Tuition is charged monthly for registered students*

  • 1 dance class per week $17 per class

  • 2 dance classes per week $17 per class

  • 3 dance classes per week $16 per class

  • 4 dance classes per week $16 per class

  • 5 dance classes per week $15 per class

  • 6 dance classes per week $15 per class

  • 7 dance classes per week $14 per class

  • $400 a month maximum which does include tax for unlimited classes regardless of holidays

$40 Registration fee for an individual dancer, plus $5 for each additional student within a family.

Drop in Class Options:

  • $19 drop-in or single class dance class- no registration fee or fundraising fees. 

  • $11 per class for 30 min. classes

  • 5-class punch cards $90 ($18 per class)

  • 10-class  punch cards $170 ($17 per class)

  • 20-class punch cards $300 ($15 per class)


Discount Tuition is not given on drop-in classes or punch cards. See below for more information on class cards.

*The rates above do not include Hawaii tax 4.17%

Kindermusik March 5th-April 16th 2020

  • Birth-1 year-Thursdays 9:30-10:15

  • Ages 2-3.5 years-Thursdays 10:30-11:15 am 

March 7th-April 18th 2020

  • Ages 4-6 years old- Saturdays 9:30-10:15 am

  • Ages Birth-3 years-Saturdays 10:30-11:15am

  • Register HERE


New Session Coming soon! 

In every Kindermusik class, your child is welcomed into a playful and nurturing environment where they will sing, move, play instruments, and hear stories—all while developing social skills, problem-solving skills, pre-math skills, and a foundation for reading. Our research-based curriculum (ages birth- 7 years old) focuses on whole-child development and helps you understand how your child is developing musically, cognitively, and socially.  Children are exposed to varying styles, genres, and cultures of music. 


Please welcome Tamara Craft to our teaching staff, and spread the word.

Melissa Minkovsky


Born in Johannesburg, South Africa and raised in South California, Melissa has been a dancer for over 21 years. Growing up, she trained at South County Dance and Maple Conservatory of Dance in Orange County, CA, where she trained and competed in various dance styles. She received her BA in Dance Science from California State University, Long Beach and was also a member of the Long Beach State Dance Team for three years, competing nationally at UDA and USA Nationals. In addition, she had the opportunity to study ballet and art history at the Lorenzo de' Medici University in Florence, Italy. Melissa has had the privilege of performing in works choreographed by Alex Ketley, Sophie Monat, Lorin Johnson, Laurel Jenkins, Vincent Paterson, Andrew Vaca, Deborah Brockus, Julienne Mackey, Jerome Alexander, and more. She's been a dance instructor for six years in studios and high schools throughout the Southern California area, as well as an NSCA certified personal trainer for 3 years in Santa Monica, CA. Melissa just recently moved to Maui and is happy to join our ohana. 

Jenny Baker

Administrative Assistant

Jenny has been involved with AAPA since 2012 when she enrolled her daughter in Pre-Ballet. Soon after, Jenny began to learn (and love) ballet as well. She appreciates the school's affordable tuition philosophy and has invested herself to support the studio in many ways, most recently as on-site office staff. Jenny entered the arena of dance in 1996 when she discovered Kathak, North Indian classical dance, via a course at San Francisco State University taught by Kathak master Chitresh Das. She soon became a dance teacher and school administrator for the Chhandam School of Kathak Dance, and a performing member of the Chitresh Das Dance Company. On Maui, Jenny applies her enthusiasm for classical Indian dance through her study of Odissi.  She is also grateful to still be dancing ballet at Alexander Academy with her daughter and her son.  She lives with her family and tends the abundantly productive land that supports them.

Alex "Kid Karma" Hutaff-Bautista


Alex "Kid Karma" Hutaff-Bautista from Maui, Hawaii started growing his burning passion for Breakin' and the hip-hop culture at a young age. Aspiring to leave the islands he called home to pursue a career in dance, he joined the 808 breakers crew and moved to San Francisco. The Bay Area served as a milestone as he joined his crew on a year-long journey throughout the West Coast - competing every weekend. He now teaches full-time on the island and is ready to continue his journey.

