RPA Shine Your Way!
A Program for Young Performers Ages 3-8
Hello RPA Shine Your Way students and parents! We are so glad you are joining our studio family!
RPA Shine Your Way is a 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!
The Shine Your Way Faculty
RPA SHINE YOUR WAY INFORMATION
September 3 - January 19
No classes on
Shine Your Way Recital
For all Shine Your Way
(These 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. All fees are non-refundable.
Please note, most studios charge separately for recital costumes, recital fees, and registration fees. 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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
Your child's safety is our first priority. Thank you for understanding and helping to keep our Rhythms students safe!!
Communication and Information
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.
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 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. (These show and rehearsal dates are still tentative as we need to confirm with the venue which is closed over summer - we will confirm by end of August)
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!