As part of the awareness creation and creative enhancement initiative by TNN to promote self-expression. A few Nigerian dancers were challenged to represent the concerns of the youth through a creative form of expression.
Creative Dance is a form of dance that combines movement and artistic expression, without the full requirement of extensive classroom training. Typically creative dance focuses on the development of the emotional expression of the individual as opposed to the more aesthetics based focus of dance in a more traditional arts structured setting. Creative dance allows for variation amongst the skill level of its participants, affording opportunities for those of any age and ability within the country to master the art expressively and showcase their talent.
Creative dance has also been shown as an effective holistic approach to promote movement development and improve social and cognitive functioning amongst populations with delayed or arrested social, cognitive, and physical abilities and or to highlight ills within a given society.
On the premise of that, we have received a lot of videos highlighting and expressing these concerns and from these videos, the one representing Bariga Dance Community is Rasheed Ibrahim widely known as Ijolomo who has emerged as one of the 4 winners of MOVEMENT (Bariga Edition). A dance tour of Lagos State where expressive dance is the medium used to address vices against humanity in Lagos State and for Nigeria as in general sponsored by the TNN platform.
Rasheed Ibrahim is the CEO, of Ijolomo Dance Company, he is an inspiring character and engages his staff and the public to do more to express their concerns creatively through dance by combining dance technique with the art of expression which in turn gives people the necessary tools to express their feelings through movement. Dancers develop dance skills, through traditional exercises, providing them with a strong foundation in dance technique. They develop creative skills as they are encouraged to explore the different qualities of movement in relation to space, time, force, and flow. As they explore, they become aware of their different body parts and how they can move them, discover new ways of moving, create designs, and express feelings. Yoga postures and stories and relaxation techniques are integrated into the expressive dance motions to connect body, mind, and spirit.
The first edition of Movement covered the Lagos Island Dance community and it’s our pleasure to announce the finale winners, from the Mainland, Bariga to be precise.
We celebrate Ijolomo for using his craft to ensure a better Nigeria. We applaud his creativity in passing this message as engaging in creative dance can also help in the acquisition of kinesthetic intelligence and push the narrative of being part of the conversation for a better Nigeria.
Kinesthetic intelligence is having an understanding of the position of one’s body and its parts in relation to the environment and the ability to express that. Creative Movement is a joyful way for people to explore movement through music and dance. Using creative movement, people can simultaneously develop motor skills, rhythmic awareness, coordination, and balance in a safe environment.
This awareness also extends to an understanding of how to impact cause and effect within society, which is an important concept for young children to begin to understand levels of expression to help created this awareness and drive the concept of NO to Child Abuse.
For any child going through sexual molestation, you are not alone. The time to be silent and ashamed is over. Name the criminal and let’s bring him or her to book. We have partners Nationwide who are ready to fight your case to ensure these perpetrators are brought to justice.
Kindly reach us on the number. 08023181844.
We say no to Rape.
We say no to Sexual abuse.
We say no the paedophilia.
Movement is a Dance Awareness Challenge sponsored by The New Nigerian.