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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.

2020 SCHEDULE

Starpower Talent Competition

 

2020 Schedule

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February 7-9 | Davenport, IA

Venue: Adler Theatre
Deadline: Jan 24, 2020
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February 7-9 | Spokane, WA

Venue: First Interstate Center for the Arts (formerly INB PAC)
Deadline: Jan 24, 2020
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February 14-16 | Redondo Beach, CA

Venue: Centinela Valley Center for the Arts
Deadline: Jan 31, 2020
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February 21-23 | Sparta, NJ

Venue: Sussex County Technical School
Deadline: Feb 07, 2020
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February 22-23 | Las Vegas, NV

Venue: Planet Hollywood
Deadline: Feb 07, 2020
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Feb 28-Mar 1 | Kansas City, MO - TENTATIVE

Venue: Memorial Hall
Deadline: Feb 14, 2020
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Feb 28 - Mar 1 | Towson, MD

Venue: Goucher
Deadline: Feb 14, 2020
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Feb 28 - Mar 1 | Tulsa, OK

Venue: Cox Business Center/Tulsa Convention Center
Deadline: Feb 14, 2020
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Feb 28 - Mar 1 | Portland, OR

Venue: Oregon Convention Center
Deadline: Feb 14, 2020
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March 6 - 8 | Seattle, WA

Venue: Highline Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Feb 21, 2020
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Mar 6 - 8 | Kansas City, MO

Venue: Music Hall
Deadline: Feb 21, 2020
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March 6 - 8 | Omaha, NE

Venue: March 6 – 8 | Century Link Center
Deadline: Feb 21, 2020
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March 6 - 8 | Riverside, CA

Venue: Riverside Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Feb 21, 2020
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March 6 - 8 | East Brunswick, NJ (I)

Venue: Jo Ann Magistro Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Feb 21, 2020
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March 7 - 8 | Memphis, TN

Venue: Cannon Center PAC – Memphis Convention Center
Deadline: Feb 22, 2020
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Mar 13 - 15 | Andover, MA

Venue: J Everett Collins PAC
Deadline: Feb 28, 2020
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March 13-15 | Middleton, WI

Venue: Middleton High School PAC
Deadline: Feb 13, 2020
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March 13-15 | Raleigh, NC

Venue: Progress Energy Center – Duke Energy Center of Perf Arts
Deadline: Feb 28, 2020
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March 13-15 | Atlanta, GA

Venue: Georgia World Congress Center
Deadline: Feb 28, 2020
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March 13-15 | Murfreesboro, TN

Venue: Tucker Theater @ Middle TN State University
Deadline: Feb 28, 2020
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March 13-15 | Meadowlands, NJ (I)

Venue: Meadowlands Expo Center
Deadline: Feb 28, 2020
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March 20-22 | Louisville, KY

Venue: Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 6, 2020
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March 20-22 | Baton Rouge, LA

Venue: Raising Canes River Center
Deadline: Mar 6, 2020
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March 20-22 | Charleston, WV

Venue: Municipal Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 6, 2020
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March 20-22 | Detroit, MI

Venue: Kettering High School
Deadline: Mar 6, 2020
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March 20-22 | San Jose, CA

Venue: San Jose Center
Deadline: Mar 6, 2020
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March 20-22 | St. Charles, MO

Venue: Saint Charles Convention Center
Deadline: Mar 6, 2020
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March 20-22 | Fresno, CA

Venue: Fresno Convention Center
Deadline: Mar 6, 2020
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March 27-29 | Mobile, AL

Venue: Mobile Civic Center
Deadline: Mar 13, 2020
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March 27-29 | Wichita, KS

Venue: Maize South High School
Deadline: Mar 13, 2020
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March 27-29 | Gilbert, AZ

Venue: Higley Center for the Performing Arts
Deadline: Mar 13, 2020
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April 3-5 | Pittsburgh, PA

Venue: Cornell High School
Deadline: Mar 20, 2020
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April 3-5 | Albuquerque, NM

Venue: Kiva Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 20, 2020
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April 3-5 | Hartford, CT

Venue: Connecticut Convention Center
Deadline: Mar 20, 2020
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April 3-5 | Long Island, NY (East)

