LESS than two years after its establishment, the VOU School of music and dance has witnessed an explosive increase in the number of students they teach.
What started off as 40 students in 2011 has resulted in an exciting 250 plus students for the coming term this year.
“It is one of our biggest joys to spread the love of music and dance to Fiji’s younger generation,” said Sachiko Soro, one of the founders of VOU and the VOU School.
“From a handful of musicians and dancers, we now have 10 on full-time employment contracts and another 10 or so freelance dancers that are part time. It took us quite a while to build up our repertoire,” Mrs Soro said.
“We teach various instruments such as keyboard, drums, guitar and voice starting from the age of six years. And we teach all types of dance starting from the age of three years.”
As well as a new location for the school which Mrs Soro is putting together with her husband and fellow dancer, Edward Soro, the couple have also hired a professional choreographer to help them out.
“We are really excited to have a new teacher on board with us at the VOU School. Her name is Gina Janus, she is an expert dancer in ballet, contemporary, jazz and hip hop.
“She is teaching a wide range of styles and ages at the VOU School and the students are really developing quickly.”
The school begins on January 21 and runs for eight weeks, with there being a total of three terms in each year.
At the end of each term, a concert is held for the students to demonstrate what they learned throughout the term.