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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.

2022 SCHEDULE

Starpower Talent Competition


2022 Schedule

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Feb 4-6 | Seattle, WA

Venue: TBA
Deadline: Jan 14, 2022
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February 11-13 | Davenport, IA

Venue: Adler Theatre
Deadline: Jan 21, 2022
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February 11-13 | Portland, OR

Venue: Oregon Convention Center
Deadline: Jan 21, 2022
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February 18-20 | Redondo Beach, CA

Venue: Centinella Valley Center
Deadline: Jan 28, 2022
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Feb 18-20 | Kansas City, MO (I)

Venue: Hyvee Arena
Deadline: Jan 28, 2022
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Feb 25-27 | Kansas City, MO (II)

Venue: Music Hall
Deadline: Feb 04, 2022
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Feb 25-27 | Las Vegas, NV

Venue: Rio Resort and Casino
Deadline: Feb 04, 2022
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Feb 25-27 | Louisville, KY

Venue: Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Feb 04, 2022
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Feb 25-27 | Meadowlands, NJ (I)

Venue: Meadowlands Expo Center
Deadline: Feb 04, 2022
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Feb 25-27 | Towson, MD

Venue: Goucher College
Deadline: Feb 04, 2022
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Mar 4-6 | Baltimore, MD

Venue: Gordon Center for Performing Arts
Deadline: Feb 11, 2022
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Mar 4-6 | East Brunswick, NJ (I)

Venue: Jo Ann Magistro PAC @ Hammarskjold Middle School
Deadline: Feb 11, 2022
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Mar 4-6 | Gillette, WY

Venue: The Cam-Plex
Deadline: Feb 11, 2022
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Mar 4-6 | Riverside, CA

Venue: Fox Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Feb 11, 2022
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Mar 11-13 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Venue: Charles F Dodge City Center
Deadline: Feb 18, 2022
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March 11-13 | Meadowlands, NJ (II)

Venue: Meadowlands Expo Center
Deadline: Feb 18, 2022
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Mar 11-13 | Murfreesboro, TN

Venue: Tucker Theater @ Middle TN State University
Deadline: Feb 18, 2022
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Mar 11-13 | Raleigh, NC

Venue: Progress Energy Center – Duke Energy Center
Deadline: Feb 18, 2022
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Mar 11-13 | San Jose, NC

Venue: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
Deadline: Feb 18, 2022
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Mar 11-13 | Syracuse, NY

Venue: The Oncenter
Deadline: Feb 18, 2022
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Mar 11-13 | Tulsa, OK

Venue: Cox Business Center/Tulsa Convention Center
Deadline: Feb 18, 2022
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Mar 18-19 | Madison, WI

Venue: River Arts Center
Deadline: Feb 25, 2022
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Mar 18-20 | Atlanta, GA

Venue: Georgia World Congress Center
Deadline: Feb 25, 2022
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Mar 18-20 | Baton Rouge, LA

Venue: Raising Canes River Center
Deadline: Feb 25, 2022
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Mar 18-20 | Fresno, CA

Venue: Fresno Convention Center – Saroyan Theatre
Deadline: Feb 25, 2022
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Mar 18-20 | Mobile, AL

Venue: Mobile Civic Center
Deadline: Feb 25, 2022
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Mar 18-20 | St. Louis, MO

Venue: Gateway Convention Center
Deadline: Feb 25, 2022
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Mar 19-20 | Charleston, WV

Venue: Municipal Auditorium
Deadline: Feb 25, 2022
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Mar 25-27 | Ft. Myers, FL

Venue: Luminary Hotel
Deadline: Mar 04, 2022
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Mar 25-27 | Gilbert, AZ

Venue: Higley Center for the Performing Arts
Deadline: Mar 04, 2022
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Mar 25-27 | Waterford, MI

Venue: Kettering High School
Deadline: Mar 04, 2022
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Mar 25-27 | Wichita, KS

Venue: Maize South High School
Deadline: Mar 04, 2022
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Apr 1-3 | Biloxi, MS

Venue: Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Deadline: Mar 11, 2022
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Apr 1-3 | Fort Worth, TX

Venue: Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 11, 2022
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Apr 1-3 | Hartford, CT

Venue: Connecticut Convention Center
Deadline: Mar 11, 2022
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Apr 1-3 | Houston, TX

Venue: Cullen Performance Hall
Deadline: Mar 11, 2022
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Apr 1-3 | Lakeland, FL

Venue: The Lakeland Center (RP Funding Center)
Deadline: Mar 11, 2022
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Apr 1-3 | Little Rock, AR

Venue: Robinson Center
Deadline: Mar 11, 2022
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Apr 1-3 | Mashantucket, CT

Venue: Foxwoods Resort & Casino
Deadline: Mar 11, 2022
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Apr 1-3 | Pittsburgh, PA

