An 11-year-old boy, who danced ballet in the rain in a video that soon went viral, has been awarded a scholarship to study in the US after the internet celebrated his skills.
An 11-year-old Nigerian ballet dancer wows millions with his moves. Anthony Mmesoma Madu recently received a scholarship after a video went viral of him dancing barefoot in the rain outside his ballet school. https://t.co/7bEg6P4qhK pic.twitter.com/h0ZoIM5Eem— ABC News (@ABC) August 17, 2020
Sending yet another message that anyone can achieve their dreams, Anthony Mmesoma Madu from Lagos has received several offers to study in prestigious art schools from every corner of the globe.
The young boy, who appeared in a short video performing ballet moves with great skills outside his ballet school despite the rain, has impressed the internet as people praised his beautiful dance technique and wished he gets the chance to become a renowned dancer.
I got to have a chat to Anthony Mmesoma Madu - the 11 year Nigerian ballet dancer - recently awarded a scholarship. Here he is with his mum, Mr Daniels, his teacher and some other students. @CynthiaEriVo also spoke to me about how she got Anthony connected to the school... pic.twitter.com/sPxVeCmbQf— Chi Chi Izundu (@blondeafro) August 21, 2020
Very talented young man. He deserves it.— Kim B (@KimB27013664) August 21, 2020
According to Anthony, ballet makes him feel "like he's on top of the world" and he practices it all the time "even when his mother sends him for daily errands."
Loving Madu's ballet, several celebrities shared his video across social media platforms, including the Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis who said that he "reminds her of the beauty of her people."
Reminds me of the beauty of my people. We create, soar, can imagine, have unleashed passion, and love....despite the brutal obstacles that have been put in front of us! Our people can fly!!! ❤ pic.twitter.com/LNyWD2ZoU0— Viola Davis (@violadavis) June 24, 2020
Institutions who have sent encouraging messages to the 11-year-old aspiring artist include the New York-based American Ballet Theatre School, often celebrated as the world's most prestigious ballet school.
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