Katerina "Konomi" Dominguez


Katerina began dancing at 6 years old at the Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA),  and quickly fell in love with the joy and freedom of dance. She soon decided that she wanted to pursue dancing and the arts as a career.
She has trained with tap legends such as Jason Samuels Smith, Savion Glover, and Chloe Arnold, as well as with renowned hip hop and contemporary dancers and choreographers such as Keone and Mari Madrid, Dee Caspary, Travis Wall, Sonya Tayeh, Shane Sparks, Brian Friedman, Tony Czar, and Ian Eastwood. In addition to dancing, Katerina enjoys singing and acting, and has performed in professional and community theater productions on Maui including Smokey Joe’s Cafe and CATS. At the age of 16 she began teaching hip hop, jazz, and tap at MAPA. Four years later, she opened Maui’s first and only hip hop dance studio, Konomi Dance Works LLC, where she added contemporary, jazz funk, and k-pop to her lineup of classes. She has produced and directed from concept to conclusion, the studio’s annual recital, “The MIX” at both the McCoy Theater and Castle Theater at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. She is excited to work with the students of AAPA and hopes to nurture each individual’s true passion for dance.

Jennifer Schmidt


Jennifer Schmidt is a devoted teacher and student of the body and earth. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Luther College, where she concentrated her studies on choreography, functional anatomy, and Contact Improvisation.  She spent two years studying musical theater and traditional western dance at Viterbo University’s BFA conservatory. She holds a certification in Movement Fundamentals, a body-mind teaching paradigm created by Jane Hawley. She studied contemporary dance at Movement Research in New York and at Contact Improvisation festivals across the country. She believes in the vitality of integrating art and life, and the importance of awakening the primal senses through movement. She is the co-creator of Contact Improvisation Iowa, an annual summer dance festival.  She is the founder and artistic director of the Soma Aina Project, an emerging contemporary performance company on Maui. She is a facilitator for ongoing classes in Contact Improvisation. Jennifer is thrilled to be joining the teaching team at Alexander Academy, returning to her early roots in ballet and jazz. 

Racheal Prince was raised in Wasaga Beach, Ontario, and received her early training at the Quinte Ballet School under the direction of Brian Scott. She attended the School of Alberta Ballet’s Pre Professional Program with Murray and Nancy Kilgour and received the prestigious Ali Pourfarrokh Scholarship. Racheal began her professional career with the Alberta Ballet Company where she danced for four years. She has performed works by William Forsythe, Crystal Pite, Itzik Galili, and Lar Lubovitch among many others. Her performance highlights include Jorma Elo’s 1st Flash, Emily Molnar’s between disappearing and becoming, and William Forsythe’s Herman Schmerman. In her spare time, Racheal enjoys working on handmade items for her online store as well as teaching and choreographing. She is excited to be in her 10th season with Ballet BC.

Hidden Elements

The success of Alexander Academy’s mission is a collaborative effort between Alexander Academy, its student families, and our community at-large.


Through monetary and in-kind support, Alexander Academy strives to:


  • maintain our as is building with supplies and repairs

  • "Building Fund" is used to do tenant improvements.  

  • grow Alexander Academy's class repertoire

  • present more performing opportunities for dancers of all ages

  • fuel the building renovations for our rehearsal and class space.


Alexander Academy Performing Company produces a full-length show each Spring and an in-studio Holiday of Dance performance every December.

These annual productions provide opportunity for Alexander Academy student dancers (including those dancers from the Maui community who join us for the performance season) to share their talent and skill onstage as a means of bringing their dance instruction full-circle.


Reciprocally, the Maui community also looks forward to Alexander Academy performances, showing up by the hundreds throughout performance weekend. Photos on this page are from previous AAPC productions.

Tax-deductible donations*, both monetary and in-kind, help all aspects of AAPC productions, from costuming and props to the four months of rehearsal expenses and theater rental throughout performance weekend. 

*Donations to the Alexander Academy Performing Company are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Please refer to your tax specialist for your specific tax situation. 

Read our #GivingTuesday newsletter for ideas on how to support Alexander Academy or read our End-of-Year Giving Letter and Donation Form.

Part of a student's commitment to Alexander Academy includes volunteering to support the studio and our dancing 'ohana's culture of collaboration. The collective contribution of our registered families to care for our studio space and participate in our fundraisers is as vital to the stability of the school as is paying tuition in a timely manner.


Every registered family with AAPA is expected to volunteer to help keep tuition costs low for everyone. We are grateful for all our registered families who respect this policy, as it is what makes us unique and fosters the warm and welcoming environment our students and families enjoy.

Examples of volunteer activities include:

  • Cookie Sales Fundraiser 

  • Car Wash Fundraiser

  • Studio building maintenance

  • Donation of supplies for fundraisers and year-round studio operations (car wash tools, concessions, paper towels, water, etc.)

