Children showcasing their performance at the dance recital.
Friends and families of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Oceania Dance Academy gathered to witness a dance recital put on by children on 14 May 2016, at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies (OCACPS) in USP’s Laucala Campus.
The dance recital saw energetic youngsters moving excitedly to the beat and a large number of family members witnessed the performances which included hip-hop, basic ballet and Pacific contemporary.
Some of these youngsters also took part in the ‘Vueti Viti – Together We Are Stronger’ fund raising concert and auction for Tropical Cyclone Winston which raised just over FJ $10,000.
OCACPS Acting Director Mr David Gegeo said “dance is not just about swaying to music, rather its core goal is to engage students in artistic experiences, through the processes of creation, performance and responses”.
Oceania Centre has been conducting social classes in the area of Music and Dance, not only for USP students but for the general public and held their music recital in late April.
Initially, only guitar lessons in beginner’s level and vocals were offered.
The audience were captivated by the students’ performance, but for this term, the highlight was music by the Managing Director of Flour Mills of Fiji, Mr Ram Bajekal, who took up drums as it was on his “bucket list”.
Six-year-old, Tehan Perera was the youngest student, reinforcing the fact that it is never too early or late to learn.
Today the Centre offers training in guitar, piano, vocals and drums and provides the instruments and teachers from within its performing arts members. At the end of each term, students host a recital.
The music programme is structured in a well-balanced theory and practical based class that teaches students from as young as four-years-old, at different levels of the programme, to play and read music (sight reading).
Classes are held twice a week at the Oceania Centre.
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