18 November 2012

Nigeria: NGO Sets to Create Employment Through Dance


It is said that all works without play make Jack a dull boy. It was in that light that a Non Governmental Organization, KRUMP organized a dance workshop for some youths in Abuja recently ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM writes.

The KRUMP Dance Studio was a behive of activities in Abuja recently as youths from all walks of life were assembled in the city for a dance workshop.

The studio located at Jabi was founded in February 2011 as a means of meeting the yearnings of Abuja dance lovers with bias for pleasure.

Recently, the grand finale of the four-day workshop was held where professional Nigerian dancers were brought to teach young prospective and talented dancers in the country.

According to Jemima Angulu, the Managing Director of the studio and a Dance Instructor, "It is a big plus to residents of Abuja and environs".

According to her, "We brought the best instructors with reputable records to train some selected dancers who are passionate about dance. What we are actually doing is to reduce unemployment with dance to the barest minimum. We also want people to take up dance full time as a profession," she said.

"For this workshop, we introduced different kind of dance and we want people to know that jobs can be created from dance", she said.

In an interview with Ice Nweke, an instructor and creative director of Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria(SPAN), and President International Dance Organization, it was on the need for youths to realize their opportunities in that genre. He said the genre is already an art in the western world especially the Far East where it is already a means of livelihood.

"Dance is an art, a culture and it's part of everyone. Whether it is a traditional dance, contemporary or western dance, they are all the same. The only difference is that they all come from different culture. Dance is basically how we express emotion in motion. When you have passion for dance, the art can be created. Dance is something that is in built just like there is time to walk or eat, there is also time to dance", he said.

He also said, "We have raw talents in Nigeria and because of the oil, we forgot that we have agriculture. Maybe, when the oil is finished, then we will know that we can also see dance as a means of generating revenue to the country."

He stated that dance is now the centre piece of world entertainment as there is Maltina Dance Hall, Dance 234, Leg Dance and others from which people make huge sums of money. He said, there are lots of youths that are good in dance but because there is no encouragement, a lot of them resort to crimes.

He wants them to identify a place like KRUMP to realize their ambitions. He also believes that there are still people with the hunger and thirst to learn more and urged them to get up and dance instead of engaging various in vices that are not of helpful to them and the nation at large.

One of Nigeria's beautiful dancers, Celina Ukalina Opuwer, stated that as a dancer, she has gone far even though she started in the church. "Dancing is becoming very acceptable and you can achieve your dreams with dance," She said.

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