For 8 seasons i have followed the Maltina Dance All faithfully and enjoyably. Yet unlike some reality shows i have painstaking followed to blog, i have not been able with MDA but i make out time to watch every night. But with Madam Jane’s performance last night as the Uzodinmas performed the Shoki dance, i am moved to start a regular bloggging on the show as it last and as much as i can find space in the midst of my tight and complicated schedule.
JEFFRY PAGE (judge)
New energy, new spirit and freshness, introducing Mr Jeffrey Page
. Director, Producer, Actor, Dancer and Emmy-nominated choreographer, Jefrrey Page, has emerged as a creative force to be reckoned with in television, film, video, theatre and concert stage.
. Jeffrey has trained and worked with some of the most influential people in the world of dance.
. He has staged concerts and TV appearances for recording artists Beyonce (World Tour & TV), Will Smith & Jada Pinkett-Smith (Opening for BET Awards), R.Kelly (Finale for billboard awards).
Muyiwa’s dance career started early as a teenager and has spanned for over 25yrs. He established his first dance company in 1985, which he later disbanded to further his learning in 1989.
His professional career was enhanced with apprenticeship exploit at the Hubert Ogunde Production Company, The African Heritage, Agogo Performing Company.
The Performing Studio Workshop e.t.c.He never stops learning as he attended dance workshops all around Africa and Europe.
In 1992, he started Ebony Culture Club one of the best dance companies in Nigeria in that era –and in 1994 Opened The Black Marbles Dance Academy. His vision for Professional Dance Business in Nigeria prompted the creation of National Dance Union (NADUN) in 1995 now fully established as Guild of Nigerian Dancers (GOND).
Muyiwa is a member of the International Organization of Folkarts (I.OV), Council of International Organization for Folkarts and Folkfestival (CIOFF) both UNESCO Status Quo ‘B’, Former Director of Production and Screening (National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts), a member of the Advisory Council (GOND).He has worked severally with, Chief Hubert Ogunde, Elder Steve Rhodes, Professor Ola Rotimi amongst others.
A recipient of many Awards home and abroad, he has taught dance as a subject and presented papers at different dance workshop and theatre seminars and has handled several Local, State and Federal Government of Nigeria’s project i.e. Festival, Events Opening and Closing Ceremonies. He also engaged in the development of many State Council for Arts and Culture Projects in Nigeria and Ghana.
He has Directed and Produced so many dance and Theatre Plays. And also written Plays like Dance of the Vulture, Mary Slessor, Nma Udoma, Ijapa, Eagle Eyes, Niger Area (the history of the Amalgamation of Nigeria).
Muyiwa is presently working on the NIGERIA DANCE ENCYCLOPEDIA a project he hopes to finish by 2015.
He is married with children.
Comfort Fedoke was born on May 20, 1988 in Dallas, Texas, and now resides in Los Angeles, California as she continues on in her career in the entertainment industry. At the age of thirteen, Comfort had already involved herself in the art of dance through street and taught herself how to dance by watching numerous break dance videos and emulating Michael and Janet Jackson. As Comfort grew older she attended Booker T. Washington Performing Arts High School in Dallas where she continued to be the only girl “who got down with the boys”; she was always involved in her street crews with her dance brothers and battles, which succeeded her in keeping up with the fire and competitive drive she has now.
Dallas Dance Club 21, a local Dallas dance show, was the beginning of Comfort’s Stardom, which led her to being one of the top 10 contestants on the hit television show, So Do You Think You Can Dance, season 4. When her season ended Comfort took her talent and fame to more job opportunities and not expecting any more blessings she was asked to come back to SYTYCD as an All-star for season 7, 8 , and 9.
In a matter of fact, her memorable performance in “Fallin” as an all-star alongside with Adechike, won an Emmy award for best choreography by Tabitha and Napoleon!
