Miss/Mister Star Talent Title Competition

2022 Titles will be awarded in each age division and level.

Regional Title score will be based on solo performance (50%) and an improvisation performance (50%). Royal Title contestants are eligible for all overall and placement opportunities. Each dancer will be grouped by age for the improv portion. Participants should perform in basic dance wear and the given display number or letter. The music selection will be picked by Star Talent Productions and will not be released prior to the event. Improv scores are based on Technique, Showmanship, Originality and Musicality. Regional Royal Titles are awarded in each age group and level.

Compete for the Royal Title at our Finals in Myrtle Beach

National Royal Titles opportunities are open to all soloist. A Royal Title will be awarded in each age group and level. Additionally, a National overall winner will also be crowned for the overall age group regardless of level. National Titles will be scored on solo performance, Improv, Interview/Questions/Conversation, Workshop participation and Photogenic. Separate registration entries are required for workshop, improv and photogenic.

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Nora Kader

ADMA Elite

Miss Mini Excel

The story of this dancer will be posted soon!

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Paisley Sasser

North Myrtle Beach Performing Arts

Overall Mini Miss

Paisley Mae Sasser is six years old and going into first grade at Pathways for Scholars homeschooling program. She has been dancing at North Myrtle Beach Performing Arts for the past three years. This is her second year on the competition team. Paisley trains in jazz, ballet, and acro. Her favorite part of dancing is definitely all the sass she gets to put into her jazz routines. Paisley was so excited to compete her first solo this year and what an amazing year it has been for her. Paisley received the title for Regional Mini Miss Star Talent in Columbia, South Carolina this past April. When Paisley isn’t in the studio dancing she is at home choreographing her own dance routines. She also loves spending time with her friends, her doggies, and family. Although, dancing is her first passion she also enjoys drawing, singing, and watching her favorite Disney show Hannah Montana. Paisley is honored to hold the Royal Title of National Mini Miss Star Talent and looks forward to representing Star Talent in the 2022 dance year!

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Ryleigh Ball

ADMA Elite

Miss Petite Excel

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Savannah Skaggs

Coastal Performing Arts Center

Miss Petite Extreme

Savannah Skaggs is 9 years old and LOVES to dance at Coastal Performing Arts Center.

Her favorite style of dance is lyrical, but takes classes in jazz, tap, ballet, acrobatics, and musical theater. Her Dance Force Family are her best friends and she adores all the instructors and staff. She enjoys attending conventions because she loves to make new friends.

When she is not in the dance studio, you can find her at a Girl Scout meeting, on the driving range at the golf course, or just being silly around the house. She loves ALL things candy, fidget toys and harmless pranks. Savannah attends Conway Christian School where she plays hand chimes in the Elementary Chimes Choir, takes piano lessons and participates in anything STEM. Her favorite subject is science and has recently decided she wants to be a Marine Biologist when she grows up.

She is a well rounded little lady with BIG hopes and dreams and is super excited to represent Star Talent as your Miss Petite Extreme Star Talent!

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Miss Kaitlyn Wilson

STUDIO

Overall Petite

Kaitlyn Wilson is extremely excited to represent Star Talent, especially after sustaining a knee injury in January that put her in a full leg cast and out of dance for 3 months. Kaitlyn is in her 9th year of dance at Emerald City Dance Explosion in Greenwood, South Carolina. Her favorite style of dance is jazz because she loves to be energetic and show her personality on stage. When she is not dancing, Kaitlyn can be found practicing at her gym with her gymnastics competition team. She enjoys art and watching TV when she is home. Kaitlyn loves to take care of her younger Brother, Reed, when he is sick and would like to be a nurse when she grows up. Kaitlyn is not a picky eater and will eat most anything except tomatoes, not even the ones her dad grows in his garden. Her favorite food is hot dogs, especially from the grill with chili on top. Kaitlyn is thankful for the opportunities that dance has given her and she looks forward to meeting new friends this 2021-2022 dance.

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Anay Phillips

Studio D

Miss Junior Excel

Anay Philips is a 11 year old girl from Cleveland, Tennessee who loves to sing, act, and dance! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends at the lake! She is so thankful for the opportunity to have performed for Star Talent Productions and looks forward to working with them in the future. Anay dances for Studio D Dance Company! She would like to thank her teacher, Amanda Douglas, and family for supporting her dream of dancing competitively. Most importantly, Anay would like to direct all the glory to God for the opportunities she has been given and His faithfulness to her.

