Battle On The Dance Floor! SPAN-IDO 2016

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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After a very intense battle, Michael and Esther won this keenly contested category and walked away with the grand prize of  N400,000.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

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!

SOMETHING NEW: Tuesdays and Thursdays Hold a New Meaning!

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If you love Dance, Tuesdays and Thursdays have a new meaning. Yes! We’ve got new weekly dance classes in Argentina Tango, Samba/Salsa, Cha cha cha, and Jive/Swing. Keep a date with us, Every Tuesday and Thursday. Time: 7:00pm Prompt, VENUE: Alexis Studio, Akin Olugbade Street, off Idowu Martins, Victoria Island, Lagos
For more information, please call 0703 360 4686 / 01-7767726

New Month, New Things; We Bring You Our New Dance Schedules

Welcome to The Month of May! The year is 4 months gone already and Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria, SPAN, has been very busy with Dance, Music, and Drama activities.

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Lucas Mthenjane with Nneka of SPAN, Ukaline [H.O.D, SPAN] and Sarah Boulos [Chairperson, SPAN] at Zumba Masterclass with Lucas, Last weekend. Lucas Mthenjane is a Zumba Education Specialist from Zumba Fitness USA, and was inTown Last weekend for Zumba Masterclasses

Lucas Mthenjane with newly certified Zumba Instructors

Lucas Mthenjane with newly certified Zumba Instructors.

Don’t be left out, you can join us for Dance classes, in Hip-Hop, Tap, Ballet, Salsa and more. Please find our new timetables, so you can join us! We look forward to seeing you. Remember, we have 3 Locations, to serve you better;

Our Main Location, which is located in Ikoyi, 1 Abuja Street, Off 1st Avenue, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The Other 2 locations are in lekki [ Salad Master – 1 Fola Osibo Off Adebayo Doherty Off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1]
and Victoria Island [We no longer have Ballet at ‘Party’s Place’, The new venue is Kids ‘R’ Us – 251b, Sapara Williams Close Off Idowu Martins, Victoria Island]. We are kicking off with Ballet and Hip Hop for kids and Naija Craze for Adults.

For New intakes, The Dance Academy will have Auditions in the 2nd week of September as the old Students will graduate in November.

For updates on our activities, Remember to follow us on:

Twitter @Spanigeria

Facebook Page: SPAN

log on to our Website http://www.spanigeria.org 

You can also reach Us via email info@spanigeria.org or call [234] 01 7767726

 

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