Riar Academy Of Performing Arts (RAPA)

Riar Academy Of Performing Arts (RAPA)

8 employees
10 years in business

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Riar Academy of Performing Arts is an exclusive Indian dance training academy specializing in both Bollywood Dance and Classical Kathak Dance. Learn from professionals straight from the Industry who have trained many of the major Bollywood Celebrities!
Classes are held year-round for all ages and skill levels, including Kids through Adults, Advanced Placement and a unique Intensive Training Program. We host two large student shows each year, and our students also perform year-round at many large-scale events throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Contact us today to get started!

Check out one of our five locations:
- Dublin, CA
- Fairfield, CA
- Fremont, CA
- San Jose/Santa Clara, CA
- San Rafael, CA
- Sacramento/Elk Grove, CA

Keywords: bollywood dance, bollywood performers, kathak, indian dance, dance lessons, dance classes, fitness classes, private choreography, bollywood dance performance, dance performers, indian dance choreography, special events, wedding choreography, private lessons

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San Rafael, CA 94903
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

All RAPA classes start off with teaching the basic foundational movements of dance.  We have a step-wise curriculum that is age-appropriate and positively challenging.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Bollywood choreographer Karan Riar has more than a decade of experience in the Mumbai Film Industry. His most recent work can be seen in the film, "For Here or to Go?". His work is also well-known throughout the Bay Area and has been showcased on many platforms including National Geographic, SF Giants, NASA Ames Research Center, and at Disneyland. Karan's international work includes IIFA, Filmfare, Star Screen Awards, and various television award shows, and he has choreographed all the major Bollywood Celebs including Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bacchan, Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan, to name a few.   
Karan's partner, Meera Riar, is an expert choreographer, performer, and mentor of traditional Classical Kathak Dance. Her experience in the Lucknow Gharana spans over 25 years and 3 continents, and has led her to provide a comprehensive and certifiable Kathak curriculum that encompasses grace, discipline and FUN in all the classes.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
  • Tuition for REGULAR CLASSES are as follows:
    • One Regular Bollywood or Kathak Class per week: $840 per year; broken into 4 quarterly/session installments of $210 each
    • NEW STUDENT PROMOTION: Your first session/quarter is at a discounted price of $160 instead of the regular $210 (use the Promo Code: NEW2RAPA when you enroll online – no additional discounts can be applied to the new student promo price)
    • Family, multi-class, and Sibling Discounts: A 10% discount is applied to any additional family members or classes taken per session. (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 and entry to the program.

How did you get started teaching?

RAPA was founded in 2012 by Karan and Meera Riar, who wanted to bring FUN and Indian Dance together into one comprehensive dance training program.  RAPA brings together the best of Bollywood and Classical Indian dance, taught by professionals from the Industry itself.

What types of students have you worked with?

RAPA teaches and works with students of all ages, from 4 to 99, from all backgrounds and skill levels.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

RAPA students have had the opportunity to participate in a flash mob dance scene in the movie "For Here or to Go?", as well as perform at Disneyland, for the San Francisco Giants, at NASA, and many other exciting performance venues.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Most Bollywood Dance Schools teach choreography only, and students are left without proper technique.  Be sure to find a dance school that focuses on technique and skill-building in addition to just choreographing for performance.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

We always encourage open dialogue between students, teachers, and parents.  Students should be sure to set aside practice time at home in order to be able to know what questions to bring to the teacher in the next class session.