Dance Competition & Convention Guide

Starpower Talent Competition

StarpowerStarpower offers a professional, exciting, energetic, and unique competitive setting for our dancers. With thousands in star dollars awarded, scholarships, performance opportunities, amazing faculty, and innovative scoring system, Starpower has been a leader in the competition industry for over 30 years and continues to grow and improve each year. Starpower offers a chance for everyone across the country to compete with its diverse tour dates and locations; also offering 7 National Championships in the summer of 2018. Starpower International is ever expanding and will be touring in 10 Countries, across 3 Continents in 2018 as well!

Dancers can compete in all styles of dance, including jazz, modern, tap, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre, and many more for all ages!

Starpower offers its participants a chance to win thousands in star dollars, scholarships for dancers to pursue a college education, scholarships to attend our dance workshops and other competitions, trophies, plaques, pins, banners, Mr or Miss Starpower, and much more.


Phone 301-870-9550

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New York City Dance Alliance

NYCDANew York City Dance Alliance is the DEFENITIVE dance convention experience! NYCDA leads the industry in offering professional weekend conventions in 24 cities across the country—exciting workshop classes from our distinguished faculty, thrilling competition and a professional audition experience—all in a supportive, positive, and fun environment! We are proud of our exclusive and continued support from the professional dance community which assists us to help dancers to take the next step into the “real world”. We are dedicated to providing each dancer with an experience that guides them toward a bright future!


At NYCDA, the dancer always comes first! Each year is filled with more great faculty, more special classes, more professional audition opportunities, and millions $$ in college scholarships for our NYCDA dancers!


Expect to be INSPIRED!

Phone: 866.NYC.5678
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WILD Dance Intensive

Wild Dance IntensiveWild's faculty is cutting edge and will give you the best choreography out there. Our faculty creates an atmosphere that allows dancers to be fearless, to be inspired, and to be WILD about dance! Wild was unleashed to the dance community in 2006 and has been going strong ever since. We sincerely hope you will join us on our 2017 tour for the WILDest season yet!


Phone 937.376.7777

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The Hollywood Summer Tour

The Hollywood Summer TourThe Hollywood Summer Tour is an invitation-only summer dance intensive for advanced dancers (KIDZ, TEENZ & ADULTZ) wishing to learn about the commercial dance industry in Hollywood.


We offer training and mentorship with Hollywood’s hottest choreographers at all the major dance studios, private sessions with the top dance agencies, dancing in a music video with a recording artist filmed on a professional set (i.e. Universal Studios), dancing at National Dance Day with SYTYCD All-Stars, attending TV show tapings (i.e. SYTYCD), professional photo shoots, demo reel video shoots, educational seminars, a day at Disneyland, & other tourist attractions.


It is the ideal program that will provide each dancer with all the tools needed to get started and be successful in this cutthroat dance industry. We also offer private tours for groups of 10 or more (any time of year).


Menina Fortunato, Director
Phone: 323-488-5510

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Revolution Talent Competition

Revolution Talent CompeititonRevolution Talent Competition was established in 2008. Our goal is to provide an affordable dance event that prides itself on customer service and excellence. 

We offer 3 different levels with a separate scoring scale for each level. 

Over the last decade, we have become one of the fastest growing dance events in the industry today. 


For the 10th anniversary season, we are visiting over 54 regional cities. The tour will culminate into our National Championships. We are very excited to be visiting some new markets such as Joplin, MO, Portland, OR, Buffalo, NY, and Cincinnati, OH this season.


Director: Kacy Combs

Phone: 240.412.1948

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Universal Ballet Competition

Universal Ballet CompetitionThe Premier Ballet-Only Competition.


Celebrating our 5th season in 2018, Universal Ballet Competition (UBC) is proud to be considered a leader, innovator and educator of ballet dancers at our competitions. Once again for 2018 we will be in Atlanta, Georgia and Miramar, Florida.

From the moment you walk into the theater, to the details of the awards ceremony, we take pride in every aspect of our competition and genuinely strive for it to be the premier ballet competition of its kind.

