If You are Serious about Music, FRANCE Calls for you this Summer!!!

Bright Gain in France

Bright Gain,Director of our Academy of Jazz and Contemporary Music in France some months ago

Are you interested in quality music education and international certification? We’ve got great news for you!

SPAN Jazz Summer School in collaboration with The Dordogne Jazz Summer School** – Our affiliate Jazz school in France – is offering 10 students an opportunity to study with the The Dordogne Jazz Summer School for the 2015 academic year.

Enrolment is on-going; Interested candidates please visit us next week on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 or Friday, September 26, 2014 and ask to see Bright Gain, Director, SPAN Academy of Jazz and Contemporary Music. Time: 12noon at SPAN Office, No 1 Abuja street, off 1st Avenue, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Please note that the summer school will run for one month – Two weeks in Lagos and two weeks in France – and fees cover Tuition, accommodation, feeding, flight ticket and visa. Visa is totally guaranteed!!!

**The Dordogne Jazz Summer School is based at Chateau de Monteton, a real mediaeval castle, in south west France; and led by pianist and composer Andrea Vicari.

F.A.T CAMP IS HERE! [p.s: and This Has Absolutely Nothing to do With your Size]!!

Welcome to the beautiful month of August!!! Summer is in the air, and we love it!
So, F.A.T CAMP is here!, and no, you don’t have to be a plus size to attend. F.A.T [in this case] means ‘Film Making, Animation & TheatreActing [Genius right?!]
So, as you say goodbye to the month of July, improve yourself with skills and knowledge. Attend the F.A.T Camp from August 4 – 12, 2014.
Hollywood veteran, Joke Silva, Tinsel Director and exceptionally talented script-writer Victor Sanchez Aghahowa, and other creative heavyweights will be coaching you at this memorable 8 day camp of Film making, Acting and Theatre acting.
VENUE:   SPAN Studio, 1 Abuja Street, off 1st Avenue, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos.
DATE:     August 4 – 12
TIME:      10:00am – 3pm Daily
Brought to you by JMJ Studios and SPAN, Society of the Performing Arts in Nigeria.
For more info, please call 0803 924 7872, 0816 134 5228

The Future Is Now: Helen O’Grady Summer Camp Update

helen o grady summer campIt’s been two weeks of fun and amazing performances at the Helen O’ Grady Drama Academy Lagos Island Summer Camp 2014. We combined a blend of dance-drama to portray the uniqueness of theatre as a tool for child creativity awareness and self-development. At Helen O’ Grady Drama academy we never stop believing that every child is a superstar! And Summer Camp provides us with that opportunity to get up-close and personal with our studentS and help them arrive that point of total confidence.

The future is now. The future is here… The past two weeks have proven this to be very correct, as our Summer Camp students put together two classical plays “The Sound Of Music” & “Her wish” (African version of the Cinderella story) with our very own ‘Shade Shonibare’ Starring as ‘Maria’ in the sound of music. Their performance blew the mind of our audiences away at our weekly parent day presentation  held at #Span Theatre, no 1 Abuja, Street, off First Avenue, Banana Island, Ikoyi Lagos. Future Superstars are emerging before our very eyes.

The past two weeks of camp have been incredibly awesome! And we can wait to get the last week of camp (Week 3) started already.

Join us at Helen O’ Grady Summer Camp 2014 next week as we put together another grand performance. @ #Span Theatre, no 1 Abuja, Street, Off First Avenue, Banana Island, Ikoyi.


Sarah Boulos

The Academy – Principal – Lagos Island

Helen O’Grady Drama Academy

08091900700, 08091900600





We Did It! 168 children Smile to Bed. Many More to Go!


We announced last month, that for children’s Day [May 27], we wanted to buy sleeping kits [Mattresses, Bed sheets, Mosquito nets & more] for children of ‘Dustbin Estate’. As its name connotes, Dustbin Estate is an area of refuse; a settlement in which inhabitants build their houses with planks on refuse dumps. So these children practically live on ‘trash’ with no proper beds. Our plan was to change that, and we asked everyone to join in on the project by contributing to make it a reality.
You listened and joined us in putting smiles on the faces of these little angels; 168 folded mattresses with bed sheets, pillow cases, and mosquito nets donated so far! We would like to also extend our sincere appreciation to the ‘Experiencing God’ group at IBC , The ‘Bible Study’ ladies, Mouka Foam, Indomie, and individual friends who contributed to make a difference with SPAN USING THE ARTS AS A TOOL FOR SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION. May God bless you all and keep you safe and healthy
It’s not too late, you can join in the project, it goes on! 272 bed sets to go…. Let’s do this! contact us to be a part of this Info@spanigeria.org, 01-7767726.


