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French Ambassador pledges strengthened relations with Nigeria through dance exchange

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French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jérôme Pasquier, has pledged to strengthen bilateral relationship between France and Nigeria to achieve meaningful growth.

Pasquier in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja said France would partner Nigeria through dance exchange, to promote ties between both countries.

Dance exchange is an innovative performance projects that engages wide-ranging communities to create meaningful change in the world.
“It is important to show how through dance you can express yourself show your happiness and positive feelings.

“Sometimes I hope that French people should be as happy as Nigerians and dance often as Nigerian people, (because they) dance so well.

“To make more French dancers and to show what we do in France and also to show French dancers, what the country is doing in Nigeria.

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“That is why we will try to develop the links in the field of dance between the two countries.”

According to him, Nigeria is an important country in Africa and France is willing to develop cooperation with her in all fields, including culture and dance in particular.

He said the French Embassy would work closely with actors and stakeholders in the cultural sector to achieve the desired goals.

He underscored the importance of dance to be a tool that could be used by people to share their feelings and even enter into spaces; “it means a million messages all at once,” he added.

NAN reports that dance exchange was founded in 1976 by Liz Lerman and under the artistic direction Casie Meador since 2011.

Also, every April 29 is set aside by the International Dance Council as “International Dance Day” to promote public awareness of the art of dance globally. (NAN)

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