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IDO formed to help Nigerian dancers excel

30 April 2015, 08:23

Lagos - The Nigerian Chapter of the International Dance Organisation (IDO), which was formed in 2010, says the body was striving to get Nigerian dancers to excel in their craft.

One of the founders, Ukalina Opuwari, said in Lagos that the body’s objective was to harness the incredibly rich dance heritage in Nigeria.

Opuwari, a choreographer and dance teacher, added that IDO was dedicated to supporting and fostering of competitions to build the skills and experience of budding dancers.

"IDO is a platform to develop creative talents, especially the youth and to create an avenue where Nigerians can compete worldwide.

"At the moment, Salsa and Hip-Hop are the two major dance genres used in competitions in Nigeria.

"Nigeria is vast and rich in dances and we are already working towards getting other major dances on board.

"Dances like Folklore, Traditional Dance and Kiddies Dance are going to be added to the competition," she said.

Opuwari, who is also the Dance Director of the Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN), told media that the society hoped to hold the Kiddies Dance competition before the year ran out.

She said SPAN recently held the "IDO Street Battle and Salsa Show Dance Competition" where Korede Oyerogba, a Salsa dancer and his partner, Nneka Obiora, came out tops.

Another Salsa dancer, Kenneth Ifeanyichukwu and his partner, Uche Ndulue, took the second place, while Bidemi Shokunbi and Blessing Elikwu came third.

In the Street Dance category, FFD Reloaded were the winners, while Stars on Earth, took the second place and Mtrix came third.

Opuwari said the winners of the competition went home with N300, 000 and N500, 000 respectively and would also get an all-expense paid trip to participate in the IDO competition in Poland in 2016.

Ukalina is the first female Certified Latin and Ballroom teacher in Nigeria and was also the winner of the Maltina Dance All competition in 2008. 


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