The 11-year-old Nigerian ballet dancer whose barefoot dance in the rain went viral and captivated millions earlier this summer has been granted a scholarship to the American Ballet Theater in New York City.
11-Y.O. Nigerian Boy Earns Scholarship to Prestigious New York Dance School
Anthony Mmesoma Madu, an 11-year-old boy from Nigeria, has won the hearts of millions and the opportunity of a lifetime thanks to his undying passion for dance. The talented youth went viral on social media after a video of him dancing barefoot on concrete in the pouring rain captivated audiences worldwide. Since being uploaded to Instagram in June, the video was been watched over 345k times and shared across social media platforms. Since the video went viral, Anthony’s dance studio in Lagos, Leap of Dance Academy, has received support and donations from all around the world, and Anthony himself has been offered a scholarship to the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Dance in New York City, by artistic director Cynthia Harvey.
The outpouring from viewers of the viral video has been effusive
From all over the globe, people have cheered on the gifted 11-year-old Nigerian boy. In Russian and Mandarin, in Portuguese and Tamil and English, they have praised his dedication and passion. Some have even offered to send money or ballet supplies.
“A friend who lives in the UK sent me the video,” Cynthia Harvey told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Within a day, I was trying to find him.”
Harvey is a former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. Today, she is the artistic director of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Dance, one of America’s most distinguished ballet schools.
Within two days, Harvey managed to contact the boy and his teacher. Soon after, she had arranged for full scholarships so Anthony could attend the ABT virtual Young Dancer Summer Workshop, a three-week intensive program that begins Monday, 3 Aug. At the same time, ABT has included Anthony’s teacher, Daniel Ajala, in its National Training Curriculum, a two-week course intended to help teachers polish their skills.
LEAP OF DANCE ACADEMY
Find out more about this free-of-charge dance academy in Lagos, Nigeria. See photos and video, and perhaps you would like to donate a small amount to help with upkeep and maintenance. There is no donate button, so you’ll have to be determined and figure that out for yourself via messenger.