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August 16, 2014 10am - noon Group Workshop Level I (age 8-12)     REGISTER NOW  -  SOLD OUT
August 16, 2014 2pm - 4pm Group Workshop Level I (age 13 & up)     REGISTER NOW  -  SOLD OUT

August 23, 2014 10am - noon Powerful Presence Group Workshop Level II (age 8-12)     REGISTER NOW  -  SOLD OUT
August 23, 2014 2pm - 4pm Powerful Presence Group Workshop Level II (age 13 & up)     REGISTER NOW  -  SOLD OUT

***Send an email to contact@hardeegirl.com to get on WAIT LIST for SOLD OUT Workshops.***

1.  Registration fee is refundable or transferable, up to 72 hours before start of class for which you are registered. 
2.  Due to limited space, each registered workshop attendee may have only ONE individual to stay in the class as an observer.  If any other people accompany the attendee, they will be required to wait off site, as there is no suitable space to wait.  Additional children will not be allowed to wait in the lobby unattended.  

Group Workshop Level I:  This 2 hour workshop includes high level comprehensive instruction in runway walking, public speaking and self-confidence.  Each attendee will receive personal attention and instruction.  It is intended for seekers, beginners or experienced pageant girls looking for polishing.  You may take this class multiple times.  Maximum of 12 per class.  $119 registration fee. 

Powerful Presence Group Workshop Level II:  This 2 hour workshop includes detailed instruction in On-Stage Walking, On-Stage Introduction, Fact/Bio sheet crafting.  Each attendee will receive personal attention and instruction.  It is intended for beginners or experienced pageant girls.  You may take this class multiple times.   Maximum of 10 per class.  $119 registration fee.   Prerequisite Class:  Group Workshop Level I

2 Hour Intensive Communication Workshop Level III:  This 2 hour workshop includes fact sheet/resume preparation, platform development, on-stage introduction, on-stage question, and one-on-one interview.  It is intended for experienced pageant girls, competing for state or national titles.  Maximum of 6 per class.  $149 registration fee.

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The Pageant Place
team is who you turn to when you have one thing in mind - being a winner.  With a combined 60+ years pageant and coaching experience, The Pageant Place team knows what it takes and knows how to produce winners.  They offer personalized training programs that brings the best out of each girl.  Their expertise covers every area of pageantry including runway walk, talent, platform development, interview preparation, wardrobe consulting, hair/make-up consulting, bio prep, stage presence, and much more.  The Pageant Place staff is the best in the business. They get involved in really mentoring young women to success. Having coached many winners their main focus is to see each girl develop their unique potential and purpose. Each with their own area of expertise and style, working with and experiencing Kim, Jo, Allisyn and Amy, our young women are forever changed.

The Pageant Place Contact Information:
Email:   contact@hardeegirl.com  (Please note this email is Kim's business, not a personal email address for Kim. A reply will be from a member of Kim's staff.)
Phone:   678-765-8655
Address:   1275 Buford Highway, Suite 104  Suwanee, GA 30024

The Interview is hands-down the most important phase of competition in the vast majority of pageants. Even if the Interview does not comprise the majority of your final score, the impression you make in the Interview will carry through and affect your score in all other phases of competition. Whether your interview is a 12-minute session with a panel of judges, or 2-minute one-on-one interviews with 6 separate judges, We will teach you the skills to control the interview and leave the judges wanting more.

Aside from a head shot, your paperwork is the first point of contact the judges have with you. Before you actually meet, the judges see a sheet of paper that represents YOU. This paperwork will help the judges form questions to ask you in the interview, but more importantly, they will form an impression of your accomplishments, goals and level of preparedness to hold the title. Your paperwork must shine! We offer a complete Application Consultation and an Application Suggestions session to make your application stand out above the rest. Coaching/paperwork covers all aspects of paperwork for each pageant including platform preparation and development.
Self Confidence/Life Coaching:
The key to appearing confident, knowledgeable and in-control is being mentally prepared for each phase of competition. We will teach you to harness the excitement and nerves that accompany pageant competition and place that energy into preparing for any question or situation. You cannot predict what the judges will ask, but you CAN learn to think on your feet and control the focus of the interview. We also teach life skills in form of life coaching during this process.
The onstage competitions (evening gown, swimsuit, casual wear, etc.) are your chance to project confidence, poise and stage presence. We will help you develop these skills plus teach you how to walk, pose and connect with the judges from onstage.

Hair & Make-Up:
Part of developing your confidence is feeling you have "the look." We will help you select the right Hair and Make-Up styles for the pageant system in which you are competing - styles that suit your personality and accentuate your natural beauty.

