WELCOME TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS OF PERFORMING ARTS (WCOPA)
- ABOUT WCOPA
- TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- BECOME A CONTESTANT
- SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
- The winners
- Contact us
- Success stories
World Championships of Performing Arts
“We are going to Disney!”
Event Registration: July 24, 2020
Event Departure: August 2, 2020
Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840 US
Phone (323) 960-5557, Fax (323) 851-4613,
WHAT IS THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS OF PERFORMING ARTS?
For centuries, there has been an exclusive “Olympics” for athletes. This discriminatory practice is being corrected for performing artists by the creation of the “World Championships of Performing Arts” (WCOPA), cited as the one and only “official Talent Olympics” for aspiring performers and entertainers. After 24 years of incredible growth, it is the only international talent and modeling competition of its kind annually held in or around “Hollywood”, entertainment capital of the world! Similar to the Olympics, only invited and qualified competitors (called WORLDSTARS) represent their countries and compete each year in a fierce competition for “the gold”!
WHAT are “International WORLDSTARS”?
International WORLDSTARS are those achieving talent and models from around the world that have been exclusively screened, qualified and invited to represent their countries at the one-and-only, ultimate world championships for aspiring performers and entertainers:
- JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS OF PERFORMING ARTS (JWCOPA) for achieving performers and entertainers ages 5 to 15. (NO ENTRIE UNDER 5 YEARS OF AGE ACCEPTED)
- WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS OF PERFORMING ARTS (WCOPA)
for aspiring performers and entertainers ages 16 and over.
HOW ARE CONTESTANTS SELECTED AND INVITED?
Like the Olympics, the finest aspiring talent and modeling competitors from countries are qualified and invited. Every contestant attending the World Championships of Performing Arts system is screened, qualified and selected under specific guidelines established by WCOPA, and executed by Scouts and licensed National Directors from the invited countries. Contestant-at-large procedures are available where there is no director.
HOW MANY COUNTRIES WILL BE REPRESENTED?
Delegations of outstanding competitors from approximately sixty (60) countries will be represented at both the Junior World Championships and the World Championships.
WHAT ORGANIZATION BACKS THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS?
WORLDSTARS INTERNATIONAL Inc. organizes and manages The World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA), in concert with the International Selection Committee (ISC), which provides the foundation for this annual talent competition.
WORLDSTARS INTERNATIONAL, Inc.
8560 W. Sunset Blvd. - Suite 400
W. Hollywood, California 90069 U.S.A
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.wcopa.com WORLDSTARS USA, Inc.
3831 Old Forest Road, Suite 6
Lynchburg, Virginia 24501
WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SYSTEM?
To create the ultimate, international Olympic-style competition for performing artists with an emphasis on accurate, professional "Hollywood" entertainment industry education and experiences.
WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES FOR AN OFFICIAL CONTESTANT?
An official contestant must be a citizen and/or resident (or nationality) in good standing of the country represented, may be an amateur or professional, must have been qualified and invited according to World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) guidelines, and must comply with the rules and regulations established by the WCOPA. This “Official Contestant’s Handbook” is provided to each contestant describing details of and codes for the global competition. Must be registered (www.IWA.tv) as an IWA member in good standing.
Galina Poltorak is the national WCOPA director of the countries: Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan
Box 113, LV 1083, Rīga
Telephone: +371-28 491 488, +371 29510475
WHAT ABOUT ENTERING MORE COMPETITIONS?
The non-refundable, non-transferable entry registration covers predetermined number of competitions. If the entry wants to enter more competitions (i.e. styles) than in package provided by Director or International Selection Committee, then check with your Director/ISC for the additional fee for entering additional styles.
Remember: an “entry” is one or more contestants. For example, a duet is an entry with two contestants. For a group, there is a contestant fee per person in the group. For a list of all other fees contact your National Director or Scout.
WHAT IS MEANT BY “ENTRY” & “CONTESTANT”?
An “Entry” is a solo, duet, trio or group entered in competition at the WCOPA. A “Contestant” is a soloist or individual member of a duet, trio or group. For example, a trio of singers is considered one vocal “entry” with three “contestants.”
Group verses Solo entry, a group entry enters any of the competitions qualified for groups. If a member of the group is qualified and wants to enter a solo competition, then that solo “Entry” is a different “Entry” from the group “Entry.” Each “Entry” is responsible for a “Contact/Supporter(s)” full page (two one-half pages) in the Directory of Contestants as the photograph, information and competitions entered are unique to that “Entry.”
WHAT ARE THE ROUNDS OF COMPETITION?
