Every year Pageant Planet compiles a list of the best pageant coaches from the previous year based on our Best in Pageantry Awards. Not only will this list help you find your next pageant coach, but it can even assist when finding the pageant coach best suited for your pageant system. If your favorite pageant coach isn't on this list, you can shop our entire list of consultants by clicking Find a Pageant Coach.
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Katie-Britt Greenway is the founder and owner of Pageant Performance. She has prepared competitors for pageant systems like Miss America, Miss USA, Miss United States, National American Miss, USA National Miss, Miss Jr. High/High School/Collegiate America, International Junior Miss, Miss American Coed and more.
Greenway has served as a pageant judge, consultant, emcee, entertainer and contestant, which allows her to give her students a competitive edge! Greenway works with contestants ages 3 and up in all systems. She offers private lessons, Skype and FaceTime sessions, and weekend workshops. Between modeling services and helping to reform platforms, Greenway can prepare any girl for her upcoming pageant.
Katie-Britt Greenway with Pageant Performance. Photo: www.pageantperformance.com
Kari Volen started her pageant coaching business, Pageant Coaching and Designs, in 2010. She can assist you with wardrobe selection, hair and makeup, fitness and nutrition, image consulting, and talent selection. While most of her appointments are in person, Volen also assists her students over the phone as well. She is the official pageant coach for America's Miss California and California International Junior Miss. "She is so insightful into the whole pageant process and competition for multiple systems," one nomination read. "Whether it be interview or stage presentation, she is insightful and offers helpful, individualized expertise."
Maria-Teresa DuVall founded Pageants2Go in August 2005 and has a specialty in National American Miss pageant coaching. DuVall has a knack for writing personal introductions and has written 20 national-winning and over 100 state title-winning personal introductions for National American Miss. She has won several local, state and national titles for National Miss American Coed, National American Miss, Mrs. America and the Miss America Organization. "MT has enriched my daughter's life in so many ways," one nomination read. "In addition to being an amazing pageant coach, she is a teacher, a mentor, a cheerleader and a friend. My daughter has achieved so much personal growth." (Read: How a Pageant Coach Can Help You Win Your Next Pageant)
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Wes Gandy and Perfect Image Consulting are based in Jamison, Alabama. Perfect Image Consulting has coached winners in the International Junior Miss, United States Agriculture, United States Woodlands, Nation American Miss and the Miss High School America systems. "Wes has been great!" one nominator wrote. "My daughter was older when we decided to get into pageants bigger than an occasional local school pageant when she was a young child. We both had little knowledge of pageantry and we were pretty nervous. Wes was very patient and is a great coach."
Wes Gandy. Photo: Wes Gandy Twitter
Springboard for Success is a mother-daughter duo that coaches Midwestern girls for pageantry, modeling and more. From eight-week workshops to four-day intensive classes to private lessons, Springboard for Success has any kind of coaching you're looking for to launch your pageant, modeling or acting career. "Springboard truly makes you feel like you are part of a family," one nomination read. "I haven't been with them long but I was welcomed with open arms. They are the best at what they do. I used to be the most awkward person on the planet and they've helped me turn into a confident strong woman."
Robin Gifford with Springboard. Photo: springboardforsuccess.com
Cheri Kennedy is certainly no stranger to the pageant and beauty community. She held several pageant titles during her competition days before moving on to become the president of her own cosmetics company, C Cosmetics. She has been a pageant contestant, judge and director, which has allowed her to coach over 1,500 girls to their dream crowns. Kennedy has knowledge of almost every pageant system and works to create a custom coaching plan with each of her clients.
Cheri Kennedy. Photo: cherikennedy.com
Terri Bolen has been involved with pageantry ever since her first competition at just 10 years old. Bolen has been involved in all facets of pageantry as a competitor, judge, director, pageant mom and coach. She offers coaching in just about every area of competition from onstage question to wardrobe selection to fitness. "It is my belief that a 'beauty queen' lies within each of us," Bolen wrote on Facebook. "The crown is just a sparkly accessory, however, what you take from the experience will enhance your life forever."
