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IYEH, Mariam Asabe & Osakue S. OMOERA

The Face of Dance in Nollywood

Mariam Asabe IYEH, PhD

Dept of Theatre & Media Arts

Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma

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GSM: +234-815-455-0836

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Osakue S. OMOERA

Dept of Theatre & Media Arts

Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma

Email:

GSM: +234-805-999-7573

Abstract

Arguably, Nollywood is the largest film tradition in Arica. This industry has evolved over the years from a peripheral position to a global one. In spite of its acceptance and relevance, there is a “crack in the wall” with regard to the dance movie genres. This paper examines the use of dance and dance themes in Nollywood in comparison with the dance movies from Bollywood and Hollywood traditions. The study interrogates Nollywood movies, such as, My Mother’s Dance Steps, Sabina Makossa, Crazy Dancers and Dance Academy from the Nollywood and Indian Bollywood traditions. This study engages the apparent disconnect among the Nollywood dance movies, the dismal presentation of dances and dancers, the conflict between titles and contents, among other issues. The study further argues that the disregard for professionalism in Nollywood dance movies should be of concern to stakeholders in the industry. Hence, this paper among other things, suggests that the services of professional dancers and choreographers should be sought to raise the ante of Nollywood dance movies.

Keywords: Nollywood, Bollywood, Hollywood, Face, Dance, Disconnect.

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