There are potentially two or perhaps three (3) rounds of preliminary competitions/performances during the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA):
1st Round- Medalist
The first round of competition at the World Championships of the Performing Arts determines the medalists: gold, silver, and bronze. Panels of judges score contestants by the following method: 90 -100 points = superior rating; 80 - 89 points = excellent rating; 70 -79 points = good rating; 69 points and under = fair rating. The entry in a competition with the highest number of points from a panel of judges receives a gold medal, the next highest receives a silver, and the next receives a bronze. Depending on scores and age groups, the medalists proceed (and in rare cases, high scorers) to the Overall World Championships competition (Round 2). If there is only one (or two persons) in a category, one must meet pre-determined score. Example: 90-100 to earn a gold medal…or 80 - 89 to earn silver.
2nd Round Medalist- Overall World Champions
The scores from Round 1 are combined into overall age divisions. The highest scores will be awarded overall in each category (Example: Acting, Dance, Model, Vocal and Instrumental) in each overall age division.
*Not all categories will receive awards.
3rd Round – Selection of Finalists
Outstanding and entertaining performers chosen during Round 2 will then perform before a selected panel of judges and designees by WCOPA to determine the Finalists who will compete for the “Grand Champion of the World” competition category titles and ultimately the “Grand Champion Performer of the World” titles before a celebrated VIP panel of judges. The finals are an exciting “Showcase of Champions” contest! Please note: Any act, competitor or category not considered strong enough for final consideration and competition by the event producers, and/or designee by WCOPA and/or any difficulty with music clearance, etc. may be taped for announcement purposes only or simply announced, and/or not perform at the finals.
HOW IS AGE CALCULATED?
The age of the contestant on July 1, 2020 determines the age category of competition. For duets, trios, quartets, choirs, groups and production numbers, it is calculated by age averaging. Every member’s age as of July 1, 2020 is added together then divided by the number of members in the group. If the average age of a group ends in 0.5 or higher, then it is rounded up to the next higher age.
HOW ARE AGE DIVISIONS DETERMINED?
Age on the first day of July 2020 determines the age group. Groups are determined by taking all the ages of all members and then dividing the number members into the total. Example: ages 14, 15, 16 = 45 divided by 3 = 15.
The age division would be 13 - 15.
WHAT IS THE JUDGING CRITERIA?
Special emphasis is placed on “entertainment value and marketability” during judging. This in no way takes away from the technical aspect of the performances, however, judges are looking for that special charisma (“it”) that most top entertainers have. Performance times of one minute (60 seconds) are strictly enforced. Contestants with the highest scores by panels of judges in respective events are the winners. Over 100 persons from the entertainment industry (i.e. agents, managers, casting directors, record label reps) are invited to judge, conduct seminars and cast during the week-long event. Variety Arts performances may perform for 90 seconds.
More is not better. Do not use the extra time if it does not add to the performance.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
OVERALL JUDGING CRITERIA
Special emphasis will be placed on the entertainment and marketing value during judging. This in no way takes away from the technical aspect of the performances. Judges are looking for that special charisma and stage presence that top entertainers have... and who is marketable? Keep in mind as important as it is to have your performance technically correct, it is even more important to keep it entertaining. Contestant may only enter a style in a category once. “Open” Categories may be used for second performance of the same style. However, we do not recommend singing the same song more than once.
All music must be USB Drive are required to ensure the quality of the competitions and final show. Each performance must be on a separate USB Drive. Each USB Drive must have a label with contestants (or group’s) name, event, style, and age division. Example: John Doe, Dance, Jazz and 16-17 years. Please bring a back up drives for each performance. Completed music clearance forms are required. Original music is always encouraged for all styles, categories and competitions in which music is used. All background music should be formatted in MP3 format ONLY. You must PURCHASE your music from quality outlets. Pirated online music has poor sound quality with fluctuations in volumes when played on professional sound systems. Every time music is cut and re-recorded it loses quality. Record all music from the master and not from copies. If given the option for input/output volumes when recording, record volumes in the middle of the range given. Check purchased music on a computer player and confirm it has been recorded in MP3 format. If when performing music, you must hear the first note to start your performance, let the room coordinator know this when you are in line-up so the volume on the sound system can be raised. Please keep in mind Round I and Round II competition are in audition format. There is only one minute and no sound checks. The judges understand the difference between a performance error and sound issues. No music will be used for the final show performance that is not a quality recording.
A separate vocal category is included: VOCAL SELF-ACCOMPANIMENT (piano, guitar, etc.) and includes all 14 styles. Contestants must provide amps for electrical instruments.
