The Marie Performing Arts Academy has trained over 40 students for the 2016/2017 session.
The proprietress of Marie Performing Arts Academy, Marie Bassey disclosed this during the graduation ceremony held at Igbinedion Education Centre over the weekend.
Giving her opening address, she said the summer camp is the future of performing arts in Nigeria and urged parents to as a matter of necessity, nurture their children’s various talents with the aim of helping them to stand tall in a competitive society.
According to her, the creative activities and special tutoring at the camp included dance, music, drama, fine/visual art, instrumentation, spoken words, poetry, entrepreneurial classes, and leadership classes.
The graduate of Industrial Chemistry while reiterating the successes and achievements recorded by her academy, cited that two winners of the Nigeria Got Talents show, little Amarachi and robotic dancing sensation, the Robots for Christ were tutored at the academy.
“Winners of Nigeria Got Talent show in 2012 and 2014 are from this academy which is why I want people to know about the achievements of the academy and also encourage younger generation to take to dancing as a career. Dancing is a huge venture waiting to be harnessed,” she said.
Bassy further mentioned that her love for dancing began at age seven when she joined other kids to dance in the church which later helped to develop her dancing skills; hence the establishment of the academy at age 17.
One of the graduands, Emmanuel Osahon who was third runner up at God’s Children Great Talent (GCCT) season 7 thanked the academy for the amazing opportunity to have enhanced his dancing skills.
The graduation ceremony also featured a creative art concert titled “Diary of a Talented Child” while the graduands displayed various talents learnt throughout the two weeks camping.
The ceremony which was well attended by parents and well-wishers had several colourful activities which included the presentation of awards to deserving students, amongst several others.