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!


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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.

THE STIGMA, THOUGH STILL PRESENT IS NOT AS STRONG!

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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SPAN/IDO dance battle, a part of SPAN@10

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The SPAN/IDO (International Dance Organization) Salsa competition and the 9ja Dance battle which Started in 2010, is an event all dance lovers aspire to be in attendance.

Who can ever forget the gravity defying leaps? The graceful turn of the hand during a salsa styling move or just the simple beauty of dance?

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It’s here again, as part of the SPAN@10 celebrations.

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A direct quote from the IDO president

“…come 2016, the winners will be taken out of the country to compete on the worlds stage. they will be entered in the Hiphop and Salsa categories.”

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Do you have a dance crew or you’re a spectacular salsa dancer? you still have a chance to participate…contact the SPAN offices now

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VENUE: Ocean View, Eko Hotel and Suites

TIME: 3pm

23rd of April 2015 is not a day to be told… you NEED to be there!

The Nigerian Salsa/Latin Dance Congress is Here!!!

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The Nigerian Salsa/Latin Dance Congress is holding right now in Lagos, Nigeria! Don’t miss it!
[Time table and locations]

Yesterday, 4th December it kicked off with
Free beginners dance class for all, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
Congress registration.
Social dancing party from 8.30pm till late.
Venue was N-TYCE restaurant/lounge at 1310 Karimu Kotun off Akin Adesola in VI.

Today, Thursday 5th December. Welcome party with our host Fuego-Latino Dance-Company from 7pm
Social dancing party.
Welcome performance.
Congress registration.
Venue is Piccolomondo Nigeria. 19b Idejo street off Adeola Odeku VI.

Friday 6th December – Workshops and Registrations.
Morning session starts 10am to 12pm.
Beginners and advanced dance classes, several dance styles.
Evening session starts from 5pm to 7.30pm.
Night party starts from 8pm till late.
Venue is EmberCreek 32 Awolowo road Ikoyi.

Saturday 7th December. Workshops – Master classes
Beginners and advanced dance classes, several dance styles.
Weight watchers and fun lovers classes all levels.
9.30 am to 12pm for morning session.
3pm to 6pm for Mid day session.
7pm to 8pm last session.
8pm till late, grand finale of spectacular dance performances which include; Salsa, Paso Doble, Hiphop by Kaffy DanceQueen, African Contemporary dance by Ijodee Dance, Latin by SPAN, Body language dance, Dance & Art Alive, Salsa In Nigeria {Salsa Naija}, Salsa Ghana, Azonto by Usher Frimpong Moses, Shon Shonnel salsa, Robert Klah line dancing and salsa, Icee Nweke & Ukalina Celine Opuwari Latin, Chibuzo Slim Ikonta and Anita Obidi Latin Chukwuma Carbone Onye, Lilian Yeri, Wale Sodade and more.

Don’t miss it, because you will have to wait till next year.
Registration for all activities is only N5000 before event, N7500 at the gate.
Call 08056002459 for more info
info@westafricansalsacongress.com
www.westafricansalsacongress.com