Preparations are in top gear for the fifth edition of the annual International Dance Organization (IDO) Street Dance Battle and Salsa Showdance Competition in Nigeria. The event which is organized by the Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) and Mountain Dew is scheduled to hold on April 23, 2015 at The Oceanview, Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos.
To participate in the competition, interested contestants can visit SPAN or access online registration forms on www.spanigeria.org and stand a chance to win cash prizes of N500,000 and N300,000 in the Hip Hop dance or Salsa showdance respectively.
Dancers will compete in groups – minimum of 6 and maximum of 10 members for Hip Hop while the Salsa competition showcases the best of couples. Winners of this year competition will also get an all-expense paid trip to participate in the IDO Championship in Poland come 2016.
According to the Executive President, IDO Nigeria, Mr. Ice Nweke, “We try to bring dance education closer to communities with the Hip Hop and Salsa showdance competition, because the platform will develop creative talents and benefit the youths extensively. Many thanks to Mountain Dew for giving young people unique opportunities to meet their dream dance celebrities who transform their experiences through dance.”
The IDO Street Dance Battle and Salsa Showdance Competition is powered by Mountain Dew, a popular carbonated drink made by PepsiCo. The drink comes in Cans and Pet bottles which contain carbonated water, sugar, citric acid, high fructose corn syrup, caffeine, concentrated orange juice, other natural flavours, and sodium benzoate for freshness. Other notable sponsors of the dance competition are SCOA, ITB Construction, Eko Hotels and Suites and Cool FM to mention a few.
In 2013, over 100 dancers from different parts of Nigeria participated in the International Dance Organization (IDO) Championship which was held in Lagos with a talented group – Cue Base winning the Hip Hop street dance and the duo of Korede Oyerogba & Nneka Obiorah as the Salsa showdance champions.
Furthermore, the IDO’s mission is to harness the population size of Nigeria and create a vibrant community of highly skilled performers, where arts can be exploited and exported to the World through a well-structured medium. The Organization will also create job opportunities for youths via dance classes and performance, provide training and education, while certifying Nigerian dancers for worldwide recognitions.
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.