Principal Creative & Performing Arts

Artists & Athletes

Welcome to 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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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.

Considering Dance?

If you’re new to the dance world and you and your child are considering it as a sport/activity, we would love to have you in for a free trial! Dance is unique from other sports in that training is designed to be year round. There are no seasons. There is no “Fall” or “Spring” sessions, and most dancers do not take the summer off. Technique is usually emphasized heavily in Summer/Fall. We then shift to a recital focus in Winter and into Spring. Depending on your goals, you may want to take one class per week, or 10 classes per week. You may want to focus on more classical dance styles like ballet, or your dancer may be a little hip hopper. Some join us for the social aspects, recreation, and general fitness. Others may be in classes to advance their training, compete on stage, or even turn dance into a career path. Every dancer will have a different reason for being in the studio, and we can help you achieve your goals. If you need help deciding what class(es) are best for you, let us know. We are happy to assist you. 

2019 Summer Dance Camps

Our camps for July 2019 have been announced! We will be offering our usual 3 weeks of camps. Our camps are Mon-Fri and run from 9am to 3pm. For details click the button below. Registration opens 3/1/19 – Spots do sell out within a few days. If you are not already on our mailing list, you may contact our office so we can add you. 650-393-5593.

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, and Lyrical Teams

For those dancers with the focus and desire to take their training to the next level we offer performance teams. While we are not a competition studio, our performance teams do compete twice in the spring, attend local dance conventions, and perform in our recitals in June.

Plan ahead for Summer/Fall 2019

The time to register is now!

If you’re planning on joining us in the upcoming year, the time to get on a wait list is now! Wait lists are growing for all our classes. To ensure youg et a spot in Summer/Fall 2019, we recommend creating your account and selecting the classes you want as soon as possible. Registering now will also give you earlier access to the new classes we will be adding in August (schedule released end of June). Don’t miss out!

Award Winning Program

Principal Creative & Performing Arts has won numerous awards from publications like,, 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!

Actively Enrolled Students In All Programs

Weekly Classes To Choose From

#1 Studio On The Peninsula

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