By Chris Chimezie
Undoubtedly, it was a moment of intrigues and fun, such that would linger on in the minds of participants who thronged the popular Games Reserve Amusement Park in Akure penultimate weekend, venue of a show tagged “Dancers’ Day Out”.
The event which featured dance performance, dance recital, dance workout, dance aerobics for parents, dance competition and lots more, attracted children, parents and others who chose dance as a hobby.
In an interview with The Hope Friday Extravaganza, Convener of the programme and a dance Instructor, Mr Biodun Babalola said ‘Dancer’s Day Out’, is a praise dance Academy initiative, meant to bring together friends and relatives to showcase what they have learnt during summer dance classes earlier organised for them.
He said the rationale behind the show, is to showcase dance as an integral part of everyday living, bring lovers of dance, expressionist and those interested together for a timeout and have fun.
Describing dance as an art that refers to movement of the body, Biodun stated that it is used as a form of expression, entertainment, social interaction and presented in a performance setting as an integral part of everyday living.
“Dance also serves as an expression of culture. We strongly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to express themselves through dance, either to relieve stress, or simply for the love of it.
“I started dancing since when i was young. I love anything that has to do with expression, using my body to create piece and interpreting things bodywise” , he said.
Biodun maintained that dance encompasses many health benefits, ranging from building confidence and self-esteem to increasing fitness.
The C. E. O of Praise Dance Academy also revealed that dance can be a way to stay fit for people of all ages, shapes and sizes, adding that it has a wide range of physical and mental benefits which included; improved condition of heart and lungs, stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis, increased aerobic fitness and increases physical confidence.
Biodun, a graduate of Biology from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), by instinct and profession, is into Contemporary Choreography.
He however admonished parents to encourage their children to dance and help them develop any talent discovered in them, so that when they graduate, they won’t return home and become a burden to them in the absence of government jobs.
One of the winners of the dance competion, Miss Bayode Fayemi who described the event as wonderful, commended the organizer for his initiative.
A member of the panel of Judges, Mrs Demilade Adeyemi who applauded the Convener’s ideology at putting together the show, thumbed up the skills displayed by participants and admonished individuals to indulge in exercising their body to keep fit always.