Terri Bolen. Photo: Total Pageant Preparation Facebook
Bill Alverson is one of the biggest names in the south when it comes to pageantry. He has been named “Coach Charming” and “The Pageant King of Alabama,” after his CW show debuted. An attorney by trade, Alverson manages to make all of his clients feel and look like queens. While he is based in Alabama, he coaches pageant girls across the country in everything from onstage question to evening wear walking!
Bill Alverson. Photo: jdspr.com
Brittney Eskew has over 26 years in the pageant community and loves coaching young women to achieve their personal best while maintaining their individuality. Eskew Consulting works with Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss America, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, International Junior Miss, Miss United States, Miss Teen America and ANSB among others to provide contestant preparation.
Brittney Eskew with a client. Photo: Eskew Consulting Facebook
1. PR Pageant Coaches
PR Pageant Coaches prides itself on being one of the only coaching businesses to adopt a "team approach" to pageant coaching. Instead of signing up with a specific coach, PR Girls have the opportunity to speak with multiple experts in fields like walking/stage presence, fitness/nutrition, interview, talent and so much more! PR Pageant Coaches worked with the past two Miss USAs and continues to host PR University events across the country.
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Television Host, Mrs. United States 2010 first runner-up and Mrs. United Nations 2016, Wendi Russo is no stranger to the spotlight! Wendi takes a lot of pride in mentoring young women across the nation to perform their best at their pageant and being confident while doing so. Wendi is not only a successful pageant contestant but also a successful coach!
Photo: Wendi Russo-Media and Pageant Coach Facebook
Amber Brown founded her company Crown Captors Pageant Support and Consulting, which is dedicated to helping young girls and teens that are active in the pageant community. Amber provides her clients with personal, well-rounded coaching that will help them succeed in every area of competition, especially the talent portion. "Amber's advice and tips are golden!" one nomination read. "She has narrowed down exactly what contestants need to do to score well. She's patient, kind, and super professional!"
Amber Brown (left), with National American Miss Georgia 2016. Photo: Crown Captors Pageant Support and Consulting Facebook
Audrey is a singer, songwriter and producer who founded her own company, Vocal Zones, which is dedicated to vocal and performing arts one-on-one coaching. With over 30 years of vocal performance and music business experience, people from all over the nation come to Audrey for her coaching in hopes to excel their talent and performing abilities. If you are a singer and looking to increase your talent score, look no further!
Next on our list is a former Miss Ohio 2004 herself who knows a thing or two about stage presentations. She sings soprano and has an extensive resume in musical theater. Her work has taken her to perform in New York City and across the country. She has over 15 years of teaching experience. She works as a personal development coach and can help out with styling to runway to developing your platform. Her vocal experience and musical theater background allow her to help her clients master their performances.
Self-proclaimed as “The Midsouth’s Premier Talent Coach,” Austin Carroll is based out of Tennessee and is a well-known vocal artist. Carroll's work varies from helping women grace the Miss America stage for their talent competitions to helping children develop and control their singing abilities and work on their stage presence and confidence.
Photo: Austin Carroll Vocal Arts Facebook
No stranger to the pageant circuit, Thomas Barnette works to help his clients shine on stage. For the last 20 years, Barnette has worked out of the southeastern states with a focus on talent, interview, paperwork and communication skills on and off the stage. He has worked with women in both the Miss America and Miss USA systems. His success stories include Betty Cantrell, who won Miss America 2016, and Olivia McMillian, who won talent and Miss America Outstanding Teen, as well as several Miss America preliminary talent winners over the years. Last year, Thomas made it to our Top 5 Pageant Talent Coaches of 2016.
