Back by popular demand, Sonia Roy is launching several programs for the community this fall and throughout the year. Roy has taught in schools and privately for several years. As one of the pioneer teachers at the Fernie Academy, she ran the music and the French programs, introducing the successful musical theatre productions.
Actively participating in the community as a performer and community choir leader, Miss Sonia (as her students still call her) has charmed many hearts with her voice and her friendly personality. After taking a few years to build a foundation for her own family, she is back with renewed enthusiasm and creativity to offer to the community.
“ I never thought I’d miss teaching that much,” she said.
Starting in October, Roy will welcome kids ages five to eight (flexible) to explore the magic of music in her new program–Born to sing and dance. This musical group is intended to create an opportunity for kids to express themselves freely through song, dance and theatre while developing basic musical and performing skills. This program takes place at the Arts Station theatre on Tuesdays at 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Also involving young kids, the program, Fun with French invites the rest of the family to join in. This new program offers French lessons in a whole new, fun way. Through plays and skits, students learn and integrate French conversational skills using adapted sign language.
“This program is intended for all those people who have told me how they all took French at some point but can’t speak it for the life of them. This method is so amazing and efficient,” Roy said.
The location will be determined based on numbers.
Keep your ear to the ground as Roy is also collaborating with artist friends from the community bringing music workshops including voice, guitar/ukulele, drums and community events throughout the year. There are also rumours about a drum circle resurfacing in Fernie, named YAY.
For more information the YAYtribe Facebook group will keep you updated.