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Lucky shines on boy who went viral for dancing in the rain, gets full scholarship

Nigeria 11 year old boy dances barefoot in the rain, proves universal Power of ballet

Ballet is for everyone

A Nigerian woman, Fade Ogunro, has given a full scholarship to a young boy, Anthony Mmesoma Madu, whose dancing got everyone talking online

Promise to pay for the boys education to the university level

Fade also added that the smile of the boy is amazing

A video of an 11-year-old Nigerian ballet dancer performing outside in the pouring rain has swept the Internet and won hearts across the globe.

In the video that has been watched over 14 million times, the boy could be seen making amazing lines in the rain on a very wet floor

Since his video went viral, the young ballet enthusiast told BBC News that he hopes his moves will challenge the stereotypes that still shroud male ballet dancers.

“When people see ballet they think it is only for girls. How I want them to see me is that when I am dancing they know that there is a male ballet dancer. “The feeling that comes over me is as if I am dreaming,” the young dancer added, in a quote rather reminiscent of a certain fictional Durham boy with a passion for ballet...

On Wednesday, June 24, Fade said she would sponsor the boy’s education until he finishes university. Weeks later on Wednesday, July 8, the Nigerian shared a snapshot of the boy and another that she pledged to sponsor in school

Anthony is one of 12 students who attend the Leap of Dance Academy in Lagos, a dance school founded by Daniel Ajala Owoseni in 2017. The class doesn’t have a dedicated dance space, and Owoseni mentors the aspiring performers for free.

“Male ballet dancing is here to stay and it is not only supposed to be for females,” Owoseni said.

There are other amazing black dancers too. Remember Charlotte Nebres who was in the New York City Ballet's first black marie, an allusion to the young heroine of a 1954 show. The 11-year-old said that whenever she dances, she feels free, reinvigorated, and happy.

Another one is Michaela, a civil war orphan, who proved all her doubters wrong, and became the star that she is today in ballet dancing. She was born in Sierra Leone in 1995.

Anthony Mmesoma Madu’s graceful pirouettes have been met with boundles of praise from ballet-lovers and celebrities.

garnering praise from one of America's most famous actresses

See some of the Twitter comments


“Reminds me of the beauty of my people,” Viola Davis wrote, in her video share.

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!!!
— Viola Davis (@violadavis)


“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!!!”

Another Twitter user added: “What is dedication? Ballet, barefoot on concrete while raining... incredible!”

What is dedication? Ballet, barefoot on concrete while raining... incredible! (Via: LeapOfDanceAcademy/IG)
— Black With No Chaser (@BlackNoChaser)

Thank you to Anthony for sharing his passion and gift, in all its raw beauty. In time like these, art is what the world needs.

Follow and share to encourage and motivate any ballet dancer out there

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