Nigerian Boy, 11, Wins Scholarship From Nyc School After Video Of Him Dancing In The Rain Goes Viral

An 11- years- old boy from Nigeria named, Anthony Mmesoma Madu, won an unexpected opportunity for his marvelous dance moves. Anthony’s viral video on social media touched the hearts of millions around the world. In the video he was demonstrating his marvelous ballet skills with determination in the rain, barefoot. The video was uploaded to Instagram in June, until now the video has crossed views of more than 330k and also been shared to other social media platforms.

Ultimately, the video caught the eyes of the artistic director of the Kennedy Onassis School of Dance, Cynthia Harvey, in New York. She was impressed by his flawless ballet skills. Cynthia Harvey told the Cincinnati Enquirer, her friend sent her the video. And within a day, she managed to find him. She found Anthony and his master, Daniel Ajala. She decided to arrange full scholarships within two days, so the growing ballet dancer could attend it. ABT virtual Young Dancer Summer Workshop conducted the three-week intensive program.

The ABT also included Anthony’s ballet teacher, Ajala in its National Training Curriculum, for helping teachers to re-polish their dancing skills during a two-week course. Cynthia Harvey, former principal dancer from American Ballet Theater, gave the reason she was so impressed by Anthony’s video. She: said, “Here, we’re complaining about not being able to open our buildings. But in that video, I saw a boy who was a perfect example of the tenacity someone can have when they have love and a dream. It was immediately obvious how much determination he had.” The Washington Post clarified that the ABT scholarship isn’t the only opportunity for Anthony. He is all ready to go to the United States for training as he gets a scholarship from Ballet Beyond Borders.

“When my friends see me dancing, they feel like, ‘what is this boy doing, is he doing a foreign dance?’” Anthony said. “Now I have won a grand prize to go to the U.S… I will be [on] the plane and this is what I am waiting for, and ballet has done it for me.” The video also sparked a flood of donations to Ajala’s Leap of Dance Academy, where he teaches his students at no charge.

“I saw the need to bring a form of art that shows discipline, dedication, and commitment,” Anthony said. “Students who can learn all of these can… transfer (them) into other spheres of their lives.”

After getting inspiration from the Save the Last Dance movie. Ajala, 29-year-old, in 2017 planned to open the Leap of Dance Academy in his own tiny home. At first, he taught himself ballet by watching YouTube tutorials and took the help of a trio of supportive ballet teachers, New York. They decided to train those aspiring dancers from their country. As the Ajala teaches in his home, he needs to push aside his furniture to convert into a dance studio. It was his place where Anthony’s video was recorded.

During an interview with Vogue, Ajala said, “People say that you can never do ballet the way it is done abroad because ballet is not an African dance, but for me, it’s about making the art form our own.” “There’s a saying here that nothing makes a teacher happier than a student who wants to learn. Can you see what’s going on behind me? There’s a torrential downpour outside, and they’re getting ready for class. Who wouldn’t be proud of these children?” Cynthia Harvey agreed and replied, “A child who shows this much dedication, you just have to help”. “If there is anything the world has taught us, it’s that we have to inspire all sorts of people and that we all have a lot to learn from one another. Providing opportunities for Daniel Ajala and Anthony Mmesoma Madu is the right thing to do.”

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