Known for his work in the theater world, Lanny Spires is a favorite amongst those competing in the Miss America Organization. Lanny has performed on Broadway several times, and his most popular showing was HAIR. If you are in need of someone to help you create a performance of a lifetime full of creativity, authenticity and talent, Spires is the one! "We are nominating Lanny Spires because we just adore him," one nominator wrote. "Lanny has helped my daughter with her talent presentation tremendously. He encourages her "out-of-the-box" thinking."
Lanny Spires (left) and Miss South Carolina Teen 2017, Ally McCaslin. Photo: @maoteensc Instagram
Soprano Elizabeth Baldwin has been called “ferociously talented” by the San Francisco Examiner. Performing on different stages all over the country, performance is her expertise! Baldwin’s talented vocals have won her several awards, including the Grand Prize at the Sullivan Foundation Competition and the Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition. She even took home first prize in over five different national vocal competitions. If your talent is vocals, Liz is your go-to! "Liz is the best vocal coach EVER!" one nominator wrote. "So lucky to have met her – she helped bring my talent from nothing to superstar status."
Shea Sullivan has been dominating the Miss America system! Listed on Pageant Planet’s Top 10 Pageant Choreographers of 2014 and Top 5 Pageant Talent Coaches of 2016, Sullivan worked with Miss America 2013, Mallory Hagan, on her winning talent routine. Sullivan has almost 20 years of experience choreographing talents in jazz, pointe, ballet and clogging. She was a former Miss Oklahoma City University before moving to New York to pursue her passion for dance.
Taking the number one spot is Bill Wolfe, known for his work in the Miss America system, specializing in vocals, instrumentals and dance. From 1992 to 1996, he served as the producer for the Miss Missouri pageant while also producing competition tracks that were used by contestants on a local, state and national level. For almost 30 years, Wolfe has worked on music for a total of 10 Miss Americas and has anywhere from one to nine contestants that place in the semi-finals at the national pageant every year. Congratulations!
Chris has been in the entertainment industry for 15 years and his love for theater grew into a love for pageantry at a young age. He has competed in state and national male pageants and held state and national titles. He owns Pageantry By Chris and is now one of the biggest pageant coaches who coaches around the nation.
Chris Saltalamacchio. Photo: Matt Boyd
Suzy is a pageant and personal development coach and author. She helps prepare the mind to win and to help her clients face their biggest fears. Suzy wants to help her clients compete and grow for the greater good for themselves and the environment and communities around them.
Suzy Bootz Creating Queens Workbook. Photo: suzybootz.com
Valerie has had over 20 years of being an executive and seeing many good and bad interviews and communication skills. After a family friend asked her to help prepare a contestant for her on-stage question portion of a pageant, Valerie entered the world of pageantry. She is one of the top interview coaches in the nation and focuses on other portions of competition as well. She offers lots of help and information, even helpful emails to email subscribers, that will help you with your pageant goals!
Valerie Hayes. Photo: valeriehayes.com
Wendi Russo is a great pageant coach to help pageant contestants and titleholders market themselves and their platforms. She does image and pageant consulting and helps in all phases of competition with a great line of success for herself and clients. Wendi is the current Mrs. United Nations and a TV host, which helps her to teach her clients how to communicate effectively both on and off the stage.
Wendi Russo. Photo: wendirusso.com
Cheri Kennedy promises to work together with you with a program designed specifically for you. She wants all of her clients to have a fun, personal and positive experience. Cheri wants her clients to perform flawlessly in interview and to present themselves beautifully on stage while representing their platform well. Cheri is an award-winning pageant coach who has a passion for helping others in the pageant world.
Cheri Kennedy with a client. Photo: cherrikennedy.com
Brittney owns Eskew Consulting, LLC. and has been coaching girls around the nation while growing her business and adding other coaches to her team. She is known for her loving personality while pushing others to be and do their best.