*We are working on having music uploaded during the registration process by link sent to you after your director has registered you and you have verified your events. However, we are not ready to implement at this time *
The time limit for all performances is sixty (60) seconds. All rounds and the finals are sixty (60) seconds. A 25% deduction will be taken for any performance going over the time limit. Time will begin when the music starts and will stop when the music stops. Remember, you may go under the time limit but not over!
Parents, family, friends, agents, hairdressers, dressers, teachers or make-up artist are not allowed behind the stage before or during competitions.
Dance Floor: Interlocking black sections or facsimile approximately twenty (20) feet deep by thirty (30) feet wide.
*stages not designated for dance may be smaller.
Judging Categories: Stage Presence, Originality of Material, Technique, Style, and Entertainment Value are all considered during the scoring process.
Acrobatic & Gymnastic Moves: Acrobatic moves and tumbling passes are allowed in Acro/Gymnastic and Production numbers. Dance should be incorporated throughout the routine.
Lip Syncs and Vocalizations: Small isolated lip syncs and vocalizations are allowed in all categories. Total song lip syncs should go in Open, and dance with total song vocalizations in the form of singing should go in Song & Dance.
Ballet: a classical and character work performed in ballet shoes or pointe shoes showing ballet technique whether classical, neo-classical or contemporary.
Jazz: a routine where dancers execute free form movement and styling characteristic of jazz dance whether in jazz or character shoes of any kind, half-soles or bare feet.
Tap: a routine where dancers wear tap shoes and execute tap technique.
Clogging/Hoofer: Clogging- a routine where dancers wear clogging shoes and execute clogging technique including but not limited to rhythmic patterns and formations. Hoofer-Primarily tap technique and work showcasing a “Stomp/Da Funk” feel with heavy accent with more of a flat foot style.
Song & Dance: a routine where contestant(s) sing and dance, with at least 50% being dance.
Acro/Gymnastic: a routine consisting of controlled acrobatic and/or gymnastic movements involving balance and flexibility. Routine must include choreography, dance technique and fluid movement. (Preference – no mats.)
Lyrical: a routine where dancers interpret the lyrics or mood (intent) of a song (with or without words). This form includes the use of legwork, balance, and facial and body emotion.
Ethnic/Folkloric: a routine consisting of dance styles of a particular ethnic group.
Hip Hop/Funk: a routine where the majority of the content is “street wise” jazz or contemporary jazz considered as hip-hop or funk.
Open: a routine combining any forms of dance styles or a routine that does not fit any category listed. Or you want to do the same style twice!
Musical Theater/Character: a routine interpreting a song from a “Broadway” or movie musical, or a routine portraying a character from a play, movie, television show or a stereotype (i.e. doctor, policeman, etc.) through any style of dance.
Ballroom: a routine with partners in the following styles: Tango, Salsa, Freestyle, Swing, Waltz
Production Line/Crew: Minimum of ten (10) participants but all of them do not have to be on the floor at the same time. Dancers of all ages and all styles of dance may be used in the production. Singing, props and costume changes are welcome but must be handled by group and accomplished in the 60 seconds.
Contemporary: The exploration of the total movement potential of the body. It differs from commercial or competitive dance in that it is not bound by set standards, as well as defined styles such as ballet and jazz dance Instead; it seeks to express a personalized vision, often through experimentation and collaboration for the development of new, more individualized approaches to the moving body and choreographic possibilities
Vocal Rules (Vocal Solos and Vocal Groups)
Microphones: Lavaliere, headsets, corded and cordless handheld microphones will be available. Please keep in mind not all types of microphones may be available. Every effort will be made to accommodate your needs. However, keep in mind a professional performer can make needed adjustments. Vocal Self-Accompaniment (piano, guitar, etc.) includes all 14 vocal styles. Only in Vocal Self-Accompaniment may an instrument be used. In vocal, all music must be pre-recorded on a USB Drive. A pianist (or other) accompanying a vocalist does NOT qualify as “vocal self-accompaniment”.
*The pianist (or other) accompanying a vocalist must be on a CD. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Judging Categories: appropriate song and lyrics for age and talent, correct vocal range, pitch and tone quality, diction, enunciation and elocution, voice projection, strong self-image, body movements, stage presence, handling of microphone, breath control and over all entertainment value will all be judged. Original music is always encouraged for all styles when possible.
Modeling Rules (SOLO ONLY. No group modeling.)
Stage Size: The stage is shaped like a “T”. The runway from back of stage will be approximately 28 feet long. This will be made of interlocking wooden sections or facsimile placed on the floor or may be raised. You will enter at the top of the runway section of the T then work the runway section. Judges prefer this is done in a fast upbeat manner. Enter at the top go to the bottom then back up to the top of the T then off the same way you came on.
