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: 

Annual auditions are held each May and June.  Please contact the dance office for information about auditioning. (Ages 9 & 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, 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 program office.

Recital Term 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

See listings for more advanced classes

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.

No regular recital or term classes January 21, February 15-21, March 29-April 6, April 19-20 (special events/all day dance camps, etc DO run these days) 

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