At rpm dance, we believe your children are Tomorrow's World Changers.

Therefore... we are committed to providing them with tools to achieve the highest levels of success. We promote excellence, discipline and integrity in the performing arts, in a fun and family-friendly environment.

RPM Family Portal
Online Registration
Classes 2016-2017
Events 2016-2017
RPM Staff Portal

Image Gallery

Click to see some of our productions, past and present

Visit us on Facebook!

Up-to-date rpm news & photos can be found on our Facebook page!


Class Hours

About rpm dance

rpm dance, LLC is a performing arts academy located in Northern Suffolk, VA.

Renée Perry Mitchell

Founded in 2005 by former Radio City Rockette and Suffolk native Renée Perry Mitchell, rpm dance offers New York City quality professional training in dance, voice, and acting, at affordable Suffolk prices.

Thank you for stopping by...

We are so glad you stopped by our website.  

Exciting things are always happening around here.  We hope you will take a few moments to look around.

At the bottom of the page you can drop us a note to let us know you were here and how we can better serve you.

What's NEW at RPM...


Enroll Now!

Fall 2016-2017 - Online Enrollment is NOW OPEN!

Click the button below to view a table of our current class listings, their times, and to enroll online.

Our studio is located at:

3885 Bridge Rd - Suffolk, VA 23435

2016-2017 Class Listing with Link to Enroll

"SHREK" The Musical Audition Notice

Presented by the Suffolk Center in partnership with rpm Dance.


How to set up an Audition Auditions are open to the public, but appointments are required. Please contact Jessica Pinsky, Program Coordinator, to schedule your audition.

Call 757-923-0003 ext.3003 or email: jessica.pinsky@suffolkcenter.org.

Synopsis  Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure!  Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. Shrek presents a treasure trove of creative opportunities and fun for the whole family, as we learn that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.

What to prepare -32 bars of a musical theatre song. -Live accompanist will be provided, or you may bring your own accompaniment (CD, etc.) if you prefer. -Résumé and 8×10 headshot requested but not required.

Production Schedule Persons chosen for the production will need to be able to commit a significant amount of time for rehearsals beginning October 1, 2016.  The performances will be Saturdays, April 1st and 8th, 2017, and Sundays, April 2nd and 9th, 2017.


Shrek Our story’s title character. A big, green, terrifying ogre who lives alone on a swamp. He embarks on a journey to rid his land of fairytale creatures and, along the way, falls in love with Fiona. Begins as a grumpy hermit, but reveals his layers and eventually becomes the hero. You do not need to be a large person to attempt this role.  You need to have a large spirit and we will do the rest with padding! Gender: Male Age: Teen to Twenties Vocal range top: G#4 Vocal range bottom: A2

Fiona The beautiful princess of Far Far Away, she transforms into an ogre every night when the sun sets. Rescued by Shrek and eventually falls in love with him. Quirky, blunt, and multi-talented, she is not an ordinary princess. Gender: Female Age: Teen to Twenties Vocal range top: G5 Vocal range bottom: F3

Donkey A talking donkey who joins Shrek on the run from Farquaad’s guards. Quite the chatterbox, he is not deterred by Shrek’s looks and practically forces himself into his good graces. Easily frightened and pushy, but also an optimistic with heart. Gender: Male Age: Teen to Adult Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: C3

Lord Farquaad The comically short, ruthless ruler of Duloc. He is in search of a princes to marry so that he can become king. Has an intensely unfair bias against fairy tale creatures that stems from a resentment of his father. Self-absorbed, lonely, and cruel. Gender: Male Age: Plays 30 to 45 Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: B2

Dragon A dragon that has been charged with guarding Princess Fiona in her isolated castle. She eventually falls in love with Donkey and attempts to keep him there forever. Imposing and flirtatious, but tired of her job as the glorified baby-sitter. Gender: Female Age: Teen to Adult Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: F3

Gingy A gingerbread man initially kidnapped by Lord Farquaad. His wit and resolution help him both avoid trouble and inspire the rest of the fairy tale creatures. Puppet. Can be operated by actress appearing as Sugar Plum Fairy. Gender: Female Age: Teen to Adult Vocal range top: C#5 Vocal range bottom: B3

Pinocchio The leader of the fairytale creatures. He is an animated puppet whose nose grows every time he lies. Plenty of sass with a penchant for lying. Gender: Male Age: Pre-Teen to Adult Vocal range top: F#4 Vocal range bottom: E3


Ensemble/ Fairy tale Creatures: The Big Bad Wolf, Three Little Pigs, White Rabbit, Fairy Godmother, Peter Pan, Wicked Witch, Ugly Duckling, Three Bears, Mad Hatter, Humpty-Dumpty, Elf, Dwarf, Three Blind Mice, Angry Mob, Happy People, Guards, Knights, Rats

Contemporary Master Class Series

Please join us at rpm for our brand new


Featuring Joanne Holbrook!

Joanne Holbrook graduated Cum Laude from Tshwane University in South Africa with a Bachelor's Degree in Dance Education.  She also holds an additional National Diploma in Dance.  Joanne danced with the Vusa Dance Company, the Free Flight Dance Company, The Moving Into Dance Company, the African Footprint Company, and freelanced throughout South Africa and the UK. Joanne has taught and choreographed in South Africa, the UK, Germany and throughout the United States.

