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Gary Pate

Gary has been involved in show business, entertainment and dance since the age of five. He received his Associate of Arts Degree from Prince George’s College and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland. He has owned and directed one of the largest gymnastics and dance complexes on the East Coast and was the director and choreographer for Superstars Show Troupe, one of the country’s hottest performing groups.

 

Gary and his students have appeared on the hit TV shows, Star Search, The Today Show, P.M. Magazine, and Good Morning America, have performed at the Apollo Theater, Disney World, The White House for three U.S. Presidents, the National Theater, NFL and NBA half-time shows, and were invited to perform at the World Expo in Brisbane, Australia.

 

Gary has appeared on the cover of Dance Teacher Now, Dancer Magazine, and Performer’s Edge Magazine, and is one of the hottest practicing jazz and acrobatics teachers. He has taught for every major dance organization in the United States, including Dance Educators of America, Dance Masters of America, Dance Olympus, Dance Caravan, Canadian Dance Teachers, NADA and Professional Dance Teachers of America. Gary has taught Master Classes from coast to coast and from Canada to Puerto Rico, also bringing dynamic styles of teaching to private studios across the country. He has worked with great stars such as Sinbad, Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, Donald Trump, Michael Bolton, Gregory Peck, Lorrie Morgan, Don Rickles, Shari Lewis, “Downtown” Julie Brown, Stevie Wonder, Shania Twain, Heart and the Go Go’s. Many of Gary’s students have gone on to professional careers as dance teachers as well as Broadway and Vegas performers – such as J.C. from ‘N Sync.

 

One of the most highly sought after performing arts judges in the country, Gary has also served on the Board of Directors for Dance Educators of America, where he held the position of Competition Chairman. In this position, he built Dance Educators of America’s National Dance Competition into one of the biggest in the U.S. In 1992 Gary received the 3rd Annual Robert Christopher Award and in 1991, Mexico honored his achievements in the Art of Dance. Also, Gary has been the proud recipient of the coveted “Angel Award” presented by Gus Giordano at the Jazz Dance World Congress.

 

Since 1994, Gary has served on the executive committee for the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to cover the costs of heart transplants for needy recipients around the world.

 

Gary began working in the talent competition business over 25 years ago, when he and his parents opened their very first “Starmaker Competition” in Washington, D.C., and has since gone on to lead the nation in establishing comprehensive and fair rules in the talent competition industry.

 

Gary, in his quest for discovering new talent, established STARPOWER NATIONAL TALENT COMPETITION in 1988 and has set a rapid pace in building this organization into one of the largest and most prestigious talent competitions in America. It is his goal to make Starpower an exciting, professional and fun-filled event, creating memories for a lifetime for performers, dance teachers and parents in attendance.

 

On a personal note, Gary loves being a father to his two daughters, Noelle & Jada and is proud to have Noelle a part of the Starpower team. He also loves being able to join his own family with his Starpower family he has created over the past two decades. Being a dance parent for a second time around with Jada, helps him relate to what the parents go through on a day to day basis and strives to always keep that in mind when organizing and planning Starpower events. Gary has truly worn all hats in the industry which has only helped him become the successful man he is today.

2021 SCHEDULE

Starpower Talent Competition


2021 Schedule

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February 12-14 | Davenport, IA

Venue: Adler Theatre
Deadline: Jan 22, 2021
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Feb 12-14 | Portland, OR

Venue: Oregon Convention Center
Deadline: Jan 22, 2021
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Feb 19-21 | Boca Raton, FL

Venue: FAU Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium
Deadline: Jan 22, 2021
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Feb 19-20 | Kansas City, MO

Venue: HyVee Arena
Deadline: Jan 22, 2021
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February 19-21 | Redondo Beach, CA

Venue: Centinela Valley Center for the Arts
Deadline: Jan 29, 2021
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Feb 26-28 | Kansas City, MO

Venue: Music Hall
Deadline: Jan 22, 2021
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Feb 26-28 | Little Rock, AR

Venue: Statehouse Convention Center
Deadline: Feb 5, 2021
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Feb 26-28 | Sparta, NJ

Venue: Sussex County Technical Institute
Deadline: Feb 5, 2021
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Mar 5-7 | Andover, MA

Venue: J Everett Collins PAC
Deadline: Feb 12, 2021
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Mar 5-7 | Baton Rouge, LA

Venue: Raising Canes River Center
Deadline: Feb 12, 2021
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Mar 5-7 | East Brunswick, NJ

Venue: Jo Ann Magistro Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Feb 12, 2021
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Mar 5-7 | Lancaster, PA (I)

Venue: The Pullo Center
Deadline: Feb 12, 2021
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Mar 5-7 | Meadowlands, NJ (I)

Venue: Meadowlands Expo Center
Deadline: Feb 12, 2021
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Mar 5-7 | Riverside, CA

Venue: Fox Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Feb 12, 2021
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Mar 5-7 | Seattle, WA

Venue: Highline Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Feb 12, 2021
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Mar 12-14 | Gillette, WY

Venue: The Cam-Plex
Deadline: Feb 19, 2021
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Mar 12-15 | Las Vegas, NV

Venue: Planet Hollywood
Deadline: Feb 19, 2021
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Mar 12-14 | Murfreesboro, TN

Venue: Tucker Theater @ Middle TN State University
Deadline: Feb 19, 2021
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Mar 12-14 | Raleigh, NC

Venue: Progress Energy Center – Duke Energy Center
Deadline: Feb 19, 2021
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Mar 12-14 | San Jose, CA

Venue: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
Deadline: Feb 19, 2021
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Mar 12-15 | Syracuse, NY

Venue: TBA
Deadline: Feb 19, 2021
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Mar 19-21 | Atlanta, GA

