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.

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2019 SCHEDULE

Starpower Talent Competition

2019 Schedule

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February 1-3 | Seattle, WA

Venue: Highline Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Jan 18, 2019
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February 15-17 | Baton Rouge, LA

Venue: Raising Canes River Center
Deadline: Feb 01, 2019
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February 15-17 | Long Island, NY

Venue: West Islip High School
Deadline: Feb 01, 2019
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February 22-24 | Portland, OR

Venue: Portland Convention Center
Deadline: Feb 08, 2019
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March 1-3 | Andover, MA

Limited Availability
Venue: J Everett Collins PAC
Deadline: Feb 15, 2019
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March 1-3 | Kansas City, MO

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Venue: HyVee Arena
Deadline: Feb 15, 2019
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March 1-3 | Las Vegas, NV

Venue: Planet Hollywood
Deadline: Feb 15, 2019
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March 1-3 | Little Rock, AR

Limited Availability
Venue: Robinson Performance Hall
Deadline: Feb 15, 2019
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March 1-3 | Towson, MD

Limited Availability
Venue: Goucher
Deadline: Feb 15, 2019
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March 2-3 | Gillette, WY

Venue: The Cam-Plex
Deadline: Feb 16, 2019
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March 8-10 | East Brunswick, NJ

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Venue: Jo Ann Magistro Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Feb 22, 2019
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March 15-17 | Charleston, WV

Venue: Municipal Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 1, 2019
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March 15-17 | Middleton, WI

Limited Availability
Venue: Middleton High School PAC
Deadline: Mar 1, 2019
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March 15-17 | Murfreesboro, TN

Venue: Tucker Theater @ Middle TN
Deadline: Mar 1, 2019
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March 15-17 | Sparta, NJ

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Venue: Sussex County Technical
Deadline: Mar 1, 2019
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March 15-17 | Tulsa, OK

Venue: Cox Business Center/Tulsa
Deadline: Mar 1, 2019
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March 22-24 | Atlanta, GA

Venue: Georgia World Congress Center
Deadline: Mar 8, 2019
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March 22-24 | Louisville, KY

Venue: Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 8, 2019
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March 22-24 | Fresno, CA

Limited Availability
Venue: Fresno Convention Center
Deadline: Mar 8, 2019
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March 22-24 | Omaha, NE

Venue: Century Link Center
Deadline: Mar 8, 2019
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March 22-24 | Waterford, MI

Limited Availability
Venue: Kettering High School
Deadline: Mar 8, 2019
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March 22-24 | Saint Charles, MO

Limited Availability
Venue: Saint Charles Convention Center
Deadline: Mar 8, 2019
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March 22-24 | Meadowlands, NJ

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Venue: Meadowlands Expo Center
Deadline: Mar 8, 2019
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March 22-24 | Indianapolis, IN

Venue: Pike Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Mar 8, 2019
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March 29-31 | Gilbert, AZ

Sold Out
Venue: Higley Center for the Performing Arts
Deadline: Mar 15, 2019
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March 29-31 | Baltimore, MD

Venue: Baltimore Convention Center
Deadline: Mar 15, 2019
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March 29-31 | Ontario, CA

Venue: Ontario Convention Center
Deadline: Mar 15, 2019
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March 29-31 | Raleigh, NC

Sold Out
Venue: Progress Energy Center – Duke Energy Center of Perf Arts
Deadline: Mar 15, 2019
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March 29-31 | Mobile, AL

Venue: Mobile Civic Center
Deadline: Mar 15, 2019
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March 29-31 | Fort Worth, TX

Sold Out
Venue: Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 15, 2019
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April 5-7 | Pittsburgh, PA

Venue: Cornell High School
Deadline: Mar 22, 2019
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April 5-7 | Lakeland, FL

Venue: The Lakeland Center
Deadline: Mar 22, 2019
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April 5-7 | Memphis, TN

Limited Availability
Venue: Cannon Center PAC – Memphis Convention Center
Deadline: Mar 22, 2019
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April 5-7 | Spartanburg, SC

Limited Availability
Venue: Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 22, 2019
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April 5-7 | Hartford, CT

Limited Availability
Venue: Connecticut Convention Center
Deadline: Mar 22, 2019
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April 5-7 | Aurora, IL

Venue: Oswego East High School
Deadline: Mar 22, 2019
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April 5-7 | Albuquerque, NM

