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2014 World Finals


Minneapolis, MN

Jun 14 – Jun 19


Galveston, TX

Jun 23 – Jun 28


Toledo, OH

Jul 6 – Jul 11


Virginia Beach, VA

Jul 14 – Jul 19

2014 Regional Schedule

Lancaster I, PA Jan 31-Feb 2
Long Island I, NY Jan 31-Feb 2
Davenport, IA Feb 7-Feb 9
Nashville, TN Feb 7-Feb 9
Denver, CO Feb 7-Feb 9
Houston, TX Feb 14-Feb 16
Andover, MA Feb 14-Feb 16
Lakeland I, FL Feb 14-Feb 16
Woodbridge I, VA Feb 20-Feb 23
Detroit, MI Feb 21-Feb 23
San Diego, CA Feb 21-Feb 23
Waterbury, CT Feb 28-Mar 2
Portland, OR Feb 28-Mar 2
Atlanta, GA Feb 28-Mar 2
Kansas City, MO Mar 7-Mar 9
Hackensack, NJ Mar 7-Mar 9
Pittsburgh, PA Mar 7-Mar 9
Omaha, NE Mar 14-Mar 16
Syracuse, NY Mar 14-Mar 16
Upland, CA Mar 14-Mar 16
Seattle, WA Mar 21-Mar 23
Providence, RI Mar 21-Mar 23
Durham, NC Mar 21-Mar 23
Austin, TX Mar 28-Mar 30
Concord, NH Mar 28-Mar 30
Columbus, OH Mar 28-Mar 30
Albany, NY Apr 4-Apr 6
Long Island II, NY Apr 4-Apr 6
Spartanburg, SC Apr 4-Apr 6
St. Louis, MO Apr 11-Apr 13
Worcester, MA Apr 11-Apr 13
Lakeland II, FL Apr 11-Apr 13
Youngstown, OH Apr 25-Apr 27
West Memphis, AR Apr 25-Apr 27
Voorhees, NJ Apr 25-Apr 27
Lancaster II, PA May 1-May 4
Indianapolis, IN May 1-May 4
Dallas, TX May 2-May 4
Minneapolis, MN May 7-May 11
Ft. Lauderdale, FL May 9-May 11
Northampton, MA May 9-May 11
Grand Rapids, MI May 16-May 18
Woodbridge II, VA May 16-May 18
Long Island III, NY May 16-May 18
Chicago, IL May 22-May 25
San Jose, CA May 23-May 25
Huntingtown, MD May 23-May 25

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About Us

Unlike all the Others

Exceeding Expectations

StarQuest International is consistently exceeding expectations and creating new standards while competitors scramble to keep pace. Broadway caliber performances, extraordinary production values and on-time performances in a friendly atmosphere are the hallmarks of a StarQuest event. Teachers, students and parents never thought a competition could be so beautifully presented until they experienced StarQuest's polished presentation. Every detail is addressed with warmth and care. The streamlined registration process, designated dressing areas for each studio (even for the boys) with sound from the show pumped into the dressing areas are just a few examples of the special attention that goes into the 'StarQuest Experience'.

Detailed Preparation

StarQuest founder Steve Wappel says, "We saw the need for an event that combined fun with on-time professionalism. Our commitment to detail in every phase of the competition continues to set us apart." All the technical and logistical elements are done so well at StarQuest that the event has a seamlessness and a pace that defies belief! The accumulation of all these details creates such a happy event that parents, students and teachers return year after year for more of the 'StarQuest Experience'! Preparation for a StarQuest competition begins months before the event. "In the past, parents and studio directors had to accept competitions that ran hours behind schedule, distractions in the audience, teachers yelling from the wings and no advanced planning for costume changes," Steve explains. "StarQuest continually proves that a competition can be consistently presented in a calm, professional manner just like a real Broadway show-and still be tons of fun," he concludes. Owen Goldman, formerly of Dancer Magazine, comments, "Until StarQuest came along, nobody made an issue out of running a competition event on-time...parents and teachers didn't know it could be accomplished. StarQuest makes it look smooth, simple and effortless." StarQuest is currently the only competition organization in which every regional and finals event starts and ends precisely on-time!". . . a feat still unequaled in the competition industry.

Extensive Background

The prime force behind StarQuest's dramatic rise is a dynamic combination of theatricality and organized efficiency. Co-founders Steve and Kathy Wappel have 50 years combined experience in show business. This extensive history in performance and production strengthens each impressive competition experience. Steve has participated in just about every facet of show business while being involved in more than 100 major musical productions. Kathy's career as a dancer, acrobat and choreographer gives her the insight needed to showcase performers within a warm, friendly environment. Their combined perspectives as parents and former dance teachers allow them to empathize with students, parents, and teachers. It is their intense commitment to consistently combine showmanship with warmth and care that sets StarQuest apart from other competitions.

Informed Evolution

StarQuest learns what students, parents and teachers appreciate by listening carefully to feedback from studio owners & teachers.  StarQuest continually uses that information to set itself apart from the others. Keeping a competitive edge means constantly advancing swift and friendly customer service as well as staying abreast of industry changes. Current projects under development include standardization and uniformity of industry-wide competition rules and global corporate sponsorships. StarQuest is now a proud founding member of the Federation of Dance Competitions! "We will continue to respond to the needs and desires of parents, students and teachers," Steve says. This constant input from its' core audience allows StarQuest to continually reinvent itself.

A Moment to Reflect

As Steve looks back over the past twenty years, he is pleased to discover that his original artistic vision and guiding principles remain on target. "Our audiences embrace every innovation and they reap the benefits of our artistic vision." Performers always enjoy "professional courtesies" at StarQuest and a unique gift is received by every person who enters. Every detail of a StarQuest event is wrapped into the most positive overall experience of a performer's lifetime. Children of all ages who dream of doing their best experience it every time they enter a StarQuest competition. Everyone leaves the theater feeling fantastic, no matter what they achieve. StarQuest is about creating uplifting moments in performers' lives. Every performer leaves a StarQuest event with a proud sense of accomplishment and a heart full of happy memories. They earn pins, medals, plaques, trophies, cash awards, sometimes even a title, but the true reward lies in their greater appreciation for dance, their renewed self-confidence, and the determination to do even better at their next competition.