Until recently, a dancing, acting, or singing career in Nigeria meant you were either from a very modern family with open parents or you were simply rebellious. Fortunately, things are now way different.
So, if you are Nigerian and share a career dream in dance, it is definitely possible!
Here are some helping tips to make your dance career dream into a reality in Nigeria:
1. Understand the dance craft
Firstly, dancing as a career is beyond knowing how to move your muscles. In reality, dancing is much more a mental thing. And just like any other profession, the more you know the better you become. So, beside natural talent, become knowledgeable about the entire field. A well-informed dancer is a promising professional dancer who can contribute to the field in new and exciting ways.
One such initiative where you can gain dance knowledge is SPAN Dance Academy Program. The program aims at providing a platform to all Dance enthusiasts covering a wide array of topics of useful and interesting dance information needed.
2. Take a variety of dance classes
Branching out has many benefits for an aspiring dance professional. By taking a wide variety of dance classes from different sources, you become a more versatile dancer. In Nigeria, versatility is extremely important. Sure you can specialize in a specific dance genre, but it is also important to be well-versed in a variety of styles.
Take as many different dance classes as you can from different sources.
3. Explore choreography
Being able to create new steps is not rocket science—it takes creativity. Explore choreography with companies like Imagneto Dance Company and learn how to make your body move by improvising on your own. Try new things and do not be afraid to break outside of the barriers when exploring new movement.
The objective should be to create something unique and exciting but at the same time visually appealing.
4. Consider a Degree in Dance
Often, the closest dancers get to a degree in Nigerian Universities is Theatre Arts and Film Studies, but if you can afford it, there are universities abroad that offer degrees in Dance. However, there are now a number of Dance Schools across the country, with some even specializing in dance scholarships.
A degree in dance sets you apart from the competition and chances are that you will find at least one program that can challenge your dancing pursuits.
5. Connect and network
Someone in your church landed up in his dream job because he had an Aunt whose friend’s husband knew the art director of a company. This scenario may be extreme, but it is often how things play out in Nigeria.
Somebody you know who knows the people who can give your career some extra attention or land you up in the audition you always wanted. So apart from being talented and learned do not be afraid to socialise and build a healthy network.
6. Be visible
Oh, yes! We are in the internet and social media age where people virtually live their lives online. You can decide to start a blog/web site or social networking page dedicated to your work in dance. A stream of your professional photos, performances and choreography are never a bad idea.
Remember, in Nigeria, like everywhere else, hard work and dedication are all you need. You have the power. Create your own dance career.
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