| Nov 24, 2023
BATA Dance With Our Girls
Rehearsal evening Lagos studio- Bata dance
BATA Dance With Our Girls
The Girl Child Art Foundation (GCAF)fostering cultural exploration and community building, nurturing creativity and instills confidence through its exceptional programs. Our focus areas are visual and performing arts, creative writing, and digital arts, providing a safe space for individuals to explore their artistic talents
One of our core missions is to provide a supportive environment that supports the underserved young women and adolescent girls who face barriers to accessing creative education. By addressing these challenges, the GCAF Centre plays a vital role in fostering confidence, honing skills, promoting design thinking, and cultivating an appreciation for giving back to the community. By investing in the artistic development of Nigerian youth, we empower them to find their unique voices and express themselves through the arts.
Out of the ongoing programs in the GCAF Studio is the Performing Arts class which comprise of Songs, Drama and dance classes. The dance class being one of the activities had a two-day session focusing on the traditional Yoruba dance, the remarkable success of this project addressed the objectives centered around community building, and artistic expression.
This initiative spanned for two days, focused on teaching the “Bata Dance”, a traditional Yoruba dance, to a group of twelve (12) girls. The dance class created a vibrant atmosphere of cultural exploration and learning. The Bata Dance, was chosen to honor the cultural heritage of the South-western part of Nigeria. The girls were eager and happy to learn as most of them hail from the Yoruba community, even those from other tribes exhibited a keen interest in learning about another culture.
The first day started in high spirit under the guidance of the Performing Art Instructor, Mr. Eze Odilamma, some of the girls took on the responsibility of playing the Bata drum, the girls were introduced to five different dance steps, covering the detailed movements of hands, legs, shoulders, and waist, as well as stage management.
Despite the difficulty in learning the dance steps, the girls showed unwavering joy and happiness in the learning process. By the end of the first day, they were able to perfect three out of the five dance steps. While the girls came in the second day, they gossiped about how they took to practice the dance steps when they got home in other to perfect the steps. To our amazement, they were able to do better than the previous day.
During the learning process, the sweet Yoruba cultural song "Kila n fi omo ayo se" (A Yoruba Metaphor) was sung along by the girls while dancing to the Bata drum. Amidst their performance the next day, a stage drama was introduced by the Instructor. The songs "Yeye ooooo" (A Yoruba Metaphor) and "Epo Biriki" (A Yoruba Metaphor) was taught and sung during the stage play making it more interesting to watch.
The girls were not only happy to learn but they showed deep interest and appreciation for the cultural significance surrounding the Yoruba heritage. Their commitment and engagement in the two days activity was truly commendable.
We are confident that the positive outcomes of this activity will serve as a strong foundation for future cultural programs as we are assured that the outcome of this project would attract more girls to participate in our next project within the communities as a result of positive feedback spread to other girls in the community by those who participated.
We extend our deepest gratitude to you for your kind and generous financial contributions to our organization. Your unwavering support has played a pivotal role in the success of our activities, making each endeavor not only possible but also remarkably smooth.
Your donations have not only assisted with the ease of execution but have also allowed us to compensate our dedicated team members and Instructors, recognizing and valuing their essential contributions.
Your commitment to our cause is truly commendable, and it has a direct and positive impact on the lives of those we serve. Your generosity empowers us to continue our efforts and make a difference in the community.