Dance could put more money in the pockets of Nigerians if the art is given the enabling environment to thrive.

Only a professional dancer like Steve James would know this much. He is a former President of the Guild of Nigerian Dancers (GOND).

James, on Wednesday appealed for support from the Federal and state governments for an enabling environment for dancers to excel as such support would boost the morale of dancers and enhance the profile of dance in Nigeria.

 “It is so sad that government is talking about promotion of all arts and maybe exporting them, but nothing seems to improve in the sector,” James said.

“It will help to engage restive youths meaningfully and provide employment opportunities.”

“In a country of about 170 million people, there are no befitting dance studios, not even in our tertiary institutions where we churn out dance graduates yearly.

“Although Dance has improved in Nigeria, more still needed to be done,” he said.

One of the needs is sponsorship for the guild of dancers to further create interest at the grassroots, he added.