2013 Schedule

  • 09-29-13 St Louis, MO
  • St. Louis, MO

    minis juniors seniors
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    Mason Schmambach Ryan Evan Emily Harty
    Allie Byergo Belle Broughton Tia Newby
    Ben Iken    
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    Reagan Haar Ainsley Moses Frankie Baron
    Cydni Knox Kailyn Maclin Emily Snell
      Gabby Wiernik Reagan Ricossa
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    Madison Dixon Abby Stewart Natalie Williams
    Keeli Desir Gray Webb Mary Grace Wiedt
    Anna Scheer    
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        Delaney Glazer
        Nealey Ritzel
        Mariah Russell

  • 10-06-13 Ft Lauderdale, FL
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    minis juniors seniors
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    Hannah Curran Francesca Toriello Brandon Chang
    Daniella Marreo Gabby Leonard Tara Moras
    Emily Goleman    
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    Macy Meis Natalie BUtt Korie Remer
    Jazlyn Saavedra Megan McCutcheon Gabriella Martina
      Nia Thomas Carly Wright
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    Angelina Garcon Alexa Labeuyere Stephanie Franco
    Nina Ballou Logan Roberts Skylar Smith
    Amanda Estevez    
        Shock Prodigy
        Ciara Selk
        Reagan Ricossa
    Arianna Jaramillo   Connir Yockus

  • 10-13-13 Worcester, MA
  • Worcester, MA

    minis juniors seniors
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    Alyssa Rabb Holly Paolino Noah Parets
    Catherine Sirard Gracie Hood Emily Masse
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    Natalie Breen Haley Huelsman Kailey Doukszewicz
    Jada Specht Haley Scalabrin Kai Holmes
      Grace Luiso Nicole Shorey
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    Nora Landry Morgan Perschy Lauren DiPietro
    Riley LeBlanc Amy Benedetto Kayla Ostrowski
    Hailey Creto    
        Shock Prodigy
        Mary Brothers
        Molly Robinson
        Kelsey Farmer

  • 10-27-13 Charlotte, NC
  • Charlotte, NC

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    Mason Shaw Taylor Tarquin Abbi Fyffe
    Haydon Stroud Parker Garrison Cayla Foston
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    Morgan Giddings Jenna Petty Cacy Lee
    Jade Allen Sarah Whiting Johnathan Davis
      Joshua Dawson Leah Sussewell
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    Hether Young Megan Heyde Naijah Nsehti
    Rilan White Chloe Hess Grace Hildebrand
    Ella Doby    
        Shock Prodigy
        Rachel Harris
        Alyssa Macomber
        Mariah Reeves

  • 11-3-13 Pittsburgh, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA

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    Regan Joyce Gabrielle Bartle Cassidy Grady
    Bryar Hamilton Leah Rae Lees Anna Harr
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    Phoenix Sutch Anna Schatzel Abbi Dicenso
    Isabella Iaquinta Isabella Febbrarb Julia Grubbs
      Justice McCort Payton Ackerman
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    Lana Rayna Morgan Faust Tommie Keston
    Sammie Lenzi Rachel Brooks Nina Brajovic
    Marissa Furfaro    
        Shock Prodigy
        Julia Spizzichini
        Javante' Carney
        Madelyne Spang

  • 11-10-13 Columbus, OH
  • Columbus, OH

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    Gavin Kappes Drazen Wilmers Victoria Straus
    Vann Riordan Hannna Coleman Rachel Courtney
    Alayna Quigley    
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    Ella Gallagan Skye Abrahams Onjelee Phomthirath
    Audrey States Kiara Johnson Lexi Daniels
      Adriana Barni Kailee Remer
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    Emma Sandker Svtha Nallapaneni Hailee Snyder
    Mya Montgomery Marissa Gebeau Makayla Baker
    Tatiana Hagee    
        Shock Prodigy
        Aimee Smyke
        Ryan Shaw
        Isabella Pete


Nick Bass

Originally from Nashville, TN, Nick now resides in LA. He has worked with Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Ciara, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Omarion, Nelly Furtado, Kylie Minogue, Jamie Foxx, Chris Brown, Prince, Boa, Madonna and many others. Nick has performed at the Grammy Awards, VMAs, AMAs, BETs, Soul Train Awards, and Dove Awards. He has also performed with artists on Saturday Night Live, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, TRL, The View, Good Morning America, Jay Leno, and Regis and Kelly. He has traveled the world on tours such as Janet Jackson’s “Rock Witchu” tour and Justin Timberlake’s “Future Sex Love Show” tour both of which he was an additional choreographer. This past year Nick was scheduled for what was to be the Michael Jackson 50 city London sellout “This Is It” tour, and can be seen in the “This Is It” documentary. Nick’s next project is working and dancing with Usher on numerous shows, events and on tour. When he’s not performing, he loves traveling the world inspiring other dancers with his unique choreography.

