The Night of Block 13

It was an awesome evening when SPAN held everyone spellbound at the first presentaiton of its Music, Dance and Drama production titled ‘Block 13 – A Tale of Hope, Love & Wonders’.

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The event took place at the 2016th edition of the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) Festival on October 21st, 2016 at the AGIP Recital Hall, MUSON Centre, Lagos.

Prior to the show, a dance workshop held in the early hours of the day with SPAN Dance instructors giving out free dance classes in different genres of dance.

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Apart from the intensive dance classes given for free, the workshop participants were also given the opportunity to perform in the opening performance of ‘Block 13’

VIP guests were treated to canapes and cocktails at 6.30 pm while the show opened at 7.pm with a lot of performing arts enthusiasts and dignitaries in attendance.

SPAN Founder/ Chairperson, Mrs Sarah Boulos giving her welcome address

SPAN Founder/ Chairperson, Mrs Sarah Boulos giving her welcome address

 

Spoken Word Poet, Donna Ogunaike performing...

Spoken Word Poet, Donna Ogunaike performing…

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Guest Artiste, Jennifer Ohia

Guest Artiste, Jennifer Ohia

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‘Block 13’ is the gripping story of a group of people who lives different lives, have different aspirations but found themselves bound together by the common hope they found in the building, Block 13

 

 

SPAN Presents the Musical Masterpiece – ‘Block 13’

As the Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) continues to dazzle Nigeria with groundbreaking performances as seen during SPANFEST 2015, the organization is set to enchant the public yet again with its captivating production ‘Block 13’ – A Tale of Hope, Love & Wonders, which will be showcased during the MUSON Festival 2016 on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the AGIP Recital Hall, the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

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‘Block 13’ is the gripping story of a group of people who lives different lives, have different aspirations but found themselves bound together by the common hope they found in the apartment, Block 13. It is a mesmerizing plot filled with chart-topping songs and dance (which SPAN is famously known for) that will keep you on the edge of your seats.

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Sarah Boulos, the founder of SPAN said “Block 13 is the story that everyone will relate with. It shows us that within every sphere of our lives, even if things aren’t the way we want them, there is always that glimmer of hope, that in the end, everything will turn out right. It is a show worth watching”

‘Block 13’ is family –friendly, entertaining and inspire the creativity within.

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For information and booking,call 08093561000, 08093571000, 08091900700 . You can also send us a mail on info@spanigeria.org

 

 

 

Networking Tips

With the advent of social media, a lot of people no longer see the need to see themselves physically anymore because they can always engage with each other via chats, skyping and other forms. While social media is a great tool for building and maintaining relationships, nothing beats face to face networking. So, the most effective networking approach is a combination of the two, i.e one part online and the other part face to face.

 

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There are usually places and events you go to, or get invited to which will make you meet with people that can be of great benefit to you as a person, or your career.

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For some people, it could be a bit intimidating, for people who are not, there is still the need to go with your best foot forward. These tips below are designed to assist you to be on top of your game at these events

A little Research
It doesn’t hurt to prepare yourself for the event you are going to by finding out some basic information about the event, the aim, the cause, the people behind it… Nothing complicated, just some little tit bits that may help you get into the appropriate mindframe.

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Commit to Helping Others
Be in your positive helpful nature. Do not think it is about getting new jobs or new clients. Even if its some advice about a particular gadget or a restaurant recommendation , be sure to pass this along when there is the need for it. This will make you more human and people will want to help you in return.
Make an Introduction
If you introduce 2 people and they hit off, they will always be grateful to you and people who you have introduced to someone else are most likely to return the favour.

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Connect with People over their families
The easiest way to a networking partner is through their immediate family members. At networking events , people talk about work in industry related subjects, you can distinguish yourself by talking about their spouse or family if you get the opportunity to do so. They will warm up to you and get more familiar.

If you are shy or introverted, focus on others
You don’t have to be a good conversationalist, people love talking about themselves, if you ask a lot of questions and take a lot of interest in them, they will enjoy talking about themselves to a cap12045499_951864278225107_3769379291706937380_otive audience. They will enjoy talking to you.
Follow up
People spend too much time trying to meet new people and too little time following up with and nurturing relationships with people they already know. This in turn will lead to meeting new people because people who you already know are more likely to be a gateway for you to their friends and more connections.
So be sure to spend time and energy networking with people who are already in your network.

A Dancer’s Style

However rigorous and uniform training may be, each dancer always has a personal style of dancing. Certain skills come more easily to some dancers than to others: one may be an excellent jumper, while another may have exquisite control and balance in slow, sustained dance passages.

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The same choreography may also look completely different when executed by two different bodies. Thus, a dancer with very long limbs will make high leg extensions look exaggeratedly long while appearing slightly awkward in fast, intricate footwork.

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Another dancer may have a great deal of energy and speed but be unable to produce a sustained and beautiful line in held positions.

