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.






with First Lady 

Rose Watson

July 15, 2017
Session:  14-18 yr old
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Max:  20 students per session

Fee:  $20


Description:  Pairing music, dance and story can be fun for artists and engaging for audiences. Learn from our First Lady, Rose Watson, an internationally acclaimed singer and performer, and her choreographer.

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

  • Apply knowledge of how plot, dance, music and acting styles are integral aspects of musical theater.
  • Understand terminology of American musical theater and identify famous productions associated with musical theater.




Saturday, June 24, 2017
Session 1: 
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Max:  25 students per session

Fee:  $15



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



COMING THIS FALL including...

Gospel • Modern Dance • Poetry Slam