In Germany, she was the winner of the Toppers Award for Best Choreography in 2016. In the US, she has choreographed for Ballet Northwest Dance Company, the USA East Coast Dance Festival (Winner of Best Piece in Show), and many corporate events. 

In addition to teaching all ages in schools, workshops and at the University Level (Horton, Contemporary and Jazz), Joanne has further experience as a producer, casting director and production manager.

Please click on the following link to view her choreography and get a sense of her style:   https://vimeo.com/65891532

Wednesdays, beginning September 14, 2016 - 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Classes are open to RPM students working at Ballet Levels 3 or higher and to other interested dancers in the area with a strong ballet background.

Tickets are available at the door at an introductory rate of $5 each class for the month of September.

Joanne Holbrook

Music Together of Hampton Roads

The Music Together Program

For hundreds of thousands of families worldwide, Music Together® is children and their grownups joyfully sharing songs, rhymes, movement, and instrument play, both in music class and in their daily lives. A pioneer in early childhood music and movement education, Music Together offers classes for children from birth through kindergarten, in which parents and caregivers actively participate.

All children are sounders and movers, and their natural aptitude for music blossoms in a sufficiently rich music environment. In fact, when given a supportive music environment, children learn to sing and dance as naturally as they learn to walk and talk.

How is this possible? Children learn differently than adults. They learn instinctively and constantly. They teach themselves through imitation and play, through being immersed in their environment, and through every interaction with adults and older children. The family-like setting of Music Together's mixed-age classes enables siblings to attend together, creating an ideal learning environment where infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can freely participate at their own levels.

Click on the image below to enroll in Music Together® classes

rpm dance Parent Lounge

In our family-friendly environment, we seek to nourish the creative potential in each individual. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide personalized and award-winning instruction from beginners to professionals in all forms of dance, including ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop.

rpm dance Hall of Fame

Our mission is to redeem our culture for God’s glory through the development of young performing artists - tomorrow's world changers.

rpm dance Studio A

rpm dance Studio B

We provide instruction in the following disciplines...


We have some of the finest, talented and most qualified dance instructors in the area. They know just how to get the most out of your little dancer.

Mrs. Renee Perry Mitchell - Owner / Artistic Director Mrs. Carol Hinman - Ballet Master Ms. Angela Brown-Myers - Instructor Ms. Sherah Powers - Instructor Ms. Carter Larson - Instructor Intern Ms. Danielle Proffitt - Instructor Intern
2016-2017 Class Listings with link to Enroll

NEW to rpm?

If you are new to rpm dance, you first need to create a new account. Please read the details below and click here, or on the button above, when you are ready to begin.

Follow all the onscreen instructions and fill in all the required information. Then click submit.

A valid debit/credit card is required for registration.

After creating your account, you may then enroll your student in class(es). 

NOTE: Completing enrollment gives us consent to charge the one-time annual registration fee of $25 (per family) and the first month's tuition.

Charges for tuition and the registration fee will be charged to the debit/credit card you have provided once your enrollment notification is received and reviewed.

Returning rpm families

If you are a returning rpm family, you will not need to register again.  However, there is one-time annual $25 registration fee due at enrollment.

Please read the instructions below.  When you are ready to proceed click here.

Click the link at the top of the Registration page that says, "Already a customer? Click here to login".

Read the "rpm dance - student/parent covenant document" when prompted to do so.

Clicking the boxes next to each paragaph, signifies that you understand and agree to our policies.  You should only have to do this once.  Anytime the policies are updated or changed, you will be required to do this again the next time you log in.

We must have your Agreement Notification on file before your student is permitted in class.  Should you need any assistance with enrollment, or anything else, you may call or email us and we would be happy to help.

If you have not yet entered your debit/credit card information, you will be prompted to do so.  You may do that by clicking on the 'My Account' tab.

Once your card information is entered, you may proceed to the 'Enroll' tab and make your class selections.

NOTE: Completing enrollment gives us consent to charge the one-time annual registration fee of $25 (per family) and the first month's tuition.

Charges for tuition and the registration fee will be charged to the debit/credit card you have provided once your enrollment notification is received and reviewed.

Please click on the photo below to view a printable PDF of our Class Schedule for 2016-2017 - Online Enrollment starts June 4th!


Our tuition is based on a multiple class discount structure. The more classes you take, the more you save. Click on the image below to download a printable PDF of our class schedule and rates.


Enrollment in auto-payments is now required for tuition payments at rpm dance.  Tuition fees are debited on the first of each month to the card you have provided.

rpm dance COMPANY

Sign Up for rpm dance COMPANY

Is your little dancer or Teen Star ready for more?

Consider participation in the rpm dance COMPANY for 2016-2017. Your dancer will receive specialized training, increased performance  experience and exposure to some of the greatest teachers in America, all while building life-long friendships. Dancers 7 years old and up are invited to participate.

rpm dance COMPANY is taught from a Christian worldview and includes group prayer times. Biblical values are introduced and encouraged for character development and life change.  Participation in select community service projects is expected.

