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 beautiful 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 prestigious 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 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/ Worldstars™ 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. *
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.
Previous 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 Award-winning musical director, keyboardist and former WCOPA contestant Troy Laureta, Amy Morgan, Professional dancer and choreographer, Carlos Vasquez, Professor at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), Jennifer Tomiko Kohatsu, National Sales Director of the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Kristina Aglinz, Multimedalist at WCOPA 1998 and award winning pianist, singer, Jessica Ferris, Casting director and specialty trainer for Feld Entertainment, Jeff Weber, two-time Grammy award winner and President of Weberworks Music, James Charles, industry expert on America’s Next Top Model and now with Wilhelmina Agency, Bruce Newberg, Owner and Director of Bruce H. Newberg Casting and Michael Dameski, 2007 WCOPA multimedalist and Broadway star.*
* Please note that times on schedule are subject to change *