Linthicum teen takes top prize Dance: Adrienne Canterna, 15, won a gold medal in the International Ballet Competition.


Adrienne Canterna, a 15-year-old ballet dancer from Linthicum, won the women's gold medal in the junior division of the International Ballet Competition.

Medals and other awards were announced Friday in Jackson, Miss.

Her sister Ashley, 13, also a dancer, confirmed the award by telephone from the hotel where she and parents John and Sally Canterna are staying.

The junior division is for dancers age 15 to 18. Canterna is one of the youngest dancers to win its top prize.

Rasta Thomas, Canterna's partner for the pas de deux events, won the men's gold medal in the senior division. He is a past winner of the men's gold in the junior division of the competition, in 1996 in Varna, Bulgaria.

Thomas is a graduate of the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington and spent last season as a soloist with the Hartford (Conn.) Ballet.

Canterna studies with Deborah Engerman at the Edna Lee Dance Studio in Glen Burnie and with Renee Rassa at the Susan Ina Dance Studio in Linthicum.

She and Thomas were among 103 entrants in the competition, which is held quadrennially in Jackson. In other years, it is held in Moscow, Paris and Varna.

Just 37 competitors were chosen for the final round, whose prizes are gold, silver and bronze medals, along with jury citations and scholarships.

Canterna and Thomas were coached for the competition by Dawei Zhang, a former member of the Shanghai Ballet.

Another finalist from the area was Maria Bystrova, 15, a Russian who studies at the Kirov Academy. She received a judges' commendation.

For more information on the contest, visit its Web site at http: //

Pub Date: 6/29/98

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