Power Pak was established in 1998 by Starpower National Talent Competition co-director, Gary Pate. Power Pak was created as an opportunity for young performers from across the world to come together and participate in an intense dance tour. Gary wanted to give young dancers the chance to experience what it would be like to be in a professional dance company. The performers range in age from 7 to 21 years old and have been hand selected from regional talent competitions all across the United States.
The Power Pak Tour creates an environment that encourages all participants and spectators to work hard and have fun. We teach our performers that the performance world is a small one and that the people they are meeting on tour now, are the same people they will run into on a regular basis at auditions, rehearsals, shows, etc.; if they pursue their career as a performer. Since our participants are from all over, this is a great opportunity for all of our participants to make new friends and create contacts that they can use to help them achieve their goals in the entertainment world.
We provide our performers and spectators with classes from the most talented teachers and choreographers from around the world. These teachers and choreographers are another way for participants to create contacts that will aid them in achieving their goals as a performer. While on tour performers are also given the opportunity to audition for scholarships, as well as audition for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. In the past, many of our participants have been offered jobs with Royal Caribbean and spend the following summer performing on a world famous cruise ship. The participants are also privileged to receive amazing dancewear, products, and shoes provided by our sponsors Urban Dancewear and Capezio.
The biggest accomplishment of the performers while on tour is the team-building skills they develop while learning choreography from world famous choreographers. Our participants work hard to learn the choreography in just 4 short days. They then perform the routine at the Starpower Battle of the Stars in front of over 3,000 people. Their performances take place in Orlando, Florida, and Ocean City, Maryland.
The lessons our participants learn while on tour are ones in which they will utilize for the rest of their lives. The friendships they make are unique and irreplaceable and the memories are unforgettable. The experiences they have on the Power Pak tour lead many performers to continue their dedication to their art and pursue careers where they entertain professionally in Broadway shows, music videos, on cruise ships and in other shows all across the nation. If Power Pak alumni aren’t performing; many are keeping dance close to their heart by pursuing careers in dance education, writing for dance organizations, or dance physical therapy, etc. Power Pak is an experience of a lifetime that our participants and spectators will never forget.