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 In The Spotlight – when BBC World News came calling

The day started like every other normal day. Music classes were going on. Dancers either in their classes or choreographing and learning new dance routines, with music from boom boxes in the background, when a call came through on the office phone. It was a pleasant female voice laced with a lovely foreign accent. She was calling from the BBC World News Channel asking if they could come to do a story on SPAN. Of course, we said, Yes…absolutely!IMG_20160426_090100

 

 

For us at SPAN, there was a feeling of excitement and more importantly, it made us realize that while we are busy doing what we know how to do, creating a platform where talents in music, dance, drama, spoken word, visual arts e.t.c can be grown, and nurtured, the world was watching and taking note. It gave us a sense of fulfillment.

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A day was fixed for the BBC World News crew to come film the classes we offer and also interview SPAN founder, Mrs. Boulos on how this amazing vision started. They were to film her class as she teaches Ballet.

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And so the day came, and at 9.10am, arriving slightly late due to traffic, but in good spirits with an exciting voice to match was a lovely looking lady wearing a yellow sundress, all smiles. It was Lerato Mbele, the fabulous presenter of ‘Africa Business Report’ on the BBC World News Channel with a 2-man crew.

They were given a tour of the community centre which houses SPAN’s Academy of Dance and the Academy of Music. They excitedly set up, eager to see the kind of performances they will be filming. Because of the time allotted, they could only take the full ballet class with Mrs Boulos and a 1 minute Naija Urban dance routine. Lerato suggested that since ballet is going to be indoors, if the Naija Urban dance performance could be filmed outside on the streets would be fantastic, and we ended up doing just that.

So once, everything was planned, the actual interview and filming was easy and fun, despite some ‘electricity hiccups’ and clearing the streets to film the dance performance.

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Mrs Boulos, as usual, was a delight during her interview, and it was inspiring watching her tell the SPAN story again.

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2 hours later,the BBC crew, satisfied with their footage. Lerato, who was so excited about the SPAN vision, said she was going to tell her Nigerian friends to assist in the cause to build a world class Performing Arts Center where dreams are created and realized. In her words “The SPAN story is so beautiful and easy to tell, I can almost breathe the passion of what you do here ”

And so amidst plenty goodbyes and waves, the crew left.

3 days later, our story was aired, both online and on BBC World News Channel .

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This is just the beginning.

 

 

 

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!


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

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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?!]
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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.
WHY??
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.
DETAILS
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

This July, All The Way from Chicago, Give It Up for ‘THE HENHOUSE PROWLERS’

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We’re excited… and if you love great music, you’ll be excited too!

We’re proud to announce the ‘JAZZ AND BLUEGRASS WORKSHOP’ featuring ‘THE HENHOUSE PROWLERS’ all the way from Chicago, U.S.A! Holding Next week.

DATE:      Wednesday, 9TH July, 2014
TIME:       9:00am PROMPT
VENUE:   1 Abuja Str, off 1st Avenue, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos
ADMISSION:       FREE!!!
Join Us! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!! Brought to you by
The UNITED STATES EMBASSY LAGOS
in collaboration with
SPAN ACADEMY OF JAZZ AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC