FORMER Stirling High pupil Lauren Volker continues to amaze in Port Elizabeth, where she is currently juggling a position at Nelson Mandela University’s psychology department’s help desk and owns her own dance studio.
Volker recently graduated Cum Laude in her honours psychology degree during the Nelson Mandela University’s autumn graduation.
“I’m working currently working at Nelson Mandela University in the psychology department. I’m at the psychology help desk to which 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 my 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 and and young women at the age of as old as 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 The girls also made the showcase to perform in the evening,” she said
She said further stated that they aspire to qualify for Croatia in October this year and are determined to represent South Africa in the DanceStar finals.