PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Teen Dance Star Scholarships Awarded

Arts Mentorship Program (AMP) is delighted to announce that dance scholarships totaling $3,000 have been awarded in the names of the Teen Dance Star 2016 Top Ten Finalists: Victoria Biancone, Sarah Block, Riley Brewer, Katie Cleek, Lili Connolly, Kailani Cordero, Frankie Harman, Lauren Morrison, Grace Quittner, and Sophia Vraciu.

These talented young dancers from across the county showcased their incredible talents before a panel of celebrity judges at the Lobero Theatre on January 30, 2016. Frankie Harman, Teen Dance Star winner, donated a portion of her $1000 prize to the Arts Mentorship Program, which increased the giving capacity for scholarships. Teen Dance Star contestants demonstrated that they are not only talented dancers, but gracious role models that give back to their community.

Scholarships in the name of these finalists have been awarded to students with financial need and a passion and drive noticed by their home studio. Scholarship students train at the studios represented by the top ten: Curtis Studio of Dance, Gustafson Dance, Los Olivos Dance Gallery, and Santa Barbara Dance Arts.

The Arts Mentorship Program is a 501c3, established in 2004 for the purpose of providing training, education, mentorship and financial assistance to young performing artists in the Santa Barbara area who may not otherwise have the opportunity. Each year AMP’s programs directly serve over 2500 low-income and at-risk youth and emerging artists in our community. Since its founding, AMP has awarded over 1,000 need-based dance scholarships to local youth.

Teen Dance Star is a collaboration between Arts Mentorship Program and Teen Star®. Teen Star® supports youth in performing arts by encouraging passion, inspiring excellence, offering performance opportunities, and instilling professionalism. Teen Star gives youth an outlet to showcase their talents, providing lasting benefits for them and the entire community.

Arts Mentorship Program and Teen Star are grateful to Deckers Brands and the other community sponsors that made Teen Dance Star possible.

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