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 Fall 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.





OCTOBER 28, 2017

SESSION 1: 13-18 yr olds

Max. 20 per session

FEE: $10.00


Description:  Get ready for a fun, high-energy dance experience as you learn technique and styling for Latin Ballet

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

  • Learn basic Latin dance steps and movements and connect into short combinations.
  • Obtain basic understanding of the history of various styles of Latin ballet.
  • Physically implement body actions and rhythmic styling of Latin ballet.





NOVEMBER 4, 2017

SESSION 1: 13-30 yr olds

Max. 20 per session

FEE: $10.00


Description:   So you’ve got talent!  You can sing, dance, act or play an instrument.  You’re half way there.  Now you need to get to know the entertainment business!

Come join us on November 4th at 1 PM at St. Paul’s Baptist Church (4727 Creighton Road) for a class that will teach you what you need to know to be successful.  Taught by world renowned comedian and entertainer Micah “Bam Bamm” White, you will learn:

  • How to get started in the business
  • The duties of people that work with the artist (managers, agents, publicist, etc)
  • The distinct difference between show and business
  • How to book a show
  • How to create an entertainment package
  • How to market and promote
  • How to book a show
  • How to deal with rejection
  • Money management
  • How to plan and create a strategy to go to the next level


Transportation provided from VA Union and VCU.



Musical Theatre - featuring First Lady Rose Watson

Urban Dance (Hip Hop & Break Dancing)

Vocals • Musical Instruments