes will teach toward our Shine Your Way Recital on Sunday, January 26th.  Students are not required to participate in the recital, however we find that students really love getting their “time to shine” in the show.  Your costume and production fees are included in your session fees.  

 

The show is held at Mary Silveira Elementary School in Marinwood (San Rafael) at 375 Blackstone Drive in the afternoon.  (The rehearsal and performance dates are still tentative as we need to confirm with the venue which is closed over summer - we will confirm by end of August)

 

The final week of regular classes will be on January 13th-19th.  On the following week, there will not be regular classes.  Instead we will have one big rehearsal for all SYW students on Thursday, January 23rd from 4:00-5:45.  Location and other details TBD.

 

On the recital day, students will arrive to the theater about 30 minutes before show time.  Doors will open for parents 15 minutes prior to showtime.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online (starting about 1 week before the show) or at the door.

 

Costumes will be handed out in class to the students about a month before the recital time.  Please be very sure to take good care of it until the recital as we will not be able to order replacements.  

 

On recital day they will arrive in costume to the theater.  Specifics will be given about hair, makeup, and tights the week before the show.  Students will get to keep their costume as a memento of their big recital - perfect dress up and future halloween costume!