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Principal Creative & Performing Arts is located in San Mateo, CA. We offer kids dance classes, and adult dance classes in a variety of styles. Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Capoeira, Musical Theatre, Irish Ceili, Hula, and Hip Hop Dance classes are all available. All new students get one free trial class. Use the links below, or at the top of the page to get started!

Reg for Fall opens July 1, 2016
Active classes are open for enrollment now.

Bay Area Kids Dance Classes

Kids Dance Classes

PCPA offers a variety of dance classes for kids of all levels. We also have Performance Teams, Master Classes, and much more! Free Trials are available for new dancers.

Performance and Competition Teams

Performance Teams

Our performance teams get on stage multiple times in the Spring. This includes one competition, and our June recital. They will also perform in local community events. Audition or approval from staff required.

Bay Area Adult Dance Classes

Adult Dance Classes

All levels welcome! Come dance, sweat, and learn some choreography! Drop-in available, plenty of free parking, and Free Trial for new dancers. Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Irish Ceili, Capoeira, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre!

NorCal Dance Project

Adult Dance Company

NorCal Dance Project is our adult dance company. Many of it’s members are current or former instructors. Check out their website for upcoming performances and auditions!


Why drive all the way to San Francisco for great adult dance classes? PCPA offers a variety of classes including Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Irish, Latin Jam, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre Dance Technique. We have free parking, a safe location, and professional instructors. Drop-in rates start as low as $10/class. Come sweat, dance, learn new choreography, improve your technique, and have a great time!

Come Dance This Week!

Drop-in Form


NorCal Dance Project is our Adult Dance Company. NorCal dance project is on a journey to use and present dance as therapy.  Directors and dancers alike have an intense dedication to taking care of their own mental health and emotional well being through dance and choreography.  We hope our energy is contagious for the audience and even the mental health community. 

Upcoming Performances & Auditions

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2015 marked the first year we offered Summer Dance Camps, and they were a huge success! We are pleased to announce we have the schedule set for this year’s Summer Camps, and Dance Intensive Week. There will be 4 week total. 2 Musical Theatre Camps, 1 Music Video Camp, and 1 Intensive Week. Registration Opens March 1, 2016.

Sign Ups Open Soon!

2016 Summer Camp Info


The heartbeat of our studio, our teachers! Our teachers all have 4 year dance degrees, as well as professional dance experience. Many have been teaching for years, and still perform with local dance companies. They all love what they do, and it shows. They are capable of teaching all ages, and levels. 

Get To Know Our Staff

Staff Bios

Principal Creative & Performing Arts

Principal Creative & Performing Arts
1528 S. El Camino Real, Ste 208
San Mateo, CA 94402


1528 S. El Camino Real Ste 208
San Mateo, CA 94402

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Look for the big peach building across from San Mateo Credit Union, and Safeway. We’re on the 2nd floor! Parking on street, or in rear, and underground parking lots.