Congratulations to all our Canadian Representatives that participated in WCOPA 2020 Virtual Competitions! We a thrilled to announce a World Champion in our midst!
We are so proud of Rachel Stryker for receiving the prestigious title of Junior World Champion in the Vocal Category. This is a coveted title in the performing arts community.
Our medalists include:
Melinda Song - Gold Medal for Self-Accompaniment,
Silver Medal for Dancing and Singing,
Silver Medal for Singing
Mayling Camilleri - Silver Medal for Acting,
Silver Medal for Singing
Caitlyn Beribakovski - Bronze Medal for Singing
Hof Sisters - Gold for Dancing
Rachel Stryker - Gold Medal for Self-Accompaniment,
Silver Medal for Singing
Annabelle Tsang - Gold for Self Accompaniment,
Gold for Instrumental,
Bronze Medal for Singing
Kelly Hof - Silver Medal for Singing,
Silver Medal for Dancing,
Silver Medal for Acting
Haley Hof - Silver Medal for Singing,
Silver Medal for Acting ,
Bronze Medal for Modeling
Susanna Li - Silver Medal for Singing,
Silver Medal for Instrumental
Claire Jie - Silver Medal for Singing
Emma Ren - Silver Medal for Singing
Santha Tsang - Silver Medal for Acting,
Silver Medal for Singing
Ophelia Wang - Bronze Medal for Singing
Jessica Zheng - Silver Medal for Singing
Bravo to all of you!
We are the only official licensed scout in Markham and Richmond Hill area for the World Championships of Performing Arts, Canadian chapter.
Only after passing the preliminary auditions in Canada will you be qualified to represent the country and be invited for a once in a lifetime opportunity to Disneyland Park, California, and perform for Hollywood hot shots, receive a 9-day bootcamp and competition showcase fit for the stars, and have a chance to receive scholarships and awards worth over a half-million dollars. This is your ticket to Hollywood!
Selections for contestants are held in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. “Contestants from over 60 countries are expected to participate,” says Griff O’Neil, Founder, CEO and a former executive of the Miss Universe Pageant, “vying for ‘the gold’ PLUS treasured prizes.”
In 2018, awards included a recording contract from Indasoul Entertainment, and a total of over a half-million dollars in scholarships ($30,000.00 USD from the Millennium Dance Complex, $50,000.00 USD from CSM Music, $150,000.00 USD from the New York Film Academy and $280,000.00 USD from the New York Conservatory for Film and Television”).
Before the Opening Ceremonies and competition begins, contestants look forward to the much-anticipated WORLDSTARS Boot Camp, an unmatched full-day of the most comprehensive performing arts seminars and workshops given exclusively by top industry experts.
A popular highlight of the global meet is the spectacular Opening Ceremonies and WORLDSTARS Parade of Nations. Similar to the Opening Ceremonies at the Olympics, proud contestants from over 60 countries parade in beautiful costumes representing their respective nations. The WORLDSTARS Parade will be taking place in Disneyland California.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the purpose of WCOPA?
The mission is to create the ultimate, international Olympic-style competition for performing artists with an emphasis on accurate, professional "Hollywood" entertainment industry education and experiences.
The World Championships of Performing Arts was launched after the 1984 Olympic Games were staged in Los Angeles. While watching the various exciting events, Mr. Griff O'Neil was struck with a profound discrepancy: there was a competitive outlet for talented youth - a way to show the world their well-practiced skills - it just was restricted to athletes. Singers, dancers, actors, models and musicians, thought O'Neil, certainly deserved an Olympics of their own. Thus the World Championships of Performing Arts was inaugurated.
How many rounds of competition are there, and do I have to prepare more than one number?
First you must pass the preliminary screening in Ontario, before you qualify as an international participant.
Please CONTACT US to sign up for the free auditions.
Once in California, you will compete against thousands of contestants through the semi-finals, and final rounds. You will then be rewarded a score that entitles you for awards.
What are the categories of competition?
There are six (6) categories for junior competition (ages 5 to 15):
(1) 5 to 7 years old
(2) 8 to 10 years old
(3) 11 to 12 years old
(4) 13 to 15 years old
There are six (6) categories for senior competition (ages 16 and over):
(1) 16 to 17 years old
(2) 18 to 24 years old
(3) 25 to 29 years old
(4) 30 years old and over
What are the competition events?
Events have styles within each category. Actors, Dancers, Instrumentalist, Models, Singers and Variety Arts may choose from a long list of events:
Classical, Comical, Contemporary, Dramatic and Open.
Acro/Gymnastic, Ballet, Ballroom, Clogging, Contemporary, Ethnic/Folklore, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Open, Production Line, Tap, Song and Dance.
Casual, Formal, Photo, Spokesmodel, Swimwear (Commercial, Plus and Petite are in addition to Runway).
Broadway, Country, Contemporary, Gospel, Latin, Open, Opera, Original Works, Pop, R&B/Soul/Jazz, Rap, Rock, Variety and World. All vocal styles are also offered in Vocal Self-Accompaniment.
Classical, contemporary, Jazz, Open, and Original Works.
3 and under props, 4 and over props, act with assistance and act without assistance.
What is the bootcamp like?
Previous years' camp highlights and mentors are:
The legendary “vocal coach of the stars” whose students have garnered over 120 Grammy’s 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 will indeed be a rare privilege and honour!
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 modelling 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 operations, marketing, and vital “tools of the trade” from the celebrated New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts School of Film and Television.
Click below to see the previous judges:
Click below to see previous award recipients and more about the Canadian contestants:
Audition dates will be happening around Toronto, Vancouver, and Alberta soon.
Sign up to be the first to find out when those dates will be.