Mission Statement

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.

Our History

SFDC was founded by Jana & Carlos Chapeton in early 2007. It began as an on-site extracurricular dance program at a couple of preschool locations. By 2009 Jana had grown the program to numerous preschools and had hired her first teaching staff. 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 did just that, renting space on Saturday mornings from a local preschool. By 2010 we had opened our own location in Foster City, CA, and the rest as they say, is history.

In 2013 we looked into extending our classes to older age groups. Unfortunately the little studio we had was not setup for classes for older dancers, so we began to look for a new location. It took over a year, and with some help from family friend, Pedro Feliz (the former SF Giants 3rd baseman) we finally found a new space to call home in San Mateo a few miles from our original location.

In November of 2014 we moved to 1528 South El Camino Real in San Mateo. It’s a gorgeous studio with three dance rooms. The larger space and multiple rooms allowed to expand to all ages, and it allowed us to create Principal Creative & Performing Arts.

Today Small Fry Dance Club and Principal Arts have over 1000 actively enrolled dancers during the year. We teach all ages, from kids as young as 18 months, to adults. This easily makes us the largest dance studio in San Mateo, and maybe the entire Peninsula. 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!  🙂

Dance On!