Showstopper’s Gulf Coast Finals are taking place July 11 – 15, 2018 at the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston, Texas. This is a week of fun and dancing you’re not going to want to forget, and with this guide, you’ll be able to make the absolute most of it. Grab your dance bag and all the glitter you have. This is going to be a week to remember.

The Competition

The Gulf Coast Finals competition will start bright and early with junior small groups and teen duets and trios at 12:00PM, but even if you aren’t dancing there is plenty to do! Head over to the Showstopper merchandise area to get one-of-a-kind dance attire, souvenir t-shirts, program books, and the latest issue of Showstopper Magazine!

The event schedule is important for keeping track of what’s going on from stage to stage as the week goes on, but you’ll want to grab a program book to get a detailed picture of who is performing at what time. Looking for your personal schedule? Download the Showstopper App so it is always at your fingertips. (Click here to download the Showstopper App.)

Finals is such a huge event. It can be hard to keep up with everything. If you want to keep up with what is happening throughout the entire competition. Check in on Showstopper’s website to watch the entire Finals live! You’ll never miss a performance or an awards. Plus, the livestream is one of the best ways to watch the championships on the final day. (Click here to watch Gulf Coast Finals live!)

The final day of a Showstopper National Finals is a major event. The day kicks off with the Teachers’ Pink Carpet Walk before this year’s top Regionals performers take the stage for the Opening Number. The rest of the day will be filled with incredible group performances as the top groups in the competitive division, including the top ten Small Groups in Mini, Junior, Teen and Senior, and the combined top ten Large/Super Groups in Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior compete to be National Champions!

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The Convention Center

During Gulf Coast Finals you’ll be dancing in the Moody Gardens’ 103,000 square-foot convention center. In this space, you will have access to Showstopper’s incredible stages featuring our bigger and better than ever high-tech screens. Whether you are competing for a Crystal Award on stage or warming up between routines, you will have access to professional dance flooring expertly designed for all of your leaps, taps, and turns.

via Shutterstock / Ramiro Reyna

The Area

Galveston, Texas is home to dozens of attractions all within easy reach of the convention center. Moody Gardens offers many of these attractions within the resort area alone! From aquariums to amusement park rides and water parks, there is a lot to do! Galveston is also full of museums, historic homes and monuments, and shopping locations. Plus, don’t miss out on the pristine Gulf beaches.

Showstopper’s Gulf Coast Finals are going to be a blast, and we don’t want you to miss a second of it! Make sure to share all of your favorite competition memories with us on social media!
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Veronica Good has been with Showstopper Magazine since 2016. When she isn't keeping you updated on the latest trends, she is at home with her many pets or probably playing The Sims 4. Veronica has a BA in English and an MA in writing from Coastal Carolina University. She is also a writer of fiction and poetry, and her work can be found in Archarios, Tempo, and Scapegoat.