The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is pleased to announce the medallists of the prestigious Genée International Ballet Competition 2019, held at Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts in Toronto on August 29. After a week of intensive coaching from world-renowned teachers and choreographers, the competition final saw the coveted gold medal awarded to Darrion Sellman, aged 15 from the USA, trained by Andrea Paris-Guiterrez and Jose Carayol, and Mia Zanardo, aged 15 from Australia, trained by Hilary Kaplan and Archibald McKenzie.
The 2019 d:mic/fac ACA MainStage Series Award went to Toronto's Sashar Zarif for his work, Kismet: Opposing Destiny, a ritual that explores the choice between accepting fate or creating destiny, through an all-make quartet of sound and movement. The ACA prize is $500 and donated by a generous anonymous art lover.
Through endless hard work and unabated determination, the AHA’s vision was manifested three-fold with the creation of: The Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre at the Toronto Western Hospital
who were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre in the early summer.