(June 28, 2019) The sixth Starpower Believe Talent Dance Competition will take place at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street, July 1-5.
Over 300 performers representing 23 studios from seven states will compete in various genres such as jazz, tap, hip-hop, and other dancing styles.
Believe divides groups based on performance level and age.
For performance level, the program separates dancers into three groups based on two criteria: the amount of time spent in the studio each week and performance/competition history.
“This is a great competition where people can see some amazing dancing,” Believe Talent Registration Manager Larissa Harris said.
The competition includes advanced, intermediate and novice dancers.
All genres, which includes jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, open, hip hop, contemporary, musical theater and compulsory, will be featured in the competition.
All dance categories have multiple age divisions including 8 and under, 9-11, 12-14, 15-19, and 20 and over.
Believe performances judge more than 20 styles of dance, including baton, clogging, folkloric, pointe, pompon, drill team, jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap and contemporary.
Over 500 acts are scheduled to perform during the week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Routines can last anywhere between two and eight minutes. Performances vary each day depending on the type of routines being performed, such as solos, duets, trios and groups.
“Ocean City is a great place to hold our dance competition for nationals,” Harris said.
There is no cost to watch the competitions. Last year, more than 1,000 people watched the performances, Harris said.
Competitors must qualify at a regional event in order to attend the National Finals in Ocean City.
The highest scoring groups from the week will compete in the “Battle at Believe” finals on Friday, July 5. The finals will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Winners will receive medals, crowns, trophies, scholarships, and Star Dollars toward future Star Dance Alliance events.
For more information, visit www.believetalent.com or call 844-737-3737.