11-year-old Nigerian ballet dancer, Anthony Mmesoma Madu has been offered a scholarship from the American Ballet Theater in New York City.
Recall that weeks ago, a video of Anthony dancing in the rain in Lagos, Nigeria, emerged online.
When the video was shared online, many social media users praised the boy for his talent.
Fortunately, the video was seen by the American Ballet Theatre in New York.
Now, the theatre has offered the ballet dancer a scholarship from Ballet Beyond Borders and arranged internet access for the 11-year-old to experience virtual training sessions this summer.
Speaking with the Washington Post, the young ballet dancer shared his excitement at the news he would be soon training in the US.
“When my friends see me dancing, they feel like, ‘what is this boy doing, is he doing a foreign dance?’?” he said.
Now I have won a grand prize to go to the US… I will be in the plane and this is what I am waiting for, and ballet has done it for me.”
Also, Anthony and his mum, Ifeoma Madu, had a video chat with CBS where they expressed their excitement.
When asked how ballet makes him feel, the little boy said:
“It makes me feel strong and happy when I’m dancing. I see my future like that I’m going to be a professional dancer when I grew up.”
From the streets of Lagos to a scholarship in an American school of ballet via social media. pic.twitter.com/q4671rP0qT
— Chief Ojukwu (@ChiefOjukwu) August 11, 2020