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Celebrating is not Cancelled


Sandy Coyte shares how she and her Starbound National Talent Competition team pivoted from a nationwide city tour to a completely virtual experience for studios in the Spring and Summer. Plus, how she is getting creative with restrictions in various cities and venues to hold safe, in-person events for dancers.

About Sandy Coyte

From the moment you arrive, everyone who takes part in a Starbound Competition, from the studio directors, dance instructors and dance students, to the parents and grandparents, will recognize that Starbound National Talent Competition is a UNIQUE competition experience. Since 1994, Sandra Coyte, along with her husband Wayne, have strived to create a competition with a personal touch. Throughout the years, their success in this venture has been evidenced by the ever-growing numbers of returning customers, who are also considered to be friends. Sandra and Wayne have created these lasting relationships by providing participating teachers, dancers and parents with a very positive, personal experience at each of their competitions. The Starbound Directors endeavor to communicate and speak personally with each and every Studio Director and as many parents and performers as possible at every competition. These efforts have enabled Starbound to acquire the “Starbound Family” feeling that so many of our customers are familiar with, and return each year to experience. While competing, performers will find that the positive experience extends beyond the Directors! Our Stage Managers are friendly, professional and ready and able to assist with the timing of performances and the management of the backstage area. The Stage Managers are also an integral part of why Starbound’s competitions are known to run “on time”. We value your time, and make diligent efforts to provide you with the most accurate schedule possible. Upon taking the stage to perform, Starbound competitors face a judging panel consisting of individuals who possess extensive professional performance experience as well as experience working with children of all ages. Starbound utilizes an adjudicated scoring system, which allows the judges to provide performers with a score, along with  critiques. We strongly believe that positive-reinforcement is an invaluable educational tool, essential to the goal of building a child’s self-esteem. Our Judges strive to employ that philosophy in each of their evaluations. In keeping with our goal of providing a positive, self-esteem building experience, each and every performance is recognized at our Awards Ceremonies and receives an award for their efforts. Every performer has worked hard to be where they are and their accomplishments deserve recognition. We believe that if a student feels good about himself or herself, they WILL succeed! To those of you who are already a part of the “Starbound Family”, we look forward to seeing you again soon. We can’t wait to see how much you’ve accomplished since we last met. For those who are seeking a positive competition experience with a personal touch, we can’t wait to meet you!

Studio Owner Overcome

Join us live for Studio Owner OVERCOME a two-day virtual conference experience presented by dance studio owner and industry leader, Tiffany Henderson, featuring intimate conversations with women business owners and experts. 

Network from the comfort of your home! Studio Owner OVERCOME is November 12-13, 2020 and contains Live Q+A with Expert Panelists, Business Sessions, and Inspirational Keynote.

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