Word on the street is that Finals are coming up! That’s exciting! I remember my days competing on the KAR Finals stage and there is absolutely nothing like it. If this is your first rodeo, I’m sure you’re asking the question, “What’s the difference between a final and regional?” There are a couple of differences like finals are bigger, much bigger, and our contests like title, photogenic, and high points are taken to a higher level. Don’t freak, though! It’s all in the name of fun.
So, you’re going to finals! Yay! Aside from being a much larger competition, lasting nearly a week in some locations with over 2,000 acts, finals give you or your dancer an extra opportunity to compete and be a National Champion in the Finals Star Showcase. But what is the Finals Star Showcase you ask? It’s an evening of talent where the 5 highest scoring small groups and 5 highest scoring large groups on each level of competition (primary, secondary, intermediate, and elite) re-compete in a competition based solely on entertainment value (one entry per studio at each level). The judges don’t even have a scoresheet! How cool is that? Each entry will have the opportunity to gain one of our 8 National Grand Champion Titles, cash prizes, and a GIANT 6-foot trophy!
We also have extra special awards at the Star Showcase like our Senior Scholarship (apply here), Studio Spirit Award, Choreographers of the Year Award, Studio of the Year Award, and the Future Star Award. The Future Star Award goes to a dancer (any age or level) who has exceptional dance abilities and is also a role model because of his/her outstanding sportsmanship at National Finals and will receive a trophy and a $100 cash prize.
Maybe the most exciting part of the whole showcase is the opening number. The opening number is an opportunity for you or your dancers to work with an industry leading choreographer and dance alongside other studios and National Title Winners in one awesome number. For more information about the Opening Number contact your studio director.
Finals is the MOST wonderful time of the year and we hope to see you all at one of our 8 Finals locations. Whether we see you in Toledo, OH or Las Vegas, NV we hope you are having as much fun as we are!
Don’t be a stranger!