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Jana Chapeton - Founder/Director

Jana Chapeton

Owner/Founder/Director

Jana Chapeton

During her 18 years of training Jana has studied jazz, tap, hip hop, Afro – Haitian, Dunham technique, and choreography. Jana has been most influenced by Janel Tomblin – Brown, Ehud and Daynee Krauss, Susan Whipp, Alicia Pierce, and Kimberly Iniguez. In May of 2002 she completed her Bachelor’s degree in dance at San Francisco State University.

 

Jana loves working with beginning level students and preschool dancers. She is most motivated to help students discover dance and movement. Jana has been teaching through out the Bay Area since 1998. Some of her previous performance and Choreography highlights include Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Group, Anything Goes, It’s a Wrap with Guggenheim Entertainment, Speaking of Dance and He Said She Said with Visual Rhythm Dance Company, Rocky Horror Show with City Lights Theatre Company, Wholeness with Bliss Dance Company, and Paramount Great America’s Celebration Parade.

In 2007 Jana founded Small Fry Dance Club. Jana has since focused on growing SFDC. Jana hopes to bring the same drive and passion to Principal Creative & Performing Arts. Her goal is to mold and develop amazing dancers through both programs.

 

Carlos Chapeton - Owner/Marketing Director

Carlos Chapeton

Owner/Director of Sales & Marketing

Carlos Chapeton

Carlos is Jana’s husband and Co-Director of Small Fry Dance Club and Principal Creative & Performing Arts. Carlos has a background in Multimedia and Marketing and helps run the day to day office duties for both programs.

 

Before he joined Jana with Small Fry Dance Club on a full time basis, Carlos worked as a web/graphic designer, a video game artist, and eventually taught classes at Cañada College in Redwood City.

Carlos is in charge of our website, branding, and marketing efforts. He is also in charge of our sales and expanding our reach to new schools in the Bay Area and beyond. If you have any questions about marketing, partnerships, or bringing our dance classes to your school, please contact Carlos via email.

chapetonc@smallfrydanceclub.com

Stephanie Costello

Assistant Director – Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet

Stephanie Costello

Stephanie M. Costello started dance lessons at Doreen’s School of the Dance at the age of 3 years. After 13 years of training in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz she found her love for teaching at that same studio. At only 16 she began teaching Pre-ballet, Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. During her 4 years at Doreen’s, she became a member of Dance Master’s of America with a teaching certificate. Under her mentor Mimi Costa-White-Past President of Dance Masters of America, Stephanie traveled to Las Vegas and New York for National Conventions.

In 2007, she went off to San Jose State University to further her education in Dance and Psychology. In her time there she studied with Gary Masters, Fred Mathews, Janie Scott, Heather Cooper, and Maria Basile. Furthermore, she studied all levels of Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Choreography. During College she paid her way by teaching dance classes for recreational centers and studios. In 2010, she graduated with two degrees and a passion for working with young children. She currently teaches dance classes for Pre-K level in various styles. Stephanie is also enrolled in child development classes and applying for Credentials/ Masters Program to teach young children.

Stephanie joined Small Fry Dance Club in 2011 and is currently a full time staff member. She will be splitting her time between both programs with a focus on preschool and school age dancers.

 

Christa Hurrell

Head Teacher – Musical Theatre Department

Christa Hurrell

UPDATE: Christa is due to have her third child July 2018. She has a planned maternity leave through December, 2018. You will still see her around and in the lobby as her older daughter will continue dancing with us. She will be back in the classroom again soon! Congrats to the Hurrell Family!

Christa’s love for dance started at the age of three when her Mom enrolled her in tap class and she never looked back. She kept dancing adding ballet, and jazz to her dance forms as well as performing in the Davis Jazz Choir and her local musical theater company (DMTC). She studied tap at the Davis Art Center under Jere and Julie Curry, Bill Strickland and Lee Harry for 8 years. While attending Palomar College she studied tap under Valerie Clark for 2 years. In 2009, She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in child development from Sonoma State. Christa has a great combination of dance training, teaching experience, and early childhood education exposure! Her teaching experience includes Echale (Stanford University), Davis Art Center, and Gretchen Higgins Elementary School. Her favorite dance styles are tap and musical theater. Christa is passionate about teaching young dancers. Combining her love for music, dance, teaching and children is a dream come true. Christa is one of our Small Fry parents. Her daughter has been taking classes for 2 years now and her younger son also started dancing with us in 2014.

Christa will be splitting her time between both program teaching all age groups from infants to adults!

Tayler Kinner

Karen Luu

Head Teacher – Performance Teams

Karen Luu

Karen Luu is a contemporary hip hop dancer from Southern California who has moved to the San Francisco to broaden her dance styles in Modern, Jazz, and Ballet. She has danced competitively in her High Schools hip hop dance team and has been under the instruction of all San Francisco State University’s dance faculty for the past five years. Karen has choreographed for the SFSU collegiate showcase for two years in a row which allowed her pieces to be showcased at Stanford University’s Bay Area Dance Exchange. Karen has a passion for educating arts and has experience in teaching dance to children with special needs, she hopes to one day become a physical therapist for dancers. She’s currently performing with University Dance Theatre’s company and is expecting to graduate this spring with two bachelor’s degrees of Dance and Kinesiology.

