Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

  1. How do I contact SPAN ?
  2. If I have a complaint who do I address it to?
  3. Where is your office/studio located?
  4. What time is office/studio working hour?
  5. How do I get started?
  6. How much do the classes cost for children and Adults?
  7. Can I try a class and see if I like it before I commit?
  8. What are your class systems like for different ages such as 3-6 years, 7-10 years and teens?
  9. What classes (Drama, Dance Styles and Musical Instruments) do you offer to children?
  10. What is the mode of payment of classes?
  11. Does your organization have any health concerns when accepting newly registered children?
  12. What age do you accept when parents register for a child?
  13. Do you require any experience from your new in-takes?
  14. Do you charge a recital fee?
  15. I am interested in the SPAN professional Dance or Music training programme?
  16. How do I get started?
  17. What dance styles and musical instruments do you offer in your professional training program?
  18. Will I be able to balance my performing arts studies with other academic interest?
  19. How long will it take to learn how to dance or play a musical instrument?
  20. How much does each of the semesters cost for the professional dance or music classes?
  21. Does the fee have to be paid in advance?
  22. Do I have to do exams?
  23. I’ve never taken dance before but I’d like to try
  24. I would like to take dance classes; do you have any evening or weekend classes 
    for full time students of other institutions or professional workers?
  25. What benefits will I get from dancing?
  26. Do I have to sign up for a multi-week class, or can I attend one class at a time? Can I just drop in any time?
  27. Do I need a dance partner?
  28. Can I change dance partner?
  29. What should I wear?
  30. Where can I get the dance costumes for practice?
  31. Why should I choose SPAN?
  32. What makes your dance studio different from other studio?
  33. I would like to volunteer in SPAN programmes?

 

 

How do I contact SPAN?

Answer: Please contact us by Email info@spanigeria.org or call the hotlines 01-7767726 or 08091900700.

 

If I have a complaint who do I address it to?

Answer: All complaints can be addressed to the Manager or Head of Operations by sending an Email to info@spanigeria.org or call the hotlines 01-7767726 or 08091900700

 

Where is your office/studio located?

Answer: Our office is located at 13, Davies Street, Off Broad Street, Marina, Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

 

What time is office/studio working hours?

Answer: SPAN opens from 8am to 7 pm Mondays through to Fridays and 9am to 1pm every Saturday. Every teaching hour is 1 hour per class. You can look at our calendar to see our weekly timetable.

 

How do I get started?

Answer:  Getting started is easy. The first step is to set up your sample program with one of our trained instructors. During your first two lessons, your instructor will determine your current level and recommend an appropriate course for you to continue.

 

How much do the classes cost for children and Adults?

Answer:

Dance: Children classes cost N15,000 for 10 classes. N2,000 per class
Adult dance classes cost N20,000 per month, twice a week and N3,000 per class.

Music: N5,000 for private classes of one hour and one Instrument. 

Drama (Helen O’Grady Drama Academy): N15,000 for 10 classes. N2,000 per class

 

Can I try a class and see if I like it before I commit?

Answer: We usually don’t accept this except it is a “Bring a friend day”. You can however pay just for a class to see if you or your child will like it. If you do; then you can pay for a full month. 

 

What are your class systems like for different ages such as 3-6 years, 7-10 years and teens?

Answer: In SPAN our classes are structured in a way that they accommodate the level of technique of the child so that your child can grow in his or her technique and become a better performer with properly formed technique.
We offer classes for children who have experience of two (2) years and below and those who have more than 2 years of dance experience.

 

What classes (Drama, Dance styles and Musical instruments) do you offer to children?

Answer: We offer:

Dance

  • Ballet: with our basic foundation from the brain dance technique, but we use very creative and fun ways to make the classes not only enjoyable but want them coming back for more.
  • Cool 2 Dance: This is a new technique class that is made for children who have danced before and want to express themselves in more ways. We bring this style to you that is a mix of Jazz bases techniques and basics of Tap dance.
  • Hip-Hop: This is a style that has its roots from the originators of break dance. Its hip, high energy and fast. It’s a class that has non-stop action.
  • Creative combo: This style is really exciting because it has its foundation in all dance styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, salsa and African. This style helps a child have basic knowledge in all these style, this gives a platform for your child to choose from any of these styles as he or she builds proper dance training.

For Music:

  • Piano
  • Drums
  • Voice Lessons
  • Violin
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Bass

For Drama (Helen O’Grady Drama Academy):

The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy is a franchise in SPAN and It is the only organisation of its kind in Africa. It was originally founded in 1979 in Australia and aims to provide a self-development drama programme encouraging:

  • Enthusiasm, energy and a positive approach to life
  • Ongoing confidence
  • Self esteem
  • Skill in verbal communication
  • Effective social interaction
  • Performance skills

 

What is the mode of payment of classes?

Answer:  You can make payments at our office 13, Davies Street, Off Broad Street, Marina, Lagos Island, Lagos or at your class venue to the teacher in charge of that particular class. You can also make online transfer to: Account Name: Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria. Bank: Guaranty Trust Bank. Dance:0122652621. Music:0112032440. Drama:0127614426. You are required to alert the office on 017767726 or 08091900700 as soon as you make a payment.

 

Does your organization have any health concerns when accepting newly registered children?

Answer: We require that parents sign a release form with us and also inform us if their children or wards have any health issue that is of concern to us.

 

What age do you accept when parents register for a child?

Answer: We advise your child should be three (3) years and above for dance and 5yrs+ for music and drama.

 

Do you require any experience from your new in-takes?

Answer: We do not require any experience from your child. Our classes are structured in such a way that even a beginner in any of our classes can come in and enjoy.