Melody Lacayanga

Originally from Daly City, Ca, Melody trained in classical and contemporary ballet, modern jazz, blues and Afro-Haitian at the School of the Arts under Elvia Marta. She also received extensive training as a member of The Dance Company of San Francisco. Now in LA, Melody’s credits include Idol Gives Back, Mark Meismer’s Evolution, Justin Giles’ Soul Escape, Coco Lee Benefit Concert, Jackie Chan and Superstars in Concert, Ellen Degeneres, San Francisco AIDS Benefit. Melody was the top female dancer on season one of the hit FOX TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance” and has since traveled the world as a performer and artist.

Hannah & Jasmine

Hannah Wintrode and Jasmine Rafael each come from different backgrounds and places, but have fused together to create a style that's new and fresh. The pair direct the all-girl crew Katalyst, and have led them through shows like World of Dance, Carnival, Posers, Hip Hop International to name a few. In the summer of 2012 alone, they have traveled to over 10 states to choreograph and teach at studios and workshops. Both are cast members of the Monsters of Hip Hop Show held every year in Los Angeles, CA where they get to work along side with some of the industries biggest names. The pair have also taught class at some of the most popular studios in LA such as Movement Lifestyle and Millennium Dance Complex. Just recently, they've choreographed for a professional college under the direction of Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo. They approach their goal with passion: to simply encourage kids, especially girls, to dance strong and be proud to be themselves.

Allen Cooper

Allen began dancing at the age of 9 under the direction of Christy Curtis in Raleigh, NC. Throughout his training he has studied and/or assisted almost every well known teacher on the convention circuit today. He appeared in a national commercial at the age of 15. He is also a successful choreographer, with his routines taking many top awards at various competitions for numerous studios for many years. Allen has performed with ODYSSEY DANCE THEATRE, throughout Europe, as well as choreographing a piece for them this year. This is Allen’s 6th year working for STAR SYSTEMS, starting with backstage manager and moving up to Show Director. This year Allen is the producer of the opening numbers for all 3 SUPERSTAR DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS assisted by Melody Lacayanga, Merissa Gassel, and Hannah Wintrode. Currently Allen resides in San Diego, CA.

Merissa Gassel

Originally from St. Louis, Merissa grew up in the convention circuit assisting and touring since the young age of 14. She currently resides in Los Angeles working as a professional dancer and choreographer. Merissa has held principle roles in Justin Giles’ Soulescape Dance Company, Dee’s IV Dance Company and Tessandra Chavez's, Unity LA. She has performed coast to coast in many live shows and worked under choreographers on the creation of Justin Timberlake’s Damn Girl/ F.S.L.S. tour, the upcoming remake of Solid Gold, the 2011 Liberty Bowl halftime show and with Justin Giles on So You Think You Can Dance. Merissa is passionate about motivating kids and sharing her movement. 

Gustavo Vargas

Originally from Mexico City, Mexico, Gustavo has worked with Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, Usher, Pink, Mya, Alicia Keys, Paulina Rubio, Roselyn Sanchez, Britney Spears, Enrique Iglesias, N'Sync, Jessica Simpson, and Eva Longoria. His TV credits are Dancing With The Stars, Bruno and Carrie Ann’s Dance Wars, the America’s Best Dance Crew intro, Eve, 7th Heaven, Drew Carey, Boston Public, AMAs, Grammys, Janet Jackson MTV-Icon and Strong Medicine. Movies include The Bachelor, Be Cool, Dirty Dancing II-Havana Nights, Spanglish, Master of Disguise, Along Came Polly, Jackass II, Rent, and Indiana Jones. Known for his partnering skills, Gustavo is technically trained and teaches all styles of dance.

Matt Boyce

Born and raised in New Jersey, Matt has studied and performed the art of tap dancing mentored by Mike Minery since the early age of ten. Matt made his first debut into the professional industry at the age of twelve when he became the youngest ever principal dancer for the New Jersey Tap Ensemble, under the direction of Deborah Mitchell. With the ensemble, he learned various styles of tap from artists such as, Deborah Mitchell, Paris Mann, Savion Glover, Karen Calloway Williams, and Maurice Chestnut. The most notable performance with the ensemble was with the New Jersey Symphony at the the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ in 2002. At the age of 16, Matt became an original company member of Mike Minery’s Tapaholics. With the Tapaholics, Matt performed for five years touring nationally with the company. Matt has also been an assistant choreographer for the Tap Convention Slide. Most recently Matt has just achieved his bachelors in Music from Montclair State University. Matt just completed his first season with STAR SYSTEMS, and we are looking forward to a long and exciting future with him. Matt will be joining us on the 2011 tour of SHOCK THE INTENSIVE, as our tap instructor