Tayler Kinner

George Folau

Head Teacher – Hip Hop Dept. | Lyrical – Contemporary – Jazz

George Folau

George Folau started dancing in 2007 at the beginning of his college career. Having graduated from College of San Mateo with an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Arts and from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism, George chose to follow his passion for dance and teaching post-graduation. 

From 2009-2011, he has trained with Academy of Villains, where he went on to teach at Kirkpatrick’s School of Dance. George has also danced for Allan Frias in his San Francisco-Based Dance Company, Mind Over Matter. 

George has coached Hip Hop and assistant coached Pom and Lyrical for Mercy High School Burlingame’s Dance Team with 2x State and National Championship wins, has choreographed group numbers that have been performed at games for The Golden State Warriors, has won Regional and National Overalls for Kirkpatrick’s School of Dance in Hip Hop and Contemporary as a dancer, a choreographer and a coach. George was also a Dance Program Coordinator for San Mateo Police Activities League. 

During the pandemic, Kirkpatrick’s School of Dance closed its doors after over 60 years teaching performing arts to the Peninsula, giving George the push he needed to pursue starting his own Dance Company and Clothing Line, Folau House. In the midst of pursuing this dream, he now has been given an opportunity to grow and hone in on his craft as a teacher, a dancer and a choreographer thanks to PCPA and their amazingly supportive faculty.

George is constantly working on his personal style and enjoys building future dancers that are strong technicians as well as artists.

Tayler Kinner

Sarah Artha Mui

Instructor Since 2020 – Ballet

Sarah Artha Mui

Sarah Artha started dancing at the age of 4, studying at Dance Pros and Verona Ballet School in New Jersey for 10 years. She spent her younger years at multiple dance classes each week — learning ballet, jazz & pointe but also assisting beginner level classes. As a teen & adult, she continued to explore different styles of dance and performing arts including musical theater, ballroom, hip hop and contemporary.

Sarah earned a Bachelor of Science in Business/Marketing from Northeastern University in 2009 and is a full time corporate meetings and event planner. In 2017-2018, she began teaching ballet part time at DanceFIT Studio in Natick, Massachusetts. Having lived in the Bay Area from 2010-2015, she recently relocated from the East Coast back to the Peninsula with her family in 2019.

As a mother to two young children, Sarah is thrilled to be part of the Small Fry Dance Club & PCPA company and share her love of dance with young students.

Tayler Kinner

Nick Christman

Instructor Since 2020 – Musical Theatre, Jazz, Hip Hop

Nick Christman

Nick Christman’s artistic expertise fall under musical theatre and modern dance. As of Spring 2020, he’s received two degrees; BA in Theatre and BA in Dance. Nick was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and ever since he was a child, Nick has been in love with all things theatre and dance. His dance career began at San Francisco State University in the fall of 2016 where he was trained in Modern, Afro-Haitian, and Jazz. In his final year, Nick was in the university company where he trained under Ray Tadio, Wendy Diamond, and dana fitchett.

 Nick Christman has a history in theatre/musical theatre. His credits include Once on This Island, HAIR, Chicago and In The Heights. He’s had extensive training in acting, vocalization, scene study and performance technique. Additionally, Nick Christman has experience in stage managing and directing on-stage productions. He’s excited to be joining the PCPA family and would like to thank his mother and Beyoncè for all his accomplishments.

Tayler Kinner

Joshua Jung

Instructor Since 2021 – Tap, Ballet, Jazz

Joshua Jung

Joshua began as a hip hop dancer when he was 10, competing in dance conventions for 3 years, during which he rounded off his dance training with jazz, ballet, contemporary, and tap. Discovering his passion for ballet, he attended Bay Pointe Ballet under the tutorship of Bruce Steivel, where, in addition to ballet, was versed in character dance and partnering. When he started his first year studying Dance and Environmental Science at San Francisco State University, Joshua also started his professional dance career at the age of 17, dancing with Foley Dance, performing neoclassical-Georgian ballets around the Bay Area. Joshua also danced with the New Ballet Studio Company in Cinderella, The San Jose Nutcracker, and Fast Forward (a contemporary ballet showcase).  Additionally, Joshua has also taught dance of many different styles to many different ages; his teaching ranges from Tap to Ballet, and from toddlers to grandparents. He can’t wait to share his experiences with his students!

