Battle On The Dance Floor! SPAN-IDO 2016






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.span-228








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.






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’.


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 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…









Guest Artiste, Jennifer Ohia

Guest Artiste, Jennifer Ohia



















‘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



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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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!

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.








SPANFEST 2015 Workshop – Music, Dance, Drama Like Never Before!

One of the visions of SPAN for year 2015  is to organize a one of a kind  Music, Dance and Drama workshop that will bring out fresh talent and unleash the expression in people who wanted to find their creative voice.  That opportunity came at SPANFEST 2015.

The 10 day workshop ultimately became the festival’s opening event. It consisted of Music, Dance and Drama workshops with both local and International performing Arts facilitators training registered participants and was held at The SPAN Hub, The Agidigba Community Center, 13 Davies Street, off Broad street, Marina, Lagos Island from November 7th – 16th , 2015. 9am – 6pm daily.


The Music workshop had renowned Jazz pianist/composer/educator Mark Kross and Chesky recording artist and a leader in the Jazz education field, Louise Rogers, both from New York, USA as Instructors





Drama Workshop was facilitated by stage veteran and Acting Tutor, Ronya Man, who is Head and Director of Arts at the International “Kimama “ campus in Israel.




Dance workshop offered different types of Dance of which are:

Modern Jazz – Facilitated by Paris based Gaelle Gillieron, a certified Modern Jazz Instructor, a technical level dancer and a dancer for several French Contemporary Choreographers.




Horton Technique – Facilitated by Clara Belenus, a graduate of the prestigious Alvin Ailey School and renowned Dance instructor, known for teaching creative movement, ballet and creative ballet, as well as the Horton Technique.




Nigerian Traditional Dance – Had the award winning Dancer, Dance teacher and a choreographer of high repute, Victor Erebifa Phullu has the Instructor. With over 25 years of experience, Victor Phullu has represented Nigeria in Dance Festivals and other dance related activities, either as a dancer, choreographer, or as a facilitator. His professional competence cannot be over emphasized




Hip-Hop – Different styles of Hip hop were taught by SPAN Dance Instructors Michael Omani, Da-Silva Ajanlekoko, Chijindu Chize and SPAN protégées, Abimbola Fakiya and Obinna Jackson.









Naija Urban Dance– Also known as “Naija Craze” was taught by SPAN’s Surprise Jakande.



The Workshop registered a huge number of participants all of who got the chance to perform and showcase their creativity and what they learnt at the workshop at the grand finale/ closing night of SPANFEST 2015







… And SPANFEST 2015 Was Here

Ladies and Gentlemen, what a festival it was!


Starting with performing art workshops, followed by interactive classes and performances, and then presenting events using various tools of the performing arts which included Dance, Music, Spoken Word, Visual art, Theatre and Comedy, SPANFEST 2015 revealed an understanding and awareness of a community’s historical diversity and cultural context.

The Festival kicked off with TEN days of intensive performing art workshops between November 7th – 16th, 2015 with international professors that will unveil the new voices in our Nigerian artists using the mediums of dance, music and drama.


It was followed by five performance nights which showcased the diversity and richness of our culture and heritage. The grande finale was a family community experience. It started with the SPAN academy graduation ceremony which had both SPAN Academy of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and SPAN Academy of Dance graduating students showcasing what they have learnt from SPAN with spectacular performances. It closed with “Voice Of The Voiceless”; a final performing art production gathering 200 dancers, musicians, and actors on one stage.





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Intensive workshops, Exciting performance shows… SPANFEST 2015 remains the biggest Music, Dance and Drama Festival to ever hit this side of the planet.

We will be giving you more details on each event and how it all went down! Stay tuned!