An Unforgettable Weekend of Dance With Showstopper

The fun doesn't stop after Showstopper's competition season ends. Join Showstopper this fall and winter for their 2018-19 Dance Conventions. Bring the whole studio or dance solo, but register soon so you do not miss out!


Why Showstopper Dance Conventions?

Exposure

Network with dancers, choreographers, and teachers from all over the world. Experience and learn new styles of dance in the unique dance classes we offer at every convention.

Inspiration

Get advice for developing your technique and style in an encouraging atmosphere. Our instructors are dedicated to showing you how to use dance to improve your life beyond the dance floor.

Team Building

From days filled with fun classes to evening get togethers, it's hard not to grow closer with your fellow dancers! Dance, learn, and grow with your teammates in the most positive environment.

So Much FUN

Whether it's at a waterpark or a beach resort, there's nothing better than mixing the excitement of learning dance with the fun of a vacation. Conventions are the perfect time to bring the family along and enjoy the amenities of the venue.

What makes Showstopper Conventions fabulous?

Teachers

  • Free hotel room for teachers. One room night for every 15 students!
  • Choreography notes emailed to all dance teachers.
  • The ultimate teachers' business seminars.
  • Experts give you their best ideas on marketing, music, costumes,props, pre-school, and legal tips.
  • Welcome gift for all registered teachers.

Dancers

  • Extra-large, cushioned, professional dance floors.
  • Extra bonus classes including voice, song and dance, leaps and turns, cheerleading, audition classes, and more.
  • The very best tween program with great classes and arts and craft.
  • Free autograph poster for every dancer.

Parents

  • No observation fees, ever.
  • Discounted room rates at top family vacation destinations.

Come join Showstopper in one of these awesome locations:

Orlando, FL - September 28-30, 2018
DoubleTree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal

Wisconsin Dells, WI - October 13-14, 2018
Kalahari Waterpark Resort

Sandusky, OH - October 20-21, 2018
Kalahari Waterpark Resort

Grapevine, TX - November 2-4, 2018
Great Wolf Lodge

Houston, TX - November 16-18, 2018
Westin Houston, Memorial City

Myrtle Beach, SC - January 18-20, 2019
Landmark Resort, Crown Reef Resort, and Sea Mist Convention Center

REGISTER AT www.goshowstopper.com/conventions

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