Principal Creative & Performing Arts

 

The premiere dance school on the San Francisco Peninsula. We offer award winning dance classes to kids ages 5-18. Styles offered include ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, contemporary, and lyrical. Performance teams, summers camps, and dance intensives available. FREE Trial class for all new dancers.

Fall is a great time to start!

 

This time of year is a great time to start classes. Summer/Fall is when we work mostly on technique, progression, and creating fun combos in classes.

NEW HIP HOP CLASSES FOR 2017

This year we have added some additional Hip Hop classes, including Hip Hop III for more advanced dancers. Check our schedule for days and times.

Tap it out!

We have multiple tap classes and levels available. If your dancer has been wanting to learn tap, or has some experience, we may have a class for you.

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New TEEN classes!

This Fall we have added two more teen level classes. They are still level I classes. If you are new to dance or have some experience these classes would be perfect for you! Ballet, Jazz, and Musical Theatre classes available. SEE SCHEDULE

Voted Best Dance School!

Principal Arts, and Small Fry Dance Club has been voted “Best Dance School” by Bay Area Parent Magazine for 7 consecutive years! Come join us and find out why we have become so popular with Peninsula families. TRY A FREE CLASS

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In the Heart of San Mateo

Our studio is easy to find and centrally located on the Peninsula. We are close to 101, 92, and 280. Free parking on site! We have also added a fourth 1500 sqft room this season with awesome views of San Mateo! CONTACT US

Principal Arts Jazz and Hip Hop Teams

If you think your dancer is ready for more of a challenge, and competition dance is something you’d like to experience, you can consider joining one of our performance teams. We currently have two jazz teams, and one hip hop team. Dancers on our teams must have prior dance experience, and must be approved to participate by our staff. Requirements include taking additional classes per week, competing twice in the Spring, participating in June recitals, and attending Summer intensives to name a few. Our teams also attend optional conventions during the Spring. To learn more click on the button below.

 

PCPA GEAR

We have some new additions our PCPA Apparel page. The apparel on the page will work as part of the dress code for some classes. (check your individual dress code requirements) The apparel is designed to be a fun way to represent the studio! There are designs for boys, girls, moms, and dads!

25% off with code BUY825 – Ends 8/25! 

>> PCPA APPAREL PAGE

>> CLASS DRESS CODE PAGE

Ballet Classes

Ballet is the basis for most dance technique with its classical codified techniques and terminology. Classes include barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. These classes are for dancers who like precision, physical challenges, and desire to improve their dance technique across the board. Exercises focus on increasing flexibility and strength, articulation of feet and legs, and smooth expression in the upper body. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

Jazz Classes

Jazz dance combines techniques of classical ballet and modern dance with current forms of popular dance. Classes include warm up, isolations, stretches, across the floor progressions, and choreography combinations. These classes are for dancers who like precision and rhythm, physical challenges, and personal style and expression. Exercises focus on increasing flexibility and strength, rhythms and isolation of body parts, and expressing personal style. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

Hip Hop Classes

Hip Hop is the pinnacle of self expression. Classes include warm up, moving across the floor, style explorations (popping, locking, waving, gliding, etc.), and freestyle circles. These classes are for dancers who like self expression, physical challenges, and healthy competition. Exercises focus on increasing flexibility and strength, precision and creativity, and find your own style. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

Lyrical & Contemporary Classes

Lyrical blends creative dance and artistry with athletic technique found in Jazz or Ballet. Contemporary classes integrate various traditional disciplines of modern dance foundations with current contemporary styles and fusion forms. These classes are for dancers who like creative challenges, connecting dance to other mediums, and physical challenges that require persistence and practice. Exercises focus on increasing flexibility and strength, total body connectivity, and creative problem solving. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. 

Tap Classes

Tap focuses on rhythms and patterns in footwork through proper technique, as well as personal style and producing clear sounds. Classes include a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. These classes are for dancers who like rhythm, precision footwork, and creative styling. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre is the fusion of singing, dancing, and acting with performance on stage. Classes include breathing and singing technique practice, acting and improvisation activities, as well as dance technique and performance. These classes are for dancers who like the spotlight, drama, singing, and telling a story through dance. Exercises focus on increasing flexibility, strength, confidence, and performance. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

Additional Programs Available In Studio

We are lucky to have partnered with other amazing programs in recent years. Allison Zenner, owner of Bay Area Strings Academy teaches violin, viola, and bass in our studios. We also have Mestre Cafu of Youth Expressions in SF in studio to teach Brazilian Drum & Song as well as Capoeira classes. 

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One Convenient Location

Dance, Music, and Capoeira all in once place. 

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Bay Area Strings Academy

If you are interested in learning more, visit www.BayAreaStringsAcademy.com. Register directly with Allison. 

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Capoeira Classes

If you have a 5-8 year old interested in Capoeira classes, please register through our (this) website. This may change to Mestre Cafu in late 2017, we will keep you posted.

Want to be a part of our dance familiy? Register for your FREE trial class today!