 

Do you charge a recital fee?

Answer: No, we don’t charge a recital fee for parents. The only cost that we have related to the recital outside of regular tuition is the price of the costume. Parents purchase costumes for their dancer for each recital dance that they are in. Family members and friends are however required to pay a token fee.

 

I am interested in the SPAN professional Dance or Music training programme?

Answer: The Dance and Music programme of SPAN runs concurrently for one year and can be renewed every year at the completion of the certification program of that session.
New session starts in January of every year but auditions are conducted in September/October for fresh year students.

 

How do I get started?

Answer:  Getting started is easy. The first step is to set up your sample program with one of our trained instructors. During your first two lessons, your instructor will determine your current level and recommend an appropriate course for you to continue.

 

What dance styles and musical instruments do you offer in your professional training program?

Answer: SPAN offers Latin and Ballroom, Modern Jazz, Argentine Tango, Salsa and Cuban Salsa, Ballet, African and Nigerian dance styles, Dance dynamics and Hip-Hop. More classes will be out soon such as Tap, contemporary etc. As for Music, we teach: Drums, Piano, Saxophone, Voice, Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, and Violin.

 

Will I be able to balance my performing arts studies with other academic interest?

Answer:  Yes, because of the flexibility of our program, you are able to dance while pursuing a wide variety of other classes and interests. 

 

How long will it take to learn how to dance or play a musical instrument?

Answer: The length of your course will depend on how many dances and musical instrument you want to learn, and how proficient you wish to become in each. However, you will be able to dance after three dance lessons and play at least one musical instrument after a term.

 

How much does each of the semester cost for the professional dance and music classes?

Answer: There are three semesters in a training year and each cost N25, 000, payable at the beginning of each semester. For dance, the very first year to awarded free. 

 

Does the fee have to be paid in advance?

Answer: Tuition is generally paid in advance, especially for beginner’s Programs. Since these are determined on a case by case basis, please ask in person, and we will be glad to give you all the details.

 

Do I have to do exams?

Answer: As you progress through the different levels you will be required to do tests and exams but the instructors will make sure you are ready before entering you in exams.

 

I’ve never taken dance before but I’d like to try.

Answer:  SPAN’s Program in Dance prides itself on its accessibility to students who have never danced before. If you’ve ever walked, skipped, jumped, run or fallen, you’ve danced!  Several of our dancers who began dancing at SPAN have gone on to professional careers. We teach simple, basic elements, from which the steps are derived and there is no age limit.

 

I would like to take dance classes; do you have any evening or weekend classes for full time students of other institutions or professional workers?

Answer:  The evening classes hold every Tuesday and Thursday at our studio located in Lagos Island. Kick off of weekend classes depends solely on the number of sign-ins we have per term so. Information will be sent to you as soon as we get a mail from you on info@spanigeria.org. 

 

What benefits will I get from dancing?

Answer: Dancing is our first line of social activity. Good dancing is a lifetime investment in fun, poise, confidence, improved personality, and new friends. Beyond these, dancing is a superb physical conditioner – providing fun without working at it. It opens up a wonderful new world of togetherness and a thriving year-round social calendar.

 

Do I have to sign up for a multi-week class, or can I attend one class at a time? Can I just drop in any time?

Answer: Some classes welcome drop-ins, but others do not. Typically the more formal the setting, the more likely pre-payment will be required. If the type of dance requires mastery of some basic steps before moving into more complex patterns; dropping in will be discouraged. More likely than not, visitors who just want to watch are always welcome.

 

Do I need a dance partner?

Answer: No you will not need a partner to do Freestyle and Hip Hop but it would be advisable to have a partner for Latin American and Ballroom.

 

Can I change dance partner?

Answer:  Our program requires that people change partners in our classes and practice sessions.         
Learning to dance in a group class absolutely depends on dancing with different partners. Dancing with different partners enables you to lead or follow different kinds of dancers. It teaches men and women to adjust their lead and follow, it high-light ones strengths and weaknesses and it will make you a better dancer faster. If you attend a group class and only dance with one partner, your learning rate will be significantly reduced. If you want to dance with only one partner, you should seriously consider private lessons where the instructor can focus on each individual’s dancing. Dance with as many different partners as possible to enhance your dancing, practice your leading, and get the most from your classes.

 

What should I wear?

Answer: At our studio, we want your lessons to be relaxing and fun. There is no enforced dress code of any sort for our students from the ankles up. We do recommend some shoes appropriate for dancing.

 

Where can I get the dance costumes for practice?

Answer: Dance costumes including shoes, can be bought at our studio. 

 

Why should I choose SPAN?

Answer: We specialize in performing arts, offering Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Tap & Jazz, Hip-Hop, Broadway, Drama Academy, Voice and Musical Instruction. We have classes designed for everyone in your family. Age or skill level are no barrier as our expert dance instructors inspire and encourages students to develop their potential by training them in a fun and nurturing environment. Our children’s classes are both inter-active and engaging. For those students who are interested in a career in ballet, we have an excellent pre-professional ballet program. 

 

What makes your classes different from others?

Answer: Although our training program is known for preparing students for the most prestigious companies and careers in the Performing Arts, you don’t have to be a professional dancer or musician to take classes with us. The training program is equally acclaimed for encouraging all levels of students in a nurturing and fun environment.  Studio sizes are of average size for more individualized attention, and our talented instructors are tops in the fields.

 

I would like to volunteer in SPAN programmes?

Answer: We at SPAN welcome everyone that has a heart of service please see our calendar and send us a mail at info@spanigeria.org. We will contact you with information regarding any area you want to be a part of.