Tayler Kinner

Amy Komatsu

Instructor Since 2019 – Ballet, Jazz

Amy Komatsu

Amy has been dancing since she was 2 years old. Her favorite styles are contemporary, lyrical, jazz, ballet, and tap. At Sequoia High School in Redwood City Amy was a part of the advanced dance program and the dance team. After graduating high school, she earned her Bachelor’s in mathematics with a minor in dance at San Jose State University. While studying at SJSU Amy was also a part of the Spartan Competitive Dance Team. Dance has always been a huge part of Amy’s life, and she is very excited to be a part of the Small Fry and PCPA family.

Laura McComb Van Dyke

Jeric Peregrino

Instructor Since 2019 – Hip Hop

Jeric Peregrino

As early as he can remember, Jeric was born a performer, dancing with and for groups of people at the age of 5. While participating in his school’s dance productions, he picked up on various dance styles such as Hip Hop, West African, Fosse, Belly, Ballet, Contemporary, and more. Exploring his own groove, Jeric choreographed for high school rallies and became lead coach when he graduated. With over 7 years of teaching experience, he has taught at several dance studios, high schools, and college programs. Outside of school, Jeric has trained with multiple dance teams, has had the opportunity of auditioning for America’s Got Talent with Str8jacket and dancing backup for Filipino celebrities. Jeric is a former team captain and choreographer for a couple dance companies, but now pursuing new goals in his career. Dance constantly gives Jeric the motivation and purpose to work towards bettering himself and his community. Jeric believes anyone can positively benefit from dance by working hard, embracing self discipline, developing confidence, trusting the journey, and thus reaping the reward of self discovery.

Sara Shirley

Sara Rosenbloom

Instructor since 2019 – Musical Theatre, jazz, ballet

Sara Rosenbloom

Sara Rosenbloom fell in love with dance at 3 years old. Living in Los Angeles she had incredible opportunities to study under the best in the business. She studied at the Performing Arts Center, Millenium, and The Edge. By age 10 she was dancing 23 hours a week, studying Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, and Contemporary. She studied voice under Lis Lewis, Monte Ralstin(Old Deuteronomy, Cats), Marsha Bagwell(Big Momma, Chicago). She moved on to get her BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Arizona in 2007. She has performed for theater companies in Arizona and California and still does. Her other passion in life is teaching children. Having the opportunity to convey the passion and dedication she has through dance to the next generation is a dream come true. She taught her first hip hop class in 2000, and directed her first musical in 2004. She worked in Marin teaching Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theater, and several competition teams for the last 8 years.  Having recently moved to San Mateo, Sara is very excited to be a part of a studio that cares as much about the students themselves as well as their training. Whether they will turn this love of dance into a career, or use these tools to learn a hard work ethic and dedication, she is happy to share in this part of their lives.

Sara Shirley

Sara Shirley

Instructor since 2016 – Hip Hop, Latin Jam

Sara Shirley

Sara Shirley has been dancing for more than 15 years. She has a broad range of experience, from hip hop to ballroom, and has traveled and competed in several regional and national competitions. Her training began at the age of six with gymnastics.   Three years later she began dancing with Sonya Brague at Yellowstone Ballroom Dance Studio. It was then she discovered her passion for Latin and Ballroom Dance.  She competed and traveled in Idaho and Utah for more than five years. As a teenager she was a part of competitive cheerleading, gymnastics, and dance teams.  In fact she was head cheerleader of her senior year of high school, leading her team to compete in many events across the state.

 

 While studying at Utah State University, Sara became a member of the university hip hop dance company “Vilociti.” It was with this talented crew of dancers that Sara choreographed and performed at several major events, spring showcases, and workshops.  She graduated with her Bachelor Degree in social work with an emphasis in psychology. Sara taught as a full-time teacher at an elementary school for children with autism in Salt Lake City, Utah. Along with working as a youth counselor, a school teacher, and now a mother to a busy toddler, Sara has continued dancing and teaching.   Most recently Sara taught as a Zumba and hip hop dance instructor in several studios in the Idaho/Utah region. Sara has a big heart, a passion for dance, and loves to inspire confidence in children and adults.

saras@principalarts.com

Meet Teacher Elseana

Elseana Skowronski

Instructor Since 2021 – Ballet

Elseana Skowronski

Elseana Skowronski grew up in Oakhurst, CA and started dancing at age 7. Although she started in only one jazz class a week, her interests quickly broadened to include ballet, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, and eventually pointe, and modern dance. While her main focus was training at her local studio, she also explored other opportunities in the dance industry. Elseana attended several dance conventions and intensives throughout California, including the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) month-long dance intensive in Valencia, CA in the summer of 2014. Additionally, Elseana participated in “The Nutcracker” under the Valley Performing Arts Council for 5 years, dancing alongside the Sacramento Ballet in several roles, including Angel, Candy Cane, and Flower. Elseana is currently the Assistant Elite Team Director at Yosemite Dance Company, where she choreographs for and coaches elite level dancers, ages 5 to 18. After transferring from Fresno City College, Elseana received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from San Francisco State University in December 2020.

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