For­mer EL pupil goes for gold

Go! & Express - - GO! IN KING - AMANDA NANO

FOR­MER Stir­ling High pupil Lauren Volker con­tin­ues to amaze in Port El­iz­a­beth, where she is jug­gling a po­si­tion at Nel­son Man­dela Univer­sity’s psy­chol­ogy depart­ment and owns her own dance stu­dio.

Volker re­cently grad­u­ated Cum Laude in her honours psy­chol­ogy de­gree.

“I’m work­ing at the psy­chol­ogy help desk. I am also a lec­tur­ing and an ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant,” she said.

Her aca­demic goals are to do her mas­ters in clin­i­cal psy­chol­ogy and move on to do her doc­tor­ate de­gree.

The GO! had pre­vi­ously re­ported that she was dance coach and chore­og­ra­pher at the Dare to be Dif­fer­ent dance stu­dio in Port El­iz­a­beth (“For­mer Stir­ling pupil soars in dance of life and stud­ies”, GO! & Ex­press, Fe­bru­ary 2 2017).

She has now achieved one of her goals of own­ing her own dance stu­dio.

“I have a dance stu­dio in Port El­iz­a­beth called La'Vo Dance Com­pany, which I started last year, where I am sole owner and head chore­og­ra­pher.

“I want it to grow as a stu­dio, I want to grow as a dance coach and for it to be a stu­dio that peo­ple re­mem­ber,” Volker said.

Her love for dance has evolved to coach­ing young girls from the age of 14 to women at the age of 25.

The stu­dio has al­ready com­peted in the Tal­ent Africa and DanceS­tar South Africa com­pe­ti­tions.

Dance styles of­fered at the stu­dio are con­tem­po­rary, lyri­cal, jazz, hip hop, afro jazz, mu­si­cal the­atre and open.

“Re­cently at the Tal­ent Africa Na­tion­als, my girls won gold for all six group rou­tines, three solo golds, five solo sil­vers, and one gold and two sil­vers [in dance] duets,” she said

She said they as­pire to qual­ify for Croa­tia in Oc­to­ber this year and are de­ter­mined to rep­re­sent South Africa in the DanceS­tar fi­nals.

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