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The Panel - 2024!

January 21st & February 18th

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The Panel - 2024!

January 21st & February 18th

We are excited to announce the return of The Panel, with two sessions featuring some of the dance industry's leading professionals who will watch, critique and provide real-time, one-on-one feedback for each soloist.

  • Live Stream Link, Schedule & Logistics
    Live Stream Link

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    • Live stream muted during feedback



    • What to Bring: Bottled water and makeup/hairspray for touch ups.
    • Before Arriving: Have your hair and makeup done prior to arriving.
    • When to Arrive: An hour before your performance time.
    • Where to Enter: Door to the right of the main entrance.
    • Dressing Room: The black room.
    • Warm Up Rooms: Blue & black rooms (no tapping in the blue room).
    • What to Bring Into the Performance Space: Bottle of water.

  • Program Highlights

    • Two Sunday sessions, January 21st and February 18th.
    • Non-competitive event providing soloists the opportunity to perform for special guest artists.
    • Structured in 10 minute time slots, each dancer will perform their solo in full costume and makeup.
    • The panelists will provide real-time constructive feedback and encouragement to each dancer.
    • The performances will be videoed and live streamed.
    • The live stream will be muted during the feedback/discussions.
    • DANJ faculty will be on site to help each dancer get ready to perform. 
    • Each soloist's session, performance and feedback, will be videoed.

  • The Panel Video Clips
  • January 21st (2023) Panelists
    Cameron Adams

    Cameron Adams has been living and working in NYC for the past 20 years. Her Broadway credits include: The 2000 revival of The Music Man playing Zaneeta Shinn, Oklahoma!, Hairspray (u/s Amber), Cry-Baby (u/s Allison), Shrek, Promises, Promises (Miss Della Hoya), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (u/s Rosemary), Nice Work If You Can Get It (u/s Billie & Jeannie), Gigi (u/s Liane), She Loves Me at Studio 54, Hello Dolly (u/s Ernestina), My Fair Lady, and Mrs. Doubtfire (u/s Miranda Hillard). Her Off Broadway credits include: Inventing Mary Martin and many NY City Center shows. Her TV credits include: ABC/Disney's The Music Man (Zaneeta Shinn), NBC's The Sound of Music Live (nun), The Americans on FX and Best Time Ever. Cameron teaches for Broadway Dance Center, Broadway Artists Alliance, The Performing Arts Project, New York City Dance Alliance, The Institute of American Musical Theatre and many other theater and dance organizations around the country.

    Jessica Dillan

    Jessica Dillan began her Ballet training at the age of 4 with the Albano Ballet company under the prestigious tutelage of Joseph Albano. She became a Soloist with the Albano Ballet company and later a Principle. She has appeared on Broadway in CATS, Thoroughly Modern Millie, SWING!, and Thou Shalt Not. She has in toured in productions of CATS (Victoria), SWING!, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Dance Captain), Cabaret and On The Town. Her regional theatre credits include A Chorus Line, Beauty and The Beast, Gypsy, For the Glory, The Civil War, West Side Story, Damn Yankees, White Christmas, Oklahoma, Tarzan, and Shrek. As a choreographer and teacher, Jessica has served on the Faculty of the Broadway Dreams Foundation, and OnStage NY. She has taught Master classes around the country, and assisted James Kinney creating five original ballets for New Jersey Ballet.

    Terk Waters

    Terk Lewis began his formal ballet training at the age of 17 with Tony Calucci at The Dance Extension in Columbus, OH. He went on to earn his BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University. While attending WMU Terk performed in works by Antony Tudor, Frank Chaves and Ron DeJesus. He then went on to join Eisenhower Dance Detroit where he performed in works by Laurie Eisenhower, Stephanie Pizzo, Eddy Ocampo, and Joel Hall. Terk then joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet under Artistic Directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. As a member of the company for seven years he performed works by both directors, as well as Jae Man Joo, William Forsyth and Marcelo Gomes. Terk became an artist in residence with the company in 2017. He went on to dance in Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC and in Peter Pan and Rock of Ages at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. He also appeared in the dance short film Sc7nario, promo material for the Jesus Christ Superstar National Tour and Cross Me by Ed Sheeran. Terk has done industrial work for Hanes, Hyundai, FujiFilm, V Magazine and Nickelodeon. Most recently Lewis danced in the Lin Manuel Miranda movie In The Heights and will appear in the new (2023) Hulu musical series Up Here.

