Nigerian 11-year-old ballet dancer given scholarship abroad following viral video
11-year-old boy identified as Anthony Mmesoma Madu whose beautiful ballet dance performance under the pouring rain went viral has been offered a scholarship to study ballet at a prestigious academy in the US.
A video of Anthony Mmesoma Madu performing barefoot outside in the rain was shared last month, and it was met with boundless praise online.
After seeing the clip, the American Ballet Theatre has offered the young dancer a scholarship and has arranged internet access for virtual training this summer.
Anthony will also train in the States next year on a scholarship from Ballet Beyond Borders.
The talented dancer is one of the small number of students who attend the Leap of Dance Academy in Lagos, a dance school founded by Daniel Ajala Owoseni in 2017.
Since the video stormed the Internet, there’s been a surge in donations to the school, which Owoseni runs for free.
Speaking to BBC News last month, Anthony shared his hopes to challenge the stereotypes surrounding male ballet dancers.
“When people see ballet they think it is only for girls,” he said. “How I want them to see me is that when I am dancing they know that there is a male ballet dancer.
“The feeling that comes over me is as if I am dreaming,” he added.