Venue: Cornell High School
Deadline: Mar 11, 2022
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Apr 1-3 | Providence, RI

Venue: Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 11, 2022
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Apr 8-10 | Albuquerque, NY

Venue: Kiva Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 18, 2022
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Apr 8-10 | Aurora, IL

Venue: Oswego East High School
Deadline: Mar 18, 2022
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Apr 8-10 | East Brunswick, NJ (II)

Venue: Jo Ann Magistro PAC @ Hammarskjold Middle School
Deadline: Mar 18, 2022
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Apr 8-10 | Indianapolis, IN

Venue: Indiana Convention Center
Deadline: Mar 18, 2022
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Apr 8-10 | Long Island, NY

Venue: Tilles Center/East Islip High School
Deadline: Mar 18, 2022
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Apr 8-10 | Manahawkin, NJ

Venue: Stafford Township Arts Center
Deadline: Mar 18, 2022
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Apr 8-10 | Omaha, NE

Venue: CHI Health Convention Center
Deadline: Mar 18, 2022
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Apr 8-10 | Spartanburg, SC

Venue: Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 18, 2022
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Apr 22-24 | Jacksonville, FL

Venue: University of N FL Fine Arts
Deadline: Apr 01, 2022
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Apr 22-24 | Rapid City, SD

Venue: Performing Arts Center of Rapid City
Deadline: Apr 01, 2022
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Apr 22-24 | Meadowlands, NJ (II)

Venue: Meadowlands Expo Center
Deadline: Apr 01, 2022
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Apr 22-24 | Upper Marlboro, MD

Venue: Prince George’s Equestrian Center
Deadline: Apr 08, 2022
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Apr 29 - May 01 | Anaheim, CA

Venue: TBA
Deadline: Apr 8, 2022
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Apr 22-24 | Anchorage, AK

Venue: William A Egan Civic & Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 08, 2022
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Apr 29-May 1 | Concord, NC

Venue: Cabarrus Arena & Event Center
Deadline: Apr 8, 2022
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Apr 29-May 1 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Venue: Charles F Dodge City Center
Deadline: Apr 8, 2022
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Apr 29-May 1 | Niagara Falls, NY

Venue: Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls
Deadline: Apr 8, 2022
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Apr 29-May 1 | Sparta, NJ

Venue: Sussex County Technical School
Deadline: Apr 8, 2022
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Apr 29-May 1 | Woodbridge, VA

Venue: Hylton High School / Forest Park High School
Deadline: Apr 8, 2022
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May 6-8 | Columbus, OH

Venue: Columbus Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 15, 2022
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May 6-8 | Denver, CO

Venue: Westin Westminster
Deadline: Apr 15, 2022
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May 6-8 | East Brunswick, NJ (III)

Venue: Jo Ann Magistro PAC @ Hammarskjold Middle School
Deadline: Apr 15, 2022
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May 6-8 | Hampton Roads, VA

Venue: Hampton Roads Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 15, 2022
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May 6-8 | Meadowlands, NJ (III)

Venue: Meadowlands Expo Center
Deadline: Apr 15, 2022
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May 6-8 | Oaks, PA

Venue: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Deadline: Apr 15, 2022
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May 6-8 | Springfield, MA

Venue: Mass Mutual Center
Deadline: Apr 15, 2022
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May 13-15 | Memphis, TN

Venue: Renasant Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 22, 2022
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May 13-15 | Honolulu, HI

Venue: Leeward Theatre
Deadline: Apr 22, 2022
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May 13-15 | San Diego, CA

Venue: San Diego Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 22, 2022
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May 20-22 | Escondido, CA

Venue: California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Deadline: Apr 29, 2022
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May 20-22 | Minneapolis, MN

Venue: TBA
Deadline: Apr 29, 2022
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May 27-29 | Lancaster, PA

Venue: Wyndham Lancaster Resort and Convention Center
Deadline: May 6, 2022
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May 27-29 | Sandusky, OH

Venue: Kalahari Resorts Sandusky
Deadline: May 6, 2022
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2022 Nationals

June 20-24 | Las Vegas, NV

Venue: Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
Deadline: May 30, 2022
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June 27-July 1 | Atlantic City, NJ

Venue: Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
Deadline: May 29, 2022
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June 27-July 1 | Branson, MO

Venue: Branson Convention Center
Deadline: May 29, 2022
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June 27-July 1 | Uncasville, CT

Venue: Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino
Deadline: May 27, 2022
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July 2-6 | Orlando, FL

Venue: Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
Deadline: Jun 3, 2022
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July 5-9 | Wisconsin Dells, WI

Venue: Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells
Deadline: Jun 5, 2022
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July 11-15 | Myrtle Beach, SC

Venue: Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Deadline: Jun 10, 2022
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July 17-21 | Ocean City, MD

Venue: Roland E Powell Convention Center
Deadline: Jun 17, 2022
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