Anthony Mmesoma Madu, 11, from Nigeria, caught the world’s attention when a video of the young boy practicing ballet in the rain went viral on social media with hundreds of users admiring his talent . Since then, Madu has attracted a new fan base from all over the world and it has now been revealed that the budding dancer will receive a scholarship to one of the best ballet schools in the world.
Madu is heading to one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the United States after the viral video made its rounds on social media. The video caught the attention of Cynthia Harvey who works as the artistic director of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Dance, who found a way to get in touch with the boy. After a few days, Harvey was able to get in touch with Madu and her teacher, Daniel Ajala, to give her a full scholarship to the prestigious American ballet school with the possibility of attending her three-week virtual intensive summer workshop to young dancers from this month.
“A friend who lives in the UK sent me the video. Within a day I was trying to track it down,” Harvey tells the Cincinnati investigator. “Here we complain about not being able to open our buildings but in this video I saw a boy who was a perfect example of the tenacity someone can have when he has love and a dream. He It was immediately apparent just how much determination he had.
“A kid that shows that much dedication, you just have to help out,” Harvey added. “If there’s anything the world has taught us, it’s that we need to inspire all kinds of people and we all have a lot to learn from each other. Providing opportunities for Daniel and Anthony is the right thing to do.
The academy introduced Madu’s self-taught teacher, Ajala, his own two-week training course to further develop his skills to help other students he teaches at his dance academy at his home where he offers free lessons for local children.