The goal of UBC is to further educate teachers, parents and students about the ballet profession and to help prepare for the challenges that may come along. We invite parents and teachers to come to observe our master classes, giving them a view into the life of a professional ballet class. We then invite them to stay for the beautifully organized competition that follows.


Directors: Lissette Salgado-Lucas and David Lucas
Phone: 305-582-7877

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Fusion National Dance Competition

Fusion National Dance Competition

A hospitable, organized and on-time competition offering our unique Title Improvisation and Young Choreographer’s Challenge as well as custom awards and cash prizes!


Fusion is THE dance competition “Where It All Comes Together”!


Directors: Paula Dell-Beasley & Jill S. Reeves

Phone: 912.230.9687

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RADIXAfter a successful second season, RADIX is excited to begin our 2017-2018 tour!  In our third season, RADIX will be touring to 27 major cities across the United States, Canada, and Mexico; concluding with Nationals in Las Vegas, NV!  The RADIX workshop classes will begin each day with “root classes”, focusing on a solid dance foundation of Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Musical Theatre and Modern technique.  The classes will then lead into today’s cutting-edge dance styles including Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Jazz-Funk and Improv.  The RADIX mission is to offer the fundamentals of dance technique and then push dancers to expand their idea of dance and movement so that they can achieve new heights of artistic self-expression.


Each event will include a state-of-the-art dance competition, which will encourage and reward versatility in all styles of dance.  The RADIX creative team is committed to offering a truly unique artistic experience at each event.  Our promise is to have each dancer return to their studio feeling motivated and inspired!


Eddie Strachan, Director
Phone: 818-392-3478

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Power Pak

Power PakPower Pak is one of the leading week-long dance intensives in the convention world. It offers a unique experience for all who are invited with opportunities to take master classes from the best of the best, open Starpower’s Battle of the Stars and Nexstar's Big Show with a stellar performance, perform on a Disney stage, receive scholarships, plaques, and awards to attend other competitions and conventions affiliated with Power Pak.

Our classes are small in size, giving the dancer a more “one on one” feel with the choreographers and master teachers.

You can receive an invitation for Power Pak from any of the Star Dance Alliance Events.

We offer classes in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, lyrical, musical theater, acting and improvisation, and much more!


Phone 240.412.1804

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The Dance Awards

The Dance AwardsThe Annual Celebration of the Year in Dance! After years of traveling for conventions and competitions, we saw a need to create one prestigious awards ceremony that recognized excellence in the past year of dance. Our vision would gather the most talented young dancers, dance teachers, choreographers and artists in two entertainment capitals—Las Vegas and Orlando!


The closing show is like no other. Awards are presented for outstanding individual or collective efforts in up to 30 categories. To uphold the highest standards of ethics and transparency, the scores for The Dance Awards are tabulated by an international auditing firm.


In the years to come, we will continue our organization’s mission—to promote creativity, diversity, innovation and excellence through recognition, education and leadership in the dance community. We look forward to growing The Dance Awards into the premier dance event of our time.


Phone 818.432.1234 x 115

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Celebrity Dance Competitions

Celebrity DanceCelebrity Dance Competitions & Conventions has created a vision that involves the participant, the studio owner, teachers & parents. Celebrity will provide a personal event where everyone feels like a Celebrity. This includes personal service, lower entry costs, lower travel costs, trophies, scholarships and cash prizes, attention to all participants, marley flooring, lunch for dancers at convention, a positive environment, t-shirts for all dancers, a national competition unlike any other competition group, plus much more. In addition, this 2018 season will see all dancers get a new complimentary photo taken at Celebrity Regional Events!


Celebrity Dance...Where Every Dancer is a Celebrity


Lights! Camera! CELEBRITY! 877.326.2394

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Shake The Ground: The Ultimate Dance Competition

Shake The Ground The Ultimate Dance CompetitionShake the Ground (STG) continues its reputation an extraordinary leader in the dance competition arena. If you have not yet attended, you are missing out on one of the most exciting competitions ever!


