Dance wipes away my sorrows, Professional Says


A professional dancer, Anuoluwa Smith, has advised people to always engage in dancing to prolong their life spans and wipe away their sorrows.

She described dancing as a form of exercise to keep the body fit.

“For me personally, dancing takes away my sorrow, it gives me happiness. Whenever I am down and engaged in dancing, it is all gone.

“Before, I took to dancing as a part-time job, but now dancing makes me laugh and puts food on my table. At least, it is sustaining me,’’ she said.

Smith said that she was happy with the opportunity to dance during the last AFRIMA 2017 award adding that it was a lifetime experience.

“I was happy for that opportunity, I never thought in my wildest dream that I could sail through to perform in the concert,’’ she said.

She recalled that some time ago, she was diagnosed with some complications and for three years, I was on admission in the hospital for some surgeries, but I thank God for my life today.

Smith, however, warned the public to be wary of dancing to the bad music currently in circulation.

“People must be careful about what type of dance they engage in,’’ she said.

Smith said that professional dancing was tougher and more tasking than how the public was viewing it.

She said that professional dancers used to dissipate a lot of energies and time during training for them to come up with meaningful expressions during performance.

“It is more of expression of what is contained in the music and to interpret it through dance may be more difficult.

“Some people will just come on stage, start tweaking dance and say that they are dancing; that is not dancing, it goes a long way. Dance has a lot of definitions.

“Dance nowadays is a career, and only talented people can go far in it. To excel in dancing, one must be creative and ready to learn new techniques,’’ she said.

She added that the success of any music or songs would be determined by the dancing steps that accompany it as dancing would make music appealing and meaningful to its listeners.

Smith, a graduate of Actual Science from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, said, “The success of music is better assessed when listeners get on to their feet to dance to its flow.

Smith, a participant in the just concluded AFRIMA 2017 concert, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that dancing had assisted in lifting her spirit whenever she was downcast.

“It is a determinant of how far any music can go, she said”.

“If music is not danceable, it either means people are not enjoying it, or not passing across meaningful messages to its listeners ’’ she said. (NAN)

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