Public Events

    June 27, 2022 To July 2, 2022

    Showstopper American Dance Championships
    Organization

    Showstopper American Dance Championships is a dance competition that hosts competitions in over 54 cities in the United States. The company was founded by Debbie Roberts.

    WHO WE ARE
    Founded in 1978, Showstopper is America‘s first, longest running and most prestigious dance competition. Showstopper set the standards for competitive dance in America with the first and longest aired dance competition television show, broadcasted on national television for 20 years.
    OUR COMPETITIONS
    As a full production company, today Showstopper hosts over 50 events a year throughout the United States and internationally. Each competition is equipped with the industry‘s best stages, background screens, lighting, and cameras. In 2018 our stages saw over 50,000 dancers from all across the world.
    OUR CONVENTIONS
    Each year Showstopper hosts 6 dance conventions at top vacation destinations throughout the United States. Dancers learn from the world‘s top dancers and choreographers, including winners of So You Think You Can Dance, Broadway superstars, and celebrity choreographers.
    SHOWSTOPPER MAGAZINE
    Showstopper produces America‘s #1 Teen Dance Magazine. Showstopper Magazine can be found at every Showstopper event, in Barnes and Nobles locations nationwide. Each magazine features America‘s most talked about dancers and teen celebrities. Check out Showstopper Magazine Online! Looking ahead, we will continue celebrating every transformation of popular dance and seamlessly evolve along the way. We will forever be dedicated to what is unmistakably Showstopper: an unconditional love for movement in music, and an unbridled joy in elevating the performance of dance.
    WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU AT OUR NEXT EVENT!
    MEET THE FOUNDER
    DEBBIE ROBERTS
    Before 1978, dancers didn’t have a stage to perform on, the opportunity to learn from peers, or a competitive outlet like most sports. Debbie Roberts recognized this missing piece in the dance community and that is how America’s first and longest-running dance competition, Showstopper, was born. Debbie taught dance for over 26 years and owned and operated her own dance studio for 20 years. She is now the owner and National Director of Showstopper, alongside her husband, Dave Roberts. Dancer, teacher, business owner, author, and mother, Debbie has made dance her life’s career.
    Debbie got the idea to host the nation’s first dance competition from watching her son, Adam, play competitive sports for years. Seeing the excitement he got for a big game inspired her to create the same for dancers. With the name suggestion from her dancing, 8-year-old daughter Angel, Debbie took her savings and booked four competitions for Showstopper’s first year. She wrote letters and knocked on the doors of local dance studios. Despite many doors slammed in her face, Debbie did not give up. Eventually, she recruited about 400 people to attend her first show. By the fourth show of that year, people were asking her how they could participate in Showstopper’s competitions. In no time, local televisions and newspapers were filled with pictures of children leaping across the Showstopper stage.
    Debbie’s impact on the dance community continued. In 1984, Debbie graced the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine. In 1986, she topped Glamour Magazine’s list of Outstanding Young Working Women. In 1992, Debbie published her first of three dance-related books. Her first book, The Super Studio: The Guide to a Successful Dance Studio, earned major credit at many colleges throughout the United States.

    July 11, 2022 To July 15, 2022

    The Starpower Family could not be more excited to offer another year of our enthusiasm, energy, and professionalism! We could not have made it this far without the support of all the studio directors, teachers, performers, parents, and friends over the past three decades. We want to express our deepest thanks to all of you who have helped to make us number one in the industry! Starpower began as an eleven city tour with one National Championship and has continued to grow, keeping its status as one of the largest talent competitions in America. Starpower’s stages host tens of thousands of performers of all ages from coast to coast and has even expanded throughout the world!

    STARPOWER IS THE STAGE WHERE PERFORMERS OF ALL AGES AND LEVELS, ACROSS THE GLOBE SHOWCASE THEIR TALENT.
    More than 30 years of experience has shaped our unique competition. Every year, Studio Owners, Teachers, Performers, and their Families and Friends are welcomed at upwards of 80 creative and energy packed competitions in cities across the globe.

    At Starpower, how we perform as a company matters.

    17 Jul

    NYAA

    July 17, 2022 To July 18, 2022

    NATIONAL YOUTH ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION WAS FOUNDED TO BRING ORGANIZATIONS TOGETHER NATIONWIDE THAT ARE DEDICATED TO CHANGING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN THROUGH EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. NYAA AND IT’S MEMBERS ARE FOCUSED ON QUALITY LOW COST PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE COMMUNITIES WITH THE TOOLS TO HELP THEIR YOUTH DEVELOP KEY LIFE SKILLS.