Categories: Females 16 and up may compete in three divisions: Petite (height under 5 foot 6 inches), Plus (hip size 36 and up) and Runway (approximate height 5 feet 8 inches). Males may compete in two divisions: Commercial (Height Under 6 feet), Runway (Height 6 feet and over). Children (15 years and under) only age will be used to divide divisions. Senior-Every Day Model Segment is selected from Petite, Plus and Commercial Male models for Finale. All models, except children age 15 and under, will be divided by age, height and size. Children can be divided by age ONLY and may only compete in general divisions (formal, casual, swimwear, photo and spokes model. For the finale the divisions will be Children 10 and under and Junior 11-15. Children and Junior ages will only model formalwear in the finale. Both 10 and under and 11-15 will still need to compete in casual and formal to make the score to compete in the finale.
Music: Appropriate music will be provided for the style of modeling. Swimwear and Casual Runway will be upbeat while Formal will be slower music.
Modeling Pattern: Contestants will enter from stage right or left, go to the top of the runway, continue down the runway and then to stage left to pose then to stage right to pose. This is only a suggestion. Please keep your modeling pace with the music. You may work the runway in your own style. Please do NOT use props of any kind. During the spokes model event, the contestant will go to the end of the stage and do a maximum of a 60 second commercial, announcement or monologue. The contestant must carry any props on and off stage with NO assistance. Do not bring props on from the audience. All modeling contestants moving to the final showcase competition will be expected to walk runway style.
Runway Casual: Clothes should be “DRESSY” sportswear casual (jacket and pants). No costumes!
Swimwear: One or two-piece swimwear may be worn. No thongs are to be worn. Swimsuit should cover buttocks. Covers are not recommended for seniors. However, covers are recommended for juniors. Juniors should present a beachwear image.
Formal: Females: Formal wear should be modest. Remember less is not better! Men: Tuxedos or black suit.
Model finalists (female and male) will be determined from points in Formalwear (junior and senior), swimwear (seniors) and runway casual (juniors). Models must enter BOTH styles to qualify for Finals. During finals, models may be re-dressed to suit production. Models not acting professionally and following directives during rehearsals or fittings will be disqualified from finals. All models should bring formal and swimwear just in case they are selected for semi-finals. Any model may be selected by producers for semi-finals regardless of entries.
Photo model: When you line up for photo model you must have at least one but not more than three photos (black and white or color; no frames or mats accepted). All photographs must have a typed label with your first and last name, age group, and photo release signature from the photographer (see Photographer’s Release on bottom of page 15). During photo modeling, you will be asked to stand on the runway… no modeling! Staff has the right to disqualify provocative photos lacking in good taste. DO NOT SEND PHOTOS WITH REGISTRATION!
Acting Rules (solo or group, however groups will not continue to finals)
All acting performances and routines must be in good taste and suitable for families. Routines lacking good taste may be disqualified. All props used during acting must be carried on and off stage by contestant. Fake blood, confetti, water, or other objects should not be left behind on stage, or thrown into audience. Contestants leaving behind anything on the stage will be disqualified. All acting contestants are encouraged to enter comical.
Comical: may be Stand up or Variety (comedy routine integrated with magic, puppets, etc.) Note: A comedian can also enter “Acting – Comical” as another potential category for comedy competition.
*All Junior actors should enter Comical for semi-final round. Seniors may be given a scene to reenact during Finals.
Open: may be another category for comedy competition or any style.
Television: Category for those wanting to work on film. This is a close up live camera shot. Use this competition to show the value of expression. Every actor should enter this style. Act may be comical or dramatic. This is performed live and does NOT use prerecorded materials.
Equipment- You must provide all equipment you need including amps and cords. We will provide mics and sound system to mic non-electric instruments
Instrumentalist may enter solo or group.
(*Note: Original music is always encouraged for all styles when possible.)
Description of Variety
Aerial Acts Silk/Rope- These acts may be done using vertical rope, fabric hangs, silk, tissue, Spanish web and or hammock. Anything hanging with rope or fabric that are 4” or more off the ground. Max rig height 18 feet. No massive orbiting acts or flying silks. Aerial is open to solo artist only. NO GROUP ACTS ALLOWED.
Ground Acts: Any act such as hand balancing: role bola, diablo, acrobatic, canes, stilts, globe walkers, batons, baton twirling, magic, unicycling, foot archers, poi acts, and manipulation acts: juggling, ladder, Chinese pole with self-standing pole. Ground Acts are open to Solo and Groups.
Contortion: All contortion acts are welcome. Elite acts must be able to do chin stands and hold handstands for this category. Contortion is open to solo and groups.