Interested dancers should click this picture to email a request for more information. A "show of interest form" will be emailed back to you.  You just fill it out and submit it to the front desk with your down payment of $500.

This deposit is for costumes and your first convention. The remainder will go towards upcoming events.

rpm dance is blessed to have trained some of the area’s leading dancers.  We hope that you will consider this educational opportunity for your child or teen. 

I look forward to working with your dancer for the 2016-2017 dance season.

Many blessings,

Renee P. Mitchell
Owner/Artistic Director
RPM dance LLC

Tomorrow’s World Changers

Note: Deadline has passed

RPM Dance Calendar 2016-2017

Click on the image below for a printable calendar of events for this season

Be sure to take a look at our 2016-2017 calendar for all the important highlights thoughout the year!

RPM Dress Code

Parents: Please help us maintain the dress code. Your cooperation is appreciated. The dress code instills discipline and encourages your children to work toward the next level.

You may download a printable copy of this dress code by clicking here.

Note to current students: Please realize that you are the role models at rpm dance. The younger students are watching you. Let's set a good example for them.

Thank you!

Musical Theatre Students... should wear either a solid color leotard, tank top, or t-shirt with solid color jazz pants or non-baggy sweats. Jazz, Ballet shoes or Dance Sneakers are appropriate for these classes.

For performances, Capezio Slide-In Jazz Bootie in Caramel #CG05 is required.

Girls' Shoes

Creative Movement and Beginning Combo 1:

Ballet – Capezio Technik/ Leather (wider feet may try Leo’s 045 also in leather)

Tap – Capezio Tie “Jr. Tyette” #625

Beginning Combo 2:

Ballet - Capezio Technik/ Leather (wider feet may try Leo’s 045 also in leather)

Tap – Leo 1012 (this is an inexpensive lace-up shoe)

Ballet for all other levels

Capezio CG2002

Intermediate Combo:

Tap – Black Leo #4028 in leather (if tap is your thing; for approx. $63.95) or

Capezio Tapster or Leo Jr. Jazz #1012 in Faux Leather as a cheaper option (for approx. $29.95) Either is fine.

Intermediate & Advanced Tap Only:

Bloch 388 in Black

All Jazz Levels & Musical Theatre Classes:

Capezio Slide-In Jazz Bootie in Caramel #CG05 (Goes down to a child 10)

All Hip-Hop Levels:

Solid Black Dance Sneaker

All Modern/Lyrical/Contemporary Levels:

Barefoot or Dancepaws

Boys' Shoes

Ballet – Black Leather Ballet Shoe

Tap – Black Lace-Up Tap Shoe

Jazz – Tan Slide-In Jazz Shoe (Capezio Caramel color)

Hip-Hop – Solid Black Dance Sneaker

*Note: For all students that have shoes from last year, please switch to the above brands as you grow out of your current shoes. Students should all have the same style/color of shoe for performances.


Hair must be worn away from the face in a classical bun with no bangs for all ballet, jazz, and modern classes. A pony-tail is permissible for Hip-Hop, Tap, and Musical Theatre classes. Solid sweats may be worn over leotards for Hip-Hop classes.

Boys, hair should be neat and out of the eyes.

Girls Attire:

Ballet Skirts... are permissible for Creative Movement and Beginning Combo classes only.


Creative Movement - Pink Leotard

Beginning Jazz & Beginning Combo - Light Blue Leotard

All Level 1 disciplines - Hunter Green Leotard

All Level 2 disciplines - Navy Blue Leotard

All Level 3 disciplines (see exceptions below) - Royal Blue Leotard

All Level 4 disciplines & Tap 3 - Burgundy Leotard

Teen Level - Lavender Leotard

* Modern & Pointe Classes - wear your Ballet colors


All students should wear Pink Tights by Bloch. Beginning and Combo level classes should wear footed tights. Intermediate levels and above may wear footed tights or Transition/Adaptatoe Bloch Tights, also in Pink.

Boys Attire:

All Levels: Solid White Tee-Shirt with either Solid Black Sweat Pants or Shorts.


Dance Outfitters in Chesapeake.

1036 Volvo Parkway, Suite 1
Chesapeake, VA 23320-8601

Mention RPM Dance and get 15% OFF your purchase. 

Drop Policy

To drop a class, login to the portal and choose "Drop Student Request" from the drop down list following "I want to:"

We must receive all drop requests before the 15th of the month prior to month in which you wish the change to occur, or you will be charged and responsible for tuition of that class.


Contact Us

Email Us

Send us a note with any questions or suggestions you may have regarding the studio. We appreciate all input.

How to Navigate the rpm dance Customer Portal - Instruction Video

Click here to view a very instructive video demonstrating how to create a new account and/or navigate through it once you've created the account.


Click on the links below to download printable forms.

Calendar 2016-2017 - NEW!
Class Schedule & Tuition
Dress Code
Contemporary Master Class Series


RPM Dance is on Twitter - follow us or tweet us @rpmdancellc


RPM Dance Twitter Feed