  • Cleaning sessions

  • Costuming

  • Washing and organizing costumes

  • Publicity

  • Finding sponsors for productions

  • Selling program advertisements for our annual productions.

  • Spring Production help: including ushering, set up/break down, selling tickets, concessions, concession donations, selling t-shirts, backstage help, etc. 

Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year; stay tuned to the monthly Footnotes newsletters (via email), the studio white boards, or the Volunteer Needs page to sign up!

Want to give more? Work-Study participants work hand-in-hand with AAPA staff to support studio operations and achieve studio goals. We truly value the time, talent, and resources of our registered families as valuable contributions that strengthen our dance school. 

Tamara Craft


Tamara Craft is a mother of 4 children, a Kindermusik Educator, a Juice Plus Wellness Coordinator, and an English Teacher to the children of China.  Her work with children has also included working as a preschool teacher, and a special needs preschool teacher. She studied at Moore Head State University and Kindermusik International. She received a Maestro License from Kindermusik International in 2012.  She has been training children through Kindermusik for over 20 years. Her family is new to the island of Maui and are excited to be here.  She is passionate to inspire children musically! 3 of her children are accomplished musicians, and her youngest is dancing at Alexander Academy. 

Jen Cox

Communications Specialist

When Jen moved to Maui in October 2011, one of her first goals was to find a dance studio where she could reconnect with her passion for the performing art; a search that thankfully led her to Alexander Academy. Jen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006 with a B.A. in Communication Studies and Latin American Studies, and since then has worked primarily in the nonprofit marketing sector in support of film, youth development, and the environment. Beyond being a not-so-secret stage ham in AAPC's spring productions, Jen is also in her novice years at Nā Kai ‘Ewalu canoe club and is the proud mother of two feline fur babies, Neko and Tata.

Tamara Craft


Jen Cox

Communication Specialist 

Brie Hill

Administrative Assistant

2018 Donors

Bev Gannon Restaurants


Fairmont Kea Lani
Four Seasons Resort

Grand Wailea
Haliimaile Distilling Co.
Hui No’eau visual arts center

JD Pacific

Makai Glass
Maui Arts and Cultural Center

Maui Divers of Hawaii

Maui Ocean Center

Maui Printing

Mermaid Adventures


Monkey Pod
Nalu Kai Lodge

Old Lahaina Luau
Paia Inn

Pro Divers


Warren and Annabel’s Magic Show

2018 Season Sponsors

Lumiere $5000 +  

     Erdman Family   

Producer $1,000-$4999   

     Nathan and Tia St. Cyr  

Director $500- $999  

     Dori and Brian Smith  

     Intense Motorsports Maui Inc  

Choreographer $250-$499  

     Czar Family  

     Diane and Jon Claerbout 

Patron $100-$249  

     Adaptations Dance Theater  

     Animal Care Hospital  

     Manaloha Rent a Car Inc.   

     Megan and Doug Wright  

Friend $20-$99 

     Chelsea Fine 

     Kelii Nahooikaika 

     Cynthia Babson 

2018 The Little Mermaid Sponsor Program Info

All sponsors will be recognized on the Sponsor page of the show program; receive ad space to promote your business or congratulate your favorite dancer, and a donation acknowledgment letter for the tax-deductible portion of your sponsorship:

Send pdf or jpeg ads to

Our graphic designer will make an ad for congratulating your dancer (sorry not for businesses) send photos and sentiment by email. 

Deadline is May 6th

All ads are black and white

$75-$150 - quarter page ad (2.25” X 3.5”)

$151-$499 - half page ad (4.75” X 3.5”)

$500+ - full page ad (4.75” X 7.5”)

First $500 + sponsor perk- Back page ad in full color may be available!

Sponsors who miss our program ad deadline will still be acknowledged and appreciated via our website and newsletters.

A portion of your ad is tax deductible.

1/4 page ad is $25 value, 1/2 page ad value is $40, full page ad is $65 value. You will receive a letter of acknowledgement for tax purposes.

If you wish to sponsor and not receive an ad - we are grateful for your support!

Holiday of Dance 2019


Sunday, December 15th 

4 Shows


We look forward to another intimate, ohana-style holiday show! 