Venue: Kiva Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 22, 2019
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April 12-14 | Jacksonville, FL

Venue: University of N FL Fine Arts
Deadline: Mar 22, 2019
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April 12-14 | Long Island, NY (2)

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Venue: West Islip High School
Deadline: Mar 29, 2019
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April 12-14 | Manahawkin, NJ

Sold Out
Venue: Stafford Township Arts
Deadline: Mar 29, 2019
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April 12-14 | East Brunswick, NJ (2)

Sold Out
Venue: Jo Ann Magistro Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Mar 29, 2019
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April 12-14 | Wichita, KS

Venue: Maize South High School
Deadline: Mar 29, 2019
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April 26-28 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Sold Out
Venue: Omni Auditorium
Deadline: Apr 12, 2019
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April 26-28 | San Diego, CA

Venue: San Diego Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 12, 2019
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April 26-28 | Upper Marlboro, MD

Venue: Prince Georges Equestrian Center
Deadline: Apr 12, 2019
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April 26-28 | Oaks, PA

Venue: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Deadline: Apr 12, 2019
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April 26-28 | Providence, RI

Limited Availability
Venue: Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Apr 12, 2019
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May 3-5 | Woodbridge, VA (Two Locations)

Limited Availability
Venue: Forest Park/Hylton
Deadline: Apr 19, 2019
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May 3-5 | Springfield, MA

Venue: Mass Mutual Center
Deadline: Apr 19, 2019
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May 3-5 | Minneapolis, MN

Limited Availability
Venue: Minneapolis Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 19, 2019
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May 3-5 | Niagara Falls, NY

Sold Out
Venue: The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls
Deadline: Apr 19, 2019
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May 3-5 | Concord, NC

Limited Availability
Venue: Cabarrus Arena & Event Center
Deadline: Apr 19, 2019
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May 3-5 | Riverside, CA

Venue: Fox Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Apr 19, 2019
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May 10-12 | Denver, CO

Venue: Westminster High School
Deadline: Apr 26, 2019
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May 10-12 | North Caldwell, NJ

Venue: David Brearly High School
Deadline: Apr 26, 2019
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May 10-12 | San Jose, CA

Venue: California Theatre
Deadline: Apr 26, 2019
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Point Of Contact: Daniella@starpowertalent.com

May 10-12 | Columbus, OH

Venue: Columbus Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 26, 2019
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May 10-12 | Hampton Roads, VA

Venue: Hampton Roads Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 26, 2019
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May 11-12 | Austin, TX

Venue: Palmer Event Center
Deadline: Apr 27, 2019
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May 17-19 | Houston, TX

Venue: Taylor High School PAC
Deadline: May 3, 2019
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May 17-19 | Syracuse, NY

Venue: Lankmark Theatre
Deadline: May 3, 2019
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May 24-26 | Sandusky, OH

Limited Availability
Venue: Kalahari Resorts Sandusky
Deadline: May 10, 2019
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May 24-26 | Lancaster, PA

Limited Availability
Venue: Lancaster County Convention Center
Deadline: May 10, 2019
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Point Of Contact: Daniella@starpowertalent.com



2019 Nationals Schedule

 

June 25-29 | Atlantic City, NJ

Venue: Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
Deadline: Jun 11, 2019
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Point Of Contact: Daniella@starpowertalent.com

July 2-6 | Orlando, FL

Venue: Walt Disney World Dolphin
Deadline: Jun 18, 2019
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Point Of Contact: Staci@starpowertalent.com

July 3-7 | Branson, MO

Venue: Branson Convention Center
Deadline: Jun 19, 2019
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Point Of Contact: Meghan@starpowertalent.com

July 8-12 | Uncasville, CT

Venue: Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino
Deadline: Jun 24, 2019
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Point Of Contact: Daniella@starpowertalent.com

July 9-13 | Ocean City, MD

Venue: Roland E Powell Convention Center
Deadline: Jun 25, 2019
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Point Of Contact: Staci@starpowertalent.com

July 15-19 | Anaheim, CA

Venue: Anaheim Convention Center
Deadline: Jul 1, 2019
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Point Of Contact: Meghan@starpowertalent.com

July 15-19 | Myrtle Beach, SC

Venue: Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Deadline: Jul 1, 2019
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Point Of Contact: Staci@starpowertalent.com