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SPAN Marks 10 Years Of Performance Excellence

By Florence Utor
17 May 2015   |   2:55 am
The Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) recently showcased Nigeria’s rich legacy as encapsulated in songs, music and dance in spectacular performances.

Students of Lebanon University performing at the event

The Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) recently showcased Nigeria’s rich legacy as encapsulated in songs, music and dance in spectacular performances.

The anniversary, which took place at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos, marked a decade of performance perfection weaved into strong traditions, beliefs, value system and lifestyles.

The celebration started with a beautiful dance story detailing the journey of SPAN from its humble beginnings in a small garage to 10 years of outstanding performance and impact, which has resulted in development and a changed lifestyle of hundreds of artists.

SPAN has transformed and deepened the art of creativity in the performance sector and has played a significant role in the economy by serving as a catalyst for stimulating learnings, discoveries and achievements. The society has assisted students to develop their performance talents in the arts.

According to the founder of SPAN, Mrs. Sarah Boulos, “The last decade has been such an exciting and thrilling journey, and I’m very proud to see that SPAN has inspired the creation of healthy communities throughout Lagos and has changed lives.

Now SPAN members and affiliates are starting their own vibrant performing art studios and businesses, with access to employments in major performing art productions and events.”

Boulos added that in the next 10 years, SPAN plans to deliver a vibrant and sustainable community centre, a state-of-the-art performing centre with training a academy of excellence and a theatre right in the heart of the new Eko Atlantic City which will bring Nigeria to the forefront of the entertainment industry in West Africa.

The Zip Zap Circus crew from South Africa lived up to reputation, as it thrilled guests with captivating and mind-blowing stunts on the ropes in a typical showdance style.

There was also a special performance by students of Lebanon University in an all-white choreographic dance with so much energy on display.

Furthermore, Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) used the occasion to reward long standing trustees for many years of support alongside individuals and organizations which provide generous funding to solve problems of academic, administrative, professional and personal needs through the development and empowerment sessions.

SPAN is a registered non-governmental organization founded in 2004 with the Helen O’Grady franchise in schools. It offers different classes of training which ranges from Music to Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Creative Combo, Drama, Contemporary African, fitness, Naija Craze, Salsa and Latin Ballroom dance for beginners, intermediate and professionals.

Notable personalities that graced the event ranged from captains of industries to top celebrities, business icons, members of the diplomatic community, and art enthusiasts like Pastor Wale Adeferasin, Pastor Olufunmi Olajoyegbe, Dr. Yemi Johnson, Mrs. Muna Iyanam, Mr. Adithya Chellarams, Mr. Patrick Koshoni and Mrs. Evita Moussalli among others.