    05 Jul

    Star Dance

    July 5, 2022 To July 9, 2022

    Star Dance Alliance is an alliance of the top international dance competitions, committed to bringing you the greatest dance competition experience of your life. Each of our participating competitions holds the highest standards in competitions, and we are reaching ahead into the future every season to provide a power packed competition line up. Although each competition is run in its own way, all of the SDA competitions provide a quality competition arena to our customers in every aspect.

    A combined registration system that allows studios to enter/update their roster one time a year, and easily transfer routines from competition to competition.
    Streamlined Rules and Regulations that make it easier for studios to keep age divisions, group sizes and competition levels the same for each competition.
    Routines may qualify at any SDA Regional Competition for all of the Star Dance Alliance National Championships.
    SDA Star Dollars are awarded to Advanced Level Champions.

    The Star Dance Alliance and the hosting venue are not responsible for personal injury or property loss.

    August 5, 2022 To August 7, 2022

    ABOUT US
    In The Beginning…

    The Craftsmen’s Classic organization was founded 35 years ago by the Gilmore family of Greensboro, NC. Clyde Gilmore, a jewelry maker, wanted to create a “family” of artists and craftsmen, nationwide, that could stage indoor festivals showcasing their totally original works and interact one-on-one with the public. The first such event, the “granddaddy” and prototype of all the others on today’s schedule, was the Christmas Classic, Thanksgiving Weekend, at the Greensboro Coliseum.

    Now…

    There are now 10 Craftsmen’s Classics held annually and throughout the year in Columbia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Richmond, Roanoke and Chantilly, Virginia and Greensboro, North Carolina. Produced by Gilmore Enterprises, Inc., headquartered in the city of Greensboro, the organization is managed by the late founder’s son, Executive Director Clyde Gilmore III, one of the crafts and fine arts industry’s most acclaimed and award-winning promoters. The Classic events have been named more often than those of any other promoter to the “200 Best” list by the prestigious Sunshine Artist Magazine and have been named often as “Top 20 Events” by the Southeast Tourism Society. Gilmore can also calculate success by the longevity of the Classics — most of which are in their 15th to 25th year or more — and by the tens of thousands of visitors that eagerly anticipate them and attend, year after year.

    The hallmark of the shows, from the beginning, is creative excellence and absolute originality in every specialty. Clyde and his wife, Tami, design each Classic with a fine balance of crafts and fine art and the specialties within those areas. There is careful thought given to a balance of traditional and contemporary works as well. More than 6,000 of the country’s finest artisans are members; depending on the size of the facility, there are between 300 and 550 participants in a Craftsmen’s Classic show.

    August 20, 2022 To August 21, 2022

    Our vendors are of Chicago’s finest and classy breeders! You might see some cool reptiles like high end crested geckos, bearded dragons, ball pythons and so much more! Come to the Show to Check It Out!

    September 16, 2022 To September 18, 2022

    The Home Improvement & Outdoor Living Show is your source for everything you need for your home – inside and out.
    This is the place for you to come and talk to the best on the building industry. If you want to build a new home or remodel your existing home, you’ll find builders and remodelers with years of experience and knowledge to make your dream home a reality.
    If you need a new roof, HVAC system, countertops, window and doors. These professionals are here, too.
    Do you want to turn your yard into an outdoor living space? You’ll Also find landscape designers, landscapers, pools, spas, sunrooms, outdoor kitchens and much more.
    Plus, Special Events and Features:
    • Seminars and Workshops Culinary Demonstration and Food Tastings.
    • Specialty Market Place featuring gourmet foods and everyday essentials to please your palate.
    • Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild exhibit featuring local artists.
    • Dogs & Cats from St Frances Animal Center will be at the show looking for their forever home.

    The Home Improvement and Outdoor Living Show has something for everyone…

    September 17, 2022

    The North American Grappling Association (NAGA) is the world’s largest mixed grappling tournament circuit with over 750,000 competitors worldwide.

    NAGA promotes grappling tournaments throughout the world that are open to all grappling styles. Our events have both No-Gi and Gi (BJJ) divisions. We welcome all ages and skill levels. NAGA has a division for you.