At a Shake the Ground competition, each dancer has an opportunity to take FREE Master Classes taught by world-renowned teachers, receive Special Awards and Prizes, and receive Scholarships to some of the most elite summer dance intensive programs. Over $150,000 is awarded in Scholarships and Capezio Award of Excellence Certificates are given to incredibly talented dancers. As a result, these dancers attended world-class summer programs like the Joffrey Ballet School, JBS/STG Hip-Hop Summer Intensive, Broadway Dance Center, Sarasota Ballet, Modas Dance, Move the Initiative, and Peridance NY – to name a few.


The 2018 season will again culminate with the Nationals. Held in Orlando, Nationals encompass an incredible three days of fun and exciting events, including themed movie nights, pool parties, free master classes, and of course, an ultimate competition, followed by a beautiful awards gala. The weekend is always more than a competition—a true family event.

STG will be awarding the 2018 Regional Tour Summer Intensive Scholarships to Peridance NY, Broadway Dance Center NY, Move the Initiative, Art of Movement, Close Up Experience, The Joffrey Ballet NY & LA Ballet, Contemporary/Jazz, Broadway, and Hip-Hop programs!


Directors: Lissette Salgado-Lucas & David Lucas

Phone: 305-582-7877

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Imagine National Dance Challenge

Imagine National Dance ChallengeImagine...a dance competition that considers the dancer's vision of an event. Imagine...a dance competition whose national director was a competitive dancer, a dance teacher, a professional dancer and a master teacher. Imagine...a dance competition driven to make a difference in our studio families through partnership with the Breast Cancer Reasearch Foundation (BCRF.) Imagine...a dance competition that leads with heart.


With over 30 events in 2018, Imagine is the fastest growing competition in the industry and is quickly becoming a must for studios all around the country. With over $20,000 donated to the BCRF in 2017, Imagine is determined to make a difference in the world through dance. With an exciting tour schedule, the top judges the industry has to offer, 3 levels, scholarships, star dollars, and more, you can't Imagine this event. You have to experience it for yourself!

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Dance Machine Productions/Gear Up!

Dance Machine ProductionsDance Machine Productions is America's National Dance Championship!

Styles Include: Acro, Jazz, Musical Theater, Pointe, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Open, Tap, Contemporary, Modern, Photogenic, Vocal, Clogging, Cheerleading, Baton, Character, Ethnic, Pom Pon, Song & Dance.

Levels/Categories Include: Recreational/Intermediate/Advanced in each of the following levels: Tiny, Mini, Petite, Junior, Teen, Senior, Elite.

Group Size Divisions Include: Solo, Duo/Trio, Small group, Large group, Line, Production.


Will Shover, Director
Phone: 877-647-7326

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Throw Down Dance Challenge

Throw Down Dance Challenge

Our high energy Throw Down Dance Off sets Throw Down Dance Challenge (TDDC) apart!

TDDC includes dance styles like Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Pointe, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Open, Acro and Acro Dance – plus a Photogenic category.

We offer Solo Titles without paying extra, and Duo/Trios each receive a trophy for adjudication.

TDDC is also known for its Scholarships, High Scores in all Categories, Most Broadway Bound, Best Costume, Junior/Senior Diamond Award, Choreography Awards, Super Studio Award, Junior/Senior Top Technique, Special Judges Awards, Studio Sportsmanship Award and various Monetary Awards.


Director: Adrienne Kellett

Phone: 732-861-6482

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Artists Simply Human

Artists Simply HumanASH Productions provides a unique dance experience that challenges dancers as artists in a supportive and non-competitive environment. We celebrate movement with our world-renowned faculty teaching classes in multiple genres, including Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Tap, Jazz Funk, Musical Theatre, and Improv.


ASH focuses on the dancer, and their growth throughout the weekend is on the forefront of how we gauge our success. We want everyone to feel embraced with connection and warmth from our collective staff, crew, assistants, and faculty, and to know that the ASH family is here for YOU! Hope to see you this season at ASH!!


Director: Braham Logan Crane
Phone: 855.ASH.Dance

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Onstage New York

Onstage New YorkONSTAGE NEW YORK is the Ultimate Talent Search & Competition!

An ONY weekend offers professional performance opportunity complete with state of the art sound, lighting and video. Expect constructive, age-appropriate judging, informative critiques and a knowledgeable and helpful staff—all contributing to a well thought out, organized and enjoyable competition! We’ve developed a reputation of selecting knowledgeable, approachable, qualified judges, teachers, and industry professionals that will offer your performers insightful critiques and guidance. Each and every one is committed to making the weekend both educational and FUN!