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Dancers also vary a great deal in the way they articulate and project movement. Some dancers move in a way that is tense, energetic, and even aggressive in its attack, , while others appear soft and fluid.

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Some phrase their movements so that every detail is sharp and clear; others so that one element flows into another. Some move exactly in time with the phrasing of the music; others phrase their movement slightly independently of it.

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One dancer may produce movements that are dramatically charged and expressive, while another may be cool and detached, concentrating on technical perfection.IMG_9980

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Such qualities may vary so distinctively that certain dance roles become inextricably connected to the dancers for whom they were created.

No matter the style, what each dancer brings to the table is unique and unparalleled!


Why You Should learn Salsa!

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Feeling blue? Well, dancing is one of the best ways to lift your spirits and none is better than salsa! The dance originated in the 1970s, in New York, and evolved from earlier dance from South America. Dancing the salsa gives you the chance to take yourself away from the world for a while and these are more reasons why you need to learn this amazing dance style;

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 Salsa is a great way to make new friends

Salsa dancing has become a social phenomenon and taking salsa lessons is a great way to meet new people.  It’s the perfect ice breaker and, in most lessons, you will switch partners frequently, so you will get the chance to make lots of new friends.

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 Dancing improves your confidence

As you learn to master new dance moves, then your self-confidence, off the dance floor, will improve as well. It will give you a fantastic sense of achievement, which will show in your everyday life.

It will improve your posture and balance

Learning salsa will improve your balance and poise. Your own awareness of your body will improve and it will show in how you walk and move.

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Self Expression

The ability to express yourself, verbally or with movement, is important to us. Perhaps you’ll have to hear and feel the music first, to fully grasp this one, but the ability to express yourself, with another person, to beautiful, exciting and passionate music, fulfills a basic human need (that you may not even know you have).

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 It will make you feel more attractive 

Salsa is a very sensual dance and it will show you how to express your beautiful sensual side. Most people don’t often get opportunities to express this side of their personality, salsa will show you how!

Salsa is more fun than the gym

Just an hour salsa dancing will burn off around 500 calories and it’s a lot more fun than going to the gym. Dancing increases your muscle strength and reduces body fat; at last, a workout that you can really enjoy!

 

The Era

Our 4th performance show at SPANFEST was the spectacular dance concert; The Era (Era of Legends). This project was an initiative created to inspire excellence in the dance industry. It featured some of Nigeria’s best dancers from all genre and musical artistes.the era-21the era-29the era-37the era-52the era-54the era-75the era-142the era-94the era-98

 

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Hear Word! Naija…

 

HEAR WORD! is an exhilarating and thought provoking performing art production directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa  and we had the honour of staging it during SPANFEST 2015 as the third performance show for the festival.hear word visual 6

The production combines artistry, social commentary and true-life stories of inequality of women in the face of domestic abuse, harassment, rape and societal pressure and the transformation.

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This brilliant work of art was delivered by Nigeria ‘s talented actresses Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw, Bimbo Akintola, Omonor, Elvina Ibru, Ufuoma McDermott, Zara Udofia, Lala Akindoju, Rita Edward, Debbie Ohiri and Odenike.

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The show also attracted high society.

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The Night We Made You Speechless!

It was a night to remember when The Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) took people on a magical music ride with “Speechless – A Musical Adventure”!

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The audience experienced a heart pumping, finger snapping, musical adventure night with jazz masters like Tee Mac, Bright Gain, The Venus Bushfires, Victor Ademofe, Olufunmi and Jerry Omole as they took them on an unforgettable journey of music and sounds…

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The Venus Bushfires opened the show with her unusual yet captivating brand of music, which took people back to old beautiful memories of Africa.

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Olufunmi, a gospel artiste with deep strong roots in Jazz led people back to the history of Jazz and how it started in America and evolved through the years. Now what made this performance thoroughly enjoyable was that as she introduces each artiste that had influenced Jazz  at their time, she immediately proceed to sing and mimick their style of jazz and vocals. She even performed Louis Armstrong ‘s “What A Wonderful World” in his gruff voice! She was accompanied in beats by SPAN’s music band.

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Then came the Multitalented Victor Ademofe on stage and got a thunderous standing ovation with his expertise on both the trumpet and the konga drums.

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Jerry Ademofe  got the audience moving to his music with the saxophone, playing recognizable Jazz people identified with.

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Jazz musician and SPAN’s head of Academy, Music and Contemporary jazz, Bright Gain also performed  with the guitar.

Closing the show was Tee Mac, the Jazz Master himself who played amazing music with the flute and got people reminiscing.

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Head of SPAN Academy of Jazz and Contemporary Music, Mr Bright Gain

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SPAN's Head Drummer- Papa Ray

SPAN’s Head Drummer- Papa Ray

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Welcome to SPANFEST 2015

SPANfest 2015 gives Voice to the Voiceless in Society 

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Following the successful series of events to mark its 10th Anniversary, the Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) has unveiled creative plans for the second edition of SPANfest starting from the 7th to 22nd of November this year.  The SPANfest creative committee held a press conference at Eko Hotel and suites in Lagos, to outline activities for the fifteen day community festival tagged ‘Voice Of The Voiceless’ The objective of SPANfest is to build communities and change lives via entertainment.

