thePANEL Experience, exclusively held at REVEL Dance Convention's Nationals Finals is a unique opportunity for dancers to be seen and auditioned by a diverse group of organizations in the dance and performing arts community. These organizations include colleges & conservatory programs, talent agencies, employers, performance companies, casting agencies, college dance teams, and training programs from all over the world. Dancers participating in thePANEL have the opportunity to audition for tuition-based scholarships, conditional acceptance opportunities, agency meetings & representation, casting projects, employment opportunities, intensives, and other training opportunities.
There is no other opportunity like this at a dance convention to be seen by so many diverse organizations recruiting talent for their programs under one roof. You do not want to miss thePANEL!
Dancers and parents will gather in the hall where each of the organizations representing thePANEL will have tabletop displays set-up. Their representatives will be eager to connect with dancers/parents to share specific information on their programs/offerings. This is a wonderful opportunity to not only learn more about each organization, but for dancers to personally introduce themselves to the organizations they are also most interested in before the audition takes place.
Dancers will learn three combinations. These combinations will consist of ballet/contemporary, theatre jazz and commercial jazz fusion. There may also be a Tap combination taught, as well. Once the combinations are taught, dancers will be split into small groups, with each group having the opportunity to perform the combination for thePANEL. Once groups have concluded, there may be specific dancers that are asked to perform again for thePANEL. The audition will be open for Teachers to observe, however parents will be asked to exit during this time.
After the audition experience has concluded, parents will return to the hall and join their dancer for an informative and dynamic talkback session with thePANEL. REVEL's Artistic Director will host this open forum where dancers can ask thePANEL representatives questions about various aspects of their programs, as well as important industry topics. This session is filled with incredible guidance and knowledge about navigating your path in dance whatever that may be.
On the final day of Nationals during the Gala Dinner, each organization from thePANEL will join REVEL's Artistic Director on stage to present dancers with scholarships, acceptance offers, invites, callbacks and other awards. Dancers will be called up to the stage to accept their awards, followed by photo opportunities with each of thePANEL organizations. In 2023, the colleges represented on thePANEL accepted 187 dancers into their BA/BFA programs and awarded more than $7 Million in scholarships. Additionally, hundreds of dancers received job opportunity callbacks, agency representation meetings, invites & tuition based scholarships to prestigious training programs and intensives and other opportunities to further their training.