Joe Lanteri, Executive Director
Leah Brandon, Managing Director
Phone: 877-NYC-5678

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DancerPaloozaDancerPalooza is a one-of-kind dance festival that no dancer can miss! Coming to beautiful San Diego, California, DancerPalooza will offer dancers the most comprehensive dance experience imaginable.

From contemporary to musical theatre, DancerPalooza will bring in-demand choreographers, master teachers, professional dancers and young dance students all under one roof for one exclusive week-long event! It is truly THE event of the summer!


Phone: 818.432.8498

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Excel in Motion Dance Convention

Excel in Motion dance conventionExcel in Motion Dance Convention brings you the most talented artists currently working in the industry. You can find Excel's faculty anywhere from dancing on the Oscars, backing up the world's biggest pop stars, choreographing for television, film and Broadway, and winning the hearts of America on "So You Think You Can Dance". 

We provide an educational dance experience, where everyone leaves feeling energized and inspired. Each one of our dedicated faculty brings their own teaching philosophy and flare - a combination of talent and energy that has a little something for everyone.


Excel is taking it to the extreme this year by adding their quality competition to all locations. Also new this season, to include the younger dancers, we have added a Beginner/Intermediate level for ages 7 and up.


Event Highlights:
- Outstanding professional faculty
- Friendly staff & atmosphere
- Faculty autograph session
- Scholarship opportunities
- Honor Society
- New awards and more assistant opportunities
- NEW! Competition has been added to all locations
- NEW! 4 levels of convention registration for age 7 - professional


Hope you can join us as we inspire students to excel!

Directors: Tony & Nichole Fortunato
Phone: (508) 647-1000

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Elite Performance Challenge Dance Competition

Elite Performance ChallengeAt Elite Performance Challenge, we pride ourselves on running events which are well prepared, timely and organized. Dancers of all ages and abilities are sure to enjoy themselves as they perform in a healthy and inspiring environment that promotes skills and builds confidence. Elite Performance Challenge is committed to running a well organized, fun, and positive competition experience. 

Excel in Motion's partnership with EPC allows our competition to offer our unique Elite Dancer Program. This program gives these dancers opportunities to work with some of the most sought after dancers and choreographers in the industry.

This upcoming EPC season is introducing exciting new features to our tour.
- Sleep Saver Schedule: Quality competition in less hours
- Accepting Digital Music: Upload your music to Dance Comp Genie
- Student Choreography Category: We’re excited to celebrate your budding choreographers
- Upgraded Scoring System: The new award breakdowns are Silver, Gold, Platinum, High Platinum, and Elite Platinum.


Elite Performance Challenge sees dance as an expression of art and we can't wait to meet your artists!


Tony & Nichole Fortunato, Directors
Phone: (508) 647-1000

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Believe National Talent Competition

BELIEVE is one of the newest and fastest growing talent competitions in the world, thanks to the belief that every event should be entirely about YOU, the performer & dance teacher!

Now, headed into their 5th season, Believe has built a fun, friendly, and professional environment for its competitors, all based on their original promise to studios... Believe does NOT run two rooms at any of their regional events, start routines at 7 a.m., hold awards at 11 p.m., or make performers sit through hour-long ceremonies.

Believe has added adjudication trophies for every performance, which studios now have the option of forgoing for groups, in place of a donation to iDance4aCure. All performers still receive beautiful pins for their jackets, in addition to overall plaques, scholarships, special awards & Star Dollars.

Studios qualifying for nationals at Believe will also qualify for all Star Dance Alliance national competitions. With over 15 amazing destinations to choose from for 2018, we are sure you’ll find a location your families will enjoy!

Phone 844-737-3737

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DreamMaker National Talent Competition

DreamMakerDreamMaker is making its Premier season with the Star Dance Alliance in 2018 offering some new opportunities for your dancers. Talent scouts at every event, thousands of dollars in scholarships, student choreography recognition, and more.  DreamMaker judges are industry professionals, with extensive teaching and performance experience, focusing on bringing you well rounded and productive critiques.