Venue: Georgia World Congress Center
Deadline: Feb 26, 2021
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Mar 19-21 | Baltimore, MD

Venue: Baltimore Convention Center
Deadline: Feb 26, 2021
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Mar 19-21 | Charleston, WV

Venue: Municipal Auditorium
Deadline: Feb 26, 2021
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Mar 19-21 | Fresno, CA

Venue: Fresno Convention Center
Deadline: Feb 26, 2021
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Mar 19-21 | Louisville, KY

Venue: Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 1, 2021
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Mar 19-21 | Omaha, NE

Venue: CHI Health Convention Center
Deadline: Feb 26, 2021
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Mar 19-21 | Saint Charles, MO

Venue: Saint Charles Convention Center
Deadline: Feb 26, 2021
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Mar 26-28 | Gilbert, AZ

Venue: Higley Center for the Performing Arts
Deadline: Mar 05, 2021
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Mar 26-28 | Mobile, AL

Venue: Mobile Civic Center
Deadline: Mar 05, 2021
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Mar 26-28 | Waterford, MI

Venue: Mott High School
Deadline: Mar 05, 2021
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Mar 26-28 | Wichita, KS

Venue: TBA
Deadline: Mar 05, 2021
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Apr 9-11 | Albuquerque, NM

Venue: Kiva Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 19, 2021
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Apr 9-11 | Fort Worth, TX

Venue: Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 19, 2021
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Apr 9-11 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Venue: Charles F Dodge City Center Pembroke Pines
Deadline: Mar 17, 2021
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Apr 9-11 | Hartford, CT

Venue: TBA
Deadline: Mar 09, 2021
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Apr 9-11 | Pittsburgh, PA

Venue: Cornell High School
Deadline: Mar 19, 2021
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Apr 16-18 | East Brunswick, NJ

Venue: Jo Ann Magistro Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Mar 26, 2021
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Apr 16-18 | Indianapolis, IN

Venue: JW Marriott
Deadline: Mar 26, 2021
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Apr 16-17 | Providence, RI

Venue: Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 26, 2021
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Apr 23-25 | Anaheim, CA

Venue: Anaheim Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 2, 2021
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Apr 23-25 | Jacksonville, FL

Venue: University of N FL Fine Arts
Deadline: Apr 2, 2021
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Apr 23-25 | Lakeland, FL

Venue: The Lakeland Center (RP Funding Center)
Deadline: Apr 2, 2021
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Apr 23-25 | Manahawkin, NJ

Venue: Stafford Township Arts Center
Deadline: Apr 2, 2021
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Apr 23-25 | Meadowlands, NJ

Venue: Meadowlands Expo Center
Deadline: Apr 2, 2021
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Apr 23-25 | Minneapolis, MN

Venue: Minneapolis Convention
Deadline: Apr 2, 2021
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Apr 23-25 | Oaks, PA

Venue: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Deadline: Apr 2, 2021
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Apr 23-25 | Upper Marlboro, MD

Venue: Prince Georges Equestrian Center
Deadline: Apr 2, 2021
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Apr 30-May 2 | Aurora, IL

Venue: Oswego East High School
Deadline: Apr 9, 2021
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Apr 30-May 2 | Concord, NC

Venue: Cabarrus Arena & Event Center
Deadline: Apr 9, 2021
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Apr 30-May 2 | Niagara Falls, NY

Venue: The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls
Deadline: Apr 9, 2021
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Apr 30-May 2 | Woodbridge, VA

Venue: Hylton High School
Deadline: Apr 9, 2021
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May 7-9 | Columbus, OH

Venue: Columbus Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 16, 2021
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May 7-9 | Denver, CO

Venue: Westin Westminster
Deadline: Apr 16, 2021
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May 7-9 | East Brunswick, NJ

Venue: Jo Ann Magistro Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Apr 16, 2021
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May 7-9 | Hampton Roads, VA

Venue: Hampton Roads Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 16, 2021
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May 7-9 | Meadowlands, NJ III

Venue: Meadowlands Expo Center
Deadline: Apr 16, 2021
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May 7-9 | San Diego, CA

Venue: San Diego Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 16, 2021
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May 7-9 | Springfield, MA

Venue: Mass Mutual Center
Deadline: Apr 16, 2021
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May 21-22 | Memphis, TN

Venue: Memphis Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 30, 2021
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May 21-23 | Honolulu, Hawaii

Venue: Leeward Theatre
Deadline: Apr 30, 2021
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May 28-30 | Lancaster, PA (II)

Venue: Wyndham Lancaster Resort and Convention
Deadline: May 7, 2021
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May 28-30 | Sandusky, OH

Venue: Kalahari Resorts Sandusky
Deadline: May 7, 2021
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TBA

Long Island, NY
Memphis, TN
Middleton, WI
Sparta, NJ
Wichita, KS

 


 

2021 Nationals

June 22-26 | Las Vegas, NV

Venue: Westgate Las Vegas
Deadline: May 25, 2021
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June 27-July 1 | Branson, MO

Venue: Branson Convention Center
Deadline: May 30, 2021
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June 28-July 2 | Atlantic City, NJ

Venue: Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
Deadline: May 31, 2021
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June 28-July 2 | Uncasville, CT

Venue: Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino
Deadline: May 31, 2021
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July 3-7 | Orlando, FL

Venue: Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
Deadline: Jun 5, 2021
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July 6-10 | Wisconsin Dells, WI

Venue: Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells
Deadline: Jun 8, 2021
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July 12-16 | Myrtle Beach, SC

Venue: Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Deadline: Jun 14, 2021
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July 18-22 | Ocean City, MD

Venue: Roland E Powell Convention Center
Deadline: Jun 20, 2021
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