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The genre’s been around on radio and later on TV for nearly 70 years, but the World Championships of Performing Arts is by far the biggest in scale and scope, and seeks

to turn the international corridor between

a country’s artists and dreamers – and

Hollywood’s “land of dreams” – into a two- way street as a launch pad for opportunity, recognition and reward.

For information on being a contestant, Scout or National Director, please contact: or visit the website: *Photos from WCOPA 2012 by RT Productions

1. Elina Nikerina (USA) - Junior World Solo Dance Champion

2. Magdaleen, Mari & Zani (Nambia) - Junior World Vocal Group Champions

3. Mykola Bilorus (Ukraine) - Junior World Male Model Champion

4. Malaysia - 1 st Place Best National Costume

5. Shyandra Spencer (USA) - Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World

6. Kelly Webster (New Zealand) - Senior World Solo Dance Champion

7. Laura Meldon (Australia) - Senior World Acting Champion

8. Polina Loran (Russia) - Junior World Female Model Champion

9. H.P.M. Dance Studio Pardubice (Czech Republic) - Junior World Dance Group Champions

10. Trinidad & Tobago - 3 rd Place Best National Costume

11. Russia - 2 nd Place Best National Costume

12. Nayeli Fanfan (Haiti) - Senior World Female Model Champion

- 2 n d Place Best National Costume 12. Nayeli Fanfan (Haiti) - Senior World Female

JED MADELA became the first Filipino to win the WCOPA world grand champion title and immediately signed with Universal Records. He now has his own weekly TV show, enjoys sold-out concerts throughout the world, has had seven double platinum albums and became the first world grand champion to be inducted into the Performing Arts Hall of Fame. ANDREW PAPAS, multi- medalist and finalist in the 2012 WCOPA, journeyed home to New Zealand and linked with the newly-formed boy band Titanium to launch their first single which went platinum. AMANDA BALON from Florida at age ten secured the coveted principle role in the national touring company of Annie. After capturing the top senior crown, Australia’s CHRISTIAN PATTERSON performed for a year with Cirque du Soleil, in the Las Vegas hit revue Splash, on a popular TV “soap” series in New York, and in the internationally acclaimed film Rent. Multi-medalist and finalist, DIMITRI DIATCHENKO from Los Angeles catapulted his acting career in George Lucas’ Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, directed by Steven Spielberg. MICHAEL DAMESKI played the starring role of Billy Elliot in the Australian production, in the Tony Award winning Broadway production and in the North American tour of Billy Elliot the Musical. Colorado is proud of nine year old CHRIS O’NEIL whose first acting job after WCOPA was starring in New Line Cinema’s popular film Last Mimzy. CARL MAN from the United Kingdom left WCOPA to immediately become a featured vocalist on Royal Caribbean’s flagship Liberty of the Seas and then starred in Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular. MONIQUE SMITH, female model medalist and finalist, graduated from Florida State University with a 4.0 grade point average and is now a media analyst at CNN. These examples are just a few of the “big dreamers” motivated and affected by their WCOPA constructive experience!

Celebrating its eighteenth year July 11 – 20, 2014, WCOPA is the only premier international talent competition of its kind held annually in “Hollywood,” entertainment capital of the world. Treasured bronze, silver and gold medals are awarded to world champions in dancing, singing, acting, modeling, instrumentals and variety arts in the junior age categories (15 and under) and seniors (ages 16 and over), solos and groups. In addition, a total of over $130,000 USD in scholarships is presented by the famed Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood, California and the prestigious

John Guillaume (Haiti) - Senior World Male Model Champion
John Guillaume (Haiti) -
Senior World Male Model Champion

New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts School of Film and Television.

Industry personnel (i.e. managers, agents, casting directors, music industry representatives) from Hollywood, Nashville, and New York are invited to judge, conduct seminars and “go-sees.” This elite world- class competition hosts a priceless educational boot camp, a colorful Opening Ceremonies Parade of Nations, festive parties and fun activities, a sensational Awards Ceremony, and a live global webcast of the breathtaking final gala in which the “best of the best” compete for the coveted Grand Champion of the World titles!

Thousands of applicants from over 50 countries and the USA audition for a spot to compete at this ultimate global meet staged at the beautiful Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Every contestant who attends WCOPA will have been screened, qualified and selected under guidelines executed by licensed National Directors and Scouts from invited countries. This esteemed meet is an exclusive outlet for aspiring international performers and models to acquire invaluable experience, education, recognition, and networking opportunities

The event’s competition structure reproduces as closely as possible the processes for auditioning and casting for film, television and Broadway. Special emphasis is placed on “entertainment value and marketability.” This in no way takes away from the technical aspect of the performances, however judges are looking for that special charisma (the “it” factor) that most top entertainers have. One’s talent must be spectacularly presented in a very short time period just as is done for

Petr Bazala (Czech Republic) - Senior World Instrumental Champion
Petr Bazala (Czech Republic) -
Senior World Instrumental Champion
Mariselle Stofberg (Namibia) - Junior World Acting Champion
Mariselle Stofberg (Namibia) -
Junior World Acting Champion
Fantastic Four (Sweden) - Senior Grand Champion Performers of the World
Fantastic Four (Sweden) -
Senior Grand Champion
Performers of the World

auditions thus performance times of one minute (60 seconds) are strictly enforced.