Ricky Palomino

Ricky was an original member of Cedar Lake Dance Company, H.T Chen Dance & Co., and was an Alvin Ailey and Broadway Dance Center scholarship recipient. He was on the hit FOX show, “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 3. Ricky guest taught at numerous dance studios around the U.S. in more than 57 Cities including Canada. Ricky also assisted Emmy award winning Choreographer, Mia Michaels on SYTYCD Season 4, and aided in the development of Cirque Du Soleil’s Luxor spectacular, “Believe” Featuring Criss Angel “The MindFreak” choreographed by Wade Robson. Ricky is part owner of Poetry In Motion Dance Company, based in the Twin Cities which debuted in Europe in October 2009. Ricky has also recorded 2 music albums, found on iTunes, and distributed in more than 22 countries: "Hyperactive Involvement", and "Amateurely Honest".

Glenna Wilson

Glenna's bio is coming soon!

Nicole Snelson

Nikki Snelson is most recognized for her performance of Brooke Wyndam in the original Broadway and MTV cast of LEGALLY BLONDE. She has also been seen on Broadway in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (starring Bernadette Peters) and SWEET CHARITY (starring Christina Applegate). Nikki played "Cassie" in the National Tour of A Chorus Line and also performed in the Broadway National Tours of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, SHOW BOAT, HELLO, DOLLY, and Jonathan Larson's TICK TICK…BOOM(Susan)! Snelson originated the role of The Mad Hatter in Frank Wildhorn's Wonderland. Recently, Nikki played Velma in Chicago at Maine State Theater and Sally Bowles in Cabaret at The Napa Valley Opera House. Snelson was featured in the groundbreaking documentary EVERY LITTLE STEP as well in the major motion pictures REEFER MADNESS and ACCROSS THE UNIVERSE. On the small screen, Nikki has been seen on Desperate Housewives and All My Children. She received her training in Theatre from Boston Conservatory. Nikki grew up in the St Louis area and made her professional debut at the St Louis Muny. Ms Snelson has directed, choreographed, and taught around the world. In 2012, Nikki will travel to Singapore to co direct and choreograph "Gypsy."

* Faculty subject to change.


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The Intensive

The hottest dance intensive in the nation is, well… Intense. SHOCK is the original one-day dance intensive packed full of exciting classes from the industry’s top teachers and choreographers. Although it’s only one day, you pay half the cost of a more expensive (and less cool) 2 day convention, but get almost the same number of classes all rolled into 1 day. Now that’s INTENSE.

Not to mention the quality of instruction, no competition stress, and Shock’s insanely talented, world famous faculty... Is there any other choice?

Teachers/Asst. Teachers

You may participate in all classes; Mini, Junior, Teen*, Senior, and your own teacher room.

Students **

Level Suggested Age Session
Seniors 15 & up 7:45am - 4pm
Teens * 12-15 * 7:45am - 4pm
Juniors 9-12 7:45am - 4pm
Minis 7 & up 7:45am - noon

* Teen room available in select cities only.
** This is only a suggested age recommendation. It is up to the discretion of the teacher, who knows the capabilities of each individual student.


Passes are available for $15. Allowed with paid students only. All dancers must pay the registration fee, no dancer may sit in on class as an observer. All teachers and assistant teachers must pay the teacher fee, no teacher, or assistant teacher may register as an observer. No flash photography allowed during class and absolutely NO VIDEO CAMERAS allowed in ballrooms.


Please be courteous to fellow dancers and hotel guests at all times. Please keep noise levels low in hotel rooms and all ballrooms. Cover-ups must be worn outside ballrooms. Any dancer under 16, who is a guest of the hotel, must have a chaperone. If you are in need of help or medical attention, please inform a staff member or hotel operator.

Studio Discounts

For every 10 students one teacher/assistant teacher is admitted FREE. For studios that register 30 dancers, the studio owner receives a hotel room the night before the convention FREE. For studios that register 50 dancers, the studio owner receives a hotel room the night before the convention FREE, AND 5% off STAR SYSTEMS 2012-2013 registration fees.

Video & Still Cameras

There is absolutely NO VIDEO CAMERAS ALLOWED in the ballrooms at any time. You may take pictures, but please, out of respect for our teachers and students, no flash photography during classes.


Single city and year long scholarships will be awarded at Shock in Mini, Junior and Senior age groups. Free Star Systems solo entry fees will be awarded in Junior and Senior age groups. We also offer a number of other exciting opportunities for attending dancers.

Convention Centers

A number of the SHOCK workshops are held in convention centers. ALL convention centers PROHIBIT coolers from being brought into the facility. Please check ahead of time regarding the venue for the city you will attend.


Want to have one or more of our SHOCK faculty members teach Master Classes at your studio? Contact us to book your private workshop today: email us or call 336.993.9073.

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Kernersville, NC 27285


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