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In Nigeria, dance is viewed by a larger part of the population as entertainment. It is alright to dance for merriment purpose but never as a profession, because dance is not considered a lucrative means of income. Dancers are magical beings that materialize, to perform for our amusement, but are without background, and not something to aspire to.

Dance 4 Impact proved those perceptions wrong, as it did not only empower over 100 youths with creative skills for employability, but provided social and healthcare benefits to residents of five communities in the FCT, whilst creating inclusive performances that cater to persons with disabilities.

Inclusive Dance performance of the deaf and hearing at Dance for inclusion with Abuja Society of the deaf and Ability plus initiative led by Bravehearts Company

Initiated by founder, director and choreographer at Krump Studios, Jemimah Angulu, the Dance 4 Impact project funded by the United States Mission in Nigeria, in collaboration with the Battery Dance Company, New York, trained 101 dancers of all levels, from five Abuja-based artistic companies, via the latter’s Dancing To Connect workshop, to undertake outreach projects in five FCT communities, namely Wumba, Saburi, Garki Village, Mpape and the Abuja Association of the Deaf.

The artistic groups and their area of implementation include: Capital Dancers and EhmikhidArtFoundation (Mpape Community), Heart Heartists (Saburi Community), Tru Dance Art (Garki Village), Bravehearts Academy (Abuja Association of the Deaf) and The Krump Studios (Wumba Community) whose core teams of 20 (per group) were provided creative and soft skills requisite to boosting their communication skills, self-esteem and employability.

This first phase of the project held July 10 to 14, culminated in five major performances by each group which premiered at the National Universities Commission (NUC) auditorium on July 15.

Participants performing A contemporary Ballet piece for the audience
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