  • February 18th (2023) Panelists
    Luke Hawkins

    Luke Hawkins is a NYC-based tap dancer, performer and choreographer. He has appeared on Broadway in Xanadu, Cirque du Soleil’s productions of Banana Shpeel and Joya, and the Coen Brother’s movie Hail Caesar. His TV credits include Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Colbert Report, America’s Got Talent, The 2015 Tony Awards, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, One Life to Live, and Gossip Girl. He was also in New York City Center Encores’ productions of No No Nanette, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and On Your Toes. He as appeared regionally in leading roles such as Ren in Footloose, Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain, Bill Calhoun in Kiss me Kate, Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone, Bert in Mary Poppins, Huckleberry Finn in Big River, Tulsa in Gypsy as well as Action in the international tour of West Side Story. Luke was assistant to Sergio Trujillo, choreographing the tap number in the La Jolla production of Chasing the Song, is on choreography faculty at The Broadway Dreams Foundation and is the co-owner of The Hawkins School of Performing Arts in Folsom California as well as the co-artistic director of The Hawkins Tap Company. He has toured China three times, tap dancing with The Manhattan Symphonie, DC and Ohio with The American Pops orchestra, and most recently with Harry Connick Jr. and his big band up the East Coast of The United States. Luke was Mr. New York 2012, a Capezio Athlete and, and he is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA/AGVA and Actor’s Equity.

    Mary Giattino

    Mary Giattino is thrilled to be back working with Jason and the incredible DANJ dancers! Recently, she created the staging for a music video, starring Erica Henningsen, for the new musical called, The Violet Hour. For six seasons, Mary served as the Associate Director and Choreographer of the Broadway National Tour of Irving Berlins White Christmas. Prior to those years she served as the Assistant Choreographer, Dance Captain and Swing, for the Broadway, LA, Detroit and Toronto companies. She worked as the Assistant Choreographer on the NBC TV Series, RISE, Apple TV’s network show, Dickinson and FX on Hulus, Fleishman Is In Trouble. Mary's Associate Choreographer credits include: 1st National Tour of the Tony Award Winning Musicals Fun Home and Billy Elliot the musical; Dear Evan Hanson (NY Workshop), Kimberly Akimbo (NY Workshop), NY City Center Encores! productions of Lady Be Good, No No Nanette, Of Thee I Sing and All Singing, All Dancing (92nd St. Y). She was the Tap coach for Billy Elliot on Broadway and served as the Resident Choreographer and Swing for the 1st National Tour as well. Her choreography credits include: IBWC, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 42nd St at the Gateway Playhouse and 42nd St at The Lexington Opera House. A few of her favorite performance credits include: the Broadway Revival Tour of 42nd Street, kicking up her heels as a Radio City Rockette, and shaking hands with President Obama at the Kennedy Center’s production of Some Enchanted Evening (a tribute to the late Senator Ted Kennedy). As a Tap teacher Mary has been on the faculty at Steps On Broadway in NYC, a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center and continues to teach Master Classes at Universities and Dance Studios across the US. Mary is the proud Owner of Stage Door School of Dance in NY.

    Sarah Fazio

    Sarah Fazio currently lives in New York City and is choreographing and teaching across the country. She is the co-owner of Two4One Productions which has worked on the OC Winterfest and with America’s Got Talent winner Darci Lynne. She choreographed the UDMA fashion show and was seen on the CBS morning show. She has served as co-choreographer and artistic consultant on the Las Vegas show "Bite" for Molyneux Entertainment as well as choreographer of the Carman "Heart of a Champion" Tour which premiered on Pay Per View, as well as the Dino "Christmas Spectacular" which aired on QVC. She has choreographed and directed Six Flags productions all over the country and co-produced the show "Industrial Movement" for Silvertree Productions. She has choreographed half time shows for the New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, the Oklahoma City CAVS, and has directed the show "Cirquo Magnifico" in Houston, TX. Her choreographic credits include such musicals as "Crazy For You", "Anything Goes", "Damn Yankees", "Grease", "Les Miserables", "Singing In The Rain", and "Suessical-The Musical". Sarah is the past recipient of the "America's Young Choreographer Award", and trained one of the original top ten American Idol contestants. She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University, and works for multiple convention and competition circuits.

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