DUBLIN, CA – The Riar Academy of Performing Arts is bringing a taste of Bollywood to the Bay Area.
Known as RAPA, the academy recently opened a studio in Dublin at 7727 Amador Valley Blvd. providing weekly year-round dance training to Tri-Valley residents of all ages and skill levels. The academy, which also has offices in Fremont and Milpitas, said in an email that it specializes in Bollywood and classical Kathak dance styles.
“The GRATED The program is unique in that it specifically aims to encourage student growth through positive, step-by-step and achievable goals,” the academy wrote. culture make the dance experience fun and positive. while facilitating key stages in the development of our dancers; including building the positive characteristics of motivation, responsibility, integrity, positive body image, poise and grace, coordination, teamwork, good attitude and discipline.”
The academy was founded by Bollywood choreographer Karan Riar and his partner Meera Riar, a choreographer, performer and Kathak mentor.
Karar Riar spent around 20 years in the Mumbai film industry, shaping stars such as Priyanka Chopra, Shahrukh Khan and Katrina Kaif, according to the academy.
Meera Riar has spent nearly 30 years practicing the Lucknow gharana of Kathak dance on three continents, according to the academy.
RAPA hopes to expand to offer additional dance, music and theatrical performing arts programming.