This revered contest is strictly for dedicated talent who want to train and learn, compare their talent to others around the world, and most importantly to network with entertainment industry icons. As a neutral event, this world competition does not solicit nor get directly involved in representation of any type and does not guarantee employment as that is up to the agents, managers and others in attendance from the industry. Numerous contestants receive offers and sign with agents, managers… and move to Hollywood, Nashville or New York to embark on a career. Many return to their respective countries prepared for a brilliant profession, no matter the field. But what is so critically important is that everyone who has the honor to participate in this decisive world talent championships receives a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity and experience!

The inimitable global event features an intense, inventive, one-day “Worldstars Boot Camp,” a full day of the most comprehensive entertainment educational training, seminars,

and workshops given by renowned experts

in the fields of modeling, acting, performing, singing, music, and dancing exclusively provided to models and talent from around the world participating at WCOPA. A sampling of previous camp highlights and mentors are:

• The legendary “vocal coach of the stars” whose students have garnered over 140 Grammys and include superstars such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, David Archuleta, Josh Groban, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Cher, Tina Turner, Natalie Cole, and many others. To be in the same room as this world famous icon is indeed a rare privilege and honor!

• Seven-time Emmy nominee and three-time Emmy winning producer and choreographer

• One of the world’s most famous fashion designers whose celebrity clients include Angelina Jolie, Ivanka Trump, the cast of “Desperate Housewives,” Eva Mendes, Heather Locklear, Gwyneth Paltrow and many more.

• The modeling industry: training, careers, and “the business”

• Senior Talent Agent with offices in New York and Hollywood presenting “audition techniques”

• One of the world’s foremost psychologists and radio talk show hosts giving exclusive tips on “How to overcome stage fright”

• Seven-time Grammy nominee and two-time Grammy winning independent music label owner

• One of Hollywood’s most celebrated agents with celebrity clients on several hit TV series

• Several of the world’s top dance choreographers from the renowned Millennium Dance Complex teaching some of the most dazzling routines ever created

• Amazing information and tutoring for actors and performers including TV camera techniques, business

Funky Brothers (Moldova) - Senior World Dance Group Champions
Funky Brothers (Moldova) -
Senior World Dance Group Champions

operations, marketing, and vital “tools of the trade” from the celebrated New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts School of Film and Television

A highlight of the festivities is the annual presentation of the lauded “Achievement Award” to an entertainment industry celebrity or VIP. Because of its stellar reputation in attracting achieving talent, VIP and celebrity entertainment industry greats from Hollywood, Nashville and New York have been inducted into WCOPA’s legendary Performing Arts Hall of Fame such as:

ANN-MARGRET – two-time Academy Award nominee JACLYN SMITH – star of Charlie’s Angels JUSTIN CHAMBERS – star of Grey’s Anatomy LINDA GRAY – star of Dallas LIZA MINNELLI – three Tony Awards, an Oscar, Emmy and two Golden Globe Awards DOLLY PARTON – four-time Grammy Award winner DIONNE WARWICK – multi-Grammy winner DANIEL LARMARRE – President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil

Previous judges have included:

MEHCAD BROOKS (Hollywood) – Brooks, a famous Calvin Klein model, starred on Alan Ball’s HBO hit TV series True Blood and currently stars in Necessary Roughness. He is a SAG ensemble award winner and Image Award nominee for his performance as Alfred Woodard’s son on ABC’s smash series Desperate Housewives. ANITA MANN (Hollywood) – With six (6) Emmy nominations, two (2) Emmy Awards and honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Anita is one of America’s top choreographers and live show producers. Her countless credits include The Academy Awards, The Golden Globe Awards, Academy

Coleen Tjikune (Namibia) - Senior World Solo Vocal Champion
Coleen Tjikune (Namibia) -
Senior World Solo Vocal Champion

of Country Music Awards, Miss America Pageant, The People’s Choice Awards, The Emmys. STEVEN DORFF (Hollywood and Nashville) – One of the world’s most successful music composers. NSAI Songwriter of the Year, 40 BMI and 11 Billboard #1 awards, three- time Grammy nominee, Emmy nominee for five television compositions, nine #1 film songs and 15 Top 10 hits. His many songs have been sung by some of the greatest artists of our time: Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, George Strait, Vanessa Williams, and countless others. He currently has two projects making their way to Broadway. JOHN PARDEE and JOEY MURPHY (Hollywood) – These partners, in addition to their careers as successful feature film screenwriters, are in their 18 th year as writers/ producers of numerous television series – The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Cybil and ABC television’s mega-hit, Desperate Housewives.

To provide an expanded role in offering accurate industry material and education, the International Worldstars Association (IWA) was formed and is the only organization in the world devoted to the betterment of aspiring performing artists, especially those planning to compete at WCOPA. Training videos, informative seminars, success stories, live and taped interviews, and prized information are available exclusively for members.

With shows like American Idol and others vying for face time on TV, it’s no wonder that there’s such a proliferation of talent looking for a home! The talent shows score some of the biggest audience ratings and their renewed popularity has made WCOPA more relevant than ever. After all is said and done, talent competitions are nothing new. Everyone from Frank Sinatra to Patsy Cline to Britney Spears has been discovered on talent contests. Talent contest judges initially rejected some well-known stars, like Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Drew Carey.

Anastasia Zahrai (Ukraine) - Junior World Instrumental Champion
Anastasia Zahrai (Ukraine) -
Junior World Instrumental Champion