By Mateen Badru
A content creator, Chuke Chinemelum, popularly known as Danceglitch, has called for more focus on the dance sector of the entertainment industry.
Danceglitch, a dance artiste, actor, aspiring filmmaker and a creative director, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.
The skitmaker with over 10 million followers across his social media platforms (Instagram, Tiktok, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter), said the dance sector receives less attention despite the fact that dance is an integral part of human culture.
“I do Dancemedy, which is a combination of drama, dance and comedy. I decided to creatively carve out a unique niche for myself and that was the birth of Dancemedy.
“Dancemedy cuts across comedy, dance and drama. It involves telling short funny stories through dancing. So, when I perform or create, I am motivated by the desire to create a meaningful experience for my audience.
“The dance sector of the entertainment industry, however, often receives less attention than other art forms such as music, film, and theater.
“Despite the fact that dance has been an integral part of human culture for centuries, it is often overlooked and underfunded,” he said.
Danceglitch said that budding dance artistes could be encouraged by creating a platform where they can easily showcase their talents.
“One way to encourage young and budding dance artistes and content creators is to provide them with more opportunities to showcase their talents. This can be done through workshops and special trainings regardless of socio-economic status.
“Additionally, it is important to provide financial support and resources to dance organisations. This can help to ensure that they are compensated fairly for their work and have access to the training and resources they need to thrive.
“Another way to tap into the dance sector is to utilise technology to make dance more accessible to wider audiences.
“For example, virtual reality technology can be used to create immersive dance experiences, and live streaming can allow people to watch performances from anywhere in the world,” he said.
The content creator urged government to beam its focus light on the dance sector while he commended the resources on ground presently aiding the sector.
“While I have not personally received any direct support from the government or organisations, I am grateful for the resources and opportunities that are available to dance artistes and content creators,” he said.
He further encouraged young content creators to be consistent and not get discouraged by challenges as there would always be one.
“To all the young people who are passionate about their unique art, I want to say that you are amazing. Pursuing your pasion as a career can be challenging, but don’t let that discourage you.
“If you are creative and willing to put in the time and effort, you can achieve your dreams and become successful.
“Being a dance artiste and a content creator is not just about technique and skill, but also about expressing yourself creatively and telling a story. So, keep exploring new movements, styles, and genres and never stop learning and growing as an artiste.
“The most important thing is to embrace your unique style and let your creativity shine through. With hard work, dedication, and a positive attitude, you can achieve anything you set your mind to,” he said. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Folasade Adeniran