The Nutcracker Rocks

December 4&5, 11&12, 18&19 plus additional pop up performances 


AUDITION: Sunday, July 11 12-1:30PM


Seeking Pre-Professional Ballet Dancers Ages 12 - 20

A magical reimagining of a family holiday classic! The Nutcracker Rocks is a mixture of high-power music and dance that will transport you to a land of brave toy soldiers and sweet sugar plum fairies. Based on Hoffman’s original story, choreographer Gabriel Chajnik translates the Victorian-era Nutcracker from the bustles and ruffles of the 1890s to contemporary times. The beloved Tchaikovsky score is reimagined in collaboration with renowned rockers Alex Rosamilia and Alex Levine, members of The Gaslight Anthem.


Under the direction of Gabriel Chajnik, APAA is a pre-professional program that seeks dedicated, talented theater and dance students who want to pursue a future in the performing arts. While our students LOVE every minute of studying and rehearsing, this is not a recreational dance performance. APAA's educational philosophy combines both process and perfomance. Students train with outstanding professionals and then apply what they have learned on the stage in a full-scale production. .

Dancers cast in The Nutcracker Rocks will attend may be cast in the Party Scene, the Battle, Snow, Chinese, Arabian, Russian, and/or SPanish.  Cast members will attend classes and rehearsals in preparation for their roles, as follows:

Ballet Partnering and Variations, Monday 7PM to 8:30PM

Ballet Technique, Friday, 7PM to 8:30PM

Nutcracker Intensive, Sunday, 10AM - 12PM


Sunday Variation Rehearsals, Sunday, 1PM to 3PM


Tech Week Rehearsals, Week of November 29, TBA


Classes run from September 7 through December 19 at our studios at Bellworks in Holmdel NJ   Click for Fall 2021 Calendar

Tuition for the 12-week session of classes is $1800

(Tuition for dancers participating in both The Nutcracker Rocks and The Spongebob Musical plus all Dance classes is $2000)



For more information about APAA Classes, Scholarships, Work Study and The Nutcracker Rocks, please contact



Audition Information for Dancers Ages 12-20

Students should come in professional ballet attire with ballet shoes

Women may also bring pointe shoes

Audition held at Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Studios at Bell Works (101 Crawfords Corner Rd, Holmdel)

Dancers may be cast in the Party Scene, the Battle, Snow, Chinese, Arabian, Russian and/or Spanish.


Students Ages 9-11

Students registered for APAA Primary or Fundamentals Ballet classes (Broadway Stars Ages 5-6, Ballet Ages 7-8, Ballet Ages 9-10, Ballet Fundamentals Ages 11+) will be invited to participate in The Nutcracker Rocks

Rehearsals will be held on Sundays 12PM-1PM

Students may be cast in the Party Scene, Snow and/or Mother Ginger.