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ABOUT US

 

FOR 25 YEARS, SPOTLIGHT HAS BEEN AN INDUSTRY-LEADING ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO PROVIDING HIGH-QUALITY PROFESSIONAL DANCE COMPETITIONS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. WITH A REPUTATION OF CLIENT-FOCUSED EXCELLENCE, WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FAMILY-FRIENDLY, ORGANIZED, FAIRLY JUDGED, AND FUN-FILLED EVENTS.

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IN 2019, SPOTLIGHT BECAME THE FIRST EMPLOYEE-OWNED ORGANIZATION IN THE DANCE COMPETITION INDUSTRY! THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF A TEAM OF POSITIVE, CREATIVE, INDEPENDENT, MOTIVATED, AND ACCOUNTABLE EMPLOYEES, WE TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THE CONTINUED SUCCESS OF SPOTLIGHT AND CARE ABOUT EACH AND EVERY COMPETITOR THAT STEPS ON OUR STAGES.

OUR FIRST TOURING SEASON IN 1996 INCLUDED 12 REGIONAL EVENTS AND ONE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS WITH FEWER THAN 2000 INDIVIDUAL COMPETITORS COMBINED. LAST SEASON WAS COMPRISED OF 51 REGIONAL EVENTS AND 3 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS, REPRESENTING OVER 30,000 DANCERS. OUR 2020 SEASON WILL INCLUDE 60 REGIONAL AND 3 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS, MAKING IT OUR MOST EXPANSIVE TOUR YET.

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Each and every Spotlight competition is staged as a professional theatrical production. Our events are family-oriented and student-focused. We strive to run our competitions on time in a friendly, low-stress, personalized, and caring atmosphere. We recruit talented and professional judges who offer impartial and constructive oral and video critiques of each performance that are inspiring to dancers of all ages and ability levels. Online registration and our Royalty Rewards Program make the registration process for Spotlight Dance Cup easy and affordable.

 
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 OUR OFFICE FAMILY:

 

MICHELLE KRESGE - president + ceo

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President, Founder & CEO of Spotlight Events, Inc., Michelle Kresge has been in the dance world all of her life, with years of dance training, performing, and professional choreography experience.  She comes from a family of 7 children, all of whom started their training in their mother’s dance studio.

Michelle has directed her own successful dance studio for a number of years and has served as the Dance Program Director of a private performing arts school.  She has taught all dance genres and still shares her talent for teaching and choreography.   As a competitor and choreographer, Michelle has won numerous awards on a Regional and National level.  She is also a recognized dance and talent adjudicator.

From a business management perspective, Michelle possesses a vast business background in finance, marketing, organizational and employee management and is a recognized leader in the dance industry.  She served as Vice-President for a $2.5 billion dollar financial institution for over 10 years and has served on the board of directors of a private performing arts organization.

Michelle has held the positions of both Vice-President and President of the Federation of Dance Competitions, and was instrumental in its transition to the Association of Dance Conventions and Competitions (ADCC), of which she served as Board President for two years.  She presently serves on the board for Dancers Against Cancer.

Michelle was honored as an “Idaho Business Review’s 2015 Women of the Year” and recognized for her outstanding business and community service achievements and accomplishments.

In addition to her dance background, Michelle is also an accomplished musician, including voice, piano and saxophone, and is active in her church organization.  She is the proud mother to three beautiful and artistically talented children, all professionally engaged in the performing arts world.

 

CLICK THE PHOTOS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ALL OF OUR AMAZING OFFICE STAFF!

OUR SHOW DIRECTORS + EVENT MANAGERS

CLICK THE PHOTOS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR INCREDIBLE SHOW DIRECTORS AND EVENT MANAGERS

 
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meet Your judges:

CLICK THE PHOTO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR AMAZING JUDGES:

 
 

our partners + sponsors

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the adcc

THE ASSOCIATION OF DANCE CONVENTIONS & COMPETITIONS is a nonprofit association united to promote quality, integrity and opportunity within the dance competition and convention industry.

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dancers against cancer

In 2013, the Dancers Against Cancer charity was created to provide financial support to dance educators, dancers and parents impacted by cancer. Help provide financial assistance to those in need in the dance community and join the fight against cancer.

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industry dance awards

The Industry Dance Awards & Cancer Benefit Show is an annual event that brings the global dance community together in celebration of creativity, industry innovation, and the fight against cancer.

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dancepixs

Our contracted video and photography service who are on-site at all of our events. If you would like to order photos or videos from this season, please visit their website.

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discount dance suppy

Reasonably-priced essentials in dance wear. Spotlight partners with DDS to give your dancer trendy and affordable options in addition to awesome prizes at every event!

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dance competition hub

Review, rate and search for dance competitions and conventions near you! DanceCompetitionHub.com is your hub for all things dance!

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dance dreams

With more than 45 years of experience, Gerber Tours, a world-wide leader in educational and performance travel, provides student travel opportunities that exceed the expectations of our customers and enhance student’s learning. Dancers connect theory, practice, and performance in real-world settings. We believe the opportunity for immersive travel will positively impact dancer’s lives forever.

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industry experience

Industry Xperience is dedicated to the training of the next generation of artists through a high-end, exclusive, personal "xperience" brought directly to YOU!

 
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philanthropy

SPOTLIGHT believes in the importance of giving back to the dance community that has given us so much!

 
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The Industry Dance Awards & Cancer Benefit Show is an annual event that brings the global dance community together in celebration of creativity, industry innovation, and the fight against cancer. This spectacular event takes place at the historic Avalon Theater in Hollywood, where dancers, educators, pioneers, and icons are recognized for their outstanding achievements and artistic contributions. More information can be found at the link below.

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The “I’m A Dancer Against Cancer” campaign was founded in 2012 to spread awareness and raise donations for cancer fighting charities. DAC quickly became a sign of hope and unity in the dance community. Our Founder and CEO, Michelle Kresge serves on the Board of Directors for the organization. Help to keep the hope alive! Learn how to contribute below.

 
 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING 

spotlight sets the standard for a well run and fun dance competition... the big thing that sets spotlight apart is their staff; the staff at spotlight is the best in the industry. can’t say enough good things about spotlight. we will be back every year.
— North Star Dance Company, Minneapolis
We have been attending Spotlight Dance Cup for the past 5 years and there are many reasons we continue to choose Spotlight year after year! We can count on receiving thorough and educated feedback in every style from every judge. We also love the Dance Down portion of the competition, where our dancers receive great audition experience on stage. Lastly, the Spotlight staff is above & beyond professional, helpful, and friendly, creating a positive atmosphere where all of the competing dance companies support one another.
— steps dance center, chicago
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such a fun dance competition experience! we look forward to it every single year! so many beautiful memories made.

- heather, oregon

qualified judges! good organization! they’re all about that extra touch and went beyond! from awards, to staff service! loved [the] qualified feedback for our dancers! wonderful competition! thanks for everything, spotlight!
— second street dance company, denver
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“We have done Spotlight every year since my daughter began competing. Love this competition!”

- parent, california

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“i truly enjoy this competition - my kids enjoy and dedicate their talents just for the energy this competition brings.”

- parent, hawai’i

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We have been attending Spotlight for over 15 years now and we ALWAYS have a great experience!! The staff are professional, organized, and make the dancers the first priority.
— Premier School of Dance, Denver
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“our favorite! always a fun time for the kids and adults! and we love the diamond trophies!”

- parent, illinois

we had a wonderful experience with spotlight! the entire staff was extremely friendly, helpful, excited, and ran a very professional, organized competition! thank you so much for a wonderful weekend!
— jackie, denoyer dance
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