Danc­ing QUEEN

mailife - - People - By MELAIA TUILEVUKA pho­tos SUP­PLIED

For 12-year old Kel­era Luvu Bola, find­ing her pas­sion has come at an early age. Her dream of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional dancer is be­ing fast tracked and she has grabbed all the op­por­tu­ni­ties that have come her way -- with the help of her par­ents, Akuila and DiVere Bola of Nakau­gasele vil­lage in Nakasaleka, Ka­davu, who re­alise that they live in a world of op­por­tu­ni­ties. Kel­era’s mother en­cour­aged her to try out new things at an early age, but dance is her cho­sen forte. The fam­ily left Fiji in 2008 when Kel­era was three years old. She says she re­alises that if not for join­ing her fa­ther, who was sta­tioned in Ger­many at the time, she would not have been able to pur­sue her pas­sion for dance in the way she has. The young­ster didn’t waste any time af­ter ar­riv­ing in Falling­bostel, but im­me­di­ately got into var­i­ous dance groups. In 2014 Kel­era won her first danc­ing award when she came third in the Stu­dio 38 Dance Com­pe­ti­tion. She moved to Scot­land with her par­ents and two sib­lings in 2015 and is now a stu­dent at Madras Col­lege, a Scot­tish sec­ondary school in St An­drews, Fife. She is amongst 1400 pupils there aged be­tween 11 and 18. Af­ter just two months in Scot­land, she joined a group called The Launch Pad Stu­dio that per­forms hiphop, street, lyri­cal and other styles of com­mer­cial dance from be­gin­ners to pro­fes­sional level. Kel­era has been a mem­ber of the Stu­dio’s group named The Tribe since Au­gust. She at­tends two class ses­sions ev­ery Satur­day, one for her Se­cret Dance Solo and the sec­ond for the Crew dance.

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