In-Person Group Class Update - 4/28/21

Starting May 3, 2021 we will start to bring back our first group dance classes outside of our performance teams. If you are currently enrolled, please check your emails regularly over the next few weeks as we invite back classes one at a time. If you are waiting to enroll for an in-person class, you can see which classes have returned on our schedule page.

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Summer Dance Camps - Intensives - Auditions

Our summer camps are back on! We have made a lot of exciting changes to our traditional format. Click the button below for details. Registration is now open!

Summer Camps
Dance Teachers

Who We Are

PCPA is a creative and performing arts program that requires dancers to be both artists and athletes. Our ultimate goal is to instill dance intensity and drive inspired by much more than trophies and sequins. We believe in building strong fundamentals, technique, and discipline through dance training and performance experience. You can count on building a respect and love for dance whether you are training for personal or professional goals. 

What We Offer

PCPA offers dance classes for kids ages 5 and up. We are the only studio in San Mateo that offers all of the following styles — Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acro, and more.

Performance teams are available for those that wish to fast track their training. Technique classes, workshops, and yearly intensives are also available. We have classes for all ages and levels.

Why Choose Dance?

Dance is a unique sport. It requires the individual to be both an artist and an athlete. Strength, flexibility, and motor skill development are just some of the physical benefits. Dance also has a lot of mental and social benefits as well. Learning to be part of a group, working as a team, communication, and trust are built in classes. Dance is also ideal for setting individual goals. Watching our students gain confidence in themselves and their abilities is a fulfilling thing to see.

Our Dance Studio

We have a 7000 square foot space with 4 dance rooms and 2 lobbies. With the exception of our toddler room (carpeted) all our studios have mirrors and sprung floors for the safety of our dancers. Our space is on the 2nd floor away from the traffic on El Camino. We are in a secure building that also including a state assemblyman, a yoga studio, a family dental practice, and other professional offices. 

Performance Teams

Principal Arts offers dancers the option to participate in our performance teams. We are not a competition driven studio, but we do have teams that compete in the spring every year and attend optional dance conventions as part of their training. All teams also perform in our June recitals.

Our youngest teams (mini-teams) start at age 5 and we break up dancers by level, not age, moving forward. Auditions for our teams happen in August, and you must be invited to attend. Being on a team is a one year minimum committment and you are required to attend all events. If you are interested, please speak with our office staff and we can help guide you on your next steps.


We have partnered with Inspire Diagnostics to bring free testing to all our students and staff. We will start testing in our studio each Monday, starting April 12, 2021. The testing will run through at least September. If there is a large amount of interest we will look into offering additional testing days/times in the future. 

To participate in our testing program you just need to be registered in a class, or on a wait list for a class. Even if you are only dancing on Zoom at the moment, you can still take advantage of the testing program. Testing is for dancers only, not parents.



We are in the process of bringing back classes one at a time. If you are enrolled keep an eye on your email for an update on your specific class. We hope to have all classes back in person by end of May / top of June. If you are waiting for in-person classes to resume to enroll, now may be a good time to register and snag a spot in the class(es) you want even if you start classes on Zoom temporarily. 

All classes that do return in-person will continue to be offered via Zoom to those that need it. 

#WeAreBack #PCPAStrong


Get Your PCPA Swag!

Get your dance gear anytime of year through our online store. If you are looking for performance team gear, we will let you know when it’s time to order. We tend to place one bulk order per year. 

Our online store has:

  • T-shirts
  • Tank Tops
  • Hats
  • Hoodies
  • Masks
  • Water Bottles
  • More…

If you’re looking for our dress codes – CLICK HERE


Dance Gear

Conveniently Located

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley. We are easily accessible from highways 101, and 92, just off El Camino Real.

1528 S. El Camino Real, Ste. 208
San Mateo, CA 94404

Free parking on site and on surrounding blocks. We are located on the 2nd floor. Directions, access codes, and all other info will be emailed to you with your free trial confirmation.

Small Fry Dance Club: Start Your Dance Journey

Have A Preschool Age Dancer?

Small Fry Dance Club, the program that launched our studio, offers dance classes for walking toddlers and preschool age dancers (18 months to 5 years) both at our studio, and on-site at preschools throughout the Bay Area. We have had dozens of dancers that have started with us as young as 2 and are still dancing with us in their teenage years. Our programs are designed to grow with your dancer’s needs.

Same amazing staff, same location, same school, just age appropriate.

To learn more click the button below. 

Voted Best Dance Studio On The Peninsula

We have been given numerous awards by Bay Area Parent, Redtri.com, and other local publications over the years. We have been voted “Best Dance School” by Bay Area Parent readers 7 of the past 10 years, and in the top 3 dance studios for each year of the past decade. 

Join us and see why we are a family favorite!

Small Fry Dance Club: Start Your Dance Journey

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