Fire Acts: Any act where fire is used during a Ground Act. This category may be filmed for presentation during the finale. Fire acts may be solo or group.
This is an international event with people traveling from all corners of the world. It is important to always use good sportsmanship. Instructors, teachers, and parents should set the example. Everyone will be focused on the “gold medal” in each age division and every category and style. However, all contestants have the opportunity to be seen. It is not unusual for someone who did not place in the competition to get a professional contract. Any show of bad sportsmanship may cost you this valuable opportunity!
PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY
Professional photographers are scheduled for each event. Specially priced packages are available for the contestants to purchase all of their performance photos on CD (ask your Director for more information). This package also includes a “Camera Pass” that allows an individual to take additional performance photos that the official photographers might not capture. This pass covers non-professional equipment, such as personal cameras, video cameras, and camera phones. The official event photographers, as well as pre-authorized media, will be provided a Camera Pass tag. Anyone without this tag on their camera in the competition rooms or during Opening, Awards, or Final Ceremonies will be asked to leave and their Events Badge will be taken. One will then be required to purchase another badge at $200.00 for the violation. Please do not embarrass yourself or others by attempting to use a camera without a camera tag. These visible tags will make enforcement easier. Only Official WCOPA photographers are allowed in seminars and go-sees. No flash cameras of any type will be allowed at “Finals” (cameras may be used without a flash if you have purchased a camera pass). A photography session will take place after the event. Winners will be escorted to a press conference immediately after the event at the VIP Party.
Distribution of unauthorized material such as pamphlets, brochures, magazines etc. at the site of the World Championships of Performing Arts is prohibited.
This event is run according to “industry standards” and similar to auditions. If problems or challenges occur, “ADAPT”! Not everything will be perfect! It is the responsibility of the entrant to stop the performance if there is something not right (for example, the music is not right contestant may bow head for restart only if it is technical). All contestants (or representatives) must be at the Orientation Meeting on July 24, 2020 to get awards on August 1, 2020.
SOUND BOARD (AUDIO) & PERSONNEL
Scouts, Directors, Contestants, Parents, Coaches, everyone – STAY AWAY FROM THE SOUND BOARD AND PERSONNEL. If you have questions or challenges, check with the Contestant Coordinators which are located at the side of each performance stage.
The World Championships of the Performing Arts and the staff associated with any and all competitions and activities reserve the right to disqualify any contestant based on an infraction of the rules and unsportsmanlike behavior. Penalties will be enforced for time infractions. Make sure you understand the time limits and rules associated with the events you are entering. If you have any questions concerning these rules, contact your scout or National Director. If your scout or National Director cannot answer your question, they will contact the producers and/or the corporate office for clarification. It is important that your questions and concerns are directed through your National Director. National Director should contact Gwen Wilson for clarification.
Contestants and attendees are expected to follow written instructions as well as verbal instruction. Staff in each competition room has the right to disqualify acts for profanity, inappropriate dress, or not following verbal instruction. In addition any contestant leaving trash in a competition room will be disqualified. Parents, attendees and contestants must put trash in the containers provided in the competition rooms and in general meeting areas. Rooms will be closed to bringing in food and beverages if attendees are not respectful and put trash in the containers provided.
Hotel rooms will be inspected on the day prior to check out. Any damage to the hotel rooms will be charged to those assigned to the room. Your director will be responsible for collecting damages. All awards will be withdrawn if damages are not collected.
Please be respectful of others and respectful of the hotel property. The actions of a few cost everyone. Be mindful you represent your family, country and those who will follow in your steps in the future.
BECOME A CONTESTANT
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, July 23
Friday, July 24
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Orientation for all participants
Saturday, July 25
9:00am -9:00 pm
WORLDSTARS Boot Camp
Sunday, July 26
Leave for Disney
Return from Disney
Monday, July 27
9:00 am –10:00 pm
Tuesday, July 28
9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wednesday, July 29
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Post Semi Finalists
Competition (Semi Finals)
Thursday, July 30
7:30 am – 11:00 am
12:30 pm – 6:00 pm
4:00 am – 6:00 pm
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Rehearsal for Finals
Rehearsal for Finals
Go-Sees (Open to all contestants)
Go-Sees (Go-See Invitations and Finalists
Friday, July 31
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
7:00 pm (6:00 doors open to public)
Rehearsal for Finals
FINALS- Semi Formal Dress Attire
VIP Party Invitation Only
Saturday, August 1
1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
7:00 pm -10:00 pm
|Sunday, August 2||Departures|
Note: This is a tentative schedule based upon entry projections. A final schedule and room locations will be provided at registration.
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