Pre-Professional Registration
Winter/Spring 2021
Students Ages 12+

Dance Classes*

Mon - Contemporary Ballet/Pointe (4-5:30 PM & 6:45–8:15 PM)

Fri - Ballet/Pointe Technique - The Art of Live Music (4-6 PM & 6:30-8:30 PM)

Sun - Ballet/Pointe (10 AM-12 PM)


Theater Classes*

Tues - Musical Theater Exploration (5:30-7:30 PM)

Thurs - Elements of Comedic Perf (6:30-8:30 PM)

Sat - All Things Shakespeare (4:15-6:15 PM)

Musical Theater Enrichment Classes 

Tues - Theater Dance (3 PM-4 PM)

Tues - Tap (4 PM-5 PM)

Winter/Spring Session begins January 9 and ends April 11.

Spring Break March 27 through April 4.

Classes on the same day are the same classes at the same level offered at two different times to accommodate schedules and to allow us to keep class sizes small according to our COVID-19 Protocol.

Classes can be taken in-person at BellWorks or virtually.

* Auditions are required for new students Ages 12+ prior to registration!

Contemporary Ballet / Pointe

A one-and-a-half hour class rooted in classical ballet/pointe technique and vocabulary to explore, experiment, and challenge tradition.   The flexibility and modern nature of contemporary ballet allows for an entirely new range of possibilities.  Impressive new art dance movements are wholly possible in contemporary ballet that would never be available through the more traditional form of ballet.  Taught by the professional dancers, Olivia Miranda, Lindsay Jorgensen, Tuiana Balzhieva, and Gillian Worek of the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater.



A 2-hour class designed to strengthen and improve classical technique that supports and enhances each dancer's objectives.  Students will be working with material from AXCBT's A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Taught by AXCBT/APAA's director, Gabriel Chajnik, with accompanist, Jason Cohen.


Ballet/Pointe Technique

A 2-hour long classical ballet/pointe technique class giving students the opportunity to work on ballet technique with live musicians in order to develop their connection to the music.  Taught by AXCBT/APAA's director, Gabriel Chajnik with accompanist, Joe Moffitt.


Musical Theater Exploration

A 2-hour long class, with Chicago's Brian O'Brien, focusing on the entire Musical Theater process from audition to performance.  Students will refine audition techniques, explore scene work, work on vocal technique, enhance dance skills, and perfect their on-stage presence while working on Shakespeare-inspired musicals. 

Elements of Comedic Performance

An exciting focus on comedy in Musical Theater taught by Frozen's Ross Lekites!  Students will take their performance skills to the next level with mastery of comedic scene work, improv, and personality-filled vocal and dance technique while working with Shakespeare-inspired musicals.

All Things Shakespeare

A 2-hour class with Jason Cohen providing students with a peek into the genius of Shakespeare’s plays.   Jason will teach a class in Shakespeare's prose, the oft-underlooked and understudied side of Shakespeare's poetry. Students will develop an understanding of prose (and how it differs from verse), a technical approach to getting inside the language, and will work on monologues and scenes from his canon.  Shakespeare is a a necessary foundation that can  be applied toward continuing Musical Theater or Acting study and performance!

Theater Dance

A 1-hour dance class taught by Wendy Roman. Ms. Wendy's unique blend of tap, jazz, and modern are a great foundation for all Musical Theater performers.


A 1-hour introductory tap class taught by Wendy Roman.

12 Week Session Dance and Theater Classes

$600 per class

Registering to take your class virtually?  Receive a 25% discount.

12 Week Session Musical Theater Enrichment Classes

$200 per class


Placement in programs is not based solely on age.  APAA's Director and faculty evaluate students on their performance in class and on stage as well as their emotional and technical maturity.

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