Training on the dusty urban streets of Lagos, self-taught dancer and teacher Daniel Ajala’s passion drives his students to persevere as underdogs in the ballet world and find joy and meaning in their work. As top students compete for international scholarships and begin to leave home, Ajala realizes the best thing he can do is be a bridge for the next generation.
Then Comes The Body
“Then Comes the Body” is a short documentary about the challenges and opportunities experienced by students at the Leap of Dance Academy, Nigeria’s first and only ballet school.
Director: Jacob Krupnick
Choreographer: Daneil Owoseni Ajala
(United States, 2023) 14:20 minutes