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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

MDA 7: Youths Defy the Rains for Abuja Audition

Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja could not deter thousands of youths that recently stormed the Nicon Luxury Hotel regional audition venue of Maltina Dance All (MDA), the highly celebrated family dance show, to showcase their dancing talents as the quest to select family representatives for the Maltina dance academy continues. At the end of the long hours of competition, not even the rains could stop the nine finalists that emerged in the future battle for the grand prize and the highly coveted title of Nigeria’s number one dancing family.

The huge turnout and skill exhibited by contestants- also affirmed by the judges – showed that the Abuja participants have really come of age and improved in the MDA 7 selection session compared to previous auditions. Aptly dubbed “The Evolution”, the auditions did not disappoint as some of the contestants promised to bring the title “up North”.  

At the end of the gruelling and competitive dance sessions, the judges - Muyiwa Osinaike, Bimbo Obafunwa and Ukalina Opuwari – selected nine out of the hundreds of contestants that participated. The nine are: Abiodun Ibrahim, Ivory Dosa, Patience Ebute John, Tije Manari, Longret Masamari, Uchendu David Segun, Ude Jane, Godwin Clement and Ezekiel Chika.

Muyiwa Osinaike, the lead judge at the audition, rated the overall performance of the Abuja contestants as above his expectations. “The Abuja contestants seem to have exceeded my expectations. Judging from last year’s audition, the Abuja contestants have made great improvement which is very good and I must commend them.” He further encouraged the dancers to always practice dance steps in all genres of dance - if they alongside their families must win the N6 million and a brand new car which is the grand prize for the MDA 7. “To survive in the Maltina academy as dancers, you must work at being an all-rounder in dance which is what the Maltina Dance All is all about.” Osinaike added.

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