•    All dancers should arrive at the studio with hair and makeup completed 30-45 minutes before show for preballet - level 2 and jazz/tap/ hip hop classes. 9:15 warm up class for Ballet levels 3-5
•    Costumes will be at the studio, dressing rooms are assigned in studio 2 and 3.
•    No eating in costumes

•  Tickets are $10 for adults (a $3 discount is given to adults viewing their second/third show), $5 for keiki (3-17) and will be sold at the door.  
•    We ask that each family attend only one show, unless the family has dancers in multiple shows.
•    Seating is limited, please arrive on time.  We will allow for standing room if there is a full house.
•    Parking will be available in the lot across the street, near the Pau Vodka distillery.  Use caution while using the crosswalk in front of the Hali’imaile General Store.  Crossing the road in front of the studio is extremely dangerous and not advised.

Who's in What Show, Hair/Makeup/Costume Notes, and Volunteer sign ups are all posted on the Studio Bulletin board

NEW!!! Adult Contemporary & Modern Dance Sessions



A new series of modern and contemporary dance classes for adults. The remainder of the Wednesday 9am classes this semester will be comprised of four sessions: Intro to Modern + Contemporary Dance, Intro to Release Technique, Intro to Floor-work Technique, and Intro to Improvisation. These sessions are designed to help build upon skills and find more progressions within the class. The hope is to discover more growth, development, and confidence in this dance form after each session. 


1st Session

Modern & Contemporary Dance Basics

2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11


Session 1 will be an introductory 4-week session on the basics of contemporary and modern dance.  This session will focus on the building blocks and foundation of this art form in order to better prepare the dancer for other styles of contemporary dance. We will develop our contemporary dance technique, learn new tools for picking up choreography, and practice self-expression through movement. 




2nd Session

Intro to Release Technique

3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15


Session 2 will be an introductory class on the principles of release technique with an emphasis on Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals. This dance technique focuses on the use of gravity and momentum to find the most efficient ways of movement. We will explore these concepts in addition to connecting our breath to movement, finding ease within movement, and using metaphors as an impetus for movement. 


3rd session

Intro to Floor-Work

4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13


Session 3 will be an introductory class on floor-work technique within contemporary dance. We will learn to find efficiency and fluidity in movement on the floor. We will practice moving in and out of the floor, finding the most functional and efficient way of moving, and shaping our movement with the floor as another element. We will build upon all the skills and concepts each week and add to an accumulating phrase. 


4th session

Intro to Improvisation 

5/20, 5/27


Session 4 will be a 2-week introductory session on improvisation for beginners. We will learn what improvisation is, how to move from a place of honesty and intuition, how to improvise in a group, and we will learn about improvised scores. We will build upon an improvised score and the final session will be a culmination of what we have learned. 

For more info on how to sign up please ask our office staff or email

Respecting our studio space is everyone's kuleana.

There are small tasks anyone can do in 5 minutes before or after class to help keep our dance home tidy:

  • organize Lost & Found bin

  • pick up litter

  • wipe down a surface

  • dry mop the dance floors

  • put away toys

  • pick up water bottles or left items


No need to sign up: if you see it,  help out!  We appreciate your contribution to our dancing 'ohana!

Summer Camps

Camps for Ages 3 and up

2019 Summer Intensive

Ages 11+

June 10th-June 14th


This intensive camp will involve an informal performance on Friday that will demonstrate some choreography learned. Classes will include ballet technique, pointe, partnering, contemporary, improvisation, jazz or hip hop styles. Bring water and snacks/lunch. 

2019 Summer Camp

Ages 3-5

June 17th-June 21st



This camp will involve an informal performance on Friday. Classes include ballet, creative movement, tumbling, jazz, crafts, dance games. Bring water and snacks/lunch. 

2019 Summer Camp

Ages 6-9

June 24th-June 28th



This camp will involve an informal performance on Friday. Classes include ballet, creative movement, tumbling, jazz, crafts, dance games. Bring water and snacks/lunch. 

Beginning Tap

Incorporates basic tap steps and traditional style techniques.

Break Dance

Uses urban dance styles to appropriate music choices.


These classes teach beginner-level tumbling, which develops flexibility and acrobatic skills. 

ZOOM Policies

  • All students must be in correct level and age class.

  • Students must have space cleared in home space for safe environment

  • Camera should be on full body view so the teacher can help with training.

  • All students must be registered with Alexander Academy of Performing Arts

  • All accounts need to be paid for before taking class.

  • Any inappropriate or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.   

  • Class requirements are encouraged.

  1.  Current students, make sure you are able to log into your studio account. New students, please register for an account. Instructions to sign up are found below.

  2. Log in to your Studio Director account on the device you intend to use to take class and make sure your device is equipped with the ZOOM app.

