Chicago, IL February 22-24, 2019



Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park

200 N Columbus Dr |  Chicago, IL 60601

Tel: 312-565-8000

Room Rate: $139/night

Group Rate Sold Out! Call 800-526-2008 to check availability. Reference the group name - NEXUS A Dance Experience.


We have two separate check-in times for NEX•US + Camp•NEX participants. Please come to whichever is more convenient for you.
 (you do not need to come to both)

Friday, February 22nd
5:00 - 7:30PM

Saturday, February 23rd
7:45 – 8:45AM

Individuals – You must be present at check-in to receive your wristband. Parents and teachers may NOT check-in for dancers.

Groups – If you’re registered with a group of 10+ dancers your Group Leader will pick up bands for all dancers in their group at the Group Check-In Table.

Release & Waiver Form

You must have a signed Release & Waiver Form to participate at Nex•Us + Camp•Nex. If you are unsure if you agreed online, please download and fill out a form just in case. Participants without a signed Release & Waiver Form will not be allowed to check in. Groups of 10+ dancers must turn in their waivers before the event.

Observer Bands

Pre-registered observer bands can be picked up at the Observer Bands table. Bands will be sold onsite for the entire long weekend or for a single day, for cash only. The Nex•hibition, Scholarship Ceremony and Camp•Nex Parent Show-Off are free to watch, no observer band necessary!

Weekend Observer Band

Saturday Only Observer Band

Sunday Only Observer Band

Your Confirmed Faculty





Registering as a teacher allows access into all levels and classes in both Nex•Us + Camp•Nex.  We also planned a few special events just for you:

Teacher Talk

We invite teachers to come meet our Directors as discuss Nex•Us Culture and answer any questions you may have for your students or studio. Your suggestions and comments are very valuable and appreciated.

Teacher Talk: Saturday, 9:00AM

Off the Record

Group leaders and teachers are invited for this sit-down luncheon on Saturday with the Nex•Us and Camp•Nex Faculty.  This is an open floor forum and chance for you to connect on a casual, personal level with our faculty. Anyone interested in attending Off The Record must have an All Access Band or a Studio Management band. Must RSVP.

Off The Record: Sunday, 11:30AM

Teacher Class

Don’t miss this private class with one of the most respected and sought-after choreographers in the business today! This is a closed class - you must have an All Access band to enter.  These classes are one of the most talked about experiences of the weekend! 

Teacher Class: Saturday
4:45-5:45PM with Gil Duldulao (In the Camp•Nex Room)



We invite parents to join our Directors for an open forum discussion and Q & A session. Ask any questions you may have about your dancers, your studio, Nex•Us and Camp•Nex, or the dance world. Feel free to ask any questions and give feedback.

ParentVUE: Sunday, 9:00AM in the Seminar Room


Parent Show-Off

The Camp•Nex Parent Show-Off is an opportunity for dancers to show what they have learned over the weekend. There will be a short rehearsal prior to the show off for dancers to review. This rehearsal will be closed to all parents (including those with observer bands). Rehearsal will begin at 2:00PM, in which all parents will be asked to leave the room.

Parent Show-Off: Sunday, 2:45PM


All registered participants are eligible for scholarships! Dancers may pick up a number during check-in. We do not have a traditional closed audition. Instead, the Faculty choose to reward dancers who catch their eye in classes- whether it’s recognizing technique, drive, style or enthusiasm. This process not only permits more class time, but also allows for a controlled, creative, casual atmosphere. We ask that you wear your scholarship number throughout the entire weekend so each faculty can get the chance to see you during your class performance! We will announce our winners at the Scholarship Ceremony on Sunday.



Choreographed by a Marie Spieldenner

Costumes: Bright 90s themed clothing

Opening Number

Dancers who registered and paid to perform in the Opening Number must arrive on Friday, February 22nd by 5:00pm for check-in and mandatory rehearsal.

Rehearsal Schedule

Friday, February 22nd: 5:00-7:30pm
Saturday, February 23rd: 7:00-8:30am


The Nex•Hibition, Saturday, 8:00pm

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Saturday Evening, 8:00pm

We invite all registered dancers to choose one routine of their choice (solo, duet, trio, quartets, small group, large group, line, or production) to perform, in in front of all Faculty, in the show on Saturday night. Each routine will be evaluated by our Faculty and will receive written critique. 

*There is no fee to come support your fellow dancers
*For questions, please email


Friday, February 22nd
5:00 - 7:30PM

Saturday, February 23rd
7:45 – 8:45AM


Music must be turned in BEFORE the event! Music may be uploaded online, by signing in to your account, or email directly to Be sure to have a back-up copy of your music should there be any issues on-site.  


