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Pre-Profssional Dance

2023-24 Registration Open!

Pre-Professional Dance

Ages 12+

Designed to create versatile dancers who seek to continue dancing in college, on Broadway, or in a professional company. Students take weekly classes in ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, partnering, and pointe. Pre-Professional Dance students also have the opportunity to audition for Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater's professional productions, rehearsing with APAA + AXCBT Director, Gabriel Chajnik, and the professional dancers of AXCBT.

To learn more about AXCBT and Upcoming Productions

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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. The first installment will include tuition for the first and last months of training (September and June). All classes are held at AXCBT Studios @ Bell Works (101 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, NJ).

Now offering unlimited classes for Ages 12+ for $330 a month!

This special deal applies to all Pre-Professional Dance & Theater classes.

For 1.5-hour Ballet Technique Classes (Ages 11+)

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 2-hour Ballet/Pointe Technique Class (Mondays 6:45-8:45pm)

1 class a week ~ $1800 for year ($45 per class / $180 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 or need help choosing which classes are best for you? 
Give us a call (732)378-9948 or visit us at AXCBT Studios @ Bell Works!

Weekly Classes

Weekly Intermediate/Advanced Dance Technique Classes

Ages 12+

Students improve their technique and artistry with weekly classes including ballet, contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop. Students study with professionals with the goal of gaining confidence, strength, and expand their dance vocabulary. Designed for students seeking to pursue dance and gain a deeper understanding of their anatomy.

Resident Guest Teaching Artists

Resident Guest Teaching Artists

We are proud to announce our list of accomplished 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!

Click the button below to check out our upcoming masterclasses!

Private Dance Lessons

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!

Performance Opportunities

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


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. 

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