The Teen Star competition is heating up. The Teen Dance Star Finale Showcase takes place this upcoming weekend, Saturday, January 28 at the Lobero Theatre (33 E. Canon Perdido St.) and she Teen Star Finale Showcase takes place February 25 at the Arlington Theatre (1317 State St.).
Teen Dance Star’s Finale is a thrilling event for dance competition enthusiasts in the Santa Barbara area. This year, Teen Dance Star includes celebrity guest judges and live audience voting for this season’s winner. The judges are Jessica Richens, So You Think You Can Dance season 11 Second Runner Up; Melanie Buttrazzi, So You Think You Can Dance Top 18 Finalist; and Cris Judd, former choreographer and husband of J-Lo.
The night will start with a dazzling red-carpet entry, feature a high-energy solo performance from each contestant as well as a group performance with all the finalists and end with an audience vote for the winner. The lucky winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Proceeds from the exciting event will go toward the Arts Mentorship Program, a program set up to help students in need further their dance education.
The Teen Dance Star finalist contestants are: Katie Cleek of Carpinteria High School, Curtis Studio of Dance; Sophia Cordero, Santa Barbara High School, Zermeno Dance Academy; Isabelle Hughes, Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara Dance Arts; Karlise Loza, San Marcos High School, Gustafson Dance; Tara Mata, Santa Barbara High School, Zermeno Dance Academy; Natalie Mowers, La Colina Jr High School, Zermeno Dance Academy; Kelby Pintard, Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara Dance Arts; Catherine Pizzinat, San Marcos High School, Gustafson Dance; Grace Salsido, Dos Pueblos High School, The Dance Network; Audrey Zuck, Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara Dance Arts; and Blake Schryer, Los Olivos Elementary, Los Olivos Dance Gallery (alternate).
Next month, the top ten Teen Star finalists (singers) will perform and compete for the prestigious title of Teen Star Santa Barbara and a $1,000 scholarship. The talented young singers have gone through months of dedicated preparation and have been mentored one on one by Grammy Award winning artist Kenny Loggins in preparation for the showcase.
Among the Teen Star finalists are Jillian Garnett of San Marcos High School, Nolan Montgomery of Dos Pueblos High School, Elizabeth Padfield of Solvang School, James McKernan of Bishop Diego High School, Nicole Trujillo of Dos Pueblos High School, Daniel Geiger of Pioneer Valley High School, Rachel Guron of Cabrillo High School, Jericho Guron of Cabrillo High School, Hunter Hawkins of Laguna Blanca, Ben Catch of San Marcos High School, Jake Gildred of Jonata Middle School and Neve Greenwald of La Colina Junior High School.
Teen Star will also allow the audience to take part in the fun. For musically inclined ticket holders, there will be an opportunity to partake in “30 Seconds of Fame.” Guests can enter their name in a raffle to have their American Idol moment–a thrilling solo onstage at Arlington theatre. Those who have a solo will have a chance to win a prize from Deckers Brand. The audience will be the determiners of the winner.