It was indeed the dance battle to end the year as 10 Salsa Couples and 10 Hiphop Crews gave it their all to win the highly coveted title of IDO 2016 Salsa Couple of the year and IDO 2016 Hiphop Crew of the year respectively at the SPAN – IDO Street and Salsa Show Dance Battle which took place, November 6th, 2016 at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Hosted by SPAN Head of Dance Academy (Schools & Presentation), Ukalina and Steve, the show kicked off at 5 pm, amidst great expectations and high hopes for all the contestants.
The Hiphop category was first, and after the first round and the dance-offs, it was clear that G-Reloaded Crew and 619 Crew are the top favourites for the title.
Both Crews wowed the crowd with amazing jumps and spins, but in the end, G-Reloaded emerged winners and won the cash prize of N500,000.
After side performances by Jackson Obinna of’ Stars on Earth’and Locking Si’on, the Salsa rounds took off and it soon became clear that this competition in this category was going to be intense. Countless knee twists, sky high leaps, scintillating twists, amazing moves and more seemed to be the order of the day, as these couples gave one mind blowing performance after the other.
Then came the dance off rounds where each couple had the opportunity to mix their salsa routines with street swag, as the category had no rules. The contestants delivered and the audience went wild! And the dance battle raged on! The surprise of the night happened when SPAN Founder/Chairperson, Mrs Sarah Boulos got on stage and announced that the winning prize had just been increased from N300,000 to N400,000 and the crowd went wild!
After a very intense battle, Michael and Esther won this keenly contested category and walked away with the grand prize of N400,000.
After the runnner -ups and the winners have been given their medals and cheques respectively, Mrs Boulos and the President of IDO, Nigeria, Mr Ice Nweke expressed their delight at the energy, pace and talents the contestants brought into the competition, and promised that IDO 2017 will be much bigger.