Ballet wasn’t the foundation of my dance. I could remember how I had issues agreeing to learn it at a dance camp. But through my Journey, I decide to try it, and I saw a dimension of dance I’ve never seen before, the Calmness, patience, endurance, Motivation, teamwork of ballet made me love it and train in the art form.
For me, ballet is one dance style whose enormous elements, rippled not just in dance alone but also in Life.
I started training professionally 7 years ago. I attended workshops, devoted time to research, teaching, and paying for classes.
Initially, I’ve always looked at ballet as a dance I wouldn’t want to train in. Eventually, when i started it, I was criticised by friends. When it comes to ballet and a male dancer in Nigeria, the major stereotypes are the conceptions that ballet is not a “male kinda dance”, “most male ballet dancers are gay”, “It will change your shape”, “a man shouldn’t do splits”.
Ballet is so expressive and allows me to paint images, forms and ideas that I have running through my head and I have a lot of people inspiring me daily, dancers like ; Qudus Onikeku, Charles artistry, Emmanuel Enojo Francis, Isaac Jiga, Joshua Akubo, Philip Chbeeb, Emmanuel Osahor, and Jemima Angulu.
These persons have made an impact in my life as a dancer and I cannot look away from that fact.
Major challenges modern dancers face in Nigeria are, Stigma, Unavailability of ballet Community, and Lack of well-trained ballet instructors. Regardless of these challenges, my advice to dancers would be: stick with it , if it makes you happy. DO IT REGARDLESS.