CHEERS, screams and standing ovations marked the graduation concert of more than 200 students from the VOU School on Saturday night.
The concert showcased music, singing and dance, everything the students as young as three years old had learnt for eight weeks.
"The students gained confidence in performing in front of such a large crowd and performance experience to refine their craft as young musicians and dancers," said school director Sachiko Soro.
"Indirectly, they learn other skills such as communication, team work, co-ordination and time management."
The concert also featured Fiji's first ballet performance from volunteers Phillipa Myler from the US and Lucy Wilson from Scotland.
"We are trying to revolutionise art and dance in Fiji, to inspire the next generation of Fijians to be positive, creative, and most of all to have the confidence and passion to strive for their dreams," Mrs Soro said.
"The fees are very affordable at the VOU School to allow a wide cross section of our society to participate, especially those creatively-inclined students from schools that may not have access to artistic curriculum within their schools.
"We believe that access to arts education inspires lateral and free thinkers, which is pivotal for the innovation and success of any society."
Mrs Soro said it was important that the students focused on technique and improved the standard of music and dance.