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SPANfest is a combination of workshops and groundbreaking presentations with various mediums of the performing arts to achieve memorable breathtaking Music, Dance, Spoken Word, Visual art, Theatre and Comedy. The first nine days will be for intensive performing art workshops with international professors, followed by five performance nights to showcase diverse cultural heritage and a grand finale with 200 dancers, musicians and actors on one stage.

According to the founder of SPAN, Mrs. Sarah Boulos, “I have faith that SPANfest 2015 will also rekindle in our community a desire to invest in performing art education and performances to sustain a vibrant and healthy environment in our Lagos – the city we cherish. Only then will Lagosians live and experience the full potential for which they were created and find purpose as well as a sense of significance in their city.”

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Boulos, added that the festival will reveal an understanding and awareness of the historical diversity and cultural context of the people as it crisscross the city from SPAN Hub – The Agidigba Community Centre in Lagos Island to the Ocean View Marquee in Victoria Island.

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Other activities lined up as part of SPANfest 2015 are the Movements in Moments, A Musical Adventure, Hear Word, Performing Arts Management and Motivational Talks, The Era (Era of Legends) and the Voice of the Voiceless – a performing art piece of music, dance and drama.

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The Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) has the vision to build a performing arts centre in Nigeria where young people are educated, empowered and presented as performing artists with their God given art. Over the last decade, SPAN has acquired considerable expertise in the performing arts through the presentation of several shows, empowering more than 500 artists and over 10,000 children in its community.

SPAN is a registered non-governmental organization founded in 2004 with the Helen O’Grady franchise in schools. It offers different classes of training which ranges from Music to Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Creative Combo, Drama, Contemporary African, fitness, Naija Craze, Salsa and Latin Ballroom dance for beginners, intermediate and professionals.

 

 

Interview with Sarah Boulos on SPAN@10 by Tamo Iruene

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When a web search of organizations that support youth, dozens of websites will lead you to resources for enterprise, entrepreneurship and even football.  But what of the youth whose experience in sports leads them to feelings of failure? Or those that can never create anything with their hands to save their lives?

Do the same web search of organizations in the performing arts and find…. very, very little.

A vibrant Theatre Arts presence in a community brings other benefits as well.  It can bring in tourism  – and a steady cash flow to business owners.

The Society for The Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN), a performing arts institution that combines Nigerian cultural traditions with world-class training, creating a platform to nurture and release creative potential in art, dance and music has been in existence for 10 years.

10 years that have not been without their challenges, their highs and their memorable moments.

Sarah Boulos in her capacity as Founder and Chairman of The Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria has trained and or contributed to over five hundred individuals in the professional field. SPAN has showcased and partnered with over 100 NGO’s and Mission work as well as provided on a yearly basis over thirty jobs in the entertainment industry.

In a No Holds Barred interview with Mrs. Boulos, she had this to say

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Why did SPAN start?

Because it was needed and I was ready to serve and today the industry is soaring with professional performing artists hired and owning private businesses. SPAN, BORN OUT of a GOD GIVEN VISION IS PURPOSE DRIVEN AND PURPOSE DRIVEN MISSION are ignited because of a need and the need is to educate and present performing artists  to provide them with job opportunities and present their art and for children to develop themselves in an area of education that is missing in Nigeria.

Was it difficult being accepted by Nigerians?

It was as first when we started but as much now because the Nigerian community can now see the benefits of the performing arts and what it brings to the community, like new job opportunities , a better and healthier lifestyle, a creative energy in the economy, a positive outlook on our city and A reduction in the poverty line.

What challenges did you face?

To build awareness and educate the audience that this project is very much-needed in our society and industry.

At the beginning, banks did not take me seriously and now they are hiring and sponsoring my student programs. Fundraising was also a major challenge and now it’s a lot easier, people are considering sponsoring the arts!!

What is different now…from 10 yrs ago?

Because the industry has opened partly due to our work, there is more hope to see a performing art center built and a place for young people to learn and develop themselves and pursue their career in the performing arts because of our success stories in the Industry.

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Do you regret any of the decisions you made then?

No, only when I get tired and desire to quit then a young child gives me a flower or I receive an encouraging word from one of my students then I know how precious and needed my services are.

What would you do things differently if you had the chance?

Yes I would, in certain areas of communication and who I partner with but in general the journey is necessary in every dream as we must learn lessons in order to grow

What does SPAN @ 10 mean to you in a nutshell?

A place where our citizens are educated , entertained and inspired for more through the performing arts .

What do you expect the show to accomplish?

The show will reinforce our vision and the need to develop more educational programs and to build a place to accommodate students and citizens to explore the wonders of the performing arts.

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