Anthony Mmesoma Madu, an 11-year-old Nigerian boy, has been offered several scholarships, including one to one of America’s most elite and distinguished ballet schools, after a video of him dancing under the rain has gone viral.
“A friend who lives in the UK sent me the video,” said Cynthia Harvey, artistic director of ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Dance in New York. Cincinnati Applicant. “In one day, I was trying to find him.”
After reuniting with Madu, Harvey was able to offer the incredibly talented youngster a full scholarship so he could attend the virtual ABT Young Dancer Summer Workshop, an intensive three-week program, according to the outlet.
“Anthony is a very committed student,” commented Daniel Ajala Owoseni, Madu’s dance teacher at Leap of Dance Academy. BBC. “From day one, he was always very time conscious. We try to change the stereotypes around classical dance. Boys can actually do ballet. Male ballet is here to stay and it’s not meant to be just for women.
Madu is one of 12 students attending the Lagos School of Dance for free.
So what did the talented young rising star say when he learned his video had gone viral? Well, Madu told the BBC that he was “…very, very happy,” also adding, “When people see ballet, they think it’s only for girls. What I want them to see is that when I’m dancing they know there’s a male ballet dancer in. The feeling that comes over me is like I’m dreaming.
This is undoubtedly just the beginning for Madu and the Leap of Dance Academy. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this incredible dancer and we know he’s going to have an impact on the world of ballet and beyond.