Lets Make The Children Smile to Bed This Children’s Day

Every year on May 27 in Nigeria, we say ‘Happy Children’s Day’, but how many children do we really make happy? At SPAN, we’re passionate about giving hope to the hopeless and putting smiles on faces.


Last year, we met a passionate young woman, Tolu Sangosanya, who we think is doing something exceptional. She runs LOTS Charity Foundation. LOTS charity foundation is a registered charity organization that caters to the physiological [feeding, clothing and shelter], social, educational, psychological, medical, and emotional needs of street kids and vulnerable children. Their area of focus right now is Ajeromi-ifelodun local government in a community called ‘DUSTBIN ESTATE’ in Ajegunle, Lagos state, Nigeria. As its name connotes, Dustbin estate is an area of refuse; a settlement in which its inhabitants build their house with planks on refuse dumps. So these children practically live on ‘trash’ with no proper beds…. We intend to change that. Please join SPAN and LOTS this children day as we put a smile on the faces of these little angels. We believe every Child deserves a place to sleep and we plan to do so on Children’s day, May 27, 2014.


Join us by donating N7,000 [Seven Thousand Naira] to DUSTBIN ESTATE CHILDREN from LOTS foundation [http://www.lotscharityfoundation.org/] to celebrate Children’s Day with us! Each child will get a sleeping kit [A bed, Pyjama E.T.C] contact us to be a part of this Info@spanigeria.org, 01-7767726




Happy Easter! It’s a Packed weekend… No Excuses to be bored!

If you’re looking for what to do this Easter weekend, we’ve got you covered!

Get Your Praise On Today!!!! SPAN will be performing at PHASE (Praise Him And Shout Emmanuel) a GIG Time Presentation on Good Friday, April 18, 2014. Venue: Oriental Hotel, Lagos. Time: 2 sessions [2pm and 6pm]

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 19, at the Helen O’Grady Easter camp Final Day Presentation, the Children show off all the amazing stuff [Drama, Dance, Singing,Fine Arts, 3D Animation, Music and more] they learned during the week at the Helen O’Grady Easter Camp. Join us!

VENUE: Banana Island Studios, #1 Abuja Street, off First Avenue, Banana Island, Ikoyi

FOR MORE INFO, PLEASE CALL 017767726, 08091900600, 08091900700


We will also be performing at KIDz ‘R’ US
… and the easter weekend ends with a bang as we give a Dance Ministration at House On The Rock, on Sunday 20th April. Don’t be told… Experience SPAN!


beat kaetsli

Music is food for the soul, and nothing beats a beautifully crafted sound. SPAN Academy of Jazz & Contemporary Music brings you the “SPECIAL MUSICIANSHIP WORKSHOP ” with New York based Internationally Acclaimed Musician/Jazz Singer/ Songwriter/ Producer BEAT KAESTLI on Saturday, March 22, 2014. TIME: 11:30am-2pm.

Afraid it’ll cost a fortune? Don’t sweat it, REGISTRATION is a token N2,000 only, and totally Free for present & former SPAN students!!

So if you’re a Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Jazz Artiste, Producer, Bass player, Pianist, Drummer, or Composer, this is definitely not one to miss! TAKE YOUR MUSICIANSHIP TO THE NEXT LEVEL! For more information, Call 08091900700 or 017767726

What Happens in Vegas Stays…

[L-R: Ice, Jim & Jenell Maranto, ukalina]

[L-R: Ice, Jim & Jenell Maranto, ukalina]

On June 16, two of SPAN’s finest, Ice [Creative Director] & Ukalina [Head of Dance] were sent to Las Vegas, for training as teachers in Latin and Ballroom. They were taught by professionals, Katarzyna Kozak and Marcin Tomaszewski, amongst others.

Katarzyna Kozak and Marcin Tomaszewski

The training went beautifully, so let’s just say that what happened in Vegas didn’t quite stay in Vegas as they have since returned to Lagos, but the excitement from the experience still lingers!

Next stop before their return was California, where they went for their Bronze and Silver certification in International Style. Ice & Ukalina had the best as they were trained by Latin and Ballroom ‘heavyweight’ Coaches; Kasia Kozak, Diane Jarmolow, Thomas and Isabella Lewandowski under Dance Vision.

They had a meeting with Founder, Mr Wayne, and Dance vision Examiner, Mrs Diane, who after viewing their overall skills proposed to make them Dance Vision Examiners in America and Africa! Awesome right?!

Ice & Ukalina with dance Vision Founder, Wayne Eng

Ice & Ukalina with dance Vision Founder, Wayne Eng

So, Ice & Ukalina are done with the first stage of the certification which is the Associate level and they intend to finish as Dance Vision fellows within the next 6months.  Dance Vision was obviously impressed with SPAN as they have great plans to work with us in the growth of Latin and ballroom in Nigeria. We definitely  are looking forward to that!