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Ella Lupo

Coastal Performing Arts Center

Miss Junior Extreme

My name is Ella Lupo and I am thirteen years old. My favorite place to dance is at Coastal Performing Arts Center in Loris,SC. My love for dance began at the age of three and has grown since then. I train in almost every genre of dance, but my favorite is jazz. I have danced for ten years and cannot wait for many more years to come. When not dancing, I am spending time with family and friends, watching Netflix and shopping at the mall. After high school, I plan to attend The University Of South Carolina and make the dance team. All glory to God for all the many blessings He has given me in my journey of life. I am so grateful to be your Miss Junior Extreme for the 2021-2022 year!

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Camdyn Lee

Star Stuck Dance Studio

Miss Junior Elite

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Sophia Mileta

Star Stuck Dance Studio

Overall Junior Miss

Being crowned Miss Junior Star Talent is such an honor. Sophia is eleven years old and her birthday is May 6th. She dances at Star Struck Dance Studio in Lincolnton, North Carolina. She is going into her ninth year of dance.

She just completed elementary school as the president of her school. She loves to read, write stories, play golf, but most of all she loves to dance. It is her passion. She trains in the genres of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. She also takes Acro classes. She thrives on being challenged with new tricks, combinations, and styles. She loves to expand her dance knowledge by taking master classes, and attending conventions whenever the opportunity arises, with new choreographers.

She hopes to have a future in the dance world by being in movies, shows, owning her own studio one day, judging competitions, and basically anything she can do to impact other kids to dance. She is so excited to represent Star Talent Dance this year.

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Mackenzie Archie

Palmetto Dance Productions

Miss Teen Excel

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Sarah Simpson

Tenth Talent

Miss Teen Extreme

Hello, my name is Sarah Simpson and I am your 2020-2021 Teen Extreme. I have been dancing for 3 years with a passion for improv and choreography. I have won many judges awards and shout-out awards for my style of dancing. My favorite part of competing is being able to show the judges something they’ve never seen before while giving a great performance.

I have had the honor of working with my choreographer, mentor and studio owner Natalie Fritz for years and she has helped me succeed with all my ventures as a dancer. Outside of dance, I love to play golf, hangout with my best friend Katie Dodson (who happens to be Teen Elite Miss Star Talent) and I have a love for fashion. I am also a Type 1 Diabetic so I’m a huge advocate for JDRF. I am also a honor roll student at Butler High school as we look as being in their Pre-Law club that works with attorneys from around the state and takes place in mock trials as well as being apart of the Health and Occupational Safety Club that focuses on work in the medical field. I hope to major in bio-ethics at JMU when I am older.

I am beyond honored to be your new Teen Extreme Miss Star talent, and I can’t wait for the new season!

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Katie Dodson

Tenth Talent

Miss Teen Elite

My name is Katie Dodson and I am the Miss Teen Elite for the 2021-2022 season. I am 14 years old and plan to be a choreographer in the future. I recently won a nationwide choreography contest entitled “Young Creators Challenge” in the 12-14 age division. At star talent nationals I was awarded the highest scoring teen elite soloist and was the improv winner. Throughout my years as a Competition Dancer, not only have I received numerous special awards for showmanship, originality and technical achievement but I have also received multiple titles on both regional and national levels. Aside from consistently winning and/or placing in overalls and being awarded numerous scholarships and additional opportunities, I was invited to be a featured performer in RAW Artists’ Charlotte showcase 2 years in a row and was given the chance to return the following year as a headliner for the dance division. I also recently was given the title of Core Performer at Radix in Atlanta, Georgia. I have been featured in 2 commercials and modelled for dance wear brands including Lebos.

Even though I have come a far way in dance and want to continue it I understand the importance of only doing something if it is enjoyable. At only 14 years old, I’ve had a very successful and recognition-filled dance career so far and I’m excited to see where it all takes me in the future!

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Lindsey Ledbetter

Centre of Performing Arts

Overall Teen

The story of this dancer will be posted soon!

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Mackenna Bevins

ADMA Elite

Miss Senior Excel

My name is Mackenna Bevins, and I am an 18 year old from Avon, Ohio. I just graduated high school and will be attending The University of Cincinnati in the fall for Nursing. I dance with ADMA Elite. I have been training in ballet, tap, jazz, acro, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and musical theater for years. My favorite styles are lyrical, contemporary, and musical theater. Those are also the styles I usually have solos in as well. I have competed at many competitions and always work my hardest. My team has been Star Talent Grand National Champions more than once ( 2018 & 2021 ).