Venue: East Islip High School
Deadline: Mar 20, 2020
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April 3-5 | Spartanburg, SC

Venue: Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 20, 2020
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April 3-5 | Little Rock, AR

Venue: Robinson Performance Hall
Deadline: Mar 20, 2020
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April 3-5 | Ft. Worth, TX

Venue: Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 20, 2020
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April 17-19 | East Brunswick, NJ (II)

Venue: Jo Ann Magistro Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Apr 03, 2020
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April 17-19 | Jacksonville, FL

Venue: University of N FL Fine Arts
Deadline: Apr 03, 2020
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April 17-19 | Providence, RI

Venue: Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Apr 03, 2020
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April 17-19 | Baltimore, MD

Venue: Baltimore Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 03, 2020
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April 17-19 | Indianapolis, IN

Venue: Warren Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Apr 03, 2020
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April 24-26 | Upper Marlboro, MD

Venue: Prince Georges Equestrian Center
Deadline: Apr 10, 2020
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April 24-26 | Lakeland, FL

Venue: The Lakeland Center
Deadline: Apr 10, 2020
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April 24-26 | Manahawkin, NJ

Venue: Stafford Township Arts Center
Deadline: Apr 10, 2020
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April 24-26 | Oaks, PA

Venue: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Deadline: Apr 10, 2020
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April 24-26 | Meadowlands, NJ (II)

Venue: Meadowlands Expo Center
Deadline: Apr 10, 2020
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April 24-26 | Minneapolis, MN

Venue: Minneapolis Convention
Deadline: Apr 10, 2020
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April 24-26 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Venue: Omni Auditorium
Deadline: Apr 10, 2020
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May 1-3 | Woodbridge, VA

Venue: Forest Park High School
Deadline: Apr 17, 2020
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May 1-3 | Anaheim, CA

Venue: Anaheim Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 17, 2020
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May 1-3 | Niagara Falls, NY

Venue: The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls
Deadline: Apr 17, 2020
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May 1-3 | Concord, NC

Venue: Cabarrus Arena & Event Center
Deadline: Apr 17, 2020
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May 1-3 | San Diego, CA

Venue: San Diego Convention Center
Deadline: May 01, 2020
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May 1-3 | Austin, TX

Venue: Palmer Event Center
Deadline: Apr 17, 2020
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May 1-3 | Aurora, IL

Venue: Oswego East High School
Deadline: Apr 17, 2020
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May 1-3 | Woodbridge, VA

Venue: Hylton High School
Deadline: Apr 17, 2020
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May 8-10 | Columbus, OH

Venue: Columbus Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 24, 2020
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May 8-10 | Hampton Roads, VA

Venue: Hampton Roads Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 24, 2020
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May 8-10 | Springfield, MA

Venue: Mass Mutual Center
Deadline: Apr 24, 2020
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May 8-10 | East Brunswick, NJ (III)

Venue: Jo Ann Magistro Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Apr 24, 2020
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May 15-17 | Syracuse, NY

Venue: Landmark Theatre
Deadline: May 1, 2020
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May 22-24 | Lancaster, PA

Venue: Lancaster County Convention Center
Deadline: May 8, 2020
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May 22-24 | Sandusky, OH

Venue: Kalahari Resorts Sandusky
Deadline: May 8, 2020
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2020 Nationals Schedule

June 23-June 27 | Las Vegas, NV

Venue: Westgate Las Vegas
Deadline: Jun 1, 2020
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June 29-July 3 | Atlantic City, NJ

Venue: Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
Deadline: Jun 8, 2020
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June 29-July 3 | Branson, MO

Venue: Branson Convention Center
Deadline: Jun 15, 2020
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July 4-8 | Orlando, FL

Venue: Walt Disney World Dolphin
Deadline: Jun 20, 2020
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July 6-10 | Wisconsin Dells, WI

Venue: Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells
Deadline: Jun 15, 2020
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July 6-10 | Uncasville, CT

Venue: Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino
Deadline: Jun 15, 2020
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July 12-15 | Myrtle Beach, SC

Venue: Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Deadline: Jun 21, 2020
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July 19-23 | Ocean City, MD

Venue: Roland E Powell Convention Center
Deadline: Jun 27, 2020
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