RAPA follows an Academic School Year format, with ongoing classes held from mid-August through the end of June. New students are allowed to join at any time prior to February 15.  However, students who join RAPA less than 8 weeks prior to a performance may not be allowed to perform.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to register for classes:

  • Click on the red “Register Today” tab above.
  • Set up a new family account. Once you’ve registered your family info and signed the online waiver form, select “enroll in a class”.  You will then be shown a list of classes available to you based on your age and location.
  • New Students: Be sure to use the PROMO code NEW2RAPA during check-out to receive your new student discount.
  • To complete the enrollment process,you must follow the prompts to completely “check-out”. Your enrollment will be canceled unless you finish the enrollment process and check out.
  • A student must be fully enrolled and paid for online prior to entering any class.  We DO NOT allow any free trial classes, as all classes are fully booked in advance, you must reserve your spot in the class prior to arrival.
  • Students should wear comfortable and age-appropriate dance-wear to every class:
    • All long hair must be tied back neatly in a ponytail or bun
    • NO skirts or dresses
    • NO denim or jeans
    • NO jewelry
    • NO midriffs or halters
    • Leggings, Dance Pants, Sweat Pants, or Track Pants are suggested
    • RAPA student t-shirts are available in our online store for purchase
  • Students must bring a labeled water bottle to every class.
  • ADVANCED and INTENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAM students are required to adhere to a strict dress code of all black dancewear with hair neatly tied back in a ponytail or bun.
  • Chewing GUM is NEVER allowed in any dance studio or dance class.

RAPA holds 2 large-scale student performances each year:

  • RAPA Fantastic Fall™/Wintertastic™ is held every year around November/December
  • RAPA Springsational™/Summersational™ is held every year around May/June


Showkids™ and ITP™ students are given additional performance opportunities throughout the year.


  • Parents are asked to wait in the lobby or outside waiting area prior to and during the class.  PLEASE ARRIVE TO YOUR CLASS ON TIME.  The teacher will escort students together into the studio at class time.
  • Parents are invited to observe the class only during the last 5-10 minutes of each class.
  • Kids and Juniors level students are required to wait for a parent to pick them up INSIDE the studio lobby after class.  These students will not be allowed to exit the building without a parent.  PLEASE PICK UP YOUR CHILD ON TIME.

NO videography or photography is allowed in classes or performances under any circumstance.  RAPA provides class and performance videos/pictures to you at no additional charge.

  • Tuition for REGULAR CLASSES are as follows:
  • One Regular Bollywood or Kathak Class per week:       $840 per year; broken into 4 equal payment installments of $210 each
  • Price is per year but divided into 4 equal installment payments for your convenience
  • NEW STUDENT PROMOTION: All new students to RAPA receive a $50 new student discount, applied to your first payment (use the Promo Code: NEW2RAPA when you enroll online – note that no additional discounts can be applied to the new student promo price).
  • Family, multi-class, and Sibling Discounts: A 10% discount will be applied to any additional classes taken per session. Families with more than one enrolled student (sibling or parent) are also given a 10% discount on the second family members’ tuition (note that this discount cannot be used in combination with the new student discount).
  • RAPA’s Showkids™ and Intensive Training Program™ (ITP) classes have a different tuition structure and contract, which is given to parents upon Audition.
  • Since class size is limited, each student enrollment in the class represents a reservation of his/her spot. Missed classes in no way reduces the tuition fee.
  • There are no make-up classes available for students who miss a class.
  • RAPA does not offer any refunds for missed classes, including withdrawal from the school, vacation, illness or dismissal for any reason. The only exception to this is in the case of a documented medical emergency.
  • In the rare event that RAPA is forced to cancel a class under extreme and/or emergent circumstances, each family will be notified as early as possible, and the students will be given either a make-up class date or credit for the canceled class.
  • RAPA holds a strict NO REFUND POLICY for all students unless in the case of a documented medical emergency (must provide medical documentation in order  to receive the refund).
  • Any family wishing to withdraw enrollment due to any circumstance must inform RAPA in writing.  There is a $40 early withdrawal fee for any student withdrawal prior to the end of school year on June 22nd (documented medical emergencies are excepted, please contact the office directly).
  • All paid tuition must be used by the student it was intended for and for the session it was deducted for.  Payments are non-transferrable to other family members and cannot be used as a credit toward any future sessions (documented medical emergencies are excepted, please contact the office directly).
" My daughter has been taking Kathak classes from Meera for more than a year now and I must say that I am very pleased about her progress. Meera is an excellent Kathak teacher and I am very impressed with her teaching style. "

- A. Pathak (Dublin)

" We have really enjoyed sending our child to RAPA. At the age of 3.5 yrs, our daughter joined RAPA. Karan and his team have been fantastic. They are dedicated, and also keep the children engaged during the one hour. My daughter never wants to miss her class! May the good work always continue. "

- R. Mani (Fremont)

" This whole program is fabulous. All the teachers I met and worked with were awesome dancers, teachers and people. Taking the Bollywood class was so much fun. It's hard to imagine how the Indian American community of Northern California could be as robust and cohesive as it is without Riar. As "the only white guy" in my class, I loved the opportunity to meet and learn from all of my warm, open, and accomplished fellow dance students. "

- M. Freeman, MD (San Rafael/SF)

" I loved the service! The teachers are amazingly creative and their shows are phenomenal. Costumes are beautiful and the choreography is awesome. But above all they are the nicest people. "

- A. Budhraja (San Rafael)

" Karan & Meera Riar are truly amazing and phenomenal. All the instructors are the best dance instructors in business. We are truly happy to see our 2 young girls learn not just the dance techniques but also gain confidence, enjoy, and look forward to the next dance class as the instructors are very encouraging and make learning fun. "

- A. Shah (Fremont)

" I loved the moves, the energy, excitement, happiness of being together and all the mishaps, jokes and fun time. Kids love it. It's a great way for kids to learn all good Hindi songs and shake some leg! Karan, Meera, and Jay is a perfect Team. Love you all! "

- M. Demla (Dublin)

" My daughter is enjoying her Kathak class v much. Thanks to Meera... Loved her teaching style. "

- L. Shelke (Cupertino)

" Simply the most professional dance academy in the Bay Area... "

- M. Judge (Dublin)

" We love dancing with Riar Academy of Performing Arts. Our Kids are having fun while learning to dance at the same time. No pressure, no stress. "

- B. Banerjee (Dublin/Fremont)

" I loved the service! Amazing steps,very fun instructor with full of positive attitude energy and awesome crew to dance with. "

- H. Raza (Dublin)

" I love the instructors! Very professional and I love the 2 spectacular shows they host every year!! Already recommending to all our friends!! "

- S. Padhi (Dublin)

" Riar Academy consists of very fun loving and friendly group of instructors. They have a passion to teach dance,full of vigour and energy "

- S. Goyal (Fremont)

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