An 11-year-old Nigerian ballet dancer Anthony Madu after a video of him dancing in the rain went viral has been offered a scholarship from the American Ballet Theater in New York City.
American Ballet Theater was impressed over his spectacular performance hence they decided to honor him with the scholarship.
The video of Anthony Mmesoma Madu dancing in the rain in Lagos, Nigeria, went viral on the internet like wildfire while netizens lauded the effort of the 11-year-old for breaking negative stereotypes around male dancers.
The video was seen by the American Ballet Theatre in New York and they offered Anthony a scholarship from Ballet Beyond Borders and arranged internet access for the 11-year-old to experience virtual training sessions this summer.
Anthony spoke with the Washington Post on his rare feat he also expressed joy as he would be soon training in the US.
“When my friends see me dancing, they feel like, ‘what is this boy doing, is he doing a foreign dance?’?” he said.
“Now I have won a grand prize to go to the US… I will be in the plane and this is what I am waiting for, and ballet has done it for me.
Anthony’s video also opened financial doors to the Leap of Dance Academy in Nigeria where he currently trains.
In a chat with CBS, Anthony expressed his excitement.
When asked how ballet makes him feel, the little boy said: “It makes me feel strong and happy when I’m dancing. I see my future like that I’m going to be a professional dancer when I grew up.”
From the streets of Lagos to a scholarship in an American school of ballet via social media. pic.twitter.com/q4671rP0qT
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As a dance school in Africa, and Nigeria to be precise our academy stands to educate our audience that ballet is here to stay; "It's for both boys and girls'' said Anthony Mmmesoma Madu. (When ballet was created 400 years ago, it was created for men. Men were the first dancers. a @collagedance ) Special shoutout to all parents who have have allowed their boys to dance. Speaking from the Nigerian perspective most children are enrolled in school to have a white collar job but never to become a dancer. We hope supportive and inspirational mom like Anthony's mom has given us a reason for early child talent discovery. We are the Nigerian ballet school. A heartfelt thank you to our partners @blacksinballet @ingridsilva @jmentzos @fabiocmariano @m.s.t_dance_center @ruangaldino @travelingtutusinc @fernandomontan0 @thalemawilliamsstudiosusvi @grishkoworld @nikolayworld @bbcnews @graceekpu @balletnoire @abtschool @hurkmanslinda @katwildish #boys #blackboydancetoo #boyswillbeboys ##boyscan #blackboysrock #blackdancers #goboy #dancer #blacklivesmatter #qualityaboveall #nigerianballetschool #nigeria #leapofdanceacademy #vocationaltraining #boys #dancingintherain #viralvideo #vocationalballetschool #goon #bbc #bbcafrica #bbcnews #2020