Over four decades ago, the Ohio StarBall event took its first steps as a modest one-day showcase, under the insightful guidance of Sam Sodano. Through his unbounded creativity, steadfast bravery, and relentless tenacity, Sam has masterfully evolved this humble beginning into the world’s premier Pro/Am dance competition. Today, his remarkable creation captivates and enthralls dancers worldwide, leaving a lasting impact on the global dance community.

At its heart, Ohio Star Ball upholds its founding principles. We meticulously tailor each competition to accommodate participants across an array of ages and expertise levels, from novices to virtuosos. Our venue radiates an ambiance of warmth and familiarity, extending an inviting welcome to dancers of all backgrounds. Over time, the Ohio Star Ball has flourished into an impressive 6-day spectacle that brings together a team of 70 judges, 3 chairpersons, 3 emcees, 7 scrutineers, 2 DJs, and 9 deck captains, all collaborating in seamless harmony.

With a baseline of 24 competitors in certain single-age categories, and including thrilling first rounds and quarter-finals, Ohio Star Ball runs with the precision of a well-oiled machine. Our commitment to impeccable punctuality means you can count on our schedule down to the last second.

Our scholarship divisions are among the most populated across the country, offering generous prize money, kindly contributed by a mix of public and anonymous sponsors, across all Pro/Am, Amateur, and Junior divisions. Additionally, for those seeking points or national ranking, Ohio Star Ball represents the crowning conclusion of the World Pro-Am DanceSport Series. It also holds esteemed membership in the Dancers Cup Tour, Global DanceSport Series, DanceVision Circuit, and U.S. DanceSport Series

In the picturesque landscape of Ohio, a special event inspired by a mesmerizing celestial display took flight. This event, akin to a dance of the stars, laid the foundation for the birth of Ohio StarBall. More than a mere dance competition, Ohio StarBall symbolizes a celebration of the artistic fervor, shared camaraderie, and passion that dance breathes into our lives. For well over a decade, we’ve been devoted to creating a mesmerizing platform that allows dancers worldwide to shine brilliantly, captivating audiences and showcasing their extraordinary talent. Over four decades ago, the Ohio StarBall event took its first steps as a modest one-day showcase, under the insightful guidance of Sam Sodano. Through his unbounded creativity, steadfast bravery, and relentless tenacity, Sam has masterfully evolved this humble beginning into the world’s premier Pro/Am dance competition. Today, his remarkable creation captivates and enthralls dancers worldwide, leaving a lasting impact on the global dance community.

At its heart, Ohio Star Ball upholds its founding principles. We meticulously tailor each competition to accommodate participants across an array of ages and expertise levels, from novices to virtuosos. Our venue radiates an ambiance of warmth and familiarity, extending an inviting welcome to dancers of all backgrounds. Over time, the Ohio Star Ball has flourished into an impressive 6-day spectacle that brings together a team of 70 judges, 3 chairpersons, 3 emcees, 7 scrutineers, 2 DJs, and 9 deck captains, all collaborating in seamless harmony.

With a baseline of 24 competitors in certain single-age categories, and including thrilling first rounds and quarter-finals, Ohio Star Ball runs with the precision of a well-oiled machine. Our commitment to impeccable punctuality means you can count on our schedule down to the last second.

Our scholarship divisions are among the most populated across the country, offering generous prize money, kindly contributed by a mix of public and anonymous sponsors, across all Pro/Am, Amateur, and Junior divisions. Additionally, for those seeking points or national ranking, Ohio Star Ball represents the crowning conclusion of the World Pro-Am DanceSport Series. It also holds esteemed membership in the Dancers Cup Tour, Global DanceSport Series, DanceVision Circuit, and U.S. DanceSport Series

Our journey commenced with a vision – to foster a world-class event serving as a guiding light for dance enthusiasts and professionals. We aimed to craft an experience that leaves an indelible mark, where every dancer, irrespective of their level, could bask in the warmth of the spotlight and revel in the pure joy of movement.

Through meticulous planning, a steadfast commitment to excellence, and the tireless pursuit of a dream, Ohio StarBall has evolved into a treasured tradition. Annually, dancers of varied ages, backgrounds, and abilities convene at our esteemed venue, the excitement and anticipation palpable in the air. From eager beginners to seasoned professionals, we embrace all participants, recognizing each for their unique contribution to the vibrant tapestry of dance.

At Ohio StarBall, we firmly believe in the power of dance as a universal language, one that effortlessly bridges cultural and generational divides, fostering unity and a deep-seated appreciation for the human spirit. Our extensive array of dance categories, encompassing ballroom, Latin, smooth, rhythm, theater arts, and more, demonstrates our commitment to celebrating the multifaceted diversity of the dance community.

Beyond the competition, Ohio StarBall offers a vibrant mosaic of enriching experiences. Workshops led by esteemed instructors provide opportunities for dancers to fine-tune their skills and venture into new styles. Breathtaking performances by world-class professionals ignite the audience’s imagination, motivating them to embark on their unique dance journeys. Amidst the flurry of activity, friendships blossom, dreams are nurtured, and memories that endure a lifetime are created.

As we continually adapt and expand, Ohio StarBall remains a fervent champion of the transformative potential of dance. We advocate the idea that the magic of movement can kindle a passion within each individual, spurring self-expression, bolstering confidence, and fostering personal growth.

We invite you to join us on this enthralling journey, a journey where stars are born, dreams are realized, and the essence of dance is treasured. Together, let’s weave a constellation of inspiration and joy, one step at a time. Welcome to Ohio StarBall, where the world of dance gleams with brilliance and wonder.