PCPA Trusted Vendors

PCPA has partnered with DiscountDance.com to offer discounts for our families. Use the Teacher ID: 101020 at checkout. 

Dance Theatre Shop will have back to school sales the entire month of August. We especially recommend them for shoes. DTS carries both boys and girls dance attire. Located on B st. in downtown San Mateo. 

PCPA gear is available through our website. We will be designing new items throughout the season to be sure to check back or follow us on social media to keep up with new items. 

Class Descriptions & Dress Codes

The first two dress code violations will result in warnings. After that, dancers will not be permitted to participate in the class for as long as they are out of dress code. If families experience difficulty meeting dress code requirements, we are happy to work with you to find a solution. Be sure you are wearing the correct foot wear as well. Ballet Slippers, Jazz Slipper, Tap Shoes, Bare Feet, or Street Shoes depending on the style.

The only time you may be out of dress code is if you are here for your free trial class. We do not expect you purchase any gear if you have not committed to the class. Just try to match the dress codes with what you have at home as close as possible.

Solos/Private Lessons

If your dancers is taking a private lesson each week please use the dress code details/requirements that match the style they are working on or using for choreography focus. For example, if they are building a jazz solo please use jazz dress code details for the private class.  If your dancers is working on ballet technique for the class use the ballet dress code. 

Ballet 

Desciption: 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.

Female: Black Leotard, pink tights, and pink leather ballet slippers. Hair in a bun. (if cut short, pulled away from the face) No Jewelry. Ballet slippers should be worn to all classes. Please double knot and cut bow strings to avoid distraction.

NO TUTUS. Sheer skirt is fine. Teacher must be able to see alignment of hips and dancer’s lines.

Male: Black leggings or form fitting pants, short sleeve solid t-shirt, and black leather ballet slippers. Ballet slippers should be worn to all classes. Please double knot and cut bow strings to avoid distraction.

Adults: movable dance clothing to see alignment and maximize range of motion

Jazz

Description: 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.

Female: Black leggings or black bike shorts, and tank top or leotard. Tan slip on jazz shoes. Hair pulled back. No jewelry. No mid-drift tops please. No dancing in bra tops or sports bras.

Male: Black basketball shorts and a t-shirt. Black jazz shoes and hair pulled away from the face.

Adults: movable dance clothes to see alignment and maximize range of motion

Modern/ Contemporary/Lyrical

Description: Contemporary blends creative dance and artistry with athletic technique found in Jazz or Ballet. 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.

Female: black leggings or black bike shorts, tank or leotard, barefoot and hair in a ponytail. No jewelry. We recommend having layers to avoid floor-burn on knees/shoulders. Knee pads and paws optional. No mid-drift tops please. No dancing in bra tops or sports bras.

Male: Black basketball shorts and t-shirt. Barefoot and hair pulled back if long. No jewelry. We recommend having layers to avoid floor-burn on knees/shoulders. Knee pads and paws optional.

Adults: movable dance clothes to see alignment and maximize range of motion

Hip Hop

Description: 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.

Male, Female, and Adults: Athletic, move-able clothing. We recommend wearing pants and bringing knee pads to class each week. As for hip hop footwear we recommend tennis shoes, vans, pumas, converse, or street shoes. Please keep a pair of shoes just for dance class that aren’t worn outside. Items that are popular now are hoodies, harem pants, leggings, sweats, capris, t-shirts, and tank tops. No skirts, dresses, or jeans please! No flip flops, bare feet, open toes, sandals, or crocs. No mid-drift tops please. No dancing in bra tops or sports bras.  Dancers with long hair, please pull it back into a ponytail.  

Acro

Description: Acrobatics is the fusion of Gymnastics and Dance. Classes include exposure to different styles of dance (jazz, contemporary, and ballet) and an emphasis in floor gymnastic and tumbling skills. These classes are for dancers who like pushing their physical limits to achieve challenges and skills, coordination, and flexibility. Exercises focus on increasing flexibility, strength, and balance. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

Class Description: This class is an introduction to the fusion of Gymnastics and Dance. We will focus on many things such as basic gymnastics, flexibility, strengthening, balance, leaps, jumps, turns, illusions, and partner work. While taking this class the students will be exposed to different styles of dance like Jazz and Contemporary. Acrobatics improves control over your body, confidence in execution, and motor coordination.

Female: black leggings or black bike shorts, tank or leotard, barefoot and hair in a ponytail. No jewelry. We recommend having layers to avoid floor-burn on knees/shoulders. Knee pads and paws optional.

Male: Black basketball shorts and t-shirt. Barefoot and hair pulled back if long. No jewelry. We recommend having layers to avoid floor-burn on knees/shoulders. Knee pads and paws optional.

Musical Theatre

Description: 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.

Female: Black leggings or black bike shorts, tank top or leotard. Hair pulled back. No jewelry. No jeans. Barefoot. A shoe may be required for show/performance costume after December.

Male: Black basketball shorts and a t-shirt. Hair, if long, pulled away from the face. No jewelry. No jeans. Barefoot. A shoe may be required for show/performance costume after December

Tap

Description: 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.

Female: Black leggings or black bike shorts, tank top or leotard. Hair pulled back. No jewelry. Tap shoes.

Male: Black basketball shorts and a t-shirt. Hair, if long, pulled away from the face. Tap shoes.

Jr. Performance Team

Description: Jr. Team is for dancers 5-7 years of age that wish to both compete in the Spring as well as perform in our recitals. A two class per week commitment is necessary, as well as a recommendation from a staff member. There are limited spaces available.

Females: Girls Basic Racerback Tan Top (Radiant Coral Pink) and black leggings or bike shorts.
Tan slip on jazz shoes – Dancers will need a tan slip on jazz shoe for class and competition/performances. The brand is Bloch neo flex. Dance Theatre shop in downtown San Mateo has this shoe. It’s the only tan slip on shoe they sell. Nice for no confusion. (CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TOP)

Males: Black basketball shorts and a solid white short sleeve t-shirt. Black slip on jazz shoes and hair (if long) pulled away from the face.

Performance Team – Jazz

Description: Our Team is for dancers ages 7-11 years of age. This group will be pushed more than any other dancers in the studio in terms of progress, technique, and performance skills. This groups competes twice in the Spring, will attend a dance convention, and perform in both recitals in June. Team members must be enrolled in a minimum of three classes per week (1 ballet class mandatory) and be recommended by a staff member. 

Females: Girls Basic Racerback Tan Top (Turquoise) and black leggings or bike shorts. 
Tan slip on jazz shoes – Dancers will need a tan slip on jazz shoe for class and competition/performances. The brand is Bloch neo flex. Dance Theatre shop in downtown San Mateo has this shoe. It’s the only tan slip on shoe they sell. Nice for no confusion. (CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TOP)

Males: Black basketball shorts and a solid white short sleeve t-shirt. Black slip on jazz shoes and hair (if long) pulled away from the face.

Performance Team – Hip Hop

Females and males: black harem pants, tank top or T shirt
www.discountdance.com is a great online option for harem pants.
Black high top chucks.
Hair pulled back, no jewelry, no mid-drift tops. No dancing in bra tops or sports bras