Axelrod Performing Arts Academy (APAA) provides a unique and comprehensive training in dance and theater arts combining technique with performance opportunities. Each session is geared to students who have strong personal interest in the arts with desire to pursue a higher level of expertise with paths to discover their own unique potential. The Faculty all hails from professional dancers and actors with classical, contemporary, and Broadway training. Students will learn from the “best of the best,” gaining insight in being a professional on stage as well as the in-depth skill development to be a successful performer.
Can’t wait to see you at Bell Works!
*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.
For Students Ages 12+
Explore and register for pre-professional classes in Dance and Theater.
Committed performers may apply to be part of our AXCBT Core Program (Dance) or the Academy on Stage Theater Group (Theater).
New students ages 12+ must submit an audition.
For Students Ages 5-12
Explore and register for our Primary classes.
For Students Ages 18+
Explore and register for our Adult classes.
All classes held at our studio at BellWorks
101 Crawfords Corner Rd, Holmdel, NJ 07733
Gabriel Chajnik – Dir. Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater & APAA
Gabriel was trained and mentored by the legendary instructor, Maestro Hector Zaraspe, at his alma mater, the Juilliard School. Gabriel s a former dancer with American Repertory Ballet and he has taught in Argentina, Europe, and throughout the United States (Brooklyn Music School, Princeton Ballet, the Academy of Dance Arts and Gotta Dance in New Jersey). His work has been featured at Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music, the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C., Alice Tully Hall, the Clark Theater at Lincoln Center, MMAC, and the Lambs Theater. Beyond his Axelrod association, Gabriel is the Artistic Director for TranscenDanceGroup, whose TDG Holocaust Awareness performance has reached school students throughout the tri-state area. Gabriel has been honored by the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Counties.
Tuiana Balzhieva - Pointe / Repertory Variations
Tuiana Balzhieva, a professional ballet dancer, graduated from L.P Sakhyanova (2005-2013) in Russia after graduating from Ballet School and obtaining a professional diploma of "ballet dancer". It was then she was accepted to Buryat State Opera and Ballet Theater where she became a young soloist dancer. Tuiana has performed solo and principal roles in multiple ballets. In 2008, she participated in the 7th Siberian International Dance Competition in Novosibirsk, where she took 3rd. She also took part in Ekaterina Maksimova's International Dance Competition in Perm, Russia. In 2015 she came to the USA with the Moscow Ballet company to perform Swan Lake and The Nutcracker spanning 30 states and Canada. In 2016-2017 she studied French technique at The French Academy of Ballet in NYC with director Francois Perron. She has instructed and created choreography at Gotta Dance, Mill Ballet, Debra Sparks, Dance Arts of Yardley, and Release Dance Academie schools. She also has Dance-Modeling experience for Pointe Magazine. Tuiana is currently dancing with Roxey Ballet located in New Jersey and The Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater.
Lindsay Jorgensen - Horton Technique
Lindsay Jorgensen (Lawrenceville, NJ) received her dance training at Princeton Ballet School. She supplemented her training at summer programs like Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre in New York, and Carolina Ballet, to name a few. After high school, she was a trainee with American Repertory Ballet, where she performed alongside the company. Lindsay graduated summa cum laude with honorable mentions in Dance from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Dance program, double majoring in Dance and English. She performed in school concerts, outreach, and various events including the Ailey Spirit Gala at Lincoln Center (2018). She performed choreography by Alvin Ailey, Karen Arcenaux, Robert Battle, Amy Hall Garner, Gabrielle Lamb, and Chuck Wilt.
Lindsay joined AXCBT last fall for Nutcracker ROCKS. She also apprentices with Buglisi Dance Theatre, where she has performed Jacqulyn Buglisi’s Moss and in weekly Table of Silence Project meditations, used to spread unity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Olivia Miranda - Contemporary / Modern Dance
Olivia is a professional freelance artist in the NJ/ NYC area and has worked with choreographers including Graham Lustig, Seyong Kim, Colby Damon, Daniel Catanach, and Mari Meade. Originally from Robbinsville, NJ, Olivia trained with Julie A. Caprio. She went on to attend The Ailey School and Fordham University, graduating magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance and English (2018). There, she performed classic works by Alvin Ailey and was selected to perform alongside Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at Lincoln Center (2017). In 2016, Olivia accepted a contract with Ballet Hispanico’s second company (BHdos) under the direction of Nicholas Villeneuve and Johan Rivera. She performed repertory by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Talley Beatty, and Eduardo Vilaro at the historic Apollo Theater. Olivia attended summer intensives at BalletX, American Ballet Theater, and Koltun Ballet Academy. She currently teaches and choreographs for several schools in New Jersey.