Brittney Eskew and Client. Photo: Brittney Eskew Facebook
Jorge is the president of Pageant Smart Interview Consulting and his professional experience has encompassed over 30 years. He started out in the telecommunications industry and then turned to pageant coaching, which became his profession after it being his hobby and passion. In the USA system alone, Jorge has had over 60 winners in the past seven years of working in the pageant industry.
Jorge Esteban. Photo: pageant-smart.com
Mary Swenson loves sharing her love and positivity for pageantry with others and has many success stories in the books for her clients and herself. She was Miss Minnesota International 2011 and since then has been able to reach others with her love for pageantry and developing self-esteem for young women everywhere.
Mary Swenson. Photo: marylynnswenson.com
Terri is the owner of Total Pageant Preparation and has been coaching winners since 1995. She is the official sponsor of the Miss Alabama USA, Miss Alabama Teen USA, Miss Alabama United States, and Miss Alabama High School/Collegiate pageants. She believes that a beauty queen lies within everyone and wants to help bring that out in each client, contestant and titleholder.
Terri Bolen and a client. Photo: Total Pageant Preparation Facebook Page
They call him "Coach Charming" and "The Pageant King of Alabama." Bill has his own show on TLC all about him being a top pageant coach in the nation. He is an attorney and a pageant coach and is very successful in each field. He holds lots of success stories and is based in Alabama. He coaches contestants and titleholders all around the country and coaches in all segments of the competition.
Bill Alverson coaching client. Photo: nytimes.com
There are so many amazing pageant coaches in America that it was difficult to select just 10. If you don't see your coach up here, be sure to nominate him or her next year as a top coach of 2017!
Beginning this year's list, Pageantry By Chris (PBS) began in 2012. Chris has been working with women in the Miss America Organization and was even a featured trainer on MTV's "Made." He is an all-around expert from interview to talent to wardrobe selection. He's no beginner to the stage himself, as he has over 15 years of experience in the pageant industry.
Chris was a local director and volunteer with the Miss America system before becoming a coach. Photo: pageantrybychris.com
Next on our list is a former Miss Ohio 2004 herself who knows a thing or to about stage presentations. She sings soprano and has an extensive resume in musical theater. Her work has taken her to perform in New York City and across the country. She has over 15 years of teaching experience. She works as a personal development coach and can help out with styling to runway to developing your platform.
Miss Ohio 2014 and a musical theater performer in New York City, Amanda focuses on confidence building through education and enrichment. Photo: amandabeagle.com
Self-proclaimed as "The Midsouth's Premier Talent Coach," Austin Carroll is based out of Tennessee and is a vocal artist. Carroll has helped women develop their talents in the Miss America systems and even works with younger girls to nurture their singing abilities and stage presence.
Austin Carroll (R) works with women of all ages to present their best selves. He has a musical background and knows talent. Photo: Austin Carroll Vocal Artists Facebook
No stranger to the pageant circuit, Thomas Barnette works to help his clients shine on stage. For the last 20 years, Barnette works out of the southeastern states, with a focus on talent, interview, paperwork and communication skills on and off the stage. He has worked with women in both the Miss America and Miss USA systems including the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Outstanding Teen. One of his most recent success stories; Betty Cantrell went on to win Miss America 2016 and Olivia McMillian who won talent and Miss America Outstanding Teen. He picked her talent, music and arranged her choreography.
Thomas Barnette worked with Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016 and Olivia McMillian, Miss America Outstanding Teen 2015. Both women also won the talent award in their respective competitions Photo: firstname.lastname@example.org
This year's top talent coach is Shea Sullivan, who has been dominating the Miss America system! Listed as The Pageant Planet's Top 10 Pageant Choreographers of 2014, Sullivan worked with Mallory Hagan on her tap routine. Sullivan has over 18 years of experience choreographing talents in jazz, pointe, ballet and clogging. She was a former Miss Oklahoma City University before moving to New York to pursue her passions.
Choreographer and former contestant herself, Shea helps women showcase their true abilities through dancing. Photo: sheasullivan.com
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