The young woman makes the dress…not the other way around! Learn what you need to know to choose the right wardrobe for you for all phases of competition and the appropriate look for your pageant. We will teach you how to highlight all your greatest assets and minimize anything you don't want noticed.
It's important to understand that the pageant talent competition is judged very differently than a dance, vocal or other specialized competition. We have experience advising dancers, singers, instrumentalists, actresses and everything in between to perfect their talent for pageant competition.

What are people saying...

I just wanted to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Maddy and I had a fabulous time attending your workshop on March 22, 2014. Everyone was amazing. The workshop was incredible, we were in awe. I truly believe that this experience will last Maddy a lifetime. Not only was Mrs. Kim funny, but she was teaching them about life, confidence, and self esteem. I will never forget the smile on Maddy's face when we left the workshop.  We are looking forward to returning in the future when more classes or pageants are available. Life lessons are hard to come by and I wouldn't think twice to sending Maddy again.
Sara R.
Suwanee, GA

With just one look, Kim Gravel can spot young girls who have the ability to excel in the world of pageantry. That is exactly what Kim did for my daughter, London Taylor. Kim encouraged London to consider pageants the first time they met. London entered her first pageant and Kim prepared London by coaching her in the areas of wardrobe and gowns, modeling/walking, interviewing, make-up, hair, talent, courting the judges and building her confidence. Kim has proven herself as a professional results oriented pageant coach, as London won five out of six categories and the title in her first pageant. Kim continues to coach London and constantly reminds her that there is no limit to her potential in pageantry and life.
Candace Devaney
Pageant Mom

Kim is tough and expects a lot out of my daughter. She would rather go to pageant coaching than out with her friends. The skills she is learning from Kim will not only help her in pageants but will help guide her through life! Stephanie Garland
Pageant Mom

Ms. Kim is like my second mom. She is my biggest fan.
Emily Roberts
Pageant Contestant

Kim is the expert in developing young talent. Her God given ability to enable young girls to be their true authentic self is what makes “The Pageant Place” program unique. Much like the sport of baseball Kim gets into the mental aspect of competing and draws from an almost spiritual place in each of the girls. My daughter was forever changed by working with Kim.
Charlotte McKinney
Pageant Mom


 Kim Gravel is the Southeast’s premier pageant and beauty coach with an extensive background in both fields.  In 1991, at the age of 19, Kim became one of the youngest Miss Georgia in the state pageant’s history.  She went on to represent her home state in the Miss America pageant and as a result was asked to serve as US Goodwill Ambassador to Japan.  She has taken her expertise and experience in the pageantry world and uses it now to coach and train the elite pageant contestants of this generation.  Kim has worked for Revlon and Christian Dior as make-up artist; served as National Cosmetology Association spokesperson; and served as a make-up artist and stylist to over 100 fashion shows and photo shoots. In 2009, she launched her own boutique cosmetic line, Beloved Beauty.  She has logged thousands of hours as a host of award-winning talk shows "Friends & Neighbors" and "Atlanta Live". Her comfortable style and solid reputation have made her one of the most sought after interviewers in Atlanta for publicists, authors, actors and public figures. Combining her expertise skills of communication and leadership, Kim is also a certified Life Coach. Kim works with people in large groups as well as on an individual basis. Her compassionate yet straight forward "Dr. Phil-esqe" style keeps her in high demand as a Life Coach, mentor and advisor. As lead singer and songwriter of recording group Beloved, Kim entertains and sings to thousands across the country every year, including hosting the sold-out Beloved women's conference annually in Atlanta. Kim is the founder and CEO of The Pageant Place. www.kimgravel.com .  Follow Kim on Twitter @kim_gravel.

 Amy Goins has a Bachelor of Music degree from Columbus State University and 25+ years experience in vocal performance.  She teaches private and group vocal technique and performance.  She offers service in all areas of writing including fact sheet, platform and biography.  She serves as the Office Manager and Controller of The Pageant Place.  Follow Amy on Twitter @amyjgoins. 

 Jo Hardee has 35 years experience in pageant training, performance and judging. She participated in the Miss South Carolina state pageant in 1966.  Jo has been singing and performing since the age of 15 when she began singing in a rock and roll band, opening for some well known acts in the 60s.  She currently teaches private voice performance and directs choirs.  Jo's area of expertise is talent preparation, with a special focus on vocal training and performance.  Follow Jo on Twitter @jo_hardee.

  Allisyn Varalla is a master communicator.  She has spent 20+ years performing, competing and judging pageants all over the state of GA.  Allisyn was Mrs. Kennesaw in 1997.  Allisyn's expertise is interview preparation and on stage presence.   Her passion is coaching girls and women of all ages at The Pageant Place, to find the greatness in each girl and help them become a winner.  Follow Allisyn on Twitter @allisynvaralla.