A little fun fact is that I traveled 12 hours to get to nationals this year! I am an Aquarius ( birthday is Jan 28th ), and I love the winter. Dance is the most important thing to me, and I love sharing it with others. I love music as well. I play the violin, ukulele and I am currently learning the guitar. I am a huge Disney fan as well. I hope to participate in the Disney College Program while in school. My favorite park is Hollywood Studios! I am also obsessed with Marvel and Star Wars.

I am truly honored to have this coveted title, and I will carry it with pride. Dance has been my life for so long, and it will always be my passion. My advice to other dancers is to not stress too much. Go and have fun on stage and worry about overalls later. I want to thank all of my teachers, teammates, and my family for always believing in me even when I didn’t. Thank you so much for this amazing honor.

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Skylar Fox

Blue Ridge Performing Arts Academy

Miss Senior Extreme

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Avery Smith

Northwestern Studios

Miss Senior Elite

Avery is a senior at Watauga High School and dances for Northwestern Studios in Boone, NC. Avery began taking gymnastics at 3, then started dance the next year at the gym and fell in love with dance and never stopped. She has been a competitive dancer for 10 years, with her very first competition being Star Talent. She has trained and performed in many styles of dance. Her favorite are lyrical and jazz. She has been very active in her dance studios with classes, assisting peers and younger students, teaching, choreography and helping with competitions. Avery has earned many awards during her years of dancing. She has won regional titles, Judge’s and choreography awards, scholarships, earned many high overall placements and national honors. She loves dance and it has been great for Avery to have a successful dance career, but what she enjoys most about dance is the friendships that she has made over the years and values the importance of relationships, being a positive role model, learning from others and sharing the joy of dance with others. Avery has a servant’s heart and finds joy in serving others and feels that dance is her way to serve in a positive and meaningful way and is looking forward to how she can continue this after high school and into adulthood.

Avery is an honor student, member of the National Honors Society, National Technical Honors Society and dual enrolled at the local community college. Avery dances on her high school dance team, WHS Pacers. She is also a member of her school’s state and national award winning Theater Ensemble, WHS Playmakers. In addition to school and dance activities, Avery works at the Land of Oz in Beech Mountain, NC. Avery enjoys life in the High Country by spending time at her studio, working, hanging out with friends, attending church events and enjoying all that the mountains have to offer.

Avery will graduate in May 2022 and plans to attend Appalachian State University and double major in Dance Studies and Business. Her goal is to own her own dance studio. Avery considers it a great honor to represent Star Talent as Miss Senior Elite 2021.

Michayla Lewis

Visions Dance Academy

Overall Senior Miss

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Pierce Samsworth

Arts in Action

Mister Junior Extreme

Pierce has had a passion for dance since his first dance class at age 2 in Mommy & Me creative dance. Growing up in a family of dancers, from his Gammy, his Mom, Sister and cousins, Pierce has had many opportunities to try many different genres with Ballet capturing his heart. Pierce dances in a Christian environment that allows him the opportunity to express his faith and the love of Jesus through dance.

Pierce studies at Arts in Action WV and regularly with ballet Master Jerry Rose. He has also trained with master teachers such as Michael Crawford, Regina Pietraroia, Lisa West, Jamie Harvener, Robert Royce, Leah Copley Summers, Kayleb Jones, Katie Wilbur, and more. Pierce strives to be a well-rounded dancer and trains in tap, jazz, hip hop, acro and contemporary as well as ballet.

He does not know where dance will lead him in life, but he is passionate about giving 100% to be his personal best.

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Austin Chambers

No Limits Dance Company

Overall Mister

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Collin French

Lee’s Studio of Dance

Overall Senior Mister

Colin French dances at Lee’s Studio of Dance in, WV. Colin started dance at the age of 9 and has been competing ever since. He has trained in hip hop, contemporary, ballet, tap, and musical theater. His favorites are hip hop, musical theater and tap. Colin has done multiple solos and duets. He has participated in the World Dance Championship 4 times in Secaucus, NJ. He also has had central roles in group dances that have won national titles at Showstoppers, Star Talent, Ticket to Broadway and many other competitions with Lee’s Studio of Dance. He himself has held titles at Star Talent, and for his senior year, he was the overall Mister Star Talent! Being Mister Star Talent means so much and was a great way to end his senior year!