By attending any 2018 DreamMaker regional city you have access to all your favorite Star Dance Alliance perks including Golden Tickets to the World Dance Championship, PowerPak invitations, World Dance Pageant scholarships, Wild Dance Intensive scholarships and qualification to attend any one of the 17 National Championships in the summer of 2018.

With three divisions of competition in all styles of dance, fashion modeling, and even a vocal category, there is a place for every performer on the DreamMaker stage.

DreamMaker will be coming to 15 cities across the country and providing a unique opportunity to make your Dreams Come True.

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StarQuest Performing Arts Competition

StarQuestCelebrating 25 Years of Memories. Nationally Renowned Competition Focuses On Seamless Dancer Experience. Runs Like Clockwork. Personal Studio Concierge. Three Levels - Great For Novice & Pros Alike.


Exclusively for the 25th Anniversary:
- Regional title winners now receive up to $500 in entry fees for 2018 World Finals.
- Regional apogee winners can perform at 2018 World Finals for free.

- Cash prizes for 1st place groups & apogee winners at Quest For The Best & Classic Dance Off.


Steve Wappel, President and Founder
Phone: (919) 363-2900

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JUMP Dance Convention

JUMP Dance ConventionJUMP is the largest dance convention in the world, touring to 26 U.S. cities and 2 international cities every season. Each event includes a top-rate workshop, with more class time offered per city than any other convention in the industry. JUMP also offers first-class competitions with fair, credible judging in a fun and supportive environment.


JUMP is high energy, fresh and innovative! It is a change from the assembly line of dance competitions and conventions across America. Most importantly, it’s an inspiring educational event for all levels and ages.


JUMP is THE trendsetter in the industry. JUMP was the first dance convention to bring out a full video crew to every city complete with large projection screens. JUMP originated the “Music Video Class.” Plus, it was the first to provide each dancer with a personalized “JUMP Handbook” and started the “Teacher’s ONLY” critique DVD. If you are looking for something alternative, JUMP is the place to be!


Phone 818.432.4395

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Step Up 2 Dance Tour

Step Up 2 Dance TourSTEP UP 2 DANCE, est. 1988, offers Professional, Quality Competitions and Conventions. Most shows are 1 day only in beautiful venues. Whether you are a small or large school or a new or a seasoned competition team, you will be at home here!


Step Up 2 Dance has a Generous Awards System, in which each and every Performance receives a Quality Trophy Award to be proud of. Dancers are Nurtured, Recognized and Rewarded, and Hours are Child Friendly for all Ages and Ability Levels. We work hard to keep SU2D events Fun, Exciting and Stress Free for Teachers, Dancers and Parents.


Listen to what one Studio Owner says: “So much fun yesterday! Ty. Your Master Teachers are Amazing. I stayed to watch. Their words to the dancers are Truly Inspiring! Such strong words of Encouragement for everything they did. Great job, Carol and staff!!” - Loralee’s Studio of Dance

Phone 781.231.0211
Carol Wallace, Owner

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Leap! National Dance Competition

 Leap! National Dance CompetitionAt Leap!, everyone will experience a fresh, fun, and exciting dance experience with state of the art lights, sound and video projection!

Leap! offers two levels of competition. The “SKIP!” level is available for the recreational dancer while the  “LEAP!” level is designed to accommodate dancers with a more competitive background.

Leap! is excited to be the first and only competition in the industry to host a separate leaping competition at each regional event. This is a special portion of the competition weekend that offers dancers, who choose to sign up, an opportunity to show off their leaping abilities to the judging panel. 

Everyone feels like a winner at Leap! with their unique triple-bling medallion awards! So what are you waiting for? Come and join in the fun! And Take a Leap! for the stars.


Drew Vamosi, Owner/Executive Director
Phone: 1-800-790-LEAP (5327)

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BellaMoxi Dance Convention, Competition, and Choreographic Festival

BellaMoxiBellaMoxi is more than a dance convention and competition, it is an experience. Each weekend is bringing opportunities like no other starting as soon as you walk in the door. Friday night features our Choreographic Festival, an opportunity for budding artists to showcase their choreography for the chance to win a cash prize and more. Classes are filled with instruction, education, and energy from top choreographers across the spectrum. And every event weekend we offer more than $500,000 in scholarships to intensives, top studios, and college dance programs all over the country. We are committed to dance education for artists who believe in hard-work, grit, and determination.


