Saturday, July 9, 2022

Axelrod PAC Offers Summer Programs at Bell Works—REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN


  • Summer Dance Intensive for Pre-Professional Students 11+
  • Primary Players Summer Camp for Children 5-12
  • Cabaret Intensive for Students 12+

WHEN: see below
Classes are held at the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater (AXCBT) studio at Bell Works, in Holmdel, NJ.
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To register for any of the Axelrod Performing Art Academy’s Summer Programs, visit here or for other inquiries, contact or call 732.378.9948
To purchase tickets to the premiere of AXCBT’s The Lost Princess of Oz, follow the link here.

Axelrod Performing Arts Academy’s (APPA) 2022 Summer Educational Programming which offers dance and musical theater classes and experiences for kids ages 5+ is underway.

Led by APAA Director and AXCBT Artistic Director Gabriel Chajnik, the Academy was established to offer year-round programming providing children and adults extensive dance training through a unique performing arts experience. The Academy shares AXCBT’s mission to cultivate an environment rooted in diversity, inspiration, encouragement and equality.

“I am excited to welcome these talented, aspiring young artists to our studios. We are offering them a priceless experience to learn from an impressive group of world class teaching artists who have performed on some on the most prestigious stages in the world including Broadway,” said Mr. Chajnik. “It’s going to be a great summer!”

APAA Summer Programs

Summer Dance Intensive

The Summer Dance Intensive offers kids ages 11+ daily ballet and contemporary classes and weekly Master Classes. The curriculum is designed to immerse students into the world of professional dance and to foster their growth both artistically and technically. Students enrolled for three weeks will have an exclusive opportunity to train with AXCBT dancers to become cast members in Mr. Chajnik’s original production of The Lost Princess of Oz, which will have its World Premiere at the Pollak Theater at Monmouth University from August 19-28.

WHEN: July 18-August 19, 2022; Mondays through Thursdays from 1:00-6:00 p.m.; Fridays from 1:00-6:00 p.m. for students performing in The Lost Princess of Oz
TUITION: 1 week - $425, 3 weeks - $1,450, 5 weeks - $1,800, Day Pass - $120

Primary Players Summer Camp

The Primary Players Summer Camp is an all-encompassing program designed to teach kids 5-12, the ins and outs of the performing arts world. Coursework includes dancing, singing, acting, costume design, stage makeup application and more. Campers will also enjoy special collaborations with Bell Works retail partners including Virtual Reality with OasisVRX, flower arranging with Enchanted Blossoms and painting with Bell Works Resident Artist Franki DeSaro.

WHEN: July 5-29, 2022; Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Showcase on Friday, July 29, at 6:00 p.m.
1 week - $650. 4 weeks - $2,500, Day Pass - $150, Half-day Pass - $75

Musical Theater: Cabaret Intensive

The Musical Theater: Cabaret Intensive allows children 12+ to study voice and acting from master instructions for three hours once per week. Students will create their own show that will be performed at a Cabaret Night at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club in Ashbury Park, New Jersey in front of their friends and families.

WHEN: July 11-August 1, 2022, Mondays from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Showcase on Monday, August 1 at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club in Asbury Park, NJ

2022 APAA Summer Faculty

  • Gabriel Chajnik, Director
  • Gilbert Bolden III, Corps de Ballet member New York City Ballet
  • Simon Clissold, APAA Student Mentor – Tap
  • Julie Caprio, Washington and Kansas City Ballet
  • Nicolas de la Vega, Cabaret cast member
  • Giada Garcia, APAA Student Mentor - Dance and Acting
  • Michaela Greco, Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Sealth Grover, APAA Student Mentor - Acting
  • Alyssa Harris, AXCBT company member
  • Lindsay Jorgensen, AXCBT company member
  • Seyong Kim, Roxey Ballet
  • Olivia Miranda, AXCBT company member
  • Wendy Roman, Primary Players Director
  • Brianna Schoemer, Hip-Hop/Dance Team
  • Heather Varley, Acting
  • Andrea Weber, former member Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater’s production of The Lost Princess of Oz was supported by New Music USA’s Organizational Development Fund with support in part from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, with support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Support for the Organization Development Fund is also provided by contributions from the New Music USA endowment

About Axelrod Performing Arts Academy: 
Axelrod Performing Arts Academy offers students unique and comprehensive training in dance and theater arts, emphasizing performance as an essential part of education and education an essential part of performance.

About Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater:
Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater strives to cultivate an environment rooted in diversity, inspiration, encouragement, and equality where all are welcome and heard. Listening and learning is at the heart of our commitments to change policies, attitudes, and habits that do not align with our core values.

About Bell Works:
Bell Works
is the reimagination of the historic former Bell Labs building in Holmdel, N.J. Today, the building is a one-of-a kind destination for business and culture, complete with a blossoming ecosystem of technology, traditional offices, retail, dining, hospitality, and much more.