Slum to Stage’ is an initiative aimed at developing underprivileged young dancers by providing them with the resources, facilities and mental support needed to excel, specifically in ballet. The initiative’s pilot project will focus on training twenty children and teenagers within the FCT. It will be kicked off through a Dance & Art Exhibition holding on the 24th of July, 2022 at the Transcorp Hilton.
The Slum to Stage Dance Exhibition is a display of African talent and elegance: several dance performances that show off the skill and potential of young Nigerian Ballet dancers. This event will be followed immediately by an Art Exhibition, with a similar aim as the former. A celebration of African ballet dancers in the form of art prints
The initiative was founded and spearheaded by Emmanuel Osahor, a Nigerian contemporary ballet dancer with decades of experience under his belt. With his expertise and passion, he is building awareness for the development of child ballet. He has facilitated several dance trainings on local and national levels, and across Sub-Saharan Africa. He is helping young ones to break societal stereotypes and pursue careers in the performing arts, especially ballet dancing.