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Expert urges dancers to seek knowledge to improve skills







Lagos, Dec.5, 2019 A professional dancer, Muyiwa Osinaike, has advised Nigerian dancers to seek knowledge that will  help them improve on their skills.

Osinaike gave the advice late on Wednesday at The Lagos Dance Summit (TLDS) 2019 organised by the Guild of Nigerian Dancers (GOND), Lagos State Chapter, in Lagos.


According to him, knowledge is very important for them to become professional dancers


He said, “It is a pity that that there is no specialised institution for dancing in Nigeria.

“One reads Theatre Arts in the universities and majors in Dance.


“’Dancers should go the extra mile of acquiring knowledge in Dance Science, Dance Management and Dance marketing.


“’Dancers need to know the directives of their bodies while performing and understand the problems of a dancer which are: the knee and ankle issues,” he said.


Osinaike said that they should seek professionalism as dancers and performers.

He said that dance was an essential tool for media communication, adding that if one communicates properly with dance, it could take one far.


Also, Dr Cornel-Best Onyekaba of the University of Lagos said that dancers should look responsible by dressing decently and conducting themselves with dignity in the public.


Onyekaba, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Creative Art, said that nobody would like to discuss serious business with dancers if they did not package themselves well.


He said that they should also acquire marketing spirit, adding that they should be ready to submit themselves to managerial structure.

Hilary Johnson and the Gang at the event.


Similarly, Ms Ugo Obiayo, the chairman of GOND, Lagos Chapter, said that the summit introduced to the dance and creative industry would be an annual programme.


“It will act as the magnifying lens to look into matters affecting dance as a practice, the practitioners in relation to their responses to evolving demands.


“It will also see how dance can come to be reckoned with in the creative industry,” she said.


According to her, dance as an art, is one of the most unique theatre elements used during productions for interpretation, beautification and communication.


Obiayo said that dance as a profession should be capable of standing alongside its contemporaries such as: comedy, drama, music, fashion and painting.


The GOND president, Mr Victor Thompson, said that it was time for dancers to repackage their arts for the future.


He said that the days and platforms were changing, and as such, dancers needed to change and move with the trend.


Thompson said that the summit had provided an opportunity for dancers to discuss issues pertaining to them.


He added that they should be encouraged to go ahead and do what they know how to do best.


The Nigeria News Agency   reports that there were dancing and musical performances by Oworo and Bariga Dance Communities  as well as by  Hilary Johnson and The Gang and others 

Edited & Vetted By: Peter Dada




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