Adults and children interested in popular music, theater and dance can learn more about the improved Rock U 2 Academy of Popular Music at its grand opening and open house this weekend.
From 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, Rock U 2 will open its new location at 2820 Government St. in Ocean Springs.
Tim Alamsha, who owns the business along with his wife, Barbara, said while Rock U 2 has been in Ocean Springs since May 2011, the new location grows their space from about 3,000 square feet to about 9,000 square feet.
“This time last year, we had around 90 students,” Alamsha said. “Now we have more than 200.”
Alamsha has spent his life in the entertainment business. He and his wife began their careers as performers/entertainers, and starting in 1990, he worked for Disney where he was responsible for parades and other shows. After his time at Disney, he worked as the director of entertainment for Universal Studios.
After visiting the Gulf Coast, he said he fell in love with the area and wanted to see what programs were available for children when it comes to popular music.
“We decided to start something more interactive than just private lessons and practicing in your bedroom,” Alamsha said. “We aim to teach students about things like goal-setting, teamwork and building self-esteem all through music, dance and theater.”
Alamsha said the new location contains nine individual rooms, two group rehearsal rooms, a dance studio, recording studio, video editing studio and more. He said he also plans to add a fitness center and space for theater acting in the future.
“This is a great opportunity to see the new facility,” Alamsha said. “It will be a lot of fun, people can meet the instructors, try out free dance classes and more.”
Rock U 2 Academy of Popular Music offers a variety of classes for children and adults, ranging from theater and film to all types of dance and music lessons on instruments ranging from the ukulele, french horn and more. Alamsha said that the academy also offers an extra unique opportunity to students.
“We pair students up within similar instruments, skills levels, etc., and create bands with them,” Alamsha said. “They perform at the Hard Rock or through our quarterly recitals.”
In addition to three free dance classes, there will be free door prizes and refreshments. Door prizes are provided by Woody’s Roadside Ocean Springs, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Starbucks, The Froghead Grill – Ocean Springs, MS, Po Boy Express, Coffee Fusion, New York Pizza Ocean Springs, Smoothie King and more. There will also be two holiday gift raffles – one being an IP Casino Resort Spa overnight spa package includes (1) hotel room, dinner for two at the Back Bay Buffet and a $100 spa voucher, valued at $300. Raffle Tickets for the IP Spa Package are $10 each. The Date Night Basket includes a $50 gift card for Hard Rock Cafe Biloxi, wine basket from Maisano’s Fine Wine and Spirits and two movie tickets for The Grand Theatre D’Iberville, valued at more than $100. Raffle tickets for this package are $5 each.
For more information, learn more at http://www.rocku2oceansprings.com.