Former Big Brother Naija housemate, Anthony Effiong, popularly known as ThinTallTony, is set to host a dance concert aimed at promoting the growth of dance.
Effiong made this known in an interview with the NAN in Abuja on Thursday.
He said the concert, which is aimed at contributing to the growth of dance as a profession, would hold on October 8.
The dancer decried the manner in which dancers in the country were relegated to the background.
He said: “They are only used for music videos to dance; but as a profession it has not been fully embraced in Nigeria unlike other forms of entertainment.
“Musicians need dance to make their shows interesting, they need dancers also in their videos but we have been relegated so much to that role alone.
“We have not been given much recognition and are usually restricted to music videos and as backup dancers for musicians which is not done in other countries.
“This is because people tend to forget that dance is a genre on its own. We have a couple of dance concerts in Nigeria but they are not mainly about dance.”
He said that although he had had two dance productions, he still wanted to do more, considering the state of dance in the country.
“We want people to be able to see what we can do and commercialise us not just in music videos but as brands just like the actors,” he said.
“Dancers need to come out and show people what they can do so the younger ones out there can use that as a platform to ride.
“This is to show that we are not just social dancers and we can as well have a good show that people can pay, sit down and watch.”
Effiong, who recently starred in the movie ‘Celebrity Marriage’ alongside Tonto Dikeh and Jackie Appiah, is also shooting two short films.
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