CONCOURS ADOS DOUÉS RapSohD Talented Teens - Canada - Ados avec des talents


Date limite pour l'inscription aux auditions.

18.03.2006 & 19.03.2006:
Auditions pour le concours 2006

02.04.2006, 09.04.2006, 23.04.2006: 11h00
Répétitions obligatoires pour la Finale de RapSohD 2006 et sessions d'information avec les parents

Finale de RapSohD

Ont eu lieu

30.04.2005: 14h00
Finale de RapSohD 2005
Centre culturel de Pierrefonds

12.03.2005: 20h00
Lorraine Klaasen - Concert pour la Journée internationale de la femme,
avec les ados de RapSohd 2001, 2002, 2003 et 2004
Salle Oscar Peterson
Université Concordia

Melina's Farewell Speech

To the members of RapSohD and to all the contestants at the 2002 Journey Fulfils the Dream Competition:


Dear friends,

This was supposed to be my farewell speech. I was supposed to tell you about my year as Miss Talented Teen Canada 2001 and my participation at the Hal Jackson's Talented Teen Scholarship Competition in New York last year.

Since I cannot speak right now, due to my recent surgery, I will then write it. Maybe somebody else will read it out on my behalf. But let me begin.

A year ago I took a chance by participating in the RapSohD competition and performing one of my own original compositions, usually a risky undertaking for any budding artist. At the time I didn't seriously expect to win since I was up against many very talented girls representing different types of performing arts. To my great surprise and delight, it happened. I won. Everything happened so fast, I remember it all as in a dream: the crown, the flowers, the gifts, the applause, the photos... the tears of happiness. Happiness because somebody else besides my family (who must be biased!) believed in me, when I, myself, was full of doubts. What if I can't make a sound, or I am off-key, what if I mess up the piano part, what if nobody likes my song.... So many worries!

Well, it worked out just fine and here I was, wearing a crown and a banner and representing Canada in New York and having the time of my life, surrounded by all those other talented girls from many parts of the world. Wow! What a week this turned out to be! Loads of fun activities, Broadway shows, fancy banquets, press conferences.... A week in the life of a performing artist. Whirlwind, dizzying, tiring, deliciously entertaining. I met so many interesting and exciting people. Just to think I was on the same stage as Alicia Keys and I have a picture with her! I stood right next to Brian McKnight in another photo! I set foot on the stage at the famous Appollo Theatre, in front of a full house on their Amateur Night finals. I personally met Mr Hal Jackson and his family. How can anyone forget all this?

Then there were the numerous rehearsals for our final performance. The costumes, the music, the energy! All our wonderful coaches who turned us all into great dancers never lost faith in us. We could do it and we did it. And we had a blast!

In the end, even though I didn't win the grand prize, I had a really good crack at it. There were no losers in New York. We all came away with a new fantastic experience and great memories. Happily I also came away with a nice scholarship which will surely help when I start college this fall.

I have to thank RapSohD from the bottom of my heart for giving me this unique opportunity. To all the committee members who toiled to get me properly organised and ready for the trip to New York, for your confidence in me, thank you. Norma, your kindness and understanding of my teenage mind and needs have been priceless. My mom is still marvelling on how you put up with me for a whole week in the Big Apple, not to mention the roller-coaster times before getting there! A big thank you and a hug.

To you, my new young friends who are undertaking this journey, keep the dream alive. Your talents will see you through good times and make the bad times easier. Your talent is part of what defines you and nobody can take it away from you. Good luck to all!

Melina Soochan
Représentant canadien
Hal Jackson Talented Teens International
Canadian Representative

acrobat - dancer


Deadline for registration to the auditions

18.03.2006 & 19.03.2006:
RapSohD 2006 Auditions

02.04.2006, 09.04.2006, 23.04.2006: 11am
Mandatory rehearsals for RapSohD 2006 Finals and parents information sessions

29.04.2006: 2pm
RapSohD Finals

Past Events

30.04.2005: 2pm
RapSohD Finals
Pierrefonds Cultural Center

12.03.2005: 8pm
Lorraine Klaasen - International Women's Day Concert,
featuring RapSohD Talented Teens 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004
Oscar Peterson Hall,
Concordia University

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