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Presented by Worldstars ™

WCOPA welcomes your 20th Anniversary Judges:

Anita Mann 

With six Emmy nominations, an Emmy Award and honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Anita is one of America’s top contemporary choreographers and live show producers. Her countless credits include Solid Gold, The Great Muppet Caper, The Academy Awards, The Golden Globe Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Miss America Pageant, The People’s Choice Awards and The Emmy’s.

James Charles 

You’ve seen him as an industry expert on America’s Next Top Model! Having been with some of the top agencies in the world including LA Models, Photogenics, Mr. Charles currently is headquartered at the famed Wilhelmina Agency. His enviable record of over 10 years in personally scouting and developing models involve shooting for prestigious campaigns such as Prada and Calvin Klein, and scores of magazines in Milan, New York, London, and Paris.

Harriet Greenspan 

A world-renowned casting director with numerous credits including Paramount and ABC Family’s Mean Girls 2/ Cartoon Network’s Scooby Doo, The Case of Lake Monster, The Mystery Begins/ Warner Brothers Mr. Troop Mom / Nickelodeon’s Unfabulous/ NBC’s Sunset Beach/ and is the on set acting coach for London’s Nickelodeon series House of Anubis.

Crista Klayman 

With LA Models and considered the number 1 runway agent in America, Crista has developed and marketed top models to such exclusive clients as Gucci, Christian Dior, Chanel, Louis Vitton to name a few. Currently he hosts her own radio show, The Real Runway with Crista Klayman.

Jeff Weber 

Jeff is President of “Weberworks Music,” his groundbreaking independent music label. Having produced over 180 CDs, his projects have yielded two Grammys, seven Grammy nominations, seventeen top ten albums, two number one albums and an assortment of other honors. And he is the producer of the album for WCOPA alums, Alessandro Danello (2015 Instrumentalist multimedalist and Troy Laureta (1998 multimedalist, and now renowned recording arranger, keyboardist and conductor).

Jennifer Tomiko Kohatsu 

Jennifer is the National Sales Director of the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau. All of us look forward to having next year’s WCOPA 2017 hosted in Long Beach, California – often cited as “Hollywood at the Beach!”

Keith Naisbitt 

Senior agent for the Agency for the Performing Arts, Keith is considered one of the most knowledgeable agents for international engagements. He has represented artists such as Whitney Houston, Michael Bolton, Paul Anka, Culture Club, Bee Gees, Journey, Engelbert Humperdinck and many others.

Ria Martens 

Ria is currently the Artistic Director of Cirque du Soleil’s famed Zumanity Show in Las Vegas. As a well-known instructor for international dance festivals, she transitioned to become Cirque’s Artistic Coordinator for the North American, Asian-European Tours for several years before becoming the Artistic Director for various, very successful Cirque shows in Vegas.

Christian Patterson 

At age 16, this Australian won the 2004 Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World title. In addition to appearing in over 30 TV commercials and several movies, Christian toured the USA in Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium, toured Europe in West Side Story and considers a highlight of his life a special performance for the Queen of England.


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WCOPA Success Stories

  • Michael Dameski (Australia)
    Michael Dameski (Australia)

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

    by Rico Aguirre


    MD 1

    "...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 .

    MD 2


    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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    Breeze Redwine (United Kingdom)

    WCOPA Team UK Alumna jumpstarts music career

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    Jillian Shea Spaeder (United States)


    WCOPA Stage to Disney Screen - Team USA Alumna stars in new Disney XD show

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    WCOPA SUCCESS: Sarah Goussé

    Sarah Goussé

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    Cécile Djunga