After the reality show Comfort has been featured in a couple of films as a dancer in “Honey 2” and the remake of “Footloose”, and currently “The East Side Story”. She has also danced in the late Michael Jackson Tribute Tour and Justin Beibers’ My World Tour W/Jasmine villegas, along with other artists like Jason Derulo ,Big Time Rush, Robin Thicke, Wayne Brady, Owl City, Jennifer Lopez, and etc. You can also catch Comfort on Fresh Beat bands On Nick Jr. Along with other hit TV shows like; a few appearances on The Ellen Show, The voice, and Dancing With the Stars, and reoccurring appearances on the hit television show Glee. Comfort’s current job has been considered her dream job; she’s now Missy Elliot’s main dancer as well as Missy’s new artist Sharaya J dancer.
Comfort is currently a part of an all female crew called Stylz Play composed of six girls, created by Sho-Tyme himself.
Outside of dancing, she has also excelled in rapping and singing and is now pursuing her career as a recording artist. Her SINGLE IS NOW ON ITUNES called “LOSE YOUR MIND” feat Gustavo . Comfort is a jack-of-all-trades and ready to tackle any and every obstacle she comes across. “My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die. Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, NOT BY RULE.” A favorite quote from Comfort Fedoke.
Born and raised in the home of the New York Yankees, Osas Ighodaro is a Bronx Native. As a first-generation Nigerian-American, Osas strongly values the importance of family, giving back and staying connected to her roots.
.Osas graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and dual minor degrees in Entrepreneurship and Theatre. She also holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from the Actor’s Studio Drama School at Pace University.
.Osas has appeared in theatre productions that include, The Colored Museum, Revenge of the King, and the “Audelco Award” winning, Off-Broadway playPlatanos & Collard Greens. Osas’s film & television credits include, Cadillac Records, 2011 Sundance Film Festival selected Restless City, The Tested, & Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns. Osas ranked amongst the Top 3 National finalists in the American Black Film Festival/NBC Universal Star Project – monologue competition. In 2010, Osas was crowned Miss Black USA 2010. Currently, Osas plays the role of Adanna on Africa’s #1 Soap Opera, “Tinsel.”
.Osas’ work as an actress, spokesperson and humanitarian carry her throughout the United States and across the globe. As Founder of the Joyful Joy Foundation, through all of her travels, Osas remains deeply committed to ending hunger, preventable disease and supporting poverty alleviation in Africa. Osas values the giving of oneself to others. She believes a small token of appreciation sincerely offered to a few can cause and affect a chain reaction of positivity and growth for many.
.Osas’s motto: “If you can believe it and your heart conceives it, then surely you can achieve it”
Lafup is a versatile and eloquent artiste with a glaring bias for stand-up comedy. He runs an event-consulting outfit ‘LAFUP ENTERTAINMENT and he is the founder and president of COMEDY FOR CHANGE, A social enterprise concern with channeling humour towards change, education and charity. Currently Lafup is the producer of the biggest and most consistent family comedy show LAFUPLIVE in South West Nigeria (Ibadan). The show has recorded over 10 editions in Just 9years of professional/college comedy with each edition always sold-out. The most recent is his Boxing Day Edition (2013) where for the first time ever, Lafup introduced two shows in a day and could still not accommodate everyone who hope to see the show. His shows has played host to the biggest names in comedy, business and in Politics. Lafup co-anchors a daily radio comedy show with Ali baba on Nigeria info 99.3 in Lagos Nigeria you can logon to http://www.nigeriainfo.fm to watch him live every week days. You should watch out for his TV show coming soon as well as his American Tour. The comedian and compere ‘Lafup’ graduated from The University of Ibadan with a B.A and MA in Theatre Arts a very rear record in the comedy industry.
He was deployed to Abia State, southeastern Nigeria for a one-year National Youth service scheme where he worked with the theatre and arts culture office of the state’s ministry of information.
