Axelrod Performing Arts Academy (APAA) is an exceptional In-Person* and Virtual performing arts program for students of all ages. Students will experience multidisciplinary arts classes by APAA’s outstanding faculty and celebrity guest artists. All classes are LIVE and offer students an interactive experience with our instructors. The curriculum is designed to accommodate students age 12 to adults who wish to enhance their professional arts training with concentrated study. We also offer specialized programming for young people, aged 3-11.
Can’t wait to see you at Bell Works or in our Virtual Studio!
– Gabriel Chajnik, APAA & AXCBT director (Julliard Alum)
*APAA and Bell Works follow all COVID-19 Safety Procedures. Students will be required to wear masks and maintain social distance from others during their class. Students are required to sign a waiver upon registration for class.
APAA's Professional Dance curriculum, curated by director, Gabriel Chajnik (Julliard alum and director of AXCBT), offers students the very best online education in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Horton, Graham and more... with included celebrity guest-artist masterclasses with Michael Trusnovec and Michelle Fleet (Paul Taylor Dance), Blakeley White-McGuire (Martha Graham), Gilbert Bolden III (New York City Ballet), Samuel L . Roberts (Alvin Ailey), Dylan Pearce (Radio City/Pitbull Choreographer), and Gabriela Soto (Spielberg's West Side Story) and the outstanding AXCBT professional staff.
MUSICAL THEATER TRACK
The Musical Theater track is geared toward stage performers seeking to hone their skills in the areas of singing, dancing and acting. Students will have the opportunity of working with multiple Tony Award-winning and -nominated Broadway performers—including some iconic stars like Joanna Gleason, Debbie Gravitte, Susan Egan and Faith Prince—as well as members of the current generation, such as Hunter Ryan Herdlicka and Bryce Pinkham. The stage choreographers leading the dance classes have professional experience in all styles of theatrical dance, including tap, jazz, musical theater and hip hop. Students will have sessions with Andrew Black, Dylan Pearce, Lane Napper, Jason Wise, Todd Lebron Underwood and Nicolas de la Vega.
APAA’s Acting Track enhances student’s understanding of the dramatic arts by introducing essential performance techniques that encourage self-discovery and personal expression. Class goals include: empowering students to become more ‘drama literate’, promoting their unique talents, fostering their imaginations, championing empathetic cooperation, and developing the physical, vocal, improvisational, emotional, and intellectual skills required to be an effective communicator – on and offstage. The core curriculum will be further enhanced by professional guest artists, including Bill Timoney (Broadway’s NETWORK and Amazon’s HUNTERS), Ross Lekites (Broadway’s TINA and FROZEN), Jeff Blumenkrantz (Tony Award-Nominated Composer and Fred Ebb Award-Winning Performer), Frank Dicopoulos (22 Years on CBS’ THE GUIDING LIGHT), Siobhan Fallon Hogan (MEN IN BLACK and FORREST GUMP), and Michael La Fleur (International Director, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL/Disney/Universal).
APAA’s Vocal Track is catered to singers who are seeking to polish their vocal techniques through ear training, sight-reading, and song interpretation as well as for actors and dancers who are looking to improve their basic singing ability. A group class led by composer and musical director Ethan Andersen will help build confidence in the basics of solo and ensemble singing. A music theory class led by conductor Patty Gonsky will provide the basics of reading music. Each student will have two private lessons per week with a qualified professional singer and voice coach who specializes in specific styles, from jazz, soul, and blues to musical theater and classical to rock and pop. There are also private instructors available to teach beginning guitar and/or piano for singers wishing to develop the ability
to accompany themselves.
PRE-SCHOOL & PRIMARY TRACK
APAA Pre-School & Primary Tracks provide students with week-long activities and instruction in Musical Theater, Dance, Acting, and Art. Throughout the summer, students’ talents will be developed in a fun, interactive experience with invigorating dance, exciting scenes, sensational music, and fun art projects.
CELEBRITY & GUEST ARTISTS
APAA's Core Faculty