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(Presented by Worldstars ™)

One of a kind, 21st Annual International Performing Arts Championships lands in Long Beach, CA

Singers, musicians, dancers, actors and models are ready to compete before 75 judges from the entertainment industry at the 21st Annual World Championships of Performing Arts®, June 30 - July 9, 2017 in Long Beach, California. This international meet is often cited as the official “Talent Olympics” for aspiring performers.

Selections for contestants have been held in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and South Africa. “Contestants from over 50 countries are expected to participate,” says Griff O’Neil, competition CEO and a former executive of the Miss Universe Pageant, “vying for ‘the gold’ PLUS a total of $400,000 in scholarships: $30,000 from the Millennium Dance Complex, $150,000 from the New York Film Academy, and $200,000 from the New York Conservatory for Film and Television in 2016!”

Before the opening ceremonies and competition begins, contestants look forward to the much-anticipated WORLDSTARS Boot Camp, an unmatched full-day of the most comprehensive performing arts seminars and workshops given by top industry experts.

A popular highlight of the international meet is the spectacular Opening Ceremonies and WORLDSTARS Parade of Nations. Similar to the Olympics Opening Ceremony, ‘thrilled’ contestants from over 50 countries parade in beautiful costumes representing their nations. Along the parade route, stages are set-up for a variety of international entertainment. The WORLDSTARS Parade of Nations is free to the public and takes place outside of the Long Beach Convention Center.

Adding to the fun, a WORLDSTARS Village - much like an “Olympic Village” where you can meet teams from around the world, will be set-up in front of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. During these days, Worldstar contestants and families will enjoy special events which include: DJ Dance Party, "Champion Circle", and the the World Championships of Performing Arts announcement of Finalists with live entertainment rounding out the evening. International talent, food trucks and fun! Entrance to the WORLDSTARS Village is free and open to the public. * 

The week of competition culminates with the exciting World Championships of Performing Arts/ WORLSTARS Grand Finale Competition - a live global webcast staged in the beautiful Terrace Theatre in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. The pre-show is followed by a live webcast where the best of the best vie for World Championship titles. Featured artists and former WCOPA Champions will perform. Information on Ticket sales will be made available on a date closer to the event by calling the Box Office and online via Ticketmaster. *

Entertainment industry greats from Hollywood, Nashville and New York, have served as judges and been honored with induction into the Performing Arts Hall of Fame® at this prestigious global competition. Previous honorees include: Debbie Allen, Ann-Margret, Jaclyn Smith, Justin Chambers, Liza Minelli and Dolly Parton. Last year’s honoree was world renowned entertainer Engelbert Humperdinck.

2017 judges will be announced in the months to come. Previos year's judges included Cirque du Soleil’s Head Artistic Director Pierre Parisien, world renowned casting director Harriet Greenspan, Anita Mann -Emmy Award-winning choreographer and live show producer, Janet Alhanti - one of the most sought after acting coaches to the stars, Bob Garrett - vocal coach to some of the most respected singers and actors in Hollywood, LA Models’ Crista Klayman considered the #1 runway agent in America, and Lang Elliott - the original founder of TriStar Pictures, a two-time Academy Award nominee who has produced and distributed over 125 motion pictures. Other final judges include Victoria Morris, James Charles, Bob McKinnon, Keith Naisbitt, Jennifer Tomiko Kohatsu, and Kenya Clay. *

For more information about World Championships of Performing Arts visit www.wcopa.com
* Times, events, ticket availability and participating Judges are subject to change.

 (Presented by Worldstars )

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    Michael Dameski (Australia)


    MICHAEL DAMESKI, 2007 WCOPA junior world dance multi-medalist from Australia, continues to enjoy tremendous success.

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    "...When he was 6 years old he entered in his first dance competition the Australian Dance Idol, making the top 10 without any formal training. After that he started training at Glenda Yee School of Dance where he stayed until the decision to move over to Brent Street Studios where he was given the opportunity to represent Australia in the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Los Angeles, and received gold in each category he entered and overall Junior World Dancer. After WCOPA in 2013 he won the prestigious Australian Dancer of the Year title at the Showcase Australian Dance Championships."

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    The show was produced by Australian Peter Oxford (founder) which had him go on to win the US dance title Rainbow Dance in Las Vegas. Dameski was a guest at the Zlatno Slavejce (Golden Nightingale) children's singing festival in Macedonia, at which he recorded a song written especially for him entitled 'One Dance'."

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    Since then He has won numerous awards, appeared in various TV series and films. He was the lead in "Billy Elliot the Musical" in Australia, on Broadway and the national tour. In February 2014, Michael appeared on the Australian version of "So You Think You Can Dance" and on 1 May 2014 won the competition, crowned Australia's Favorite Dancer for 2014.

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    Currently, Michael is travelling with the first national tour of Newsies as Scab and a Citizen of New York.

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    Paula Abdul attended a performance of Disney's Newsies at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Abdul manages Michael (to her right), winner of "So You Think You Can Dance" Australia in 2014

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    He now resides in Los Angeles where he continues to perform and instruct further expanding his career and success .

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    WCOPA is proud of you Michael!


    For more information on how to become part of this great experience go to: http://wcopa.com/contestants/how-to-be-a-contestant


    Email: info@wcopa.com

    2014  Winning Performance in Australia's "So You Think You Can Dance"

     

     

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