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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.

2023 SCHEDULE

Starpower Talent Competition


2023 Schedule

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Feb 3-5 | Sewell, NJ

Venue: Republic Bank Performing Arts Center (formerly Investors Bank PAC)
Deadline: Jan 6, 2022
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February 10-12 | Davenport, IA

Venue: Adler Theatre
Deadline: Jan 13, 2023
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Feb 17-19 | Andover, MA

Venue: J Everett Collins PAC
Deadline: Jan 20, 2023
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Feb 17-19 | Kansas City, MO (Two Locations)

Venue: Hyvee Arena
Deadline: Jan 20, 2023
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Feb 17-19 | Orlando, FL

Venue: Osceola Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Jan 20, 2023
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Feb 17-19 | Redondo Beach, CA

Venue: Centinela Valley Center for the Arts
Deadline: Jan 20, 2023
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Feb 24-26 | Las Vegas, NV

Venue: Westgate Casino
Deadline: Jan 27, 2023
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Feb 24-25 | Lowell, MA

Venue: Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Jan 27, 2023
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Feb 24-25 | Meadowlands, NJ (I)

Venue: Meadowlands Expo Center
Deadline: Jan 27, 2023
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Feb 24-26 | Portland, OR

Venue: Oregon Convention Center
Deadline: Jan 27, 2023
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Feb 24-26 | Tulsa, OK

Venue: Cox Business Center/Tulsa Convention Center
Deadline: Jan 27, 2023
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Mar 3-5 | East Brunswick, NJ (I)

Venue: Jo Ann Magistro PAC @ Hammarskjold Middle School
Deadline: Feb 3, 2023
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Mar 3-5 | Gillette, WY

Venue: The Cam-Plex
Deadline: Feb 3, 2023
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Mar 3-5 | Honolulu, HI

Venue: Leeward Theatre
Deadline: Feb 3, 2023
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Mar 3-5 | Riverside, CA

Venue: Fox Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Feb 3, 2023
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Mar 9-12 | Raleigh/Durham, NC

Venue: Durham Convention Center
Deadline: Feb 10, 2023
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Mar 10-12 | Baton Rouge, LA

Venue: Raising Canes River Center
Deadline: Feb 10, 2023
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Mar 10-12 | Charleston, WV

Venue: Municipal Auditorium
Deadline: Feb 10, 2023
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Mar 10-12 | Indianapolis, IN

Venue: Warren Central High School
Deadline: Feb 10, 2023
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Mar 10-12 | Meadowlands, NJ (II)

Venue: Meadowlands Expo Center
Deadline: Feb 10, 2023
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Mar 10-12 | Murfreesboro, TN

Venue: Tucker Theater @ Middle TN State University
Deadline: Feb 10, 2023
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Mar 10-12 | San Jose, CA

Venue: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
Deadline: Feb 10, 2023
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Mar 11-12 | Providence, RI

Venue: Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Feb 10, 2023
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Mar 17-19 | Fresno, CA

Venue: Fresno Convention Center – Saroyan Theatre
Deadline: Feb 17, 2023
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Mar 17-19 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Venue: Charles F Dodge City Center
Deadline: Feb 17, 2023
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Mar 17-19 | Mobile, AL

Venue: Mobile Civic Center
Deadline: Feb 17, 2023
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Mar 17-19 | Pittsburgh, PA (I)

Venue: Cornell High School
Deadline: Feb 17, 2023
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Mar 18-19 | St. Louis, MO/Collinsville, IL

Venue: Gateway Convention Center
Deadline: Feb 17, 2023
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Mar 24-26 | Atlanta, GA

Venue: Georgia World Congress Center
Deadline: Feb 24, 2023
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Mar 24-26 | Ft. Myers, FL

Venue: Florida South Western State College
Deadline: Feb 24, 2023
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Mar 24-26 | Gilbert, AZ

Venue: Higley Center for the Performing Arts
Deadline: Feb 24, 2023
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Mar 24-26 | Omaha, NE

Venue: CHI Health Convention Center
Deadline: Feb 24, 2023
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Mar 24-26 | Sparta, NJ

Venue: Sussex County Tech School
Deadline: Feb 24, 2023
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Mar 24-26 | Syracuse, NY

Venue: Landmark Theater
Deadline: Feb 24, 2023
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Mar 24-26 | Waterford, MI

Venue: Oxford High School
Deadline: Feb 24, 2023
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Mar 24-26 | Wichita, KS

Venue: Maize South High School
Deadline: Feb 24, 2023
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Mar 31-Apr 2 | Albuquerque, NM

Venue: Kiva Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 3, 2023
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Mar 31-Apr 2 | Biloxi, MS

Venue: Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Deadline: Mar 3, 2023
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Mar 31-Apr 2 | Houston, TX

Venue: TBA
Deadline: Mar 3, 2023
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Mar 31-Apr 2 | Fort Worth, TX

Venue: Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 3, 2023
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Mar 31-Apr 2 | Laurel, MD

Venue: Laurel High School
Deadline: Mar 3, 2023
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Mar 31-Apr 2 | Pittsburgh, PA (II)

Venue: Cornell High School
Deadline: Mar 3, 2023
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Mar 31-Apr 2 | Spartanburg, SC

