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New Institution To Offer More Options For Dancers

The launch of Vou Dance Fiji’s first Tertiary Dance Institution in Nakurakura on Wednesday night is set to offer more options for local aspiring dancers. The Nadi-based Conservatorium of Dance
01 Dec 2018 11:00
New Institution To Offer More Options For Dancers
Conservatorium of Dance group presenting at Nakurakura in Nadi on November 30, 2018. Photo: Mereleki Nai

The launch of Vou Dance Fiji’s first Tertiary Dance Institution in Nakurakura on Wednesday night is set to offer more options for local aspiring dancers.

The Nadi-based Conservatorium of Dance (COD) Institution is the first of its kind in the South Pacific, where the students who graduate under it’s dance programme will receive a Diplo­ma in Dance. The Higher Education Commission formal­ises the Conservatorium of Dance’s diploma programme.

Conservatorium of Dance Institution director Sachiko Soro said: “We wanted to provide training to young Fijian artists so that they have access to opportunity. We want our dancers to be able to be certified so that they have options available to them.

“If they want to continue education to be a teacher, they can also teach dance in school. If they immigrate, they have a dance certification with them. If they decide to open their own company, they will have the tools and knowledge to do so.

“Dance is unvalued in Fiji as a career because it is not certified and thus people tend to view it as a hobby and not something to seriously invest a lifetime in. However, I be­lieve that we here in Fiji have some of the most brilliant, unique and innovative artists on the planet,” she said.

“At the COD we are focused on quality, and training dance professionals to a very high standard. We want to create performing arts across the world’s biggest stages and put our creative artists on the world map.

“Though the Conservatorium we want to give equal op­portunities to women to thrive and lead in management positions and in the creative sector. I advocate for female professions and I hope that we can become an organisation that models itself on equality.”

Outlined curriculum

The diploma programme is made up of four components.

First component – dance techniques are taught the basic technique of ballet, contemporary, jazz and cultural dance form.

Second component – dance repertoire, the students have to learn 40 different dance repertoire over the year pro­gramme such as traditional meke, Bollywood, Pacific, jazz, Latin, hip hop and contemporary and they are examined quarterly on their repertoire and dance technique.

Third component – professional development, they learn the theoretical part of dance, learn dance research, the science of choreography and how to be safe dancers such as having the right nutrition and how to prevent getting injured.

Fourth component – Diploma programme is professional performance experience; the students again experience out in the field and have to critically reflect on their experi­ences in order to continuously improve.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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