The Mini Program, for ages 18 months to 6, is directed by Sarah Baltazar. Sarah has been teaching children of all ages for over 10 years and believes in creating a safe, engaging, and creative environment where children can build confidence and skill.
In the classroom you will see students learning the technical names and proper execution of all dance styles in a way that is safe for small feet and bodies. The use of props, stories, instruments and imaginative play help provide children the tools needed to progress in ballet, tap, jazz, music and acting.
Sarah believes that a child’s first experience in the performing arts should be one of joy and love as well as a place where confidence, skill and creativity come together.
Our Recreational program is for the older dancer who has graduated from the Mini program or is new to dance and would like to study Ballet, Tap, Jazz or Acro-Dance. The recreational program offers students a more relaxed environment without having to commit to several hours per week or a strict dress code. Recreational classes are great for beginning and intermediate students.
Riverside Performing Arts offers an accelerated dance program in Acro, Ballet, Jazz, and Tap for the focused dancer who is committed to the art of dance. This is an invite only program and requires that each student take at least one ballet class (focus or recreational). Students are placed according to skill.
This pre-professional dance troupe in Vancouver, WA for ages 10-18 gives dancers the experience of a company environment, preparing them for a future in the dance field.
Youth Dance Company is currently directed by Josh Murry-Hawkins the Dance Director of Riverside Performing Arts. Company members learn and perform original choreography every year in a fusion of dance styles for their spring showcase and are featured in RPA productions. Weekly rehearsals include company class, cross training/conditioning, choreography and health tips to promote confidence. Company members are held to a higher standard in all classes with a personal evaluation after the first show of the year.
NEXT AUDITION: June 5, 2021 10:00am
This accelerated program will offer our younger dancers ages 6-9 the opportunity to experience a company environment. The Little Company is a commitment to their dance education, and will require a certain level of focus from each dancer. Professional instruction on proper technique and body placement will give students the tools they need to excel in a future in the arts.
NEXT AUDITION: June 5, 2021 1:00pm
“A Tale of the Nutcracker” is a retro 50’s themed production inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” directed by RPA’s Dance Director Josh Murry-Hawkins. Join us to a party on Christmas Eve at the Williams residence where Clara eagerly awaits the arrival of her favorite aunt Debra Meiers who is bringing a new line of toys from Meier and Frank for the children to play with, including a Nutcracker… What magic will occur as Clara dreams of human sized mice, enchanted soldiers, snow fairies, and a land of dancing sweets. Blending acrobatics, classical ballet, jazz, and more with music by Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington this production brings something for everyone.
NEXT AUDITION: August 14, 2021
Feminine: Any color leotard and tights or any color leggings and shirt. Ballet shoes or barefoot.
Masculine: Any color sweatpants or shorts and any color shirt or tank top. Ballet shoes or barefoot.
Feminine: Pink or black leotard (long or short sleeve), pink tights and pink or black ballet shoes. Black tap shoes. Ballet skirts or reasonable tutus OK. Hair in ponytail or bun.
Masculine: White or black t-shirt or tank and black stretch pants or tight fitting shorts. Black ballet shoes. Black tap shoes.
Feminine: Black or pink leotard, black or pink tights, pink ballet shoes. Black tap shoes for Ballet/Tap Combo, Tap I and Tap II. NO SHORTS or TUTUS. Hair in ponytail or bun.
Masculine: White or black t-shirt or tank and black stretch pants, joggers or tight fitting shorts. Black tap and ballet shoes for Ballet/Tap Combo..
Comfortable clothing such as leggings, sweatpants, tee shirts, etc. Tennis shoes that aren’t worn outside for Hip Hop and bare feet for Acro.
Comfortable exercise attire and appropriate dance shoes for class.
Feminine: Any color leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes. Hair in ponytail or bun. NO SHORTS or SKIRTS.
Masculine: Any color t-shirt, shorts or dance leggings, black ballet shoes. Long hair in ponytail.
Feminine: Comfortable dance attire such as leggings, shorts, t-shirts or tank tops. Black tap/jazz shoes. Hair in ponytail or bun. NO JEANS OR SKIRTS.
Masculine: Any coloring t-shirt, shorts or dance leggings. Hair: Long hair in ponytail or bun. NO JEANS.
Feminine: Fitted athletic top or leotard with leggings or shorts. No socks or shoes.
Hair: Ponytail, braid, or bun.
Masculine: Fitted athletic shirt or tank top with shorts or leggings. No socks or shoes.
Hair: Clean and out of face, longer hair in ponytail or bun.
Feminine: Black Leotard, spandex shorts or leggings Hair: French braid (one or two), or ponytail braid
Masculie: Black fitted tank top, spandex shorts
Hair: Clean and out of face
Feminine: Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes.
Hair: In a clean bun without accessories.
Masculine: Fitted white t-shirt or tank top, black dance tights, black ballet shoes.
Hair: Clean and out of face, longer hair in ponytail or bun.
Feminine: Black leotard, black leggings or shorts, slip on black or tan leather tap or jazz shoes.
Hair: Ponytail or bun (depending on length of hair dancers may be asked to put it up in a bun for spotting improvement)
Masculine: Black t-shirt or tank top, black dance leggings or fitted shorts, black slip on jazz shoes. Black oxford tap shoes.
Hair: Clean and out of face, longer hair in a ponytail or bun.
Comfortable exercise attire. No jeans, skirts or street shoes.
Class: Any color leotard, pink tights, ballet technique shoes, hair in bun. Warm ups are allowed for barre but must come off in center.
Rehearsal: Comfortable dance clothes that don’t distract or hinder movement that may include floor work, partnering, and going upside down.
Feminine: Black tank leotard, nude tights, black dance shorts, and “Bloch Pulse” tan jazz shoes
Masculine: Black tank top or t-shirt, plain black active shorts, and “Block Pulse” tan jazz shoes