  3. Sign up for drop-in ($19.79) or monthly enrollment (Fall 19/Spring 20 rates)

  4. Once you have paid for your classes, clink on the class you are going to take (hyperlink) and it will direct you the ZOOM app.

  5. Enter the password: Ohana2020  

  6. Wait for the teacher to let you into the virtual class. 

  7. Dance and enjoy! 

  8. Remember that you will not be allowed into the class if it has not been paid for. 

Academy Calendar


Auditions and 


Master Classes & Special Presentations

calendar photo: Jennifer Rosenblad

performance photo: Scott Drexler

performance photo: Chelsea Fine

Master Classes & Special Presentations photo courtesy of Nathaniel Hunt


Summer Camps

Camps for Ages 3 and up


2020 Summer Info TBA

Car Wash Fundraiser Saturday, April 13 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • Your account will be charged for 5 tickets ($25) that you may re-sell ($5 value each) or give away.

  • Additional tickets may be purchased in office. 

  • Pick up physical car wash tickets from admin staff after March 25th. You must pay for your tickets upfront in order to receive them. 

  • Top Ticket Sellers will win prizes!  

  • All classes except Pre Ballet & Elementary 1 will be cancelled on April 13th

          (Ballet 1/2, Ballet 4/5, all rehearsals cancelled) 

​Volunteer Shifts

Deliver Supplies-7:15am-7:20am-Help with set up

Shift 1-7:30am-9:45am (7:30-8:00 set up)

Shift 2-9:45am-11:45am

Shift 3-11:45am-2:00pm (1:00-2:00 clean up)

Quality Overseers needed for each shift

Water/Snacks/Supplies/Soap Donations needed

Sign Makers needed:

  • Sidewalk signs to wave

  • Sandwich board

  • Mahalo Sign

Those who volunteered to transport supplies in the morning arrive at 7:15 to unload.  Shift 1 arrives at 7:30 to receive instruction and help set up.  Everyone is assigned a job; some should keep their post throughout their shift, others can switch.  All volunteers are asked to wear an AAPA t-shirt.  We provide them if volunteers don’t have personally. Hats are also available for purchase at the studio boutique. Please remember to bring sunscreen. 

Spring Production "The Jungle Book" 

Dress Rehearsals:

May 29th-30th (afternnon-evening) 

Four Shows:

Friday May 31st 6pm

Saturday June 1st 2pm & 6pm

Sunday June 2nd 2pm

Seabury Hall's Seabury Hall's 'A'ali'ikūhonua Creative Arts Center

Production checklist:

  • Jungle Book t-shirts are for sale online only.  Order ASAP as the campaign ends soon. 

  • pre-order your congratulations 3 red rose bouquet. Supplies will be limited.  $15

  • Tickets for "The Jungle Book" on are sale now
    If you are purchasing multiple shows; purchase one show first, receive a code, then you will receive a discount for additional shows on adult tickets.   

  • Performance Packet This is what we call "the everything you need to know packet".  It must be important...

  • See the you tube tutorial links below for hair and make up demos

Help needed:

  • Jungle book poster distribution
    Please see the office for more information and to log where you are posting. Thank you for your help posting places you visit.

  • Post cards are available in the office to pass out to friends, teachers, neighbors and anyone you think are interested in attending our production.

  • Theater volunteer sign ups are on the bulletin board.   We can't do this show without class moms and front of the house help!  You make a big difference with your time and commitment.  Mahalo.

Iao Theater Holiday of Dance Video Performance

Sunday, December 13th 11am-7pm 

  • Please sign up ASAP-email office staff or turn in payment by 11/18/20.  $10 late fees will apply per dance and no guarantee a costume will be available. 

  • Costume rentals will be passed out the week of December 7th-if you are absent please come to the studio to pick up before December 12th

  • Call times are 30 minutes prior to the time your class is on stage-Please view our show order below for each class call time.

  • We are looking for volunteers to help waiting outside theater to make sure students are picked up safely, help with temperature taking, and help with outside general crowd communications.  Sign ups will be on our bulletin board at the studio.

  • There will be no waiting in Iao Theater due to building safety protocols, if you or your dancer is in multiple dances please have a safe place to be in between performances & call times.   

  • Masks are required for everyone in theater unless you have a medical exemption. Masks will only be removed immediately prior to performing. 

  • Please return your rented costume to AAPA Office between December 14th & December 19th to avoid additional fees. 

We are so excited for our hard working dancers to be back on stage! 

Video will be available for rent/purchase.

Alexander Academy of Performing Arts  

870 Hali'imaile road

Maui, Hawai'i


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