Showstopper’s Northern Finals are taking place June 18 – 22, 2018 at the Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio. 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 Northern Finals competition will start bright and early with teen duets and trios and junior solos at 8:00AM, 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 in Room 1 and Room 2 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 Northern Finals live!)

The final day of a Showstopper National Finals is a major event. The day kicks off with the Teachers’ Red 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!

The Convention Center

The Kalahari Convention Center has 215,000 square feet of dancing space. 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.

The Resort

When you aren’t dancing, there is plenty to do! Kick back and relax by one of the resort’s many pools or make a splash at the indoor waterpark. There are slides and rides for everyone!

If you aren’t into lazy rivers and flowrider lessons, there are also spas, mini golfing, bowling, shopping, and even an animal park. You will have a hard time running out of things to do over this week of unforgettable experiences. At many resorts, you never want to leave your room, at this resort, you won’t even think about it!

The Area

Sandusky, Ohio is known for being a huge center for family fun. Once you step out of the resort and convention center, a world of fun is at your fingertips.
Showstopper’s Northern 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.