Thank you to all the performers who graced our stage for the inaugural Redlands Star Search on April 22, 2016!
Talented Stars of 2016
| St. Mary’s Ballet Folklorico
St. Mary’s Ballet Folklorico of Redlands is the oldest Folklorico in the Inland Empire, 42 years strong. Our mission is to teach Mexican cultural dances and techniques, while instilling confidence in our dancers by performing in pubic and private venues. We encourage our students to become involved in the community and strive for excellence.
| American Acrobats Trio Girls
We’ve been providing cirque style acts, shows and customized performances for over 20 years. These three lovely ladies are the top trainers for the new Redlands fitness studio, American Acrobats Performing Arts & Fitness.
| Megan Griffiths, Opera
Ms. Griffiths, a native Californian, has appeared as a soloist with the Blessed Sacrament Church choir in December 2012 and 2013. In 2013 and 2015, Ms. Griffiths performed in a master class with Mezzo-Soprano Olga Perez-Flora and with Mezzo-Soprano Erika Person Werner. As a chorister, she has performed in New York and in Australia.
| Allison & Danny (1st place)
Danny Whitehead and partner Allison Parrish are professional ballroom dancers and instructors at the Fox Dance Studio in Redlands. They have routines in cha cha, rumba, east coast swing, bolero and mambo.
| MagicIAN Ian Galloway
magicIAN has been performing for Fortune 500 companies, amphitheaters, and corporate events for over 10 years. His show is a mix of live animals, comedy, fire magic, and levitation. Watch close so you don’t miss a thing!
Maria Sweet is a four piece indie rock band hailing from Redlands, California. They began their journey in 2009, forming their sound around such influences as Vampire Weekend, Tegan and Sara. the Strokes, Metric and more. They started off 2015 by releasing their second EP, Songs from the Sonoran.
| Lyrical dancer Peyton Topoleski (3rd place)
Peyton began dancing before the age three. She grew up dancing at Redlands’ local studio, Dance Horizons. She joined the Dance Horizons Performing Group Team when she was 7-years old and has performed in dance competitions and workshops with many choreographers. Peyton has competed in over 40 dance competitions.
| Ragini Iyer’s Bharatanatyam Group
Bharatanatyam is the most popular of the Indian classical dance forms in South India, and the most ancient of all the classical Indian dance styles. Performances draw from Hindu mythology. The sound track is an adaptation of the sloka with a touch of Carnatic, Hindustani and Western Rock, with dance choreographed by Ragini Iyer and performed by her students who are yearning to continue the Indian tradition of learning this fine art. The dance blends in the nritta and natya aspects of Bharatanatyam with a special act depicting the various weapons with which Goddess Durga was equipped to destroy the demon Mahisha.
| Scottish Rejects (2nd place)
Valerie Byrnes and Tress Maksimuk met in a Competition Bagpipe Band based out of Redlands California and run by Pipe Major Kevin R. Blandford. After competing for five years together they started “The Scottish Rejects.” They debuted on St. Patrick’s Day in 2009 as a group of three Lady Pipers at Liam’s Irish Pub in Colton. Since then they have been featured in San Diego & New York City, and been on the STARZ network. The hit show “Outlander” has propelled them into the spotlight. They continue to intrigue and impress audiences as Lady Pipers through perfect harmonization and skills on the Great Highland Bagpipes.
Slideshow of the event