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At the heart of Nigeria's only classical dance school

2024-03-02T10:44:39.248Z

Highlights: At the heart of Nigeria's only classical dance school is the Leap of Dance. It was created in 2017 in the courtyard of a house in Ojo, Lagos. The students are aged between 10 and 21 and learn dance steps and throws. The floor is made of metal, designed to withstand the heat and rain. It is the first of its kind in the world, and is designed to last for a decade. The school is run by a group of students from Ojo and the University of Lagos, Nigeria.


THE PARISIAN WEEKEND. Created in 2017 in a disadvantaged area of ​​Lagos and installed in the courtyard of the professor's house, the Leap of Da


Behind a modest house in Ojo, a working-class district of Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria, around twenty dancers, aged 10 to 21, gracefully perform the dance steps, slides or throws, figures imposed by their discipline.

An uneven and bumpy cement floor replaces the traditional parquet floor.

On the wall, the exercise bars here are made of metal, designed to withstand the overwhelming heat and torrential rain.

Far from the splendor of the ballets of Paris, New York or London, the Leap of Dance Academy has been installed since 2017 in the courtyard of the house of Daniel Owoseni Ajala, a passionate thirty-year-old and volunteer teacher.

In 2023, French photographer Vincent Boisot immersed himself there for ten days to immortalize the daily training of these students, often threadbare toes on their feet.

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