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An initiative of the Saint Paul's Baptist Church

The Renaissance Academy for the Performing Arts (RAPA) seeks to develop youth in K-12th grades who impact other individuals, the family, the community and the world, utilizing the performing arts as their instrument.

Developing talent and character, harnessing passion,

impacting our community

From the novice to the more experienced artist, RAPA provides youth in the Greater Richmond Area opportunities to increase their proficiency and mastery in various arts disciplines while forming the character of a self- aware, assured and expressive leader.

Our talented and motivated artists grow in their abilities and knowledge of their craft while gaining confidence and tools to positively impact the world around them.

 

A Community Transformed

RAPA’s mission is to develop youth as performing artists, who use their moral compass and wisdom to know and to do what is appropriate, decent and exemplary.

Participants are equipped with the tools needed to be leaders in their communities of influence.  As a result, we will witness a community transformed through the performing arts:

·    Participants gain awareness of their self through effective self-expression and self-discovery as they assess and apply their gifts and talents.

·    Families will be exposed to diverse cultures through presentations, special events and student artifacts.

·    Communities will have increased awareness, exposure and understanding of the relevance of the performing arts.

 

Support our Youth

·    Become an Instructor: 

We are accepting applications for instructors for Fall 2017 core classes in the area of music- vocal, music- instruments, dance and theater.  Send cover letter and resume/CV to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

·    Join our Volunteer Team: 

Skills-based and general volunteer opportunities are available.  As RAPA launches, support in governance, fundraising, grant-writing, evaluation, programming and other areas is appreciated.  Contact our team at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to share your interest and learn more! 

·    Donate to the Academy:

Your generous financial support of RAPA ensures interested youth – regardless of skill level, previous access or ability to pay, will have an opportunity to study a performing arts discipline.  Donate here.

 

Academy Programs

Featuring group and private courses in dance, vocal, instruments and theatre

Beginning Spring 2017

·      Master Classes:  Instructed by acclaimed local and/or national artists deepening skill and knowledge in specific elements of the featured discipline.  All classes to be held at The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church – Creighton Campus (4247 Creighton Rd. Henrico, VA 23223), unless otherwise noted.

 

CHOOSE & REGISTER BELOW:


 

RHYTHM OF

LIFE AFRICAN

DRUMMING

February 25, 2017
 
Session 1:  8-12 yr old
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
 
Session 2:  13-18 yr old
12:00 AM – 2:00 PM
 
Max: 8 students per session

Fee:  $25

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Description:  Explore the element of rhythm in African Drumming!  Participants will learn about the origins and evolution of African drumming as an art form and its significance in an international context.

By the end of this session the participant will be able to:

  • Perform basic drumming techniques
  • Exhibit artistic creativity as an individual and part of an ensemble

 

RHYTHM OF

LIFE AFRICAN

DANCE

February 25, 2017
 
Session 1:  8-12 yr old
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
 
Session 2:  13-18 yr old
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
 
Max:  25 students per session

Fee:  $30

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Description:  Participants will learn about the role of dance in the African culture along with techniques and movements unique to various traditional West African dances. 

By the end of this session the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the movements, rhythm, and styles of African dances
  • Utilize flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance to execute steps and combinations.

 

 

HIP-HOP

DANCE

March 18, 2017
 
Session 1:  Beginner
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
 
Max:  30 students per session

Fee:  $25

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Beginner Session

Description:  More than cool moves and beats, this session exposes participants to the fundamentals of this style of dance. 

By the end of this session the participant will be able to:

  • Understand and interpret choreography of Hip-Hop dance
  • Develop improvisational self-expression through Hip-Hop dance

 

Intermediate/Advance Session

Description:  Take it to the next level through advanced exploration of rhythm applied to Hip -Hop dance.

By the end of this session the participant will be able to:

  • Execute advanced level interpretation of rhythm through Hip-Hop dance
  • Perform and contribute movement, and high energy dance combinations/choreography

 

MORE ACADEMY COURSES

COMING THIS SPRING including...

Gospel • Modern Dance • Poetry Slam • Theater 101

 

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