A scholarship has been given to a Nigerian boy who became famous after being filmed dancing barefoot in the rain.

When 11-year-old Nigerian dancer Anthony Mmesoma Madu performed, the audience couldn’t help but be amazed.

This is due to the fact that, despite his youth, the boy already has the makings of a pro. He moves gracefully and almost ethereally as he leaps and pirouettes to his heart’s content.

Daniel Owoseni Ajala, Madu’s dance teacher and the founder of the Leap of Dance Academy, couldn’t agree more. In June 2020, he filmed Madu barefoot, spinning and leaping in the air and landing his moves perfectly on hard, rain-soaked concrete.

Despite the less-than-ideal setting and lack of music, the youngster displayed emotion and grace far beyond his years.

Ajala decided to post the video on the Leap of Dance Academy’s Instagram page. Little did he know that it would go viral on the internet, with thousands of people sharing it, including Hollywood actors Cynthia Erivo and Viola Davis.

«Despite the brutal obstacles placed in our path, we create, soar, imagine, and have unleashed passion and love!» «Our people have the ability to fly!!!» Davis captioned a video of Madu dancing on her Twitter post.

Cynthia Harvey, artistic director of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Dance in New York, was also drawn to the video.

She was so taken with Madu’s dancing that she sought him out and offered him a scholarship to the prestigious American Ballet Theatre!

“I was surprised because I had no idea the video would go viral.” “The best part of being recognized is when I received a grand prize to travel to the United States because so many people do not have that opportunity, but I thank God that I do,” Madu said.

Madu became interested in ballet after watching “Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses,” a 2006 animated film about 12 princesses who share a love of dancing. Madu told his mother, Ifeoma Madu, that he wanted to do ballet while watching the show.

Madu met Alaja when his family relocated to Ojo in Lagos. In 2017, the self-taught instructor opened his dance academy and began teaching ballet to children who could not otherwise afford it.

When he found out about Madu’s dream, he convinced his mother to enroll him at the Leap of Dance Academy. He recorded Madu’s viral video during one of their classes. Alaja stated that the video was only intended to show movement corrections; he had no idea it would turn out the way it did.

Madu works on his craft for about five hours per day.

«When I first started, I thought ballet was easy to learn; I had no idea it was so difficult.» But I kept working hard… «Whenever he (Ajala) teaches us something, I go home to practice and then come back to show him,» he explained.

Madu traveled to the United States with his mother in May of this year at the invitation of the American Dance School in Wantage, UK. Madu impressed teachers with his ballet skills and passion during a two-day event on the school’s grounds.

“He can 100% go professional – you can tell if a dancer will go professional not by how good they are, but by how passionate,” said Jillian Clipsham, director at the school. “You can train someone and it does not matter how good they are, but if they are hungry for it, then they will learn.”

Madu already had one class with the dance school over Zoom, but Clipsham invited him to Wantage for in-person sessions.

Madu danced from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. He and his mom stayed at Clipsham’s house while they were in the UK.

With his undeniable talent and passion, Madu will surely go places! See this young dancer in his element in the video below.

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A scholarship has been given to a Nigerian boy who became famous after being filmed dancing barefoot in the rain.
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