Venue: Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
Deadline: Mar 3, 2023
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Mar 31-Apr 2 | Towson, MD

Venue: Goucher College
Deadline: Mar 3, 2023
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Apr 14-16 | Aurora, IL

Venue: Oswego East High School
Deadline: Mar 17, 2023
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Apr 14-16 | East Brunswick, NJ (II)

Venue: Jo Ann Magistro PAC @ Hammarskjold Middle School
Deadline: Mar 17, 2023
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Apr 14-16 | Madison, WI

Venue: River Arts Center
Deadline: Mar 17, 2023
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Apr 14-16 | Seattle, WA

Venue: Highline Performing Arts Center
Deadline: Mar 17, 2023
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Apr 21-23 | Freehold, NJ

Venue: iPlay America
Deadline: Mar 24, 2023
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Apr 21-23 | Jacksonville, FL

Venue: University of N FL Fine Arts
Deadline: Mar 24, 2023
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Apr 21-23 | Lakeland, FL

Venue: The Lakeland Center (RP Funding Center)
Deadline: Mar 24, 2023
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Apr 21-23 | Little Rock, AR

Venue: Statehouse Convention Center
Deadline: Mar 24, 2023
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Apr 21-23 | Long Island (Sports Hub), NY

Venue: Long Island Sports Hub
Deadline: Mar 24, 2023
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Apr 21-23 | Long Island (West Islip HS), NY

Venue: West Islip High School
Deadline: Mar 24, 2023
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Apr 21-23 | Manahawkin, NJ

Venue: Stafford Township Arts Center
Deadline: Mar 24, 2023
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Apr 21-23 | Meadowlands, NJ (III)

Venue: Meadowlands Expo Center
Deadline: Mar 24, 2023
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Apr 21-23 | Upper Marlboro, MD

Venue: Prince George’s Equestrian Center
Deadline: Mar 24, 2023
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Apr 22-23 | Anaheim, CA

Venue: Mariott Anaheim
Deadline: Mar 24, 2023
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Apr 28-30 | Austin, TX

Venue: Palmer Event Center
Deadline: Mar 31, 2023
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Apr 28-30 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Venue: Charles F Dodge City Center
Deadline: Mar 24, 2023
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Apr 28-30 | Minneapolis, MN

Venue: Minneapolis Convention Center
Deadline: Mar 31, 2023
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Apr 28-30 | Oaks, PA

Venue: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Deadline: Mar 31, 2023
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Apr 28-30 | Uncasville, CT

Venue: Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino
Deadline: Mar 31, 2023
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May 4-7 | Niagara Falls, NY

Venue: Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls
Deadline: Apr 7, 2023
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May 5-7 | Concord, NC

Venue: Cabarrus Arena & Event Center
Deadline: Apr 7, 2023
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May 5-7 | East Brunswick, NJ (III)

Venue: Jo Ann Magistro PAC @ Hammarskjold Middle School
Deadline: Apr 7, 2023
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May 5-7 | Woodbridge, VA (2 Locations)

Venue: Hylton High School / Forest Park High School
Deadline: Apr 7, 2023
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May 12-14 | Columbus, OH

Venue: Columbus Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 14, 2023
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May 12-14 | Denver, CO

Venue: Westin Westminster
Deadline: Apr 14, 2023
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May 12-14 | Hampton Roads, VA

Venue: Hampton Roads Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 14, 2023
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May 12-14 | San Diego, CA

Venue: San Diego Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 14, 2023
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May 12-14 | Springfield, MA

Venue: Mass Mutual Center
Deadline: Apr 14, 2023
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May 13-14 | Meadowlands, NJ (IV)

Venue: Meadowlands Expo Center
Deadline: Apr 14, 2023
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May 19-21 | East Brunswick, NJ (IV)

Venue: Jo Ann Magistro PAC @ Hammarskjold Middle School
Deadline: Apr 21, 2023
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May 19-21 | Escondido, CA

Venue: California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Deadline: Apr 19, 2023
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May 19-21 | Memphis, TN

Venue: Renasant Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 21, 2023
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May 26-28 | Lancaster, PA

Venue: Wyndham Lancaster Resort and Convention Center
Deadline: Apr 28, 2023
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May 26-28 | Sandusky, OH

Venue: Kalahari Resorts Sandusky
Deadline: Apr 28, 2023
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2023 Nationals

June 19-23 | Las Vegas, NV

Venue: Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
Deadline: May 19, 2023
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June 26-30 | Atlantic City, NJ

Venue: Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
Deadline: June 2, 2023
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June 26-30 | Branson, MO

Venue: Branson Convention Center
Deadline: June 2, 2023
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June 26-30 | Uncasville, CT

Venue: Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino
Deadline: June 2, 2023
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July 2-6 | Orlando, FL

Venue: Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
Deadline: June 2, 2023
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July 4-8 | Wisconsin Dells, WI

Venue: Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells
Deadline: June 4, 2023
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July 11-15 | Myrtle Beach, SC

Venue: Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Deadline: Jun 11, 2023
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July 16-20 | Ocean City, MD

Venue: Roland E Powell Convention Center
Deadline: Jun 18, 2023
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