We encourage you to come be a part of the BellaMoxi family.


Ashleigh Keefer, Director
Phone: 270-227-5511

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NUVO Dance Convention

Nuvo Dance ConventionEntering its eleventh year, NUVO Dance Convention has officially made its mark in the dance world.

At NUVO you will see a wide variety of dancers, from contemporary to hip-hop and jazz to ballet. Most dancers are between 5-18 years old.


We are unique in that our convention teachers also double as judges. Meaning, dancers are being seen and critiqued by top industry professionals.


With a faculty that is talented, energetic, down-to-earth and supportive in every way, a technical and administrative staff that is unparalleled, and an overall event that has been created with your best interests in mind, it is with great enthusiasm we encourage you to join us for NUVO Season ELEVEN!


Phone 818.432.3894

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Starpower International

Starpower InternationalStarpower International has been the worldwide leader in the competition industry for the past 31 years and continues to grow and improve each year. Starpower offers a professional, exciting, energetic, and unique competitive setting for all dancers. Starpower is proud to award performers with hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to Star Dance Alliance programs in America. Starpower offers opportunities for performers around the world to compete with its diverse tour dates and locations in 12 countries across 4 continents.


Dancers can compete in all styles of dance; including jazz, modern, tap, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater, and many more for all ages!  Starpower also offers three levels of competition for dancers.  Starpower’s judges have a variety of expertise in all areas of dances, with background as varied as Broadway, commercial dance, dance studio owners, and industrial professionals.  

Starpower offers its participants a chance to win thousands in star dollars, scholarships for dancers to pursue a college education, scholarships to attend our dance workshops and other competitions in America, trophies, plaques, pins, banners, and much more!

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The World Dance Pageant

July 30-August 1, 2018 Meadowlands, NJ


The World Dance Pageant is a 3-day solo competition searching for the next Mr or Miss World Dance!


Contestants perform solo routines; compete audition classes, modeling, and an interview phase of competition. All contestants also participate in rehearsals to learn an opening routine to perform at the exciting World Dance Pageant Finale choreographed by a world renowned Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines choreographer.

The WDP is 3 days of elite competition, classes, making new friends and amazing dancing!  Winners are awarded with scholarships, talent agency contracts, RCCL job opportunities and future performance opportunities. It is an event that brings dancers together from around the world and truly an experience of a lifetime!


Phone 240.412.1804

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24Seven Dance Convention

24Seven Dance ConventionFor the non-stop dancer! Our convention and competition give dancers an opportunity to work with some of the best choreographers, dancers and teachers in the industry. Combine amazing educators with state-of-the-art technology and a streamlined administrative team, and you get a great weekend of dance! We also strive and give the dancers every opportunity to do what they love to do most, dance! We offer Friday night classes and make sure dancers are exposed to more than just a ballroom!


Phone 818.432.6085

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Nexstar National Talent Competition

NexStar is entering its 17th touring season in 2018 as one of the largest and most successful competitions in the world!  


NexStar has mastered the feeling of a very well run, organized and exciting competition that exudes a laid back, family-friendly atmosphere and positive feeling for the competitors and families.

The backstage managers are the best in the business and keep the competitors energized with a positive & fun atmosphere. NexStar awards trophies, plaques, pins and cash prizes.

For more information, please visit our website linked below or call us at 937-376-7777.

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World Dance Championship

World Dance ChampionshipThe World Dance Championship is a true competition of the Best of the Best where studios from across the globe come to compete for the title of World Dance Champion.  Exclusive Invitations are awarded at each Star Dance Alliance event in 2018.

The production value is incredible, with warm up and rehearsal areas, professional staging, lighting, and sound, cash prizes, and so much more. There is also a live feed with live commentary during the week for online viewing!

Don't miss your chance to be a true, World Dance Champion in 2018!

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