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.

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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...


Summer Classes - Enrollment OPEN NOW!

Clicking on the image below will open our class selection page, where you may register online.

If you are new to rpm dance, you will be required to create a new account.

NOTE:  You may be asked to electronically "sign" our Parent/Student Covenant.  This is to verify that you are familiar with our studio policies and procedures.

Please disregard the "one-time annual registration fee".  You will NOT be charged this fee for Summer classes.

When enrolling, please FIRST select the Summer Session (or the week) in which you wish to enroll.

Please note that students enrolling in Creative Movement or Combo classes pay $50 per week, while everyone else pays $75 per week.  So choose the appropriate Summer Session so that we can bill you properly.

Once you have selected the Session, select each of the classes you will take during the session.

Note: Your card may not be immediately charged.  Once the registration is reviewed and accepted, we will charge your card either $50 for Creative Movement and Combo students or $75 for all others, for each session in which you enroll.

Thank you.

rpm dance COMPANY

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Join rpm dance COMPANY

Is your little dancer or Teen Star ready for more?

Consider participation in the rpm dance COMPANY for 2017-2018. 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 the picture above for a printable info sheet and registration form.  Submitting the registration form does not commit you to anything.

There will be a COMPANY Meeting at 7:15 PM on May 9th at rpm dance to answer any questions you may have.

Auditions are at the studio on May 13th from 9AM-2PM.

Click the button above to email us with a request for a follow up email or phone call. Be sure to include your specific question or comment in the body of the email. One of our wonderful assistants will reply to you as soon as possible.

If you desire a phone call, please include (in the email) your name and phone number (including area code) and the best time to reach you.

If you are interested in joining, simply click the above photo to download the form, fill it out, and drop it off or mail it to us at:

rpm dance, LLC - 3885 Bridge Rd, Suffolk, VA 23435

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 2017-2018 dance season.

Many blessings,

Renee P. Mitchell
Owner/Artistic Director
RPM dance LLC

Tomorrow’s World Changers

COMPANY 2017-Be Here Long

COMPANY 2017-Get Up

COMPANY 2017-Money & Fame

COMPANY 2017-The Dream


We filmed the Sunday, April 9th SHREK show for posterity.

Please complete and submit this form to place a pre-order for SHREK DVDs.  We are not setup to sell products on-line at this time.

Existing customers may choose to have us charge the card associated with their account by noting "On Account" in the "Method of Payment" field below.

All others, please indicate by typing how you intend to pay ("Cash", "Credit/Debit Card", or "Check") into the same field 

Please DO NOT list your credit card number here, as this site is not setup for secure commerce.

You will be contacted by email or by phone so we can obtain your card information, so please include your phone number in the appropriate field.  Also, please include your phone and/or e-mail so we can notify you when they are ready.

NOTE: We NEVER sell your contact information to third parties.

DVD's cost $21.20 each (including sales tax) and should be available for pickup at RPM in May.  If you are unable to physically pickup your DVD, we can mail it to you for an additional $5.  Please provide your mailing address in the field below.


“SHREK THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com”.

Justin Jones (Donkey) and Timothy Wright (Shrek) rehearse on the stage at the fabulous Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.

The Suffolk News Herald Article - Feb. 24, 2017

‘Shrek’ rehearses for April opening

Published 9:58 pm Thursday, February 23, 2017

Months of rehearsals for a community musical will culminate this spring in the lovable tale of a green ogre and how he finds true love.

The “Shrek” stories most people are familiar with through film will find new life on the stage of the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts in April.

Renee Perry Mitchell, whose studio RPM Dance is partnering with the center on the production, said she was drawn to the show because of its message, its large cast and its accessibility.

“I tend to be drawn to shows based on the theme of the show,” she said. “It’s all about getting to know the real person as opposed to the outside cover.”

The show has a cast of 33 ranging in age from 7 to more than 50, Mitchell said. She also likes that the show will be more accessible because many people are already familiar with the Shrek movies.

“We want people to discover theater,” she said. “We wanted to choose a show that was more accessible to more people.”

The story follows Shrek, an ogre, who befriends the slightly annoying Donkey. The two fight a dragon and rescue Princess Fiona, who is cursed with turning into an ogre at sunset.

Three local young people will play the three lead roles.

Suffolk resident Timothy Wright, a student at Tidewater Community College, will play Shrek. Nansemond-Suffolk Academy sophomore Ryan Horton will play Fiona, and Old Dominion University junior Justin Jones will play Donkey.

“One of the things that draws me to a show is what is going to challenge me,” Wright said. “You can’t get much different than a green ogre. I really like the character of Shrek, and it’s really different from who I am.”

Wright said part of Shrek’s journey is about accepting himself for who he is.

“We all come to a point where we have to decide, this is who I am, and this is what it’s going to be,” he said.

Horton said she enjoys the part of Fiona because of the music and the dancing.

“I love all the music that Fiona sings, because it’s such a wide range,” she said, adding that she has been working hard on a tap solo. “I feel like I have grown a lot in my dancing.”

Jones said he enjoys playing parts that are comic relief, such as Donkey.

“I enjoy characters that are funny,” he said, even though he played a devil character in his last show. “This is more like me, to be more fun and whimsical.”

The show will take place on April 1-2 and 8-9 at 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Visit www.suffolkcenter.org for tickets or more information.

Shrek the Musical, rehearsing at rpm dance

Things are starting to take shape in Duloc!

photo credit: Suffolk News Herald (c) 2017

Enrollment is on hold...

Online Enrollment is currently on hold as we prepare for our wonderful end of year performances this June.

Don't worry, enrollment for the 2017-2018 dance season will be available again in June!

Click the button below to view a table of our current class listings, their times, and to enroll online.  Please note that these classes and times are subject to change on next year's schedule.

Our studio is located at:

3885 Bridge Rd - Suffolk, VA 23435

2016-2017 Class Listing

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 for more information or 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.

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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 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.


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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 - UPDATED!
Class Schedule & Tuition
Dress Code
Private Lesson Request Form
RPM COMPANY Brochure 2017-2018


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