As a thriving actor, Segun has had an active career that has spanned through almost a decade. Right from his humble days of children’s repertoire till this very moment, he remains a professional to the core, with an infusion of talent and passion. He is the quintessential actor whose skills have been horned by Nigeria’s finest theatre veterans like; Dapo Adelugba, Femi Osofisan, Tunde Awosanmi, Wole Oguntokun and others.
He has successfully co-produced Arthur Fuggard’s South African anti-apartheid play “Sizwe Bansi is Dead” from 2004. This would be its 7th year of been a successful Nigerian travelling theatre play production. Leaving trails behind in places like Terra Kulture, Efua Studio- Ghana, British International School, Atlantic Hall Epe, and a host of others.
Lafup’s spontaneity and logical wit on world topical issues such as politics, religion, social vices, love and family has given him an edge among his contemporaries in the fast growing comedy circuit in Nigeria – he has ‘wowed’ and still ‘wows’ fans and clients at corporate events, social functions, shows and other stage performances. Little wonder the new comedy sensation Lafup wowed all his fan in Dallas, San Antonio and Houston in his recent pre-tour visit to America in October 2013. Lafup fluently speaks English, Yoruba, Pidgin-English and would always be at home with Ijebu speaking folks. Lafup is a creative power house and has worked with corporate brands and events
BIMBO OBAFUNWA(dance director)
Obafunwa Abimbola is the Director of Corporate Dance World; the No 1 dance Agency in Nigeria known for the most spectacular dance performances and productions, while providing Job opportunities for several professional dancers within the Country.
He is also the President of the First Dance Training Foundation in the country ” The Dance Deal Training Foundation”; which has produced its 3 sets of professional dancers and is currently training a Fourth set while also providing free dance training to Public Secondary Schools in Lagos.
He is one of the 12 Leaders of the Worldwide Dance Ministry ‘Spirit Of David’ GDC.
His love for the performing arts; dance, poetry, theatrical performances has been expressed in his works and has distinguished him as one of the most creative, versatile and daring Dance Directors in the industry.
He was the Winner of the First Season of celebrity takes 2, he is an outstanding choreographer and Artistic Director, who has been a part of/directed several outstanding productions within and outside Nigeria. Some of these productions include:
• Dance Director for Maltina Dance All (Seasons 1-7)
• Content Director for Celebrity Takes two (Season 2).
• A Choreographer – SOD Twin continent Dance tour in the following countries:
Ghana: “Sentenced to Life” 2007
Burkina Faso: “Crash” 2007
Kenya: “The Dreamer” 2009
South Africa; “Dancing in the Sun” 2010
Cameroon: “A Convenient Day” 2011
Scotland: “My Life” 2011
France: “Whoosh 1″ 2012
Spain: “Whoosh 2″ 2012
Germany: “Whoosh 3″ 2012
Netherlands: “Whoosh 4″ 2012
• Director of Dance for GLO relaunch. (GLO UNLIMITED).
• Director of Dance for the Amstel Malta Show time 2012.
• Director of Dance for the GT Bank Principal and Heritage cups 2012.
• Artistic director for Inter secondary dance tour- ‘SPACE LAGOS’ 2011
• Artistic Director- ‘An evening of Dance’ 2012
• Artistic Director for the Following Relaunch Platforms.
Heineken – 2011
Fayrouz – 2011
Legend Extra Stout – 2011
Peak Milk – 2012
• Choreographed for several Musical Artistes such as Tu Face, M.I, Whiz Kid, Tiwa Savage, DBanj, Jerilyn e.t.c
Some Awards Include:
• Dance Personality of the Year by Future Awards 2009- nominee
• Merit Award for Outstanding Dance Personality of the Year (Guild of Nigerian Dancers) 2010.
• Three time Takes 2 National Couples Dance Champion 2001, 2003 and 2004.
• Celebrity Takes2 Dance Champion 2007.
Bimbo simply sees Dance as a tool of Depth and Truth. He believes that ‘The Exceptional Quality of any Dance Production, Lies in the Heart and Mind of her Choreographer’.