About The Lab

The Lab offers you a collection of styles, such as Hip Hop, Modern Fusion, Contemporary, Jazz Fusion/Funk, Urban and Contemporary partnering.

Our mission is to educate and inspire dancers to dance outside of their comfort zone by fusing traditional styles of dance taught by a cutting edge faculty.  We provide dancers the opportunity to engage in a professional dance experience, with individualized instruction via our original Lab Project program.

We can’t wait to see you at The Lab!

Out of an abundance of caution, The Lab 2021 has been cancelled. Stay tuned for more details about upcoming events. We look forward to dancing with you again soon. Until then, keep dancing, stay inspired and be well!  Sincerely, Kelsey Layne & all the Lab staff.

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New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130

Map of Central Texas, New Braunfels Civic Center
The Lab Dance Convention is located in New Braunfels, TX – between Austin and San Antonio.

Instructors & Staff

The Lab Faculty 2020
Elite Lab Projects, Artists in Training, and Staff

Fusion Lab Projects

Teen and Senior Program

What are the ‘Lab Projects’?:

A group of dancers chosen by a specific faculty member to perform a routine in the Sunday Faculty showcase.

How to become a ‘Lab Project’:

Register online or in person at the registration table Friday evening for the audition. There will be a Hip Hop and Contemporary audition class. Dancers will be chosen that evening. You must be registered for the full convention to audition. There is no additional fee.

What if I am chosen to be a ‘Lab Project’?:

Throughout the weekend, you will have 6 hours of rehearsal with a faculty member. This time prepares you to perform the professional piece in the Sunday Faculty Showcase.

The ‘Lab Project’ choreographers for New Braunfels, TX are Mikey Dellavella and Dasha Tertova.

We are super excited to offer this professional training experience!

Junior Program

Future Lab Project Program 

•No auditions required•

Dancers that enroll in this program will spend 3-4 hours throughout the weekend learning a routine for our Sunday Showcase. This program will provide dancers with professional training and rehearsal experience while also having fun! 

Cost: $50/dancer 

This program is in addition to our ‘Fusion Lab Project’ program which requires auditions. The $50.00 fee guarantees your dancer’s spot in the program. Limited space available. 

The ‘Future Lab Project’ choreographer for New Braunfels, TX is Aaron Medina.

The Lab After Hours

The Lab will be offering two extra classes Friday evening for dancers 17+ years old.

The classes will be held at an adult and industry level/maturity.

After hour bands: $40 (two classes)

Both classes will be a free bonus class if you’re registered for both days of the weekend convention classes.

Saturday Showcase

Our Saturday evening show will give studios/ groups a chance to showcase a routine. Routines must be age appropriate and non explicit as this is a friends and family show for all ages.

Limit: You are able to enter three routines per a studio/group.


Solo: $40

Duet/trio: $30/dancer

Group: $25/dancer

Routine limit: 3:00 minutes

Critiques will be given Sunday afternoon (you can pick them up at the registration table)

Pricing & Guidelines

Full convention admission:

Junior room (7-11) $215 | After Dec. 1st, $245

Teen room (12-14) $245 | After Dec. 1st, $275

Senior room (15+) $245 | After Dec. 1st, $275

College students $180 (Must have valid ID) | After Dec. 1st, $210

Teacher/Owner $245 | After Dec. 1st, $275

One day convention admission:

All rooms $190 | After Dec. 1st, $220

Students registered for one day are not eligible for scholarships and cannot participate in the Friday night audition classes. One day participants are required to pay the additional $40 fee if attending the ‘After Hours 17+’ classes.

The Lab After Hours (17+) $40 (included in full convention admission)

Observer band $35 (Limited amount of observers per room)

Late registration (after Dec. 1st) $30 will be added to each fee, except for ‘The Lab After Hours’ and ‘observer band’


5-15 students – 1 teacher free

16-25 students- 2 teachers free

26-35 students – 3 teachers free

40+ – 4 teachers free

NO refunds

Above are the class age guidelines. Teacher/owners can decide to place a student by age or ability.

Level change must be done before the end of the second Saturday class.

We prefer dancers to stay in their appropriate age groups.

For the Sunday scholarship auditions, dancers must audition in the room for which they are registered.

Dancers will learn a short combination and be split into groups to be observed by some of ‘The Lab’ Faculty. Scholarships will be announced in the Sunday evening showcase.


  • An observer band must be purchased to observe classes.
  • Observers will not have access to any audition classes, extra rehearsals, or the Lab After Hours.
  • Observer bands are not required for the Saturday and Sunday showcase. Family and friends are welcome with no fee.
  • Chatting and phone calls must be taken outside of the class room.
  • Please do not chat, correct or distract students during classes. Please be respectful of the faculty member teaching.
  • If wrist bands are lost a new one must be purchased at full price.
  • One day observer wrist bands are not available. Must pay full price for 2 day observer.

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Registration is currently closed. Out of an abundance of caution, The Lab 2021 has been cancelled. Stay tuned for more details about upcoming events. We look forward to dancing with you again soon. Until then, keep dancing, stay inspired and be well!


Kelsey Layne & all the Lab staff.


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