PCPA is a creative and performing arts program that requires dancers to be both athletes and artists. 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.
SFDC was founded by Jana & Carlos Chapeton in early 2007. It began as an on-site extracurricular dance program at preschools. As interest in the program continued to grow, it became clear that Small Fry needed to add public classes to the schedule. In 2009 we began renting space on Saturday mornings from a local preschool and opened classes to all. With classes filling quickly and wait lists growing we decided it was time to open our own official location. In 2011 we opened the doors to Small Fry Dance Club in Foster City.
It was a short three years later that we realized we had outgrown our studio. Charter Square was also in the process of being redeveloped and we needed a new home. Interest had grown in our programs to extend passed the age of 5. It took us 18 months of searching and help from a friend (Pedro Feliz), until we finally found a location that would fit our needs.
In November of 2014 we moved to 1528 South El Camino Real in San Mateo. It’s a gorgeous 4000 sqft. studio with three dance rooms. The larger space and multiple rooms allowed to expand to all ages. That year we announced the launch of Principal Creative & Performing Arts. It would be part of the same school as Small Fry Dance Club, just a different program name for the older kids.
Today Small Fry Dance Club and Principal Arts have over 1000 actively enrolled dancers during the year. We teach kids of all ages, from 18 months to 18 years. We are now one of the fastest growing studios in the Bay Area. We absolutely would not have been here without all the encouragement and support from our dance families! We would like to thank all of you for all the help over the years. We would also like to thank our amazing staff. The quality of our teachers is second to none!
February of 2017 will be our big 10 year anniversary! We can’t wait to celebrate with all of you! We also have a few surprises coming in the 2017-2018 season. 🙂