Meet The 2011 NYTT Finalist

“You got big dreams, you want fame? Well, Fame cost and right here is where you start paying, in sweat!”-Debbie Allen, Fame

Lauren Testerman, Singer ((WINNER))

{{NYTT WINNER}} Lauren is a recent graduate of AMDA in NYC and has performed at Don’t Tell Mama and The Duplex. She has also recently played Olive Ostrovsky in her school’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” along with Lucy from Jekyll & Hyde and Ariel in “Footloose.” Lauren would also like to thank her family for always supporting her in her decision to make the performing arts her life. Good luck to everyone!

Broken Wings by Lauren Testerman
June 2012

Rachel Carol Filsoof (Rachel Lorin), Singer

{{NYTT Runner-up}} Rachel is a 15yr old from Atlanta, Georgia and attends the Professional Children's School. She moved to NYC 2 1/2 years ago to pursue her dreams of becoming a recording, song writing, and performing artist. She has trained for many years in several styles of dance and plays the electric guitar. She was the youngest cast member in the world premiere stage productions of Disney's High School Musical 1&2 and has been in many off Broadway productions., national print ads, PSA’s, commercials and films. She has performed as a soloist at the Apollo and Joe's Pub, the Sundance Film Festival, and the US Open center court.

Wanna Be Famous by Rachel Lorin
July 2012

Siena Royan, Singer

I’m Siena and I am 9 years old and I am in the fourth grade. I used to live in California. It all started when I did the Talent Show in my school in San Diego ( I was in second grade). I sang the song, “Do You Know Where Your Going To,” by Diana Ross. When I got to New York I wanted singing lessons. I got to sing at a pub in Harlem and sang as a guest at Joe’s Pub in Soho. People ask me if I get nervous and I just say, “No, I love being on stage and performing!"

Angelique Saige Segarra, Singer

My name is Angelique Segarra. I am 11 years old. I was born in the Bronx, New York. I am presently in the 6th grade. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old and have been in a Jr. Dance Company for 2 years and singing for 1 year. I have auditioned for The Lion King, Knicks’ City Kid Dancers, Nets’ Kid Dancers, I have also performed in the Apollo, in Pen City and City Field. I have also played in Annie in a drama showcase and performed in the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Sheneille Aneika Burke (NellyChe), Singer

Sheneille Burke ( NellyChe)was born in Jamaica West Indies and currently resides in Queens, New York.  She is 12 years of age and is currently in the 7th grade at PS/IS 270 in Queens.  Sheneille likes to sing, dance, act and model.  In her spare time she does, karate, track and field, hip hop, ballet, tap and is now learning to play the guitar.  She refers to herself as a "social butterfly". She has appeared in a number of commercials such as Old Navy, Google, HPV Awareness and more. Sheneille hopes to secure a place in the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and the Juilliard School.

Dance by NellyChe
March 2013

Tiffany Arielle Torres, Singer

Tiffany Torres 16 year old singer and dancer from the Bronx. Tiffany is a junior at Bayard Rustin High School in Manhattan. Tiffany has danced a few times in school performances and has performed with Anthony Rodriguez. Tiffany enjoys drawing on her free time.

Brianna Paige Civitano, Singer

My name is Brianna Paige Civitano, I am 12 years old. I was born in the Bronx, New York. I am presently in the 8th grade. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old and have been singing for two years. I am presently in a Jr. Dance Company and taking Drama, Hip Hop, Modern, Latin, African, and Ballet. I have been in numerous recitals and tried out for both, New York Knicks’ Kid Dancers and New Jersey Nets’ Kid Dancers. I am taking drama classes.

Maya Merced, Singer

Maya Merced is an 11 year old aspiring singer and dancer. In 2006 she attended Bronx Dance Theater where she took up Tap Dancing, Flamenco, Jazz, Salsa, and Ballet. In 2009 she was part of a scholarship program with National Dance Institute of NY (NDI) and danced in the Production called "Imagine" at LaGuardia High School. In 2010 Maya performed her first solo singing “Holiday “by Madonna in the Production called "Time Warp“ at P.S. 105 in the Bronx.