A tentative schedule will be emailed to performers one week before the event. A final schedule will be emailed out the Tuesday before the event.


Choreographed by Kevin Frey

The Finale will close our Nex•hibition show on Saturday night! Dancers will be chosen onsite throughout classes on Saturday, for the chance to learn and dance in The Finale. After classes on Saturday these chosen dancers will learn and rehearse the piece, choreographed by Kevin Frey, and will perform it in the Saturday night show! Make sure to wear your scholarship number in class to be eligible for this selection.


Join us Saturday night for Camp•Nex Pajama Jamm! Camp•Nex Staff will host games, contests, relays and more. Wear your favorite PJs and be ready to dance and have fun! Please be mindful when choosing your pajamas- remember you will be dancing!

Pajama Jamm: Saturday, 6:00-7:00pm


Camp•NEX : Acting Workshop

This workshop includes script work, improvisational skills, movement, pace, timing and auditioning techniques, as well as feedback and a Q&A session. At the end of the Workshop, select students will be asked to participate in a scene to do LIVE during our Parent Showoff the next day!

CampNEX Acting Workshop: Saturday, 4:00-6:00pm

Price: $125/dancer | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

NEXUS: Acting for TV, Film and Stage

In this class you will learn the proper technique and protocol for working in this sometimes overwhelming and crazy industry. Get the tools you need to stay ahead. Get the information you need to stay relaxed. Classes will include improvisational work, movement, pace, timing, and auditioning techniques. All work will be done in a relaxed, fun environment. Space still available!

NEXUS Acting Workshop: Sunday, 6:30-8:00am

Price: $125/dancer | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


“Process (noun); A series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end.”

This will be a shortened version of Dean Lee’s  'The Process' intensive program which runs annually in London. During the workshop Dean will deliver an eclectic mix of styles geared towards developing a bespoke piece of work. The performers will then spend time as a company in open conversation with Dean during the final section of the workshop: 'Personal Process'. The program aims to ensure performers understand the values of being a true dance artist, the discipline, strength and tenacity that is expected & necessary to be a professional dancer heading into the industry. The performers are guided and equally encouraged to express themselves within the choreography given to develop their own personal artistry. 

Price: $125 | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Friday: 6:00-7:30pm


Join us on for a Latin Ballroom Master Class with Lacey Schwimmer on Friday night 7:30-9:00pm in the Camp•Nex Room! $25 for those registered for the convention or $30 | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


Young Lions has always strived to bring the very best in education and opportunities that goes far beyond learning a combo - don't miss out on this amazing two hour workshop where Ian will tell a story through his art form and teach his Unique Urban Style of dance.

Young Lions Workshop: Friday, 9:00-11:00PM

Price: $65 for those registered for the convention or $85 | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


Peter Eastwood , Illustrator & cartoonist will be Teaching a Draw along cartoon  Class so the students will literally see the newest member of our Young Lions family  LOU come alive on their paper ! Winner of the drawing contest will receive the NEW Young Lions LOU HOODIE ! 

*Ages 7 & up can participate - even teen, adult dancers & parents love to cartoon- so ALL AGES are invited to participate

Intermediate Dancers:Sunday, 10:45-11:15am in the Nexus Lounge

Advanced/Pro Dancers: Sunday, 12:00-12:30pm in the Nexus Lounge


All Dancers, Teacher and Parents are welcome to join this seminar on oil essentials! Tammy Hicks will lead a short presentation on the top 10 essential oils for dancers. Attendees will then have the opportunity to make their own Young Lions Roar Blend Roller Balls to take home! This seminar is free and will hosted at the Young Lions booth on Saturday afternoon.

Intermediate Dancers: Saturday, 12:30-1:15pm in the Nexus Lounge

Advanced/Pro Dancers: Sunday, 1:30-2:15pm in the Nexus Lounge


This event is too exciting not to capture on film! Our professional photographers and videographers will be onsite all weekend so be sure to check out the photos of yourselves to purchase.  We will provide photos and videos of our Nex•hibition as well as photos and videos from call.  We encourage you to capture photos and videos throughout the weekend to share socially as long as it is not disruptive to the shows or classroom.


It can be difficult to catch the Faculty in between classes for photos, so we have designed a great system ensuring that all dancers can have a Nex•Us and Camp•Nex photo in a timely and organized fashion! These are the only times we will host a group photo session with the faculty throughout the workshop. In order for this opportunity to run smoothly, we ask that you abide by the procedure created by the staff and faculty. Camp•Nex Photoshoot will be Saturday immediately following the last class in the Camp•Nex Room. The Nex•Us Photoshoot will be Saturday night immediately following the Nex•hibition. These photos are available to purchase online at NEXUS Photos & Videos.



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