Dance Classes

San Mateo, CA


Welcome to Principal Creative & Performing Arts, the Peninsula’s favorite place to dance! We have families from San Francisco, the mid-Peninsula, and the East Bay that dance with us every week. We are a family owned business that has brought together a truly amazing community of dance families. We believe in offering high quality dance classes that focus on progress, building confidence, and creating a life-long love of dance.

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Important update about the Covid 19 virus and our plan moving forward. Click Here To Read More

We have moved to a temporary online format. Our live stream schedule can be found HERE

Our Mission

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.

Weekly Dance Classes

Ages 5-18

Whether you are looking to take one class per week or 10 classes per week, we offer a variety of styles to choose from. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre, and capoeira classes are all taught at our studio in San Mateo, Ca. Check our schedule to see what works best for you. Classes offered 7 days per week.

Performance Teams

Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre

For those dancers with the focus and desire to take their training to the next level, we offer a variety of performance teams. Performance team members have minimum dance requirements each week, and must commit to competitions, and recitals. If this is something your dancer might be interested in, please ask our staff about how you can prepare your dancer to join a team. 

Summer Camp & Intensives

2019-2020 Season

Each July we host 3 weeks of summer camps. This year we are replacing one of our camps with an industry intesive for intermediate/advanced dancers. Anyone that is dancing at an intermediate or advanced level, and is 9-15 years of age is welcome. You do not need to be a dancer at our studio to attend any of the 3 weeks. All are welcome. For details click below. 

Ballet Levels I - IV

Jazz Levels I - III

Hip Hop Levels I - III

Lyrical Levels I - II

Contemporary Levels I - II

Musical Theatre Levels I - III

Tap Levels I - II

Award Winning Program

Principal Creative & Performing Arts has won numerous awards from publications like Redtri.com, Chatterblock.com, and Bay Area Parent Magazine. We have been voted Best Dance School for 7 consecutive years 2011-2017! Earning us a Hall of Fame Award from Bay Area Parent. Come find out why we are the studio of the decade!

My girls love each and every one of their teachers. This is their home away from home as between the two of them, they take 16+ hours of dance classes per week.

– April P., Yelp Review

Classes are amazing! ... Not only my kids are happy every week when we go there but now I'm also a part of the dance family.

– Daniela G., Yelp Review

Love this place! My 2 kids have been dancing here for a few years and have always had great experiences.

– Hilary L., Yelp Review

This dance school is a special place... I've been impressed with the experience of the instructor and the quality of the instruction.

– Velvet S., Yelp Review