27 May 2024 15:18

RAD Australia Announces Queensland’s Tahlia Szumowski Winner of the Australian Advanced 1 Bursary 2024 

Sydney, Australia – 26 May 2024 – The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Australia is thrilled to announce that Tahlia Szumowski from Promenade Dance Studios in Queensland has been awarded the prestigious Australian Advanced 1 Bursary for 2024. This is the second consecutive year that a student from Promenade Dance Studios has won this esteemed bursary, following Ed Cooley's victory in 2023.

Finalists from Queensland (Tahlia Szumowski), New South Wales (Charlie Carberry), Victoria (Darcy Donoghue), South Australia (Emmy Denys), and Western Australia (Jaime Osborne), who were selected from state semi-finals, gathered at RAD Australia headquarters on Sunday to compete in the national finals. The event began with an open class conducted by Mitchell Rayner, accompanied by pianist Grant Kennedy. The students also performed a classical variation from set repertoire, and a contrasting Dancer’s Own piece. The competition was adjudicated by the respected Lynne Harrison, RAD examiner and life member, alongside Robert Curran, former Principal Artist with the Australian Ballet.

The adjudicators reflected on the high calibre of talent displayed, commending the teachers for their exceptional training of the next generation of dancers. The technique and artistry of the participants were particularly noted, with much artistic athleticism on display. The dedication and hard work of these dancers were evident in their outstanding performances.

The five talented finalists showcased exceptional physical and mental prowess, impressing the judges and the audience with their dedication and artistry. Tahlia Szumowski's outstanding performance earned her the top honour this year, excelling in the class and her performance of the Sleeping Beauty, Act III, Bluebird female variation, Princess Florine

The event, which attracted a full house of supporters, was hosted by Lia Cox, Head of Department - Examinations and Regions. "We are incredibly proud of all the dancers who participated today," she said. "Their commitment and excellence are a testament to their hard work and passion for dance. We look forward to following their promising careers."

The RAD extends its heartfelt thanks to Bloch Australia, the exclusive sponsor for this event, and to all the staff and supporters who contributed to its success. Their continued endorsement ensures that such events can celebrate and nurture the next generation of ballet talent.

The Royal Academy of Dance is committed to promoting and enhancing the understanding, appreciation, and practice of dance and dance teaching globally. We look forward to fostering the next generation of dancers and celebrating their achievements in the years to come.

With special thanks to our Australian Advanced 1 Bursary Sponsor