2004 RapSohD Competition
RapSohD's competition finals in the performing arts titled "A
Dream Comes True", was held - thanks to the support of the Administration
and staff of the Cultural Department, Borough of Pierrefonds-Senneville
- on Sunday, May 2, 2004 at the Pierrefonds Cultural Centre, 13
850 Gouin Boulevard West.
The event, staged by Christopher Lester (John Abbott College),
commenced with the parade on stage by eight young ladies to the
strains of "Pomp And Circumstance 1", followed by the
leading of the National Anthem in both languages and next
their presentation of the theme song "The Impossible Dream".
The competition was presented in two segments and interspersed with
other activities or presentations. The first part was judged on
appearance and personality, while the second part was based on talent.
Eight young ladies between the ages of thirteen and seventeen years
introduced themselves and offered their best performances before
a receptive, appreciative audience and six judges, as they vied
for the opportunity to represent Canada at the 34th annual Hal
Jackson's Talented Teens International Competition, New York,
July 24 - August 1, 2004.
2001 winner, Melina Soochan contributed a classical piano
solo to the program and in keeping with the organization's aim of
providing exposure for talented youth, performances by other invited
artistes included hip-hop dancer Troy Clarke (14), fifteen-year-old
violinist Amiani Johns, tap dancer Justin Jackson
(14) and duo partner Ana Pacanins (14). The last two are
students of the Ethel Bruneau School of Dance.
Finally it was time for RapSohD's 2003 Miss Talented Teen and
Miss HJTTI Canada, Mylène Otou, to give her parting remarks
to all. After an eloquent address in which she urged the contestants
to always believe in their "capacities" and a final rendition of
her winning song, the moment had arrived to distribute flowers and
certificates to each participant, followed by the declaration of
the winner and runner-up of the Canadian finals for Hal Jackson's
Talented Teens International.
DeCarla Clarke (13 years), a dramatist/poet, was runner-up
to fifteen-year-old Khai Lewis-Welsh, who reached out to
claim the title with a riveting rendition of "Somewhere Over
The Rainbow" music by Harold Arlen. Khai represented Canada
at the HJTTI competition in New York, in July 2004.