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Pre-Professional Dance

Ages 12+

Designed to create versatile dancers who seek to continue dancing in college, on Broadway, or in a professional company. 

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Private Lessons

Want to train privately with our faculty? Send us a message, giving

us your availability and describing what you would like to work on!


Classes run September 2023 - June, 2024. Tuition pricing is based on APAA's 40-week school year and is to be paid in 9 installments charged on the 15th of every month. All classes are held at AXCBT Studios @ Bell Works (101 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, NJ).

For 1.5-hour Ballet Technique Classes 

1 class a week ~ $1440 for year ($36 per class / $144 per month)

2 classes a week ~ $2560 for year ($32 per class / $256 per month)

3 classes a week or more ~ $3300 for year (Monthly Unlimited $330 per month)

For Contemporary, Pointe, and all 1-hour classes

1 class a week ~ $960 for year ($24 per class / $96 per month)

2 classes a week ~ $1760 for year ($22 per class / $176 per month)

3 classes a week ~ $2400 for year ($20 per class / $240 per month)

4 classes a week or more ~ $3300 for year (Monthly Unlimited $300 per month)

Have a question? Email

or visit us at AXCBT Studios @ Bell Works 

APAA's Faculty

APAA Pre-Professional Dance Faculty


Olivia Miranda – APAA Faculty

A founding member of AXCBT, Olivia graduated from Ailey/Fordham with a B.F.A. in Dance and English (2018). She previously danced with Ballet Hispanico's BHdos and has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Colby Damon, Graham Lustig, and Riccardo de Nigris. She has performed at Lincoln Center and the historic Apollo Theater. Olivia has presented and performed choreographic works at Asbury Park Dance Festival, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Dixon Place, Rider University, The Tank NYC, and Bell Works.

APAA's Faculty

APAA Pre-Professional Dance Faculty


Alyssa Harris – APAA Faculty

Alyssa Harris grew up in Middletown, New Jersey where she trained and competed under Katya Strelnikova. Some awards include 3rd place contemporary solo with the World Ballet Art Grand Prix and a place in the finals category for the Grand Prix in Canada. Alyssa completed her BFA in dance at Adelphi University and has worked with choreographers such as Andrea Weber, Blakeley White McGuire, Gabriel Chajnik, Frank Augustyn, Orion Duckstein, and Lindsay Jorgensen. Alyssa has now been dancing with the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater for nine productions.

APAA's Faculty

APAA Pre-Professional Dance Faculty


Kathleen Pearlberg – APAA Faculty

Kathleen Pearlberg danced professionally with the NJ Ballet and is a certified personal trainer (ACSM) and group exercise instructor.  She danced professionally for 15 years and has 30 years of teaching experience.  She is excited to share her passion and knowledge of dance to all her students at Axelrod Academy.

APAA's Faculty

APAA Pre-Professional Dance Faculty

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Jessica Totaro – APAA Faculty

Jessica Totaro is a Contemporary, Choreography Skills and Hip Hop teaching artist from Neptune City, NJ.  She received her BFA in dance from Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts and has been teaching and choreographing professionally for over a decade. Her movement vocabulary is deeply rooted in Limón Modern technique while integrating the Hip Hop fundamentals of Breaking, Locking, House and Popping. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Movement Arts Project Dance Company. Jessica has presented original choreographic works at various academies and performing arts programs. She has recently expanded her dance composition class to dancers internationally. Her teaching method is to not dictate but guide each dancer deeper into their own creative ability and communicate authentically through movement. 

Resident Teaching Artists

Resident Guest Teaching Artists who will be part of our faculty to teach classes and workshops throughout the year; some of the names include Nicolas de la Vega, Andrea Weber, Kerry Butler, JohnJohn Tarrayo, and Gabriela Soto among many others to be announced!

Follow the journey of Lilakoi Grover, who has been perfecting her talents with Axelrod's AXCBT since 2017. 


with Former Dance Director of the

Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Joseph Fritz

May 10, June 7, & July 15


with Adam Vincent, Kathleen Pearlberg and Olivia Miranda


"Cruel Summer"

July 8-26


with Television's Lane Napper

August 5-9, 2024

August 6, 7, 8


with Kathleen Pearlberg

Recent Performance Opportunities

This year, our Pre-Professional Dancers have the opportunity to perform in AXCBT's The Polar Express,

